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January 2020

ST. LAWRENCE QUARTET

January 30 @ 8:00 pm

with pianist STEPHEN PRUTSMAN Established in Toronto in 1989, the SLSQ came to Music TORONTO in 1992 and returns annually. One of the world’s great ensembles, the quartet has been the Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University since 1998. This special programme celebrates their 30th anniversary. Stephen Prutsman is a laureate of both the Tchaikovsky (Moscow) and Queen Elisabeth (Brussels) Piano Competitions. He also received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is active as a classical and jazz pianist and composer.…

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February 2020

FRANCESCO PIEMONTESI

February 18 @ 8:00 pm

“It was playful, assertive, intelligent music making, with bone-china clarity from Piemontesi.” – The Times (London, UK) Born in Locarno, Francesco Piemontesi stud- ied with Arie Vardi before working with Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, Cécile Ousset and Alexis Weissenberg. He rose to international prominence with prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition. Between 2009-11 he was a BBC New Generation Artist.   PROGRAMME: Bach/Busoni – Prelude in E-flat Major, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 Cantata No.…

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SCHUMANN QUARTETT

February 27 @ 8:00 pm

The Schumann Quartett made its Toronto debut on this series is April, 2018 and we wanted to hear them again. The three brothers Mark, Erik and Ken Schumann were joined in 2012 by violist Liisa Randalu. Study with the Alban Berg Quartet, a residency at the Robert-Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf, winning many awards, acclaimed CDs – it all adds up to an exciting young European quartet. The Schumanns won the Newcomer Award for 2016 of the BBC Music Magazine – and…

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March 2020

ANDRÉ LAPLANTE

March 10 @ 8:00 pm

“Laplante has worn the mantle of “romantic virtuoso” since he won a silver medal at the Tchaikovsky  Competition   in 1978. …his leonine style, titanic power and profound musicality all seem to belong to some past golden age. Laplante [is an] artist whose sensitivity and deep emotions transcend technique.” –  The Ottawa Citizen Quebec pianist André Laplante has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, and has released a series of ever more impressive CDs. Critics have compared him…

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PAVEL HAAS QUARTET

March 19 @ 8:00 pm

“The reactive tension on which this quartet’s reputation for seductive performances lies… delivers musical experiences nothing short of compelling.” – The Strad The Pavel Haas Quartet was founded in 2002. Following their victory in the Prague Spring Festival Competition and Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2005, they embarked on their international career. They now perform around the world, and have to date recorded six critically acclaimed CDs.   PROGRAMME: Martinu – Quartet No. 6, H. 312 Bartok –…

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BENJAMIN GROSVENOR

March 31 @ 8:00 pm

“There’s no disputing the remarkable finish, control and sheer beauty characterising Benjamin Grosvenor’s pianism.” – Gramophone Born in 1992, Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at eleven; he was invited to perform at the First Night of the Proms in 2011 at nineteen. Also in 2011 Benjamin signed to Decca Classics. He was the in- augural recipient of The Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York…

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April 2020

QUATUOR ÉBÈNE

April 16 @ 8:00 pm

“…full-on playing and lively engagement with the music that we’ve come to expect from Quatuor Ébène.” – The Strad Founded in 1999 at the Boulogne Billancourt Conservatory in France, Quatuor Ébène studied with the Quatuor Ysaÿe in Paris and with Gábor Takács, Eberhard Feltz and György Kurtág. They launched their international career with an impressive win at the ARD Music Competition in 2004. Since 2009 the quartet plays on 17th and 18th century instruments on loan from a private donor. Quatuor…

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