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8pm Saturday, September 21

A SENSE OF GRACE

Gabriella Martinez, piano

Venezuelan-born and Julliard-trained, Gabriela Martinez is a winner of the Anton Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Dresden. Her playing is “compelling, elegant, and incisive” (New York Times). She is a versatile artist who combines “panache and poetry…with a sense of grace and clarity” (Dallas Morning News; The Star Ledger). Conductor Gustavo Dudamel heralded her as “simply a genius.”

Programme: Rachmaninov Moments Musicaux Opus 16, No. 1 and No. 4 Beethoven Piano Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 110 Brossé Nocture No. 1 Barber Ballade, Op. 46 Bates White Lies for Lomax Szymanowski Variations in B-flat minor, Op. 3


8pm Saturday, October 5

A LEGENDARY DEBUT

Fine Arts Quartet Ralph Evans & Efim Boico, violins; Nicolò Eugelmi, viola; Robert Cohen, cello; Special Guest Artist: Michael Kim, piano

Virtuosi Concerts is proud to present “…one of the gold-plated names in chamber music” (Washington Post). One of the elite few to have recorded and toured internationally for over half a century, the Fine Arts Quartet finally is making its Manitoba debut in both Winnipeg and Brandon, thanks to our good friend, pianist and Brandon University Dean on Music, Michael Kim. The Boston Globe found Michael “effective and expre

ssive…with a razor-sharp attack.” And, in Regina, “H

is electrifying performance stole the show and set the joint on fire!” (Regina Leader Post)

Programme:  Mozart String Quartet in C Major, K.465, “Dissonant” Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 Schumann Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 44


Mordecai Shehori8pm Saturday, October 26

POET AND DAREDEVIL!

Mordecai Shehori, piano

The New York Times describes the lure of Mr. Shehori’s playing as “…this balance of daredevil showmanship, poetic inwardness, and rapturous intensity.” “He brings unity, proportion, intelligence, and sensitivity to all that he plays.” (New York Newsday).

Programme:  Lully Suite de pièces Beethoven Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 Chopin Bolero in A minor, Op. 19 Debussy Reflets dans l’eau, Image, Book 1 Rachmaninoff Selections from Preludes and Études-Tableaux Saint-Saëns/Liszt/Horowitz Danse Macabre


Boston Trio8 pm Saturday, November 23

SIMPLY SUBLIME

Boston Trio Heng-Jin Park, piano; Denise Djokic, cello; Irena Muresanu, violin

Boston citizens were issued an advisory: “Whenever this trio plays, drop everything and go hear them!” (Boston Globe) Take heed, Winnipeg.

Programme:  Pärt Mozart-Adagio, for violin, cello and piano Mozart Piano Sonata in No. 2 in F major, K 280 Brahms Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor Fauré Papillon for cello and piano, Op. 77 Mozart Piano Trio No. 5 in C major, K 548 Schubert Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 99


clearwater-quartet-double8pm Saturday, December 7 & 3pm Sunday, December 8

BEETHOVEN REDISCOVERED!

Sheng Cai, piano WSO Clearwater String Quartet Gwen Hoebig & Karl Stobbe, violins; Dan Scholz, viola; Yuri hooker, cello; with Meredith Johnson, double bass.

Beethoven’s translation of his fourth piano concerto resulted in a fascinating atmospheric transposition of orchestral sound by a string quintet. This unpublished version was recently discovered and it now received its first Winnipeg performance, as does Chopin’s own chamber version of his second piano concerto. Also making a Winnipeg debut is the brilliant young Canadian pianist, Sheng Cai. With charismatic flair, he epitomizes the greatness of a romantic virtuoso “with bravura, lucidity, color and power” (Birmingham News). “He is a talent that puts Canada on the map.” (Barrie Examiner).

Programme:  Scarlatti Sonata in F minor, K. 466 and Sonata in D major, K. 95, La chasse Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 and Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21


Rustem Hayroudinoff8pm Saturday, January 25

WEEP, SING AND SIGH

Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano

In reviewing Rustem’s Rachmaninoff Preludes, Gramophone was moved to quote Liszt’s immortal description of the virtuoso: “where everything is allowed to weep and sing and sigh.” No other pianist invites so many favourable comparisons to the legendary pianist Sviatoslav Richter by the critics. Rustem Hayroudinoff is truly “a pianist out of the ordinary” (BBC Music Magazine). He’s from Russia by way of London, and flying in direct to make his Winnipeg debut.

Programme:  Bach Overture in the French Style, BWV 831 Chopin Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise, Op. 22 Rachmaninoff, Preludes Op. 23, Nos. 1, 5, 7, and 9 Ravel Valses Nobles et Sentimentales Stravinsky Three Movements from Petrouchka


alexandre-de-costa-double8pm Saturday, March 8

AIMEZ-VOUS BRAHMS?

Alexandre Da Costa, violin
Wonny Song, piano

Mr. Da Costa recently won Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Prize, and his Fire and Blood CD won a Juno. Mr. Song is a past winner of the Montreal Symphony Piano Competition. In their Montreal home city, Alexandre receives rave reviews for “a phenomenal performance,” while Wonny is hailed as “a revelation” (Claude Gingras, La Presse). Together, they bring us an all-Brahms evening of extraordinary polish – a programme that they recently recorded and have performed more than 25 times around the world.

Programme:  Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Op. 78, 100, 108

 


8pm Saturday, March 22 

PASSION AND JOY

CALIDORE STRING QUARTET

Jeffrey Myers & Ryan Meehan, violins; Jeremy Berry, viola; 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 only a few years. They are noted for their fiery brilliance, mature depth, and “…incredible cohesion as an ensemble; they look determined to sound as effortless as possible” (Splash Magazine).

Programme: Beethoven String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18, Golijov Tenebrae,  Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13


8pm Saturday, April 12

SOARING WITH POETRY

CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR, PIANO

Christopher Taylor graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 1992 with a degree in mathematics(!). Along the way, in 1990 he won first prize in the prestigious William Kapell International Piano Competition. Later he was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1996. Small wonder the New York Times called him “frighteningly talented”. With Bach’s Goldberg and Beethoven’s final piano sonata, he might well “…lift us to a realm beyond time and space.” (San Francisco Classical Voice, about a Taylor performance)

Programme: Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111