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Life’s Nothing Without Love: Soft Sounds
A Chanson Evening
Friederike Ott and Rudolf Gregor Knabl (piano)
Thursday September 8, 2016 at 8 pm
Presented by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Toronto
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Rudolf Gregor Knabl was born in Munich, Germany, in 1951. After graduating from high school, he studied composition, conducting and clarinet at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Munich. In 1974, he began to work for theatre and musical projects. Since 1979, he has been a composer at the Residence Theatre in Munich and its musical director too. So far, Knabl has written about 210 compositions for various German-speaking theatres including the Burgtheater in Vienna and the local theatres in Basel, Graz, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt, as well as for the Salzburg Festival. Thus, he cooperated successfully with well-known directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Werner Schroeter, Jérôme Savary, Klaus Emmerich and many others. Beside the theatre work, Knabl has composed chamber and orchestral music and about 150 songs and chansons. His portfolio also includes own musical productions and some for German TV.
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Friederike Ott was born in Cologne, Germany. From 2005 until 2009, she studied acting at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. During her studies, she worked for various theatres (Stadttheater Koblenz, Deutsches Theater Berlin and Schauspiel Frankfurt). It was in 2009 that she received her first fixed contract at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. There, she was able to work together with directors such as Caroline Stolz, Tilman Gersch and Constanze Lauterbach. Since 2011, Ott has been a permanent member of the ensemble of the Residence Theatre in Munich. In 2012, she was one of the winners of the advancement award of the Association of the Friends and Sponsors of the Residence Theatre Munich for her role as Annaluise in Erich Kästner's “Annaluise and Anton“. Another prize was given to her in 2013 when she received the Bavarian State Award for the Advancement of Arts in the category “Performing Arts” for her work at the Residence Theatre.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7pm
Tickets $20 / $15 for students
Available at the door or via tiny.cc/regenerate2016
"Regenerate” is an event that will combine multiple mediums of artwork in one place under one concept. The evening will begin as a gallery viewing and end with a musical performance. There will be a cash bar, parking, and tickets available at the door.
The Art of the Piano: John Stetch
Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Student
John is on a Pan-Canadian tour that starts off in Ottawa, then Gallery 345, then Montreal, Edmonton, Victoria, Regina, Saskatoon.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, John Stetch was exposed to the sounds of jazz at an early age. His father always tuned in to the local jazz radio station in the car, had a large jazz record collection, and taught Stetch the basics of clarinet. Stetch was born with jazz in his blood, as 2 of his uncles were also performers and founding fathers of the Yardbird Suite, now one of the most successful jazz clubs in Canada. In his early teens, Stetch remembers reading his Dad’s Benny Goodman transcriptions and Jimmy Dorsey’s “Hot Licks”, then later switching to alto sax and playing along with Paul Desmond solos by ear and trying to make sense out of the Charlie Parker Omnibook. By his 2nd year of college, he dropped everything to go from casual ‘horn-player’s piano’ to full-time piano studies.
The Ukrainian community was a huge influence on Stetch as well, and he spent many years singing, playing and dancing to ethnic folk music. His first teenage show-biz experience was playing dozens of engagements with Dumka, a Ukrainian wedding band.
After earning a music degree in jazz piano studies at McGill University, Stetch began touring and recording across Canada and eventually accumulated 6 Juno Award nominations over 20 years. He won the Prix du Jazz at the Montreal International Festival and has been frequently recorded by the CBC.
After relocating to New York City in 1993 he became a decade-long sideman with Rufus Reid, and has performed around the world at some of the most prestigious jazz venues. He has recorded and/or performed with Jim Black, Seamus Blake, Anat Cohen, Javon Jackson, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Jorge Rossi, Charlie Haden, Reid Anderson, Chris Cheek, Victor Lewis, Hank Roberts, Ben Street, Reggie Workman, Billy Hart and others. He has recently been collaborating with classical and world musicians also, and his recent compositions reflect those flavors. Stetch has been commissioned to write for the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Borealis String Quartet, his own solo performances, and recently performed his Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano.
Stetch is one of a handful of jazz artists to have recorded a solo piano trilogy, and with this he received unanimous praise, including Down Beat calling the debut trilogy release, Ukrainiainsim, "one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years". Standards and Exponentially Monk, also part of this series, brought in equally glowing reviews, consistently attesting to Stetch’s originality and virtuosity. Now with 13 CDs under his own name, Utne Reader called his music "bold and vital jazz for the 21st century”. A Steinway Artist, Stetch has been featured on several NPR shows: "Piano Jazz", with Marian McPartland, "Jazz Set" with Branford Marsalis, "Weekend Edition" with Leanne Hansen.
Stetch’s 2009 CD – “TV Trio” consists entirely of TV themes from the 70’s and 80’s. Shortly after being released to radio, TV Trio quickly placed #13 on the U.S.A. JazzWeek chart, and remained in the top 20 for a month.
His most recent Juno-Nominated CD “Off With The Cuffs” is a solo piano recording of his own arrangements, re-compositions and improvisations on iconic gems of Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Shostakovich. John Stetch is currently based in Harlem, New York City.
Antoine Pierlot, cello and Jason Cutmore, piano
Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 8 pm
French cellist Antoine Pierlot and Canadian-American pianist Jason Cutmore team up from across the Atlantic to present a concert of French and Franco-Canadian masterpieces, including Saint-Saens’ riveting cello Sonata #1.
G. Fauré - Elégie op. 24
C. Debussy - Sonata in D minor
- I . Prologue (Lent – sostenuto e molto risoluto)
- II. Serenade & Final (Moderement anime – Anime)
N. Boulanger - Trois pieces
- I. Modere
- II. Sans vitesse et a l’aise
- III. Vite et nerveusement rythme)
A. Prevost - Sonata No. 2
C. Saint-Saens - Sonata No. 1 in C minor, op. 32
- Andante tranquillo sostenuto
- Allegro moderato
Nominated for the Victoires de la Musique 2009 as « instrumental soloist revelation » and elected « classical revelation » by ADAMI in 2006, Antoine Pierlot is a prizewinner of the Fondation de France and the Fondation Natixis.
Born to musician parents, Antoine Pierlot began to play the cello at the age of five, first studying with Elizabeth Chenivesse and Jean Huchot, then with Philippe Bary and Carlos Dourthé. He entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in 2001 to study with Roland Pidoux and Xavier Phillips. Four years later, he won a first prize summa cum laude and the first prize of chamber music with Olivia Hughes and David Fray. Simultaneously, he also received coaching from Young-Chang Cho, Eberhard Feltz, and the Ysaye Quartett. In 2004, he won a first prize at the Festival d'Automne des Jeunes Interprètes which gives him the opportunity to play the greatest concertos of the cello repertoire.
He is now regularly invited to perform in France and worldwide as soloist with various orchestras (Strasbourg Philarmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Les Siècles, Orchestre Philarmonique de Nice... under the baton of Marc Albrecht, Grzegorz Nowak, François-Xavier Roth...), in recitals and with chamber partners, notably with Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Karine Deshayes, Svetlin Roussev, Anne Queffelec, Barbara Hendricks, Priya Mitchell, Maurice Bourgue, Guillaume Coppola, Magali Léger, David Grimal, Marielle Nordmann, Nathalie Manfrino, and Jason Cutmore. Invitations to many festivals have followed, including The Folles journées de Nantes, the Flâneries musicales de Reims, the Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, Ottawa Chamberfest, Nortalje Kammermusik Festival, Bremen Musikfestival, Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo and others.
Since 2008, he has been a member of the Contraste ensemble, alongside Geneviève Laurenceau, Pierre Fouchenneret, Arnaud Thorette, Maria Mosconi and Johan Farjot, with whom he looks towards new musical horizons (tango, musicals, etc.).
He has participated in about 10 recordings devoted to chamber music by Mendelssohn, Fauré, Villa-Lobos, Beffa and others for different labels (Zig-Zag, Triton, Timpani…). In 2011, with Abdel Rahman El Bacha and Olivier Charlier, he records Frédéric Chopin's sonata and trio for the Transart Live label. His latest recording, dedicated to Benjamin Britten's suites for solo cello, recently released by Transart Live, was rewarded by Télérama's "ffff.”
Pianist Jason Cutmore has performed solo recitals and collaborative concerts throughout North America, Europe and India. Mr. Cutmore made his Chicago recital debut in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in 2005 with an all-Liszt program which was broadcast live on radio and television. Since then he has returned twice to the Hess series, and has performed in Canada’s Elora, Music Niagara, and Colours of Music festivals, “Sundays Live” in Los Angeles, Calgary’s “Celebrity Series,” and at venues in New York City, San Francisco, Toronto, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Edmonton and elsewhere across North America. His concert performances, and an ardent interest in foreign travel, have frequently taken him abroad to Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, and India. These performances have included appearances at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Mumbai), the Alliance Francaise (Bangalore), and the India International Centre (New Delhi), as well as at the Franz Liszt Museum in Budapest, and Bartok Hall in Szombathely, Hungary.
In 2008, Mr. Cutmore’s debut commercial CD, an album of piano music by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla on Centaur Records, was released to critical acclaim. Gramophone magazine declared that “more than a few orchestras can learn from Cutmore’s perfectly placed accents and ideal dance tempi” and Classicstoday.com called it “a first-rate release.”
An avid interest in chamber music has led to many musical collaborations, both traditional and unusual, including past partnerships formed with Lithuanian pianist Guoda Gedvilaite, and with concert organist Daniel Sullivan. One of Mr. Cutmore’s current projects is a collaboration with narrator (and former CBC radio personality) Rick Phillips, in works for solo piano and narrator by great composers such as Debussy, Roussel, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens and others, in live concert performances for children.
Mr. Cutmore’s major teachers have included Stephanie Brown, Robert Shannon, and Michael Massey. Currently based in a New York City suburb, Jason Cutmore is originally from Edmonton, Canada, and serves as the Director of Alberta Pianofest. Additionally, Mr. Cutmore was recently appointed to the faculties of two historic community music schools in Manhattan, the Third Street Music School Settlement, and Turtle Bay Music School. (www.JasonCutmore.com)
Theremin & Piano music set to Lotte Reiniger's silent
full-length animation film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" (1926)
+ Animating Sound with the Theremin (Workshop)
"The theremin isn't an instrument that lends itself to hero worship, but ever since we saw Pamelia pluck an astonishing walking bass line out of thin air in the documentary MOOG we've been genuflecting with reckless abandon. Novelty value aside, (her) gift on her wonky instrument is profound and generous. She's based in Vienna now, so you won't want to miss this relatively rare local date. " - TimeOut New York
Monday October 3, 2016
WORKSHOP 5pm-7pm, $15
ANIMATING with the THEREMIN to bring sound to life! From first-timers to the more experienced, the workshop is open to all ages. We'll explore the basics of how it works, as well as more advanced techniques like pizzicato, legato, and aerial fingerings as well as working with effects processing pedals. If you have your own theremin, please bring it along because no two instruments have the same range/parameters.
PERFORMANCE/SCREENING 8pm, $15 /$10 students *suggested donation
Live musical performance incorporating compositions by Ravel, Bartok, Moussorgsky, and more - plus original incidental music and soundscapes complimenting the stunning visuals of one of the first full-length feature animation films ever made, "the Adventures of Prince Achmed" by Lotte Reiniger, 1926 (circa 60 minutes)
Pamelia Stickney, theremin + processing
Marie-Theres Rauba, piano
"She was born with Magic Hands." - Jean Renoir
Inspired by Indonesian shadow puppet theatre, Lotte Reiniger invented a silhouette animation technique involving manipulated cutouts made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead under a camera, shot frame by frame. Her groundbreaking work in the art of animation was an inspiration not only to film-makers (such as Disney) but also to generations of artists.
Thank you to the Austrian Culture Forum Toronto & the Austrian Federal Chancellery dept. of Art & Culture for their support towards bringing Pamelia to Toronto (and the U.S.) to perform.
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To learn more about Lotte Reiniger, start with this link to a recent article in the Guardian.
HUBSCH MARTEL ZOUBEK
Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8 pm
Tickets $20 / $15 for students
Carl Ludwig Hübsch (Germany) - tuba, objects
Pierre-Yves Martel (Canada) - viola da gamba, harmonica
Philip Zoubek (Austria) - prepaed piano
Music that transports the listener to wondrous landscapes of secrecy and transparency. Highly virtuosic and with a rich vocabulary of extended techniques, these three musicians tell a captivating story. A quiet and pointillistic communication and a surprisingly new combination of instruments: viola da gamba, piano and tuba.
Hübsch Martel Zoubek have been performing as a trio since 2012. Since releasing their first album June 16th on the Berlin-based label Schraum, they have performed concerts across Europe, two of which were recorded by the ORF (austrian national radio) and Radio-France. They will be releasing a second album this fall on Tour de bras Records and performing 18 concerts across Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany and Norway.
The Art of the Piano: Marco Grieco
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Students
Choral Prelude in g minor, No. 7 BWV 659, "Nun Komm der HeidenHeiland”
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31.2, "The Tempest"
Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31
The Evocative Power of Classical and Romantic Composers
"...one of the most interesting performers that Italian music has generated in the last years...young and established talent in the survey of the Italian classical music"
- Tra la Terra e il Cielo
"Endowed by expressive, elegant and controlled nature, he has performed important pages of the piano repertoire with great mastery.”
- Messaggero Veneto
Born in Foggia (Italy), Marco Grieco obtained his diploma in piano at the "Umberto Giordano" Music Conservatory in Foggia with highest honors under the guidance of A. Drago.
During this period, he won a scholarship sponsored by the Conservatory, through which he took part in a master class given by Alexander Lonquich in Rhodes Garganico and held during the "Gargano festival," in which he performed at the final concert. He was also selected by the Director of the Conservatory for the initiative "Conservatories meet up" in which the best students of Apulian Conservatories performed at other Conservatories of the same region. For some years, he continued his studies privately with Pasquale Iannone and attended many seminars and courses in piano technique and interpretation with the following Professors: M. Mollova, (Sofia, Bulgaria), F.J. Thiollier ("Scuola del Trio di Trieste") A. Lonquich (Garganico Rhodes), M. Matarrese (Bari and Lucera).
Since 2008, he has won awards in more than 35 national and international music and piano competitions including: Caramanico Terme "Paolo Barrasso" 2008 (1st absolute prize with 100/100 and winner of international competition), "Prix Ars Nova" 2008 in Teramo (1st absolute prize with 100/100 and winner of international competition) "V.Bellini" 2008 in Gragnano (1st absolute prize competition), Massafra International Music Competition "Valeria Martina" 2007 (1st prize), Pontedera - International Music Competition "Toscana Classica" 2008 (2nd prize).
The Art of the Piano: Andrew Shapiro
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students
"a warm blend of spare, classically influenced pieces with just enough pop sensibility to make them accessible...it shimmers in its minimalist strokes."
-Arkansas Democrat Gazette
“Very cool music...I love this piano etude that I’m listening to as I write this...I’m reminded of bits of [Steve] Reich, [Philip] Glass, Sigur Ros, Cocteau Twins and Radiohead, intertwined with an aching longing and lots of integrity.”
- Vernon Reid, Living Colour
Andrew Shapiro is a composer and songwriter who blends his two biggest musical influences: '80s New Wave pop and Philip Glass minimalism.
Shapiro's music is regularly played on radio worldwide and he has been featured in The New Yorker, ABC News, CNN, Gramophone, and Daily Candy. His cinematic piano track Mint Green has proved wildly popular with a Pandora play count of over 6.5 million.
His moody synth-pop debut album, Invisible Days, was chosen as one of the "Top 12" independently produced recordings of 2003 by Performing Songwriter magazine. Shapiro's three solo piano albums, Intimate Casual (2012), Numbers, Colors and People (2009) and Piano 3 (2016) were created with Philip Glass producer Michael Riesman.
Pink Jean Mint Green, a synthpop album featuring a collaboration with acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, is set for release on June 24, 2016.
He writes original music for notable film and theater projects, and his music appears in a wide variety of national and international film and television productions ranging from reality TV to a Clio Award-winning spot for cancer awareness.
Performance highlights include The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), the Exit Festival (Serbia), TED, Bard College, Joe's Pub, Gracie Mansion, Bargemusic and the Wordless Music Series at Le Poisson Rouge, New York. He was also the subject of an extensive profile in the New York Times entitled "Quarter Pounder With Keys" for his weekly Sunday solo piano performances at McDonald's in downtown Manhattan.
Shapiro is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Raised in Larchmont, NY, he lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his wife and son.
Henri Dutilleux - A Portrait from the Piano
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Students
“…the pianist Katherine Dowling gave crystalline performances, which balanced gestural expressiveness and careful attention to color.” - The New York Times
“…played with effortless incisiveness by Katherine Dowling.” - The Boston Globe
“The redoubtable Katherine Dowling once again returned to make short work of the technical challenges, and astonishingly once again played entirely from memory.” - The Boston Musical Intelligencer
“The evening’s finale, it produced the most electrifying performance, a tour de force by Katherine Dowling.” - The Berkshire Eagle
Petit air pour dormir debout (1981)
Au gré des ondes (1946)
I. Prélude en berceuse
IV. Mouvement perpetuel
V. Hommage à Bach
Trois préludes (1973-1988)
I. D’Ombre et de silence
II. Sur le même accord
III. Le jeu des contraires
Sonate pour piano (1950)
I. Allegro con moto
III. Choral et variations
Award-winning Canadian pianist Katherine Dowling has performed across North America and the United Kingdom. Equally compelling as a solo, collaborative, and ensemble performer, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University.
Following two seasons as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, Dr. Dowling was awarded the Henri Kohn Memorial Prize and selected as pianist for the New Fromm Players (the contemporary ensemble-in-residence of the center). She joined Gruppo Montebello in 2011, an all-star chamber ensemble directed by Henk Guittart (Schoenberg Quartet); the group’s debut recordings appears on the Etcetera label, under the umbrella of New Arts International. Dr. Dowling is further familiar to audiences through her close association with The Banff Centre, where she has held numerous solo and collaborative residencies, as well as through her involvement with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove.
Recent engagements include a cross-Canada tour with violinist Joshua Peters under the auspices of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, her solo debut with the Britten-Pears Festival Orchestra under the baton of Oliver Knussen at the Aldeburgh Festival, regular performances as a member of California-based ensemble Son à Trois, and appearances at the Ottawa, Regina, and Silicon Valley Chamber Music Festivals. She has enjoyed collaborating with esteemed artists including Marianne Pousseur, the Jupiter String Quartet, instrumentalists Shauna Rolston, Lara St. John, Joel Sachs, and Marc Destrubé, composers John Harbison, Anthony Cheung, Marco Stroppa and david lang, and visual artist Andrea Büttner.
She credits her teacher Gil Kalish, as well as Henri-Paul Sicsic and Janice Elliot-Denike, as the major influences in her musical life.
Bryn Roberts, piano and Lage Lund, guitar
“Nightsong” Album Release Concert
Saturday October 29, 2016 at 8 pm
Pianist and composer Bryn Roberts is based in New York City, where he is in demand in a wide variety of musical contexts.
Roberts has performed extensively as a sideman and a leader, appearing regularly in New York's prestigious jazz clubs including the Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls, Mezzrow, the 55 Bar and the Jazz Gallery. An acclaimed composer and bandleader, he has three albums out featuring his own music: his debut "Present Tense", "Ludlow" (featuring Seamus Blake, Drew Gress and Mark Ferber on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label), and his most recent release, “Fables” (featuring Seamus Blake, Orlando le Fleming and Johnathan Blake).
Bryn has toured widely with his own groups including international festival, radio, and club appearances across the US, Canada, the UK, and Spain. His most recent tour took him to Japan where he led a trio featuring Rodney Green and Joe Martin in a series of appearances, including a concert for the national broadcaster NHK.
In addition to his work as a leader, Roberts is also an original member of the Nonet led by Grammy nominee Alan Ferber, and has recorded with the group for a series of critically acclaimed releases: "Scenes From An Exit Row", "The Compass”, "Chamber Songs" and “Roots and Transitions”.
Bryn’s most recent project is a duo collaboration with the celebrated guitarist Lage Lund. Their first album together, “Nightsong”, is to be released this fall. Longtime colleagues, they and have been playing together in different situations in New York for over a decade, but have recently begun exploring the freedoms and possibilities of the more intimate duo format. Their varied repertoire draws from their wide range of influences, and includes their own original compositions, new takes on standards from the American songbook, and re-workings of Brazilian songs.
Lage Lund is acclaimed not only as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also one of the most compelling jazz artists in the world today. A regular in the “Rising star – Guitar” category in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll, he has been hailed by Pat Metheny as a favorite young guitarist, and is “all music and all soul” according to Russell Malone - one of the judges who awarded Lund top prize in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
Armed with a mastery of the standard repertoire and a growing and impressive body of original compositions, Lund swings with great authority, displaying a staggering harmonic sophistication and a singularly fluid voice as a soloist. He also brings a “casually magnetic” presence to the stage, “channeling reticence into a whisper-quiet mystique” (New York Times).
Born and raised in Norway, Lund relocated to Boston after high school on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. In 2002 he moved to New York and soon became the first electric guitarist ever to enroll at the Juilliard School of Music. In the years since his Monk Competition victory, he has become a sought-after sideman with the David Sanchez Quartet, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Mingus Orchestra and many more. He has been fortunate enough to work with elder statesmen and peers alike: Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Danilo Perez,Wynton Marsalis, FLY, Marcus Strickland, Will Vinson, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott, and Carmen Lundy among others.
With four releases on the Criss Cross label including Unlikely Stories - a vibrant set of original tunes with a superb supporting cast. 2015 brings Idlewild - the third record featuring bassist Ben Street and drummer Bill Stewart but the first in a trio setting. The results are stellar as Lund continues to refine his artistry, bringing tonal clarity and an unerring sense of proportion to music.
Also on released in 2015 is the OWL Trio – Arts and Letters EP, a follow up to their critically acclaimed eponymous debut (selected as one of iTunes US “best of 2013”) as well as Maria Schneider Orchestras highly celebrated Thompson Fields – the title track being a feature for Lund.
Through stateside appearances and live engagements throughout Europe, Japan and around the world, Lund has ascended to the highest ranks as a performer and a creative force. He is among those setting the agenda for jazz improvisation in the 21st century.
“Of the younger cats, Lage Lund is THE one. He’s a wonderful player, scary actually!”
– Kurt Rosenwinkel
The Art of the Violin: Elissa Lee
Sunday October 30, 2016 at 8 pm
Winner of the 23rd Eckhardt-Gramatté Strings Competition, Elissa Lee has appeared as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Boris Brott Festival Orchestra, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l‘Orchestre de Chambre de Montréal and the Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestra.
Elissa Lee was born in Toronto, Canada where she studied with Victor Danchenko at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and, extensively, with Lorand Fenyves at the University of Toronto where she received a masters degree in performance. As an undergraduate she was the recipient of the prestigious Eaton Scholarship. Elissa Lee then moved to Germany to study privately with Andreas Reiner in Munich and Thomas Brandis at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. There she won second prize in the Gyarfas Competition and her graduation recital was awarded with Excellence. These studies were made possible by two Chalmers Performing Arts Training Grants from the Ontario Arts Council and a Canada Council Grant.
Elissa Lee has held positions as second concertmaster in both the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the WDR Sinfonie Orchester. Elissa Lee is now enjoying a busy freelance career, frequently on tour performing in the greatest concerts halls and festivals in Europe. She has performed as Concertmaster with the Rundfunk Orchester München, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the KlangVerwaltung Orchestra in Munich, and Festival Strings Luzern, and in leading positions with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Luxembourg Philhamonic and the Canadian Opera Company. She has also been a guest of world renowned Chamber of Orchestra of Europe, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked under the baton of Claudio Abaddo, Simon Rattle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink and Daniel Harding.
Elissa Lee has had a busy chamber music life as first violinist of the Kamareli Quartet and the Bomari String Quartet. As a chamber musician she has performed with Louie Lortie, Augustin Dumay, Anton Kuerti, Pascal Devoyon, Kevin Fitzgerald, Lawrence Lesser, and Shauna Rolston amongst others and has been a frequent participant of Open Chamber Music in Prussia Cove, England. With pianist Jeanie Chung she won second prize at the 2001 Caltanisetta International Chamber Music Competition and received Honorable Mention at the Vittorio Due Competition in Florence. Elissa Lee joined Ensemble Made in Canada in 2010, which performing concerts and tours throughout Canada.
The Art of the Flute
Leslie Newman, flute & Erica Goodman, harp
Sunday November 6, 2016 at 8 pm
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Leslie and Erica’s performances have taken them from Edmonton to Montreal, including a recital on Music Toronto’s renowned chamber music series at the Jane Mallett Theatre. Critics have praised their performances of Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra:
“Their cohesion and almost telepathic empathy melded into what was a utter delight…Enthralled and mesmerized are descriptions that come immediately to mind.”
– Ontario Arts Review
and with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra:
“Both very elegant and responding smoothly to each other as two musicians having long played together, they dominated the stage…overshadowing everything around them…”
– Claude Gingras, La Presse, Montreal)
“To play as powerfully, as sensitively and as flawlessly as flutist Leslie Newman did…is to write the book on stamina and musical excellence. Bottom line: one of the highlights of the season.” This is how critics have described Leslie who, since her Toronto Symphony Orchestra debut at the age of eighteen, performing Carl Nielsen’s formidable Flute Concerto under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, has developed a loyal audience with her lyricism, technical command and musical integrity.
Leslie Newman is the principal flute with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, a post she has held since 2008. As guest principal flute, she has played with the Hallé Orchestra under Kent Nagano, the Bournemouth Symphony, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, National Ballet Orchestra and Esprit. She has toured through Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Europe and the U.S. with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
As soloist, Leslie has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra. She has presented recitals across the UK, with numerous BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, including two live recital broadcasts from the world-famous Wigmore Hall, and throughout Canada, including Jeunesses Musicales and Debut Atlantic tours and numerous national and regional CBC broadcasts. Other notable recital engagements include at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Taipei’s National Concert Hall and the National Museum in Bogotá, Colombia. Festival appearances include Banff, Belle-Ile (France), Bogotá, Salzburg, Sorrento, Sweetwater, the Stratford International Flute Festival (UK), Ottawa’s Chamberfest and the Oregon Bach Festival.
Leslie’s debut CD, Beyond the Iron Curtain, released by CALA/United, was described by Gramophone Magazine as an “…immensely worthwhile contribution to the catalogue.” Her second solo CD, Opera Fantaisie, was described as “…faultless, perhaps even definitive readings of repertoire from the ‘golden age of the flute” (Wholenote Magazine).
At the age of seventeen, Leslie won First Prize in the Canadian National Competitive Festival of Music. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto, where she studied with Douglas Stewart, she was awarded a Canada Council Grant to study with the legendary Thomas Nyfenger at Yale University. While still a student at Yale, Leslie won Top Prize in the woodwind category of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s National Young Performers’ Competition. Upon completion of her Master’s degree at Yale University, where she was named Outstanding Performance Major, Leslie moved to New York where she continued her studies with Julius Baker at the renowned Juilliard School.
Leslie lives in Toronto and teaches at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.
Erica Goodman is arguably the most prominent Canadian harpist of her generation, and easily among the top several from North America. Her technique is all-encompassing and her interpretive skills incisive and imaginative. To say her repertory is broad and eclectic would be an understatement: she performs works from all periods, from Baroque (Handel, Couperin, Lully, and many others) to contemporary (Elliott Carter, Crumb, Hovhaness); from little known composers (François Joseph Gossec, Louis-François Dauprat, Marjan Mozetich) to well-known composers not associated with the harp (Donizetti, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and Satie), as well as women composers (Sophia Corri Dussek, Barbara Pentland, and Alexina Louie). And, of course, she has regularly appeared at the world's major concert venues as soloist, chamber player, and recitalist. Goodman has made over 30 recordings spread over several labels, including Naxos, BIS, CBC, Marquis, and Opening Day.
Erica Goodman was born in Toronto, Canada, on January 19, 1948. Her father was violinist Hyman Goodman. Young Erica began studying piano in 1958, and a year later, without abandoning piano, took up the harp. In her early years Goodman's harp teachers included Charles Kleinsteuber, Judy Loman, and Carol Baum. At the Curtis Institute (1967-1969) she studied harp with Marilyn Costello.
Goodman launched her professional career with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, serving as second harpist from 1962-1966, returning for a second stint in 1969-1973. During this last period she debuted as a soloist (1969) in the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1970 she teamed with fellow Toronto Symphony member, flutist Robert Aitken, to form the Aitken-Goodman Duo. The two toured the U.S. with the American chamber group Tashi in 1976. That same year Goodman gave the highly praised premiere of the Oskar Morawetz Harp Concerto in Guelph, Ontario. She would commission and perform many other important harp works, like 1979 Milton Barnes' Variations for harp solo.
Goodman was given the prestigious Mona Bates Award in 1978 for her exceptional artistry. In 1980 she and Aitken won the Grand Prix du Disque Canada for their BIS LP entitled Flute and Harp. Throughout the 1980s and beyond, Goodman freelanced and continued performing in the Aitken-Goodman Duo. She also played in other chamber groups, including the Trio Toronto, Galliard Ensemble, and Trio Lyra. Goodman remained busy in the new century. Her later recordings included the 2008 Naxos CD of Elliott Carter's Mosaic.