> ROLSTON STRING QUARTET RECEIVES 2018
CLEVELAND QUARTET AWARD
Chamber Music America (CMA), the American network for professional music ensembles, announced yesterday that Rolston String Quartet has been selected to receive the biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. This is the only Canadian, and international, quartet to receive this award in its 22 year history.
Established in 1995, the biennial award honours and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career. Nominations for the Cleveland Quartet Award are submitted confidentially to Chamber Music America by a national roster of chamber musicians, presenters, and educators. The award will be presented at Rolston String Quartet's "Yale in New York" performance on March 4, 2018 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.
"We were not aware that the Rolstons were being considered for this distinguished award and so, it was such an honour and surprise when we informed. As a young quartet to be recognized by this award and to join a list of such amazing quartets, we are truly honoured," says violist Hezekiah Leung.
A monumental year, 2016 saw Rolston String Quartet earn attention and gain recognition from international audiences and critics alike. Culminating the year with a First Prize win at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, the quartet's winning included Astral's National Auditions, and Grand Prize of the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were also prizewinners at the 2016 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and the inaugural M-Prize competition. There is no wonder they were named among CBC's "30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30" in 2016. In September 2017 they began their appointment as the Yale School of Music's Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence.
"This truly confirms the outstanding artistry of Rolston String Quartet," says AKAM Director Andrew Kwan. "The distinguished award will show the world what amazing musicians Canada has produced. The Rolstons will truly be one of Canada's best musical ambassadors. AKAM is honoured to be working with them."
As part of the award, Rolston String Quartet will be presented by 8 of the key American chamber series throughout the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons:
- Buffalo Chamber Music Society (Buffalo, NY)
- Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)
- Chamber Music Society of Detroit (Detroit, MI)
- Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art at the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.)
- Friends of Chamber Music (Kansas City, MO)
- Market Square Concerts (Harrisburg, PA)
- Krannert Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL)
- University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
Rolston String Quartet joins the distinguished list of quartets that have received the Cleveland Quartet Award including the Brentano, Borromeo, Miami, Pacifica, Miró, Jupiter, Parker, Jasper, Ariel, and Dover Quartets.
AKAM piano duo Anagnoson & Kinton continues their 40th Anniversary celebrations with performances for Music in the Morning this month. Their program features key works that have been influential on the duo's illustrious career.
MUSIC IN THE MORNING PRESENTS ANAGNOSON & KINTON
January 17 at 10:30am - Vancouver Academy of Music, Vancouver BC
January 18 at 10:30am - Vancouver Academy of Music, Vancouver BC
January 19 at 10:20am - West Vancouver United Church, West Vancouver BC
JAMES ANAGNOSON HOSTS THIS IS MY MUSIC
January 13 at 10:00am on CBC Radio 2
Tune in to This Is My Music on CBC Radio 2 this Saturday, when host James Anagnoson will share some of his favourite piano concerto recordings!
This 25th anniversary season, two-time Juno award winning Gryphon Trio continues to impress international audiences and press with performances that "bring out the kind of delicacy and sensuous beauty that's often overlooked." (BBC Music Magazine)
The trio performs in London, Ontario and then kicks off their western tour with over 12 performances in British Columbia, Alberta, and Washington state. Their tour program will include Canadian composer Dinuk Wijeratne's Love Triangle, a work commissioned by the Gryphon Trio, and Haydn's Piano Trio No. 45 in E-flat Major, Hob. XV:29. After intermission, audiences will be treated to one of two works, Beethoven's famous "Archduke" Trio or the gorgeous Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major by Brahms.
GRYPHON TRIO WESTERN CANADIAN 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
January 13 - The Jeffery Concerts, London ON
January 19 - White Rock Concerts, Surrey BC
January 20 - Quadra Island Recreation Society, Quadra Island BC
January 21 - Concerts Denman, Denman Island BC
January 23 - ArtSpring, Salt Spring Island BC
January 26 - Edmonton Chamber Music Society, Edmonton AB
January 27 - LCMS Rose Gellert Hall Series, Langley BC
January 28 - Maple Ridge Music Society, Maple Ridge BC
January 29-31 - Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Orcas Island WA
February 2 - Chamber Music Kelowna, Kelowna BC
February 3 - Nelson Overture Concerts Society, Nelson BC
SNEAK PEEK OF GRYPHON TRIO'S NEW ALBUM ON CBC
January 21 (11am-2pm) - CBC Radio 2, In Concert "Disc of the Week"
Gryphon Trio releases their newest album, The End of Flowers (Analekta), on January 19, 2018. For a sneak peek, visit CBC Music's First Play where CBC Classical Music Producer Robert Rowat introduces the artists and album before its release date. The End of Flowers will also be featured as "Disc of the Week" on CBC Radio 2's In Concert, hosted by Paolo Pietropaolo.
As part of Canada 150 Celebrations, 19 Canadian orchestras commissioned John Estacio to write a new trumpet concerto. Next week, Guy Few will again perform this work, this time in his hometown with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his performance, Guy leads a master class on Friday, January 19 at the University of Saskatchewan Department of Music.
Upon his return to Ontario, Guy teams up with pianist Stephanie Mara for a recital at FirstOntario Place in St. Catharines, presented by Brock University's Encore! Professional Series. This recital, titled Jump!, features exciting works for trumpet and piano and works for piano four-hands.
GUY FEW'S UPCOMING PERFORMANCES
January 19 - Master Class with Guy Few, University of Saskatchewan
January 20 - Guy Few with Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
January 26 - Guy Few and Stephanie Mara recital for Encore! Pro Series
AKAM violinist Erika Raum will perform a recital in Regina for Cecilian Chamber Series. Joined by pianist Lydia Wong, the duo will perform Mozart's Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 301, Prokofiev's Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op 80, Havannaise, Op. 83 by Saint-Saëns, Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34 by Tchaikovsky and Les Ombres, a work written for Erika by her mother, Canadian Composer Elizabeth Raum.
She will also be involved in String Spectacular, a day of master classes and performances for young string players. Saturday morning is a master class for parents and children in the Suzuki program, and the afternoon is a master class for more advanced students. Participants of the master classes will give a pre-concert performance on Sunday 30 minutes prior to Erika's recital.
Following the recital on Sunday, Erika and Lydia will be featured guests at a fundraising dinner for Cecilian Chamber Series. Artistic & Executive Director Lore Ruschiensky will host an interview with the two musicians who will share stories of their experiences as performers.
CECILIAN CHAMBER SERIES STRING SPECTACULAR WEEKEND WITH ERIKA RAUM
January 27 - String Master Classes with Erika Raum
January 28 - Erika Raum and Lydia Wong in Recital
January 28 - Gala Dinner with special guests Erika Raum and Lydia Wong
On back to back weeks, Canada's premiere percussion quartet, TorQ will perform education programs with two leading orchestras in the country, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) and Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Known for their dynamic stage presence and charisma, TorQ Percussion Quartet will be performing to over 20,000 students in Montreal and Toronto.
In conjunction with OSM, TorQ developed a new program that explores the themes of inclusion, friendship and playing together. This program, Together on the Beat, features larger-than-life host Patrice Bélanger and follows TorQ's musical journey introducing percussion and orchestra through a variety of musical traditions and styles.
Back by popular demand, TorQ returns to the TSO for Shake, Rattle & Roll, an exciting program of orchestral favourites and percussion quartet highlights. Young Audiences will experience the powerful percussion family-from the tambourine to the timpani...and everything in between.
TOGETHER ON THE BEAT, TORQ WITH ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL
January 29-February 1, 2018
April 18-19, 2018
SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL, TORQ WITH TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
February 5-8, 2018 - English Concerts
February 9, 2018 - French Concert