JUNE 2017

AKAM Artists Performing at Summer Festivals

AKAMOne of the highlights of any summer festival experience is the atmospheres when concerts occur during a relaxed time of year. Whether you are a veteran festival attendee or a newcomer, there will always be something new and interesting at the festivals.

 

AKAM Artists' Canadian Summer Festival Schedule

 

Gryphon Trio
Orford Music, QC
June 18 - July 1

 

TorQ Percussion Quartet
Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, NS
June 23

 

TorQ Percussion Quartet

Bravo Niagara!, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON
July 2

 

Rolston String Quartet

Westben, Campbellford ON
July 9

 

Jamie Parker

Summer Music Vancouver, BC
July 13-15

 

Martin Beaver

Toronto Summer Music Festival, ON
July 14

 

Gryphon Trio

Music Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON
July 16

 

TorQ Percussion Quartet

Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, Waterloo ON
July 21

 

Guy Few

Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound ON
July 21 & 24

 

Gryphon Trio

Chamberfest, Ottawa ON
July 25-August 3

 

Rolston String Quartet

Toronto Summer Music Festival, Toronto ON
July 24

 

Rolston String Quartet

Chamberfest, Ottawa ON
July 27 & 28

 

Guy Few

Chamberfest, Ottawa ON
July 28

 

Jane Coop

Toronto Summer Music Festival, ON
August 3

 

Gryphon Trio

Leith Summer Festival, ON
August 5

 

Rolston String Quartet

Indian River Festival, Indian River PE
August 6

 

Gryphon Trio

Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound ON
August 8-11

 

Rolston String Quartet

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

 

Guy Few

Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound ON
August 9 - 11

 

Martin Beaver

Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound ON
August 9-12

 

Rolston String Quartet

1000 Islands Playhouse Series S, Gananoque ON
August 14

 

Gryphon Trio

Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival, BC
August 18-20

 

Philip Chiu

Brookside Music - Festival of the Bay, Midland, ON
August 17

 

Rolston String Quartet
McGill Int'l String Quartet Academy, Montreal QC
August 18 & 25

 

Rolston String Quartet
Stratford Summer Music, ON
August 23

 

Rolston String Quartet
Leith Summer Festival, ON
August 26

 

Rolston String Quartet
Banff International String Quartet Festival, AB
September 1-3

 

 

JUNE 2017

AKAM Presents at the 2017 Kim International Piano Camp in Minneapolis MN, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival Academy

Andrew KwanAKAM Director Andrew Kwan has always been aware of the business complexities and demands on artists in the classical music arena, especially those entering the industry. Since 1998, Andrew has been on the faculty at The Glenn Gould School, and in 2006, appointed to the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He has developed a specialised course curriculum for both schools, with a principle focus on topics required for career development, touring, marketing, and communications. These courses are designed to build business aptitude and entrepreneurial skills to prepare the next generation of classical musicians entering today's ever-changing industry. Recently, Andrew chaired the Program Development Committee and then, the Program Advisory Committee on a new, 3-year program offered at Toronto's Centennial College: the Music Industry and Arts Performance. This program, artistically on a different genre spectrum, is designed for young artists in the popular, world, or indigenous music field.

 

This summer, Andrew takes his lecturing experience to two new festivals. He will be offering sessions at the 2017 Kim International Piano Camp in Minneapolis MN, and the Toronto Summer Music Academy in Toronto ON. Andrew's Career Development for Young Artists sessions provides practical advice for the participants, and encourages discussions about the industry.

 

Hosted by the University of Minnesota School of Music, the 2017 Kim International Piano Camp is a 9 day program for 20 selected pianists from across the USA. The camp includes private lessons, master classes, performances, and lectures for university level pianists. The Toronto Summer Music Academy is an annual summer program for aspiring strings and voice students at the university level, and held in conjunction with the concert festival. With a faculty of Canada's top musicians, students of the Academy receive lessons and coachings, attend lectures, and form collaborative chamber ensembles for performances.

 

 

JUNE 2017

A European Tour of Debuts

Rolston String QuartetThe Rolston String Quartet continues their whirlwind schedule following the win last September at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition. They were definitely 'not-Haydn' on this recent 4 stop European tour. The young Canadian quartet, consisting of Luri Lee, Jeffrey Dyrda, Hezekiah Leung, and Jonathan Lo, performed their debuts on well respected series and festivals which were presented in palaces and monasteries, all with interesting connections to historical musical figures.

 

The first stop on June 11, was the famous Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria. Constructed in the 13th Century, the palace became the summer estate for Prince Esterházy, who would bring his court composer, Joseph Haydn, with him on summer vacation.

 

Next, the Rolston String Quartet was off to their Prague debut at the stunning Liechtenstein Palace. Built in the 16th century, it was the first large Baroque building in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Their European tour finished with two German dates in historic monasteries. The first, at Maulbronn Monastery, an 850 year old Roman Catholic Monastery which was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. The second, at Klosterkirche Nordstrom, is the oldest preserved church in Kassel, Germany. Built and used as a convent for Cistercian nuns from 1257 to 1527, this stunning Romanesque chapel now a place of worship, concerts, and cultural events.

 

 

JUNE 2017

Classical Music: The Next Generation

Andrew with semifinalist Esther HwangThis past spring, AKAM Director Andrew Kwan was invited to give career mentoring opportunities to participants of two major Canadian competitions; McGill University Schulich School of Music's Golden Violin Competition and the inaugural Isabel Overton Bader Canadian Violin Competition.

 

The Golden Violin Competition is an annual prize given to the most outstanding string player enrolled at the McGill Schulich School of Music in Montréal. Andrew provided a one-on-one career development session for the winner of the competition as part of the overall prize. This year's winner was cellist Joshua Morris (pictured lower left with Andrew and the Golden Violin Trophy). We extend our gratitude to Annie Saumier, Director, Communications and Productions, Schulich School of Music.

 

 Joshua Morris with Andrew and the Golden Violin TrophyThe inaugural Isabel Overton Bader Canadian Violin Competition invited Canadian violinists ages 18-29 to compete for the top prize of $20,000, a Kingston Symphony concerto performance, and future CBC radio broadcast. Andrew was pleased to meet many of the 8 semi-finalists for one-on-one career development sessions held in Kingston at the beautiful Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Congratulations to the 2017 winner, Yolanda Bruno. We extend our gratitude to Tricia Baldwin, Director, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

 

"I continue to be astounded at the talent of Canada's next generation of classical musicians," says Andrew Kwan. "The level of musicianship and technical efficiency of these young musicians is truly remarkable. Canada will be in for a musical treat as these young musicians' careers flourish over the next few years!"

 

 

MAY 2017

Rolston String Quartet Appointed Yale School of Music's New Fellowship
Quartet-in-Residence

Rolston String QuartetCanada's Rolston String Quartet has just been named the new fellowship quartet-in-residence at the prestigious Yale School of Music, in Norfolk, CT. Beginning this fall, the Rolston String Quartet will work closely with the Brentano String Quartet - Yale's quartet-in-residence. As fellowship quartet-in-residence, they will perform recitals, participate in education-outreach programs for the school, and coach student chamber ensembles.

 

"We are incredibly optimistic about the possibilities for development and growth provided by Yale's stimulating environment. We can't wait to meet the Yale students and faculty who will illuminate and influence this new experience. Working closely with the Brentano Quartet is a dream come true," stated the Rolston Quartet. "We look forward to deepening our musical understandings, refining our interpretations, and benefiting from their extensive professional experience."

 

This appointment adds to a list of exciting developments for the Rolston String Quartet following their 2016 win at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. This emerging group has been concertizing throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. They have just completed 2 years as graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston.

 

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