Andrew Kwan Artists Management

MAY 2017

Rolston String Quartet Begins Their Canadian Presence at Summer Festivals

Rolston String QuartetThe Rolston String Quartet is about to kick off their Canadian presence. Winners of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, this season has already seen a whirlwind of activities for this young quartet with concerts throughout Austria, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and US.


This summer, the Rolston String Quartet will begin their Canadian performances at notable summer festivals.




Festival de musique de chambre de Montréal, Montréal QC
June 8, 2017


Westben, Campbellford ON
July 9, 2017


Toronto Summer Music Festival, Toronto ON
July 24, 2017


Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa ON
July 27-29, 2017


Indian River Festival, Indian River PE
August 6, 2017


Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, St. John's NL
August 9-12, 2017


Studio S Series at 1000 Islands Playhouse, Gananoque ON
August 14, 2017


Stratford Summer Music, Stratford ON
August 23, 2017


Leith Summer Festival, Leith ON
August 26, 2017


Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival, Banff AB
September 1-3, 2017


The Rolston String Quartet will continue their presence in Canada next season with extensive tours through Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Yukon.


Visit for a full list of concert dates.


Touring activities of the Rolston String Quartet are supported, in part, by The Banff International String Quartet Competition at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.





APRIL 2017

Pianist Michael Kim performs Messiaen with The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Michael KimReinventing the model of chamber orchestras, over the past few seasons The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) has been presenting successful concerts which feature both orchestral and chamber repertoire to sold-out audiences throughout the Twin-Cities. The SPCO no longer uses a singular music director, but creates a complete season with input from their Artistic Partners and Artistic Director.


This May, Michael Kim joins The SPCO for three performances of Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. With SPCO Artistic Partner Martin Fröst, clarinet; SPCO Artistic Director Kyu-Young Kim, violin; and SPCO Principal Julie Albers, cello; they perform this monumental work on a program that also features Fröst on the podium conducting Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4.


Michael Kim performs Quartet for the End of Time

with The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Friday, May 26 & Saturday May 27 at 8:00pm

Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul MN

Sunday, May 28 at 3:00pm

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi MN

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APRIL 2017

Guy Few Performs New Canadian Concerto with Sudbury Symphony Orchestra

Guy FewOn April 29, Guy Few will be joining the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra for a spectacular Canada 150 Celebration concert. Guy will perform the Sudbury premiere of Trumpet Concerto by Canadian composer John Estacio. A co-commission by 18 Canadian orchestras, this highly anticipated work will be played across the country to celebrate Canada 150. Guy Few will also give the Saskatoon premiere with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in January 2018.


The Sudbury Symphony Orchestra's Canada at 150 concert features an all-Canadian program. In addition to the exciting premiere, the program includes thrilling works by Ridout, Morawetz, Burge, and Hétu.


Canada at 150

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra with trumpet soloist Guy Few

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Glad Tidings Church, Sudbury ON

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APRIL 2017

AKAM Attends IAMA in Paris, France

Andrew KwanSpring in Paris, a time of rejuvenation and new beginnings. Last week, AKAM attended the International Artist Managers' Association (IAMA) World Conference which was held in Paris on April 5-7 at the beautiful venue Philharmonie de Paris.


Bringing together classical artist managers, festivals, orchestras, and presenters from around the world, the conference gave participants a rejuvenated fresh look at the global classical music economy. This event offered networking opportunities, information sessions, panel discussions, and some showcase performances.


"I was thrilled to attend my third IAMA conference," says Andrew Kwan. "IAMA provides a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded artist managers and professionals from around the world whose primary focus is classical music. I am proud to represent the amazing AKAM roster at the international level." AKAM is grateful for the support of The Canada Council for the Arts and what they do in promoting Canadian artists internationally.



APRIL 2017

TorQ Teams Up with LAMP for their 6th Annual Percussion Seminar

TorQ Percussion SeminarLunenberg Academy for Music Performance (LAMP) is a haven of musical study and performance. TorQ Percussion Quartet is excited to return to Lunenberg's creative centre. TorQ will be involved in two fabulous programs this June, LAMP's Composition Academy, and the co-presentation of the 6th annual TorQ Percussion Seminar (TPS).


Firstly, TorQ will be the Artist-in-Residence at LAMP's Composition Academy, which runs from June 8-18. This program is directed by Robert Aitken with Dinuk Wijeratne, Jerome Blais and Roger Reynolds. TorQ will be working with young composers, creating new percussion repertoire and leading the session "How to Write for Percussion." The academy's grand finale on June 18 is a concert featuring all the newly created works.


Following the Composition Academy, TorQ presents TPS, an opportunity for college-level percussionists to come together for an intensive week of discussions, master classes, creation, rehearsals, and performance. Presented this year in association with LAMP from June 18-24 TPS will culminate with a series of public performances. This year's guest faculty is renowned soloist and educator She-e Wu from Northwestern University.


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Canadian North PlaneThe Gryphon Trio has just returned from warming the hearts of audiences across Canada's Northwest Territories on a spectacular tour that saw weather averaging in the minus 30s and colder. Joined by singer Patricia O'Callaghan, they performed Deepest December, a program that featured collaborative works, trio pieces, and a few holiday works from Patricia's new Christmas album of the same title. This program explores the emotional depths that a long Canadian winter can kindle, yet it is hopeful and is global in spirit, mixing Latin songs with jazz-tinged tunes by some of pop's most revered composers.


Gryphon TrioWith pre-tour performances presented by Calgary Pro Musica and The Banff Centre, they continued their journey north performing in Fort Smith, Norman Wells, Inuvik, Yellowknife, and Fort Simpson. A big thank you to Marie Coderre, Carmen Braden, the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre for making this tour a success. As well, a heartfelt thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts in their support of this tour.









Jane Coop, PianistPianist Jane Coop has just released a new CD of Beethoven Sonatas. The album, Beethoven: The Young Innovator, features three piano sonatas that represent Ludwig van Beethoven at the height of his early maturity - a creator who was already pushing artistic boundaries. This is Ms. Coop's 18th title to her vast discography.


The three works on the new disc are Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, Sonata in C-sharp Minor (Moonlight), Op. 27, No. 2, and Sonata in D Major (Pastorale), Op. 28. This album was recorded by Don Harder at Pyatt Hall in Vancouver, and released on the Skylark label.







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