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CD release: The Test - Christian Overton Quintet

Wednesday September 17th, 2014 @ 8:00PM
$10 or $20 with a CD (cash only)

Christian Overton, Trombone
Shirantha Beddage, Woodwinds Todd Pentney, Piano
Justin Gray, Bass
Morgan Childs, Drums

Over a year in the making, this CD is the debut release for the Christian Overton Quintet, and exciting contemporary jazz group featuring some of the city's most innovative musicians. The group will be performing compositions from their much anticipated CD "The Test" which will be available for the first time!

Christian Overton, trombonist & composer

Christian OvertonOriginally from Sudbury Ontario, Christian Overton is now one of the most in demand trombonists and composers in Toronto in every scene from jazz and rock to salsa, R&B, theatre work and everything in between. He has a degree from Humber College where he studied with some of the nation’s top jazz musicians including Pat LaBarbera, John MacLeod, and Alistair Kay. Christian has also completed a Masters degree at the University of Toronto studying with Kelsley Grant, Gary Kulesha and Tim Ries.

Jazz collaborations include: Hermeto Pascoal, John Clayton, Peter Appleyard, Jane Bunnett, Bill Dobbins, The Art of Jazz Orchestra, The Don Thompson Big Band, John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra, The Art of Time Ensemble, NOJO and Gary Morgan’s Panamerican All Stars from New York as well as many other acts.

Non Jazz collaborations include: Glass Tiger, Jully Black, Sloan, Bedouin Soundclash, Do Make Say Think, Classic Albums Live, Alain Trudel, Alfredo De La Fe, Roberto Blades, Willie Torres, KC Roberts & the Live Revolution and many others.

Currently composer for his own Composers Collective Big Band and Quintet, he has composed for several television projects as well as commissions for recent visits by Ranee Lee and Dave Douglas and for countless jazz and chamber groups.

Recently Christian has launched Clovertone Music Publishing, an innovative sheet music publishing company designed to get customized Canadian material in to the classroom and connect today’s professional musicians with the next generation.

" a crowd-silencing trombone solo from Christian Overton" NOW Magazine 2014

Christian is proud to be a Yamaha artist! |

Voci Angelica Trio
Common Ground: Songs of Home, Love, Loss and Prayer

Thursday October 2, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
$20; $10 Students (Cash only at the door)

The phrase “common ground” is defined as “a foundation for mutual understanding.”  Using its own arrangements of global folk songs, Voci Angelica Trio aims to create a musical foundation for diverse cultures to come together.  The Trio’s program is filled with musical fusion: mixing sounds from different countries together.  Audiences will find themselves surrounded by the interwoven beauty of cello, voices, and percussion.


Re-imagining the boundaries of traditional folk music, Voci Angelica Trio’s riveting arrangements of global songs from every continent leave audiences mesmerized.  Shimmering vocal harmonies intertwine with lush cello lines and vibrant percussion to create a musical fusion that transcends cultural divisions.

What started as a side project building on its members’ diverse ethnic backgrounds has become a musical mission.  More than just a performance group, Voci Angelica Trio is a humanitarian force promoting social justice and cultural understanding.  “We believe that one of the best ways to pursue peace is to sing one another’s songs,” says trio member Jodi Hitzhusen.  Meena Malik adds, “We see ourselves as musical ambassadors, using our performances to raise public awareness of diverse cultures and the issues they face.”

The name “Voci Angelica” is Latin for “voices of angels.”  Latin is a root language from which many others grew, just as the Trio believes that every culture is rooted in common desires.  Aristides Rivas concludes, “Music goes beyond language, religion, and politics.  It connects us to our humanity.” For more information, visit:

Trio D'Argento
Saturday October 4, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
$20/$10 Students (Cash only)

Sibylle Marquardt, flute and alto flute
Peter Stoll, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone
Anna Ronai, piano


  • Leopold Mozart Divertimento in C-Major for flute, clarinet and piano
  • Florent Schmitt Sonatine for flute, clarinet and piano Op. 85
  • intermission
  • Camille Saint-Saens Tarantella for flute, clarinet and piano
  • Henri Sauget Concert a trois pour Fronsac for flute, saxophone and piano
  • Claude Bolling Suite for flute/alto flute, bass clarinet and piano

Trio d'argentoThree virtuosi join together in the exciting group, Trio D'Argento. Sibylle, Anna and Peter bring a superb level of excellence to the performance of their virtuoso arrangements and original pieces, but combine this with a fun relaxed and conversational atmosphere on stage.

Over the past few years, the trio has appeared in concerts for the Sarnia, Muskoka, Orangeville, and Brantford Musical Club concert series, twice at McMaster University, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto campuses. They have also performed three times for Caledon East Chamber Music, twice for the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society and are now preparing for their Music Toronto debut at the St. Lawrence Centre.

From the classics to jazz to exotic world music, these brilliant musicians provide lively and entertaining concerts with spoken introductions to each piece. Sibylle and Peter play many different sizes of flutes, clarinets and saxophones, creating a wide and ever-changing array of sound colours, combined with Anna's sparkling pianism.

Anna Ronai - Piano

Canadian/Austrian pianist Anna Ronai has collaborated with such distinguished singers as Michelle Breedt, Bernarda Fink, Robert Holl, and instrumentalists Ulrike Anton and Brooks de Wetter-Smith. Anna has performed at major venues in Europe, North America and China, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, Gläserner Saal, Musikverein, and Schubert Saal, Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Anna maintained vocal and instrumental coaching and accompanying positions at the Vienna and Innsbruck Conservatories, and the Institute for European Studies, also in Vienna. She has played for master-classes with esteemed artists including Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson and Linda Watson. Anna has appeared and placed in several major Lied Duo competitions such as the Robert Schumann Duo Competition, Zwickau, Germany, the East & West Artists International Auditions, New York, U.S.A and Schubert und die Moderne in Graz, Austria.

Anna is a graduate of the Music University of the Arts Vienna, and holds two Masters degrees, one in Piano Performance and the other in Collaborative Piano.

In 2009 Anna moved to Canada, and took the position of vocal coach and accompanist at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. She is an active performer at concerts and recitals across Ontario; recently Anna participated at the John Weinzweig Centenary Concert at the University of Toronto. She has also played several concerts with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, including a piece by First Nations composer Barbara Croall, Sound of the Drum.

Sibylle Marquardt, Flute

A native of Germany, Sibylle Marquardt moved to Canada in 1997. Her orchestral career began at the early age of 23, when she was regularly hired as 2nd flute/piccolo with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich under Sir Colin Davis, touring to Italy and Japan. She went on to join the orchestral program of the Deutsche Opera Berlin and held a solo flute/solo piccolo position at the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Donald Runnicles. She was a substitute player with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Gaertnerplatz Theater Munich, Bern and Biel Symphony Orchestras. She has also played with the Windsor Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonia and the Oshawa Durham Symphony amongst others, as well as in productions of the Phantom of the Opera and the Beauty and the Beast in Toronto.

She is a member of the ERGO ensemble, specializing in modern music, as well as the Trio D'Argento and Duo Resonance with whom she performs regularly all over Ontario. In Germany she was a founding member of Trio Resonance, which was an established ensemble at numerous high-profile concert venues and festivals throughout Germany and Switzerland.

Sibylle's teachers include Hermann Klemeyer, Jean-Claude Gerard and she had lessons with Wolfgang Schulz, Trevor Wye, Geoffrey Gilbert and Aurele Nicolet. She has performed in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Italy, former Czechoslovakia and France, as well as for Radio Canada, the BR Munich and TV and movie productions.

Since 1998 she is on faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the College of Examiners. She is also the visiting artist at the Etobicoke School for the Arts. Sibylle has recorded the CD "From The New Village" with guitarist Wilma van Berkel featuring 20th century music and in the fall of 2014 her new CD with Trio D'Argento and members of the Canadian Brass will be released. WWW.SILVERFLUTE.CA

Peter Stoll, Clarinet

Known for his virtuoso energy on stage and as well as an easy and entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll was a prizewinner in the International Clarinet Society Competition and also Solo Clarinetist with the World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales in Berlin and Vienna. He performs regularly in Toronto with different orchestras and chamber groups, and has toured as soloist and with ensembles to the USA, across Europe and to Russia.

Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music, woodwind performance studies and The Business of Music at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, and is much sought after as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country.
Recent solo and chamber highlights have included a duo recital with pre-eminent Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston, accordion master Joseph Macerollo, the Toronto premiere of a new work by Alexina Louie with the Gryphon Trio, and performances for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen Yi and Anders Hillborg. Peter has played across southern Ontario with his group “Trio d'Argento”, and with the award-winning Cecilia String Quartet at the Barrie Colours of Music festival and the Toronto Music Garden.

Concerto appearances have been with the Toronto Philharmonia and the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, as well as serving as Artist-In-Residence for the Silverthorn Symphonic Winds. In October 2013 he was flown to Tokyo to assist in the Yamaha Music Foundation's international “Junior Original Concert” of young student compositions and improvisations. WWW.PETERSTOLL.CA

Michael Brooker & MB10
Friday October 17, 2014 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students


Led by trombonist, composer and arranger Michael Brooker, a graduate of the University of Toronto Jazz Studies program, this ten-piece ensemble brings together some of the best young musicians of the Toronto music scene. Their mission is to present a program of jazz, funk, indie rock, and original music, with the three tenets of melody, improvisation and groove as their backbone. After playing to several packed houses at The Central, Chalker’s Pub, Gallery 345, Tranzac, and The Rex Hotel, MB10 completed it’s inaugural 2013-2014 season with the release of its’ first recording entitled Unbound, currently available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play Store, and Bandcamp. Performances and public attention continue to build for MB10’s second season, culminating in the release of its’ first studio LP slated for June 2015.  

Belinda Corpuz - Voice 
Brad Eaton - Trumpet, Flugelhorn 
Taylor Cook - Alto and Soprano Saxophones 
Jeff LaRochelle - Tenor Saxophone 
Michael Brooker - Trombone, Voice, Compositions and Arrangements 
Alexei Orechin - Guitar
Jacob Damelin - Piano, Keyboards 
Jeff Deegan - Electric Bass 
Malcolm Connor - Acoustic Bass 
Mark Ballyk - Drums

Michael Brooker is a Toronto-based trombonist, composer, bandleader, arranger, and teacher with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto. Having worked and performed with such musical luminaries as Allen Vizzutti, Alastair Kay, Gordon Wolfe, Chase Sanborn, Terry Promane, Mike Murley, David Liebman, Jim Lewis, Donny McCaslin, and Kirk MacDonald, Michael is quickly proving himself as one of Canada’s emerging young artists.

In addition to performing in dozens of jazz, classical, pop, salsa, indie, and ska ensembles at such storied venues as Roy Thomson Hall, Massey Hall, The Rogers Centre, The Rex Hotel, the Jane Mallett Theatre, The Old Mill Inn and Spa, Lula Lounge, the Horseshoe Tavern, the Opera House, Gate 403 and many more, Michael is beginning to make his mark as a composer and arranger as well.

Writing for dozens of different musical configurations in the jazz and classical idioms, including a ten-piece all-brass medley of the music of Michael Jackson for solo tuba, Michael values composition and arranging as much as his playing. Upon releasing two albums in Fall 2013, the first entitled Reflections, playing the music of saxophonist Mike Murley in the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Gordon Foote with Murley as featured soloist, and the second entitled Rebirth, with the University of Toronto 12tet led by Terry Promane, which features one of his compositions, Michael quickly formed his own ten piece ensemble - Michael Brooker & MB10 - as a vehicle to exhibit his original works. Now in its second season, MB10 is excited to return to the Toronto music scene fresh from the release of Unbound, a four track EP of original music available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play Store, and Bandcamp.  

Jacques Israelievitch, violin, Benjamin Smith, piano, Jihyun Ahn, cello
Sunday October 19, 2014 @ 7:30pm

$20/$10 Students


  • Mozart Trio in C Major K.548
  • Arvo Pärt Mozart-Adagio (1992)
  • Shostakovich Trio #1 Op.8
  • Intermission
  • Tchaikovsky Trio in a minor Op.50

Jacques Israelievitch, violin

Internationally renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch has enjoyed an exciting and varied career as concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and conductor. After making his debut on French National Radio at the age of eleven, Mr. Israelievitch went on to graduate from the Paris Conservatory at sixteen and was subsequently prizewinner at the International Paganini Competition. His teachers include Henryk Szeryng, Janos Starker, William Primrose, and Josef Gingold.

Mr. Israelievitch served as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a record-setting twenty years, and was formerly Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for six years and Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for ten years. He teaches and performs each summer at the Chautauqua Institution and is a faculty member at the University of Toronto and York University. In growing demand as a conductor, he has been Music Director of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra since 2005.

As a soloist, Mr. Israelievitch has collaborated with Solti, Giulini, Slatkin, Davis, and Frühbeck de Burgos, appearing with many of the world’s major orchestras. As a distinguished chamber musician, he has performed with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and Yo-Yo Ma. He is violinist for the New Arts Trio. Mr. Israelievitch’s discography features more than 100 albums including the Juno Award nominated Suite Hebraique and the first-ever complete recording of Kreutzer’s 42 Studies for Solo Violin. He has premiered and recorded several concertos such as R. Murray Schafer’s The Darkly Splendid Earth: The Lonely Traveler.

In 2004, the French government named Mr. Israelievitch Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished contribution to the performing arts in Canada

Benjamin Smith, piano

A native of Chatham, Ontario, pianist Benjamin Smith has performed as soloist and chamber musician across both Canada and the United States. He has been a laureate of numerous competitions, including the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, the 2008 CMC Stepping Stone Competition, and the 2003 Edward Johnson Piano Competition. Orchestral appearances include the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Orchestra London, the Windsor Symphony, the Clairion Symphony, and the New Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, he was a featured soloist in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. The 2010/11 season saw him perform the Schoenberg Piano Concerto under maestro Rossen Milanov, as well as appear as guest artist on both the Toronto Summer Music and the Banff Summer Arts festivals. Highlights of 2012 included a recital collaboration with internationally-renowned cellist Colin Carr, and a performance of the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 4 with the University of Toronto Hart House Orchestra under Henry Janzen. Still upcoming for this year is a concert in December with cellist Dongkyun An at the PianoForte Salon in Chicago.

A proponent of new music and a regular member of the Esprit Orchestra, Ben also devotes much time to chamber music. He has been heard in this capacity on Classical 96.3 in Toronto, and has partnered with artists such as Bonnie Hampton, Mark Fewer, Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio), Sonic Escape, the Talisker Players, the Annex String Quartet, and members of Amici and the Cecilia String Quartet. He has also worked with prominent conductors Steven Schick, Joel Sachs, and Werner Herbers, as well as composers John Corigliano, Reinaldo Moya, Bob Becker, and Chandler Carter.

Dr. Smith currently serves as a coach and collaborator for the Glenn Gould School (GGS) and the Young Artist Academy at the RCM. Previously, he taught on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario (2005-06), and he has also taught undergraduate piano for the Department of Music at Stony Brook University. His principal teachers include Andrea Battista, James Anagnoson, Julian Martin, and Christina Dahl. Along with a DMA from Stony Brook University, he holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma from the GGS, and a Masters from The Juilliard School.

“Intelligently rounded musicianship.” – The Irish Times

Jihyun Ahn, Cellist

Jihyun Ahn is a native of Seoul, South Korea where she was principal cellist with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a graduate of Seoul National University and holds a Master’s degree from Mannes College of Music in New York City where she studied with renowned cellist Timothy Eddy. In 2008, while completing coursework for her PhD at Seoul National University, Jihyun moved to Canada with her family.

She won 1st prize in the World Daily News music competition, 3rd prize in the Jung-ang Daily News Music competition and 1st prize in the Mannes College Concerto competition. She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mannes College Orchestra. She has also given many recitals and chamber music concerts in New York City and Seoul.

Currently, she is principal cellist with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra. She also regularly gives concerts for a number of charities in the Toronto area.


Zodiac Trio

Monday October 20, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
$20/$10 Students (Cash only)

Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet
Vanessa Mollard, violin
Riko Higuma, piano


  • Andrew List – “Klezmer Fantazye” Canadian Premiere (written for the Zodiac Trio)
  • Dmitry Shostakovich – Three Duets
  • Gian Carlo Minotti – Trio
  • Astor Piazzolla – Verano Portenño (from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
  • Kye Marshall – “Themantics”
  • Béla Bartók - Contrasts

The Zodiac Trio enjoys an international concert schedule that spans three continents and is considered by many to be the premiere ensembles of its kind. Founded in 2006 at Manhattan School of Music in New York, before becoming the first American group and the only ensemble with a wind instrument to enter the esteemed Ysaÿe Quartet Chamber Music program at the Paris Superior Conservatory - the Zodiac Trio has managed to achieve a level of recognition on the international chamber music stage, rarely bestowed upon an ensemble of such untraditional instrumentation.

Amongst its many engagements since its formation, the Zodiac Trio has performed at such leading venues as Ottawa Chamberfest, Festival Radio France Montpellier, International Colmar Festival, the Oriental Performing Arts Center in Shanghai, National Performing Arts Center in Beijing, Izumi Hall in Japan, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Tishman Auditorium and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, UCLA Clark Library in CA; has been broadcast by France 3 Television, Beijing’s CCTV News, Canada’s CBC Radio and Television, NBC, New York’s WXQR (including an hour-long in-studio feature on the Young Artist Showcase), had performances broadcast live on WFMT, featured on WGBH’s “Live from Frasier” in Boston, and has recorded multiple times for Radio France in Paris. In the summer of 2013, the Zodiac Trio succesfully launched the Zodiac International Music Academy & Festival in the South of France, which was attended by over thirty conservatory-level students and presented eight faculty and students concerts during the duration of two weeks.

The Zodiac Trio was originally formed under the guidance of renowned clarinetist David Krakauer and violinist Isodore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio. Shortly after its inception, the Trio was introduced to the New York audience by WQXR’s Bob Sherman, who aired multiple performances by the young ensemble on the “Young Artist Showcase.” Subsequently, the Zodiac Trio gave its official debut at the Kaufman Center, prompting Edith Eisler of the New York Concert Review to describe the young ensemble as “excellent…” praising its “remarkable ability” and“infectious enjoyment of the music.” The debut was followed by a string of concerts in Southern France where the Trio was further praised by the local media: “…unforgettable concerts by the Zodiac Trio! ...Truly exceptional and sublime talent... The prestigious level of the performances radiated the undeniable talent of the trio and foreshadowed their great success in the future.” – raved the Nice-Matin.

A strong advocate of new music, the Zodiac Trio has commissioned new works in order to expand the clarinet-violin-piano trio repertoire, and strives to serve as a platform of exposure for up-and-coming composers. Commissioned composers include Richard Danielpour, Ofer Ben-Amots, David Colson, Andrew List, Larry Bell, Andy Vores, Xavier Bouchaud, Marcus Paus and Sy Brandon. The Trio’s debut commercial recording included two works written for the ensemble. The Zodiac Trio is founder of the Boston New Music Project, that saw the ensemble in an annual week-long residency in Boston since 2010, that comprised Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Boston University and Tufts University. The BNMP served as an outlet for contemporary music featuring American composers by presenting performances and student-composer readings/clinics, to encourage exposure and growth of new music in the United States.

In 2013, the Zodiac Trio founded the international Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the South of France, which takes place during the first two weeks of July. Under the artistic leadership of the ensemble’s clarinetist, Kliment Krylovskiy, the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival attracts 40 highly-advanced students to spend two weeks of intense study with an international faculty, and perform both in solo and chamber music setting throughout the French Riviera region. Now in its third season, the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival has been named 5th most beautiful Festival in the world by CMUSE. More information is available at

In January 2015, the Zodiac Trio plans to release a new recording featuring works written for the ensemble by American composers Ned Rorem, John Mackey, Andrew List and Richard Danielpour. Zodiac Trio is managed exclusively by Latitude 45.

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The Art of the Piano: Megumi Okamoto

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20 (cash only)


Robert Schumann
Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
1. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; Im Legenden-Ton
2. Mäßig. Durchaus energisch
3. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
May, "White Night" from The Seasons, Op. 37a
June, "Barcarolle" from The Seasons, Op. 37a
November, "Troika" from The Seasons, Op. 37a
December,"Christmas" from The Seasons, Op. 37a

Sergei Rachmaninov
Prelude in C# Minor, Op. 3, No. 2, "The Bells of Moscow"
Prelude in G Major, Op. 32 No. 5

Nicholai Kapustin
Prelude No. 9 from 24 preludes in jazz style, Op. 53
Prelude No. 23 from 24 preludes in jazz style, Op. 53
Bagatelle No.5 from 10 Bagatelles, Op. 59
Bagatelle No. 10 from 10 Bagatelles, Op. 59


Megumi Okamoto started playing the piano in Japan at the age of three and studied at Toho School of Music. She moved to the U.S. at the age of twelve. She has won numerous awards, including first place in the Young Artist's Competition at Bozeman State University; first place in the Yamaha Music Competition, State Division; and Gold and Silver winner in Spokane Arts and Music Festival. She was a guest soloist performing with Glacier Symphony Orchestra and with the Billings Symphony Orchestra. She received a Bachelor of Music at Indiana University, Artist Diploma at Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Master's degree at University of Toronto in piano performance. Megumi also holds a Master's degree in music theory.

Megumi has recently completed the doctorate program in piano performance at University of Toronto in the studio of Marietta Orlov. She has written a dissertation on the structural and performance issues in Nicholai Kapustin's Eight Concert Etudes, Op. 40. She is also an active chamber musician and specializes in viola repertoire, working as a collaborative artist at University of Toronto, Royal Conservatory of Music and Morningside Music Bridge festival in Calgary.

The 1st Toronto Andriasov Music Festival:
Works by Iosif Andriasov and Arshak Andriasov

Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 3 pm
$20 Adult/$10 Student


  • OPENING CEREMONY - MARTA ANDRIASOVA, Widow of Iosif Andriasov, Founder & Owner of IMMA Publishing, Co., the official publisher of Iosif & Arshak Andriasov
  • Iosif Andriasov: Cantata “To The Mother-Earth,” Op. 25
    Arranged & Performed by Arshak Andriasov, piano
  • Iosif Andriasov: Andante
    Emily Sun, violin & Arshak Andriasov, piano
  • Arshak Andriasov: 1st Piano Sonata, Op. 4
    Arshak Andriasov, piano
  • Iosif Andriasov: Musical Sketch for Flute and Piano, Op. 4
    Samantha Chang, Flute & Arshak Andriasov, piano
  • Iosif Andriasov: Seven Pieces for Piano, Op. 2,3,6,15,16,17,29
    Ellen Meyer, piano
  • Arshak Andriasov: “Rose,” Op. 2 No. 1
    Katherine Napiwotzki, soprano & Arshak Andriasov, piano
  • Arshak Andriasov: “Here is the Evening,” Op. 2 No. 5
    Katherine Napiwotzki, soprano & Arshak Andriasov, piano
  • Iosif Andriasov: 1st Symphony
    Arranged & Performed by Arshak Andriasov



Composer, pianist, founder and owner of IMMA Records and The Andriasov Store, Arshak Andriasov represents the new wave of classical composers. His music draws on a vast array of musical resources, ranging from Armenian folk music to Russian classical music, with certain elements of American jazz, while using means of contemporary language to create a complex system of juxtaposition. "There is no point to write classical music without having beauty in it" is his motto.

Born and raised in New York City, A. Andriasov was blessed to be surrounded by classical music from an early age. His father, Iosif Andriasov, was a world-renowned composer of Armenian heritage, and his mother, Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova), is a musicologist of Russian heritage.

Playing the piano since the age of three, Arshak Andriasov was accepted to the Lucy Moses School of Music, studying with Boris Slutzky. During that period, Andriasov performed in numerous school recitals and was invited to appear outside the school in special concerts for seniors and service organizations. He has performed concerts at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, Lang Recital Hall, Paul Hall, and many other venues throughout the United States.

Arshak Andriasov started to compose at the age of fourteen, studying with Iosif Andriasov, Daniel Thompson (Lucy Moses School of Music), and Shafer Mahoney (Hunter College). Andriasov’s works have been performed in numerous countries throughout the world, including Austria, Russia, United States, and Japan. His chamber works are regularly premiered by the members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Arshak is continuing the Moscow Conservatory Composers tradition, stemming from P.I. Tchaikovsky - S.I. Taneev - N.Y. Miaskovsky - E.K. Golubev - I. Andriasov.


A native of Taiwan, Emily comes from a musical family. In 2003, Emily received a Bachelors of Music in Performance with distinction and a Master of Music in Performance from McGill University. Her teachers included Yehonaton Berick, Mark Gothoni and Denise Lupien. Emily moved to Toronto in 2008 and is an active freelance musician.

She has played with the Cathedral Bluff Symphony orchestra and Georgian Bay Symphony as second principal. She also performed with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta, Sinfonia Toronto, Orchestra Métropolitain and Orchestra Symphonique de Sherbrooke. She has also performed with Celtic Woman, Chantal Kreviatzuk, Diana Krall, Canadian Tenors and Sarah Brightman. Along with performing, teaching violin, and as an Alexander technique teacher, she also enjoys performing different Latin festivals with mariachi bands and is training to be a chef this year.


Katherine Napiwotzki holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Toronto, studying with Lorna MacDonald. Born in Stratford, ON, Katherine gave her first concert performance singing Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock as part of the Stratford Chamber Music Society’s concert series. Recently, she performed Dvořák's Te Deum with the KW Symphony Youth Orchestra at Centre in the Square. As a soprano with a passion for oratorio, art song, and new music, she has worked with composers Ronald Beckett, John Beckwith, Norbert Palej, and Arshak Andriasov. In 2012, she performed the Norwegian music of Edvard Grieg in An Afternoon of Nordic Song at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Operatic performances include the role of First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and Suor Valentine in Les Dialogues des Carmélites.


Hailed by The WholeNote Magazine for her “lyricism, resourcefulness, and strong personal commitment to the flute", Canadian flutist Samantha Chang is a musical tour de force and rising young artist. Her mandate to perform, teach, and create opportunities for aspiring flutists is nothing short of astonishing for someone still in her twenties. Along with her performing schedule, Samantha holds many positions including the executive director of the Canadian Flute Association, convention director of the Canadian Flute Convention, and conductor of the OMCS Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has released two albums and completed tours throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Samantha Chang is a Fellow of the Trinity College London and the London College of Music. She received her Postgraduate Diploma and Licentiate at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is now a research assistant and MA student at the University of Toronto specializing in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art history. She speaks English, French, Latin, Italian, German, Mandarin, understands Taiwanese, and “mumbles through Cantonese and Japanese”. Samantha Chang plays on a Muramatsu Platinum Clad Flute, DN Model Flute, and Alto Flute.


Ellen Meyer is one of Ontario's most in-demand pianists. Possessing a large and varied repertoire, she has performed across Canada, the U.S., Germany and Italy. Ellen has collaborated in recital with such artists as Ricardo Morales, principal Clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Julian Bliss. She is a founding member of the Riverdale Ensemble and has been heard on upwards of 15 CDs with various artists.

Ellen participated in the editing and premiere recording of the previously unpublished Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by John Ireland. She has been broadcast on CBC radio and T.V., WNED, Bravo, Much Music, TVO and has recorded scores for feature film and television. She hopes one day to perform in Antarctica.

Duality: One Violist, Two Countries
Elizabeth Reid, viola

Thursday November 27 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20 (cash only)

Violist Elizabeth Reid returns to perform in Toronto for the first time in 15 years and will play works from her two homes, her native country of Canada and her adopted country, the United States. She will play solo and amplified viola works of composers from both countries, including pieces by Canadians Chedo Barone, Derek Healey, David Jaeger and Tawnie Olson; and Vermonters Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, Jorge Martin, Erik Nielsen, and David Ross-Gunn.


  • Tawnie Olson - Mirror Image
  • Erik Nielsen - Little Suite for Viola*
  • Dennis Báthory-Kitsz - In Search of the Seven Blue Stars*
  • Derek Healey - From the West**
  • Chedo Barone - Nula
  • Jorge Martin - NEW WORK**\
  • David Jaeger - Favour for viola and electronics
  • David Ross-Gunn - O Solo Violo for viola and CD**



“......her understanding of the music shone throughout.” ~Jim Lowe, Times Argus review (November 2010)

Violist Elizabeth Reid's exciting and uniquely personal musical style has become an integral part of the Northern New England classical concert scene. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus).

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Ms. Reid received bachelor and master’s degrees in viola performance at the Western University in London, Ontario and an artist diploma from the Glenn Gould Professional School, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Her main teachers included Kosha Braun, Lorand Fenyves, Ralph Aldrich, and Rennie Regehr. She also attended masterclasses at Banff, Orford, and Bowdoin. Ms. Reid was fortunate to receive coaching from flautist and pianist Louis Moyse in Montpelier, Vermont during the last three years of his life. She has performed across North America including the Arts and Letters Club and the Music Gallery in Toronto, Hertz Hall in Berkeley, California, and the Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society. Ms. Reid has also played principal viola in the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, the Banff Opera Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Institute.

In Vermont Ms. Reid is a familiar face on the concert stage, appearing on various music series as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed regularly at Dartmouth College, Paine Mountain Arts, Cathedral Arts, and Capital City Concerts. As a chamber musician, she is a member of the Cerutti-Reid Duo with the pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti, ARIOSO, the Passeri Trio, and the Northern Third Piano Quartet.

Ms. Reid has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the United States. Her viola sound and engaging playing has inspired many composers to write works for her and her chamber groups. Recently she has premiered works of Erik Nielsen, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, Jacob Morton-Black, Kathy Wonson Eddy, and Lydia Lowery Busler, all of these works written specifically for her. She is proud of her involvement and performances with MUSIC-Comp, an Vermont-based organization that mentors young composers to write for professional musicians.

Ms. Reid is currently principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra. She is also a member of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Green Mountain Opera Orchestra, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Soloists and Capital City Concerts.

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School Big Band

Friday December 5th 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20/$10 Students

"Creating rich textures that are both thought provoking and emotionally stirring, Chelsea is writing at the highest level and is a future star in the world of Jazz."
- Christian Overton

"Chelsea McBride's highly personal and richly textured compositions announce the arrival of a fresh new
voice on the Canadian jazz scene."

- Andy Ballantyne

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School is a Toronto-based 18-piece big band that pushes the jazz
tradition forward. Directed by multi-instrumentalist/composer Chelsea McBride, the band performs
entirely original compositions and arrangements (both by Chelsea and members of the band) that are
heavily influenced by socialism (of course), ECM-style jazz, pop music, and the mystery and majesty of

Chelsea McBride is a Toronto-based, Vancouver-born and raised multi-instrumentalist and composer
who has been playing and composing since she could talk and reach the piano keys. Her large ensemble
compositions & arrangements have been featured at the regional and national level, including with the
Toronto Jazz Orchestra, the Ottawa Youth Jazz Summit, the former Yamaha All Star Band at Musicfest
Canada and Vancouver’s Dal Richards Orchestra.

The Socialist Night School debuted in February 2012 and has played to full houses at both the former
Trane Studio and the Rex Hotel, and just released a five-song album on May 17, 2014 at the Rex.

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