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Nobu Returns!

NOBUYUKI TSUJII, piano From Japan Blind since birth, Nobuyuki Tsujii was a Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. It was the last time Van Cliburn was in attendance, and he was so moved by Nobu’s playing that he stated, “You feel God’s presence in the room.” Our 2013 Virtuosi audience […]

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Beethoven and Schubert

OCTAGON Martin Beaver, Mark Fewer, violins; Rivka Golani, viola; Rachel Mercer, cello; Joe Phillips, double bass; James Campbell, clarinet; Kathleen McLean, bassoon; Ken MacDonald, French horn All-Canadian Following the retirement of the acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet, first violin Martin Beaver drew upon his network of leading instrumentalists to present two of the seminal chamber works […]

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The Archduke

KANG • MERCER • PARK PIANO TRIO Judy Kang, violin; Rachel Mercer, cello; Angela Park, piano Violinist Judy Kang enjoys a busy career having collaborated with such artists as Pierre, Boulez, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher and even Lady Gaga. Rachel Mercer toured the world for many years as cellist of Israel’s acclaimed Aviv String Quartet. […]

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Classic Beyond Borders

FAURÉ PIANO QUARTETT Dirk Mommertz, piano; Erika Geldsetzer, violin; Sascha Frömbling, viola; Konstantin Heidrich, cello From Germany These four musicians met during their studies in Karlsruhe in 1995 for the 150th Anniversary of Gabriel Fauré. Signing with Deutsche Grammophon elevated them to the “champions league” of the classical music world. Their playing is “emotionally explosive” […]

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Salsa Baroque

ENSEMBLE CAPRICE Matthias Maute, Sophie Larivière, recorders, traversos; David Jacques, baroque guitar; Susie Napper, baroque cello; Ziya Tabassian, percussion From Quebec The baroque quintet Ensemble Caprice tours the world performing on period instruments. Their Salsa Baroque programme brings us music of Latin America and Spain – a musical dialogue between the Old and the New […]

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My Favourite Key

Kim Duo · WSO String Quintet Michael and Kyung Kim, piano Gwen Hoebig, Karl Stobbe, violins; Daniel Scholz, viola; Yuri Hooker, cello; Meredith Johnson, double bass All-Manitoban Pianist Michael Kim has designed this unique programme with narration to portray the special character of a piece conveyed by the key signature. Michael Kim wrote, “This concert […]

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The Great War: 1914-1918

MAXIM BERNARD, piano Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I, Maxim Bernard asks: “What role for the artist?” – especially for the composers living through daily reports of slaughter on the battlefields of Europe. Did the terrible news influence creativity? Stimulate their imagination, or stifle it? Maxim Bernard explores these questions […]

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Five Into One

MINGUET QUARTETT with ANDREAS KLEIN, piano; Ulrich Isfort, Annette Reisinger, violins; Aroa Sorin, viola; Matthias Diener, cello Founded in 1988, the Minguet Quartett is now on their second North American tour, once again with their American colleague, pianist Andreas Klein. This quintet “possesses a sure unity of concept with a refinement and an extremely polished […]

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The Sonorous Cello

JEREMY FINDLAY, cello and ELENA BRASLAVSKY, piano Cellist Jeremy Findlay’s musical beginnings were in Toronto, and he has gone on to perform in over 40 countries worldwide. He met his Russian wife, pianist Elena Braslavsky, in Prague and they now live in Salzburg where she teaches at the Mozarteum. The conductor, Sir Roger Norrington, wrote […]

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Passion and Joy

The Calidore Quartet The Calidore Quartet Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan violins; Jeremy Berry viola; and Estelle Choi cello The Calidore String Quartet has come away with the top prize from half a dozen international and American competitions – an extraordinary feat for any group, made all the more remarkable by their being together for […]

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