This Season

HERMITAGE PIANO TRIO

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 AT 8 PM

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!

HERMITAGE PIANO TRIO
Misha Keylin, violin; Sergey Antonov, cello; Ilya Kazantsev, piano

Descending from the great Russian musical tradition, the Hermitage Piano Trio is comprised of three of that country’s most spectacular soloists. Hermitage cellist, Sergey Antonov, won the 13th Tchaikovsky International Competition and opened our 2009 Virtuosi season with a stunning recital. The Washington Post raved about a recent Hermitage performance as having “… such power and sweeping passion that it left you nearly out of breath>’

PROGRAMME: Beethoven Trio in G major, Op. 121a “Kakadu Variations”; Arensky Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32; Rachmaninoff Trio No. 1 in G minor, “Elégiaque”; Brahms Piano Trio No.1 in B Major, Op. 8

Photograph by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

 


 

PAVEL KOLESNIKOV AND THE DOVER QUARTET

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17,  AT 8PM

LAUREATES OF HONENS AND BANFF
PAVEL KOLESNIKOV, piano

THE DOVER QUARTETJoel Link, Bryan Lee, violins; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello

The 2012 Honens International Piano Competition Winner, Pavel Kolesnikov, received a rare five-star review for his Wigmore Hall debut in January 2014. The Telegraphcalled it “… one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in some time.”The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment.” The Stradraved that the Quartet “is sublime” and “destined for the company of some of the finest string quartets ever assembled” (The Birmingham News). These five gold-prize artists unite their talents on our stage.

Programme: Beethoven Seven Bagatelles, Op. 33; String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59, No. 1, “Razoumovsky”; Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57.

 


 

THE NEW ZEALAND STRING QUARTET WITH IGOR BEGELMAN, CLARINET

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 8PM

RAVEN AND THE FIRST MEN

NEW ZEALAND STRING QUARTET WITH IGOR BEGELMAN, clarinet

Helene Pohl, first violin; Douglas Beilman, second violin; Gillian Ansell, viola; Rolf Gjelsten,cello

The New Zealand Quartet has been hailed for an “uncommon eloquence” (New York Times), “…rivalling the excellence of the leading international string quartets” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Indeed, after a concert in Ottawa, the reviewer wrote that the audience members “…might be forgiven if they thought they had died and gone to Quartet Heaven!” (Ottawa Citizen) Featured soloist is Igor Begelman – born in Kiev, trained at Juilliard, and winner of a half dozen international clarinet competitions, whose virtuosity makes “…musical magic” (Diario de Monterrey, Mexico).

Raven and the First Men is a depiction of the Haida legend about the first moment in history, when an enormous raven opened up a clamshell and found little men hiding inside – the first human beings.

PROGRAMME: Timothy Corlis Raven and The First Menwith film by David N. DorringtonJohn Psathas “Manos, Unbridled”; Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12; MozartClarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581

 


 

ALEXANDER TSELYAKOV AND THE WSO STRING QUINTET

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 8PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 3PM

ARTISTS OF MANITOBA

 

ALEXANDER TSELYAKOV, piano

WINNIPEG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA STRING QUINTET

Gwen Hoebig, Karl Stobbe, violins; Dan Scholz, viola; Yuri Hooker, cello; Meredith Johnson, double bass

The electrifying pianist Alexander Tselyakov, Russia’s gift to Manitoba, is beloved for his technical perfection, his rich sound and thoughtful musicianship. He is a “phenomenal pianist” (Kitzinger Zeitung, Germany) “…who would raise the roof of any concert hall” (Winnipeg Free Press). His 2011 CD of the complete Chopin Études, was recorded in Germany shortly after he performed them for us. The WSO String Quintet is comprised of the Winnipeg Symphony’s leading orchestral players who revel in performing chamber music. The featured work is a rare chamber performance of Chopin’s second piano concerto (and the Hummel quintet is a delightful surprise!)

PROGRAMME: Hummel Piano Quintet in E flat minor, Op. 87 (D minor, Op. 74); Chopin Ballade No. 4; Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor(chamber version)

 


 

FINE ARTS QUARTET AND MICHAEL KIM, PIANO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 8PM

BEETHOVEN AND DVORAK

 

MICHAEL KIM, piano

FINE ARTS QUARTET

Ralph Evans, Efim Boico, violins; Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola; Robert Cohen, cello

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the legendary Fine Arts String Quartet “is one of the gold-plated names in chamber music”(Washington Post) – one of the elite few who have recorded and toured internationally for over half a century. Matched with pianist Michael Kim whose performances have been called “… incredibly exciting and exhilarating, and beautifully balanced” (The Herald, Glasgow), these five artists created a sensation on our stage two years ago with the Schumann Piano Quintet. “How much excellence was brought to this hall tonight!” wrote one Virtuosi patron. We immediately invited them back to be part of our 25th Anniversary season.

PROGRAMME: Beethoven String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131; Dvorak Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81

 


 

ANDRÉ LAPLANTE, PIANO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 8PM

THE GREAT ROMANTIC VIRTUOSO

ANDRE LAPLANTE, piano

For a lifetime of outstanding achievement,André Laplante was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada (2005). He has played all over the world and exhausted the superlatives of the critics. “He has an immense musical intelligence” (Toronto Star) “…and responds to the music with the freshness of first discovery”(James Manishen, Winnipeg Free Press).Laplante is truly one of the great artists of our era. He possesses a “…bone-deep musical sensibility; a perfection of detail in the meaningful context of the whole. Nothing neglected, nothing inflated, and everything brimming with life… he is among the master pianists.” (Globe and Mail).

PROGRAMME: Bach-Busoni Toccata in C major; Mozart Sonata No. 3 in B flat major, K. 281; LisztPetrarch Sonnets S. 270; Chopin Two Nocturnes, Op. 27; Sonata No. 2in B flat minor, Op. 35

 


 

ARIEL QUARTET

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 8PM

Classicism with Fire

ARIEL QUARTET

Gershon Gerchikov, Alexandra Kazovsky, violins; Jan Grüning, viola; Amit Even-Tov, cello

Formed as part of a chamber music class at The Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance’s middle school, the Ariel Quartet travelled together to study at the New England Conservatory. Today, the Quartet is a rising star on the international chamber music scene, hailed for their “utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power” (American Record Guide). Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Ariel serves as the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College – Conservatory of Music. “(T)hey crank out virtuosity by the bucketful and passion by the yard”(The Washington Post).

PROGRAMME: Haydn Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76, No. 4; Beethoven Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”; Brahms Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2

 


 

ENSEMBLE MADE IN CANADA

SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 8PM

MYSTICAL MAIDENS

ENSEMBLE MADE IN CANADA

Elissa Lee, violin; Sharon Wei, viola; Rachel Mercer, cello; Angela Park, piano

“What do you get when you take four young and extremely talented female Canadian musicians who studied across the United States and Canada; have each won several prestigious awards; developed into stellar soloists in their own rights; and joined together to form a piano quartet? You get Ensemble Made In Canada…”(Winnipeg Free Press). Canada’s premier Piano Quartet, Ensemble Made in Canada “…deliver(s) chamber music on a beautifully polished silver platter.” (Musical Toronto). Their performance of Omar Daniel’s piano quartet, commissioned by the Ensemble, was inspired by an old Estonian text about four mystical maidens and comes just two weeks after its World Premiere in Toronto. No stranger to the Virtuosi stage, it is our pleasure to welcome them back for our Anniversary season.

PROGRAMME: Mendelssohn Piano Quartet No. 3 in B minor; Omar Daniel Piano Quartet No. 1: Oli enne nel;l’a neitta… (once upon a time there were four maidens…)Brahms Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26

 


 

TRIO CON BRIO COPENHAGEN

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 8PM

PURE JOY

TRIO con BRIO COPENHAGEN

Soo-Jin Hong, violin; Soo-Kyung Hong; cello; Jens Elvekjaer; piano

Founded in Vienna in 1999, Trio con Brio Copenhagen quickly became “one of the finest piano trios on the current scene” (The New Yorker), and “one of today’s most dazzling chamber ensembles” (Buffalo News). TheWashington Post wrote: “These glowing reports hold true. Trio con Brio Copenhagen clearly occupies a lofty perch in today’s musical scene.” Of their debut CD, the critic for the American Record Guide enthused, “One of the greatest performances of chamber music I’ve ever encountered.”

PROGRAMME: Shostakovich Piano Trio No.1 in C minor, Op.8; Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 70, No.2; Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

 


 

VIRTUOSI CONCERTS’ 25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA WITH ANGELA CHENG

THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 6 PM

Virtuosi Concerts 25th Anniversary Celebration at The Winnipeg Art Gallery

Reception, Ferdinand Eckhardt Hall, 6PM;

Concert, Muriel Richardson Auditorium, 7PM

POET OF THE PIANO

ANGELA CHENG, piano

How better to celebrate Virtuosi’s 25thanniversary than with Angela Cheng, whose connection with Virtuosi Concerts spans almost three decades. Cheng, who currently anchors the new Pinchas Zukerman Piano Trio, has appeared on the Virtuosi stage, as well as with WSO and MCO “with virtuosic playing in full blood” Winnipeg Free Press). Why do Winnipeggers love her so? She is a consummate artist of exquisite sensitivity and her playing is, in a word, “…enthralling” (Globe and Mail). As the Vancouver Sun so eloquently wrote, “Here was music making that had passion, intellect and a deep humanity.”

PROGRAMME: Haydn: Sonata in C Major, L. 60; Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110;Chopin Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2; Polonaise-Fantasie in A flat major, Op. 61; Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23