AKAM is pleased to welcome, in partnership with the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the 2016 first prize laureates, Rolston String Quartet to our roster.
On September 4, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta, Canada, was pleased to announce the Rolston String Quartet from Canada as First Prize Laureate of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC). The competition, which saw 10 young quartets performing, ran August 29 - September 4, 2016, and consisted of intense competition focused on classical, romantic, and contemporary repertoire.
"Without any doubt, the level of string quartet playing is at an all-time high," says Barry Shiffman, Executive Director of BISQC. "Following five rounds of live performances this week at Banff, the Rolston String Quartet demonstrated excellence across multiple genres."
In addition to a generous cash prize of $25,000, the Rolston String Quartet will benefit from a comprehensive custom-designed three-year career development program including European and Canadian management, a professional recording at Banff Centre, and a performance tour in over 50 North American and European cities.
The RSQ were recent winners of the 2016 Astral Artists National Auditions in the United States. The quartet has also won First Prize at the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, Third Prize at the inaugural M-Prize Competition, and the Durosoir Prize at the 2016 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. Currently the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, the quartet has also participated in residencies and fellowships at the Académie musicale de Villecroze, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival. Mentored primarily by James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith, they have received additional guidance from Steven Dann, Paul Kantor, Miguel da Silva, Mark Steinberg, and Alastair Tait.
Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, puppeteers Anna Fernandez and Santi Arnal have developed the Per Poc Company into one of Europe's leading puppetry companies. Their productions feature hand crafted puppets, active choreography, and thrilling storytelling set to some of the best orchestral music. They have created puppet choreography to works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn. Bringing orchestral repertoire to life with gorgeous full size puppets and eloquent movements, Per Poc's productions are beautiful animated stories for children, yet visually stimulating shows for all who attend.
Founded in 1989, Per Poc's special niche in symphonic puppetry productions have seen collaborations with such orchestras as Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester (Berlin); Wiener Kammerphilharmonie; Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao; Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá; and Orquesta Sinfónica de Córdoba,to name a few. The company has also performed Europe, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, Egypt and Panama.
This month will see them premiere their latest production, Stravinsky's Petrushka with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. The Per Poc Company has produced symphonic shows to such works as Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream; Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet and Peter & the Wolf; Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale; and The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.
In addition to symphonic programs, their elegant yet minimal puppet designs appeal to children's festivals and concert halls of all sizes. They have performed in such prestigious venues as Wiener Konzerthaus, Groben Saal; Haus des Rundfunks (Berlin); Teatro Verdi de Florencia (Italy); Teatro Real de Madrid; and Cairo Opera House.
Now in their 33rd season, Soundstreams is one of the world's leading contemporary music companies, and the biggest global presenter of new Canadian music. Under the direction of Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney, the company showcases the work of living Canadian and international composers, with a focus on innovative thematic and experiential programming that provides context and contributes to the rich legacy of Canadian music at home and around the world.
This season, Soundstreams have partnered up with AKAM to expand their activities outside of the Greater Toronto Area. Offering four unique touring programs, communities can choose the best program to suit their venue and audience taste. By pushing boundaries, but also providing community engagement activities, Soundstreams is able to introduce new music to audiences in an accessible and interesting format.
Available touring programs include: Encuentros, your hall comes alive with a fusion of Latin music styles and rhythms; Squeezebox, from street music to the concert hall, a cross-cultural concert featuring the accordion and its extended family; Electric Counterpoint, explore the musical movement that has inspired artists from Radiohead to DJ Spooky; and Magic Flutes, an enchanting and thrilling evening of flute virtuosi of all styles. Other programs available upon discussion.
Pianist Philip Chiu has been invited to showcase at Ontario Contact 2016 this November in Peterborough, ON. Ontario Contact is an annual conference hosted by Ontario Presents and is an opportunity for those working in the touring performing arts sector to come together to network, and to share information in a three-day conference. The conference engages over 500 artists, presenters, workshop leaders, and various government and arts service agencies in showcase performances, workshops, and an arts industry marketplace.
Philip Chiu's brand new program "Of Church & State" pairs solo piano music with stunning videos of Quebec's beautiful churches. Music has been key to the developments of both religion and nationalism and this unique program takes the listener on a tour through music that defines this theme. Videography developed by Noncerto, this program delivers a poignant musical commentary on how these two dynamic pillars of Western civilisation, Church and State, have influenced composers, musicians, and ultimately ourselves.
Ontario Contact 2016 Showcase 7
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 2:45pm
(performance at 3:35pm)
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
This November, Gryphon Trio and TorQ Percussion Quartet will be showcasing their talents on the international stage at IAMA Toronto 2016. The International Artist Managers' Association (IAMA) is the only worldwide association for classical music artist managers and concert agents. IAMA conferences are recognised as one of the premiere forums in the classical music world. This conference is the second presentation of IAMA's international conference in Canada.
TorQ Percussion Quartet at
IAMA's Opera/New Music Lounge
Friday, November 11, 2016 at 9:30pm
Spoke Club, Portland Room
600 King St W, Toronto, ON
Poised for their European debut, this fall TorQ will be showcasing at IAMA's New Music Lounge on November 11. Canada's premiere percussion ensemble, TorQ Percussion Quartet continues to bring new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance in every situation and opportunity. Renowned for their engaging performances, they are committed to making percussion music accessible to audiences. Active commissioners of new music, TorQ has presented many Canadian and world premieres. IAMA's New Music Lounge is curated by Opera.ca and the Canadian Music Centre.
Gryphon Trio at
IAMA's Composition in Canada
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11:30am
Roy Thompson Hall
60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON
For over 20 years, Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world's preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. At IAMA, they will be premiering a work by James Rolfe commissioned by Toronto 2016 Organizing Committee in a session called Composition in Canada. The session will reflect the past 150 years of composition in Canada and look to the future.