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March 2018

Denes Varjon

March 27 @ 8:00 pm

Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon made his Toronto debut in February 2015 and we discovered his commanding virtuosity. At the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, he studied piano with Sándor Falvai and chamber music with György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, finishing his studies in 1991. He is a regular guest at the most prestigious festivals world-wide, has performed with major orchestras throughout Europe and in the US, and is a deeply committed chamber musician. Dénes Várjon has recorded for Naxos, Capriccio…

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April 2018

Schumann Quartet

April 12 @ 8:00 pm

Toronto Debut The three brothers Mark, Erik and Ken Schumann, who grew up in the Rhineland, have been playing together since 2007. In 2012, they were joined by violist Liisa Randalu, who was born in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, and grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany. CDs, study with the Alban Berg Quartet, a residency of many years at the Robert-Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf, winning the prestigious Concours de Bordeaux along with other awards – it all adds up to an exciting…

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October 2018

Marc-Andre Hamelin

October 2 @ 8:00 pm

Marc-Andre Hamelin is ranked among the elite of world pianists for his unrivalled blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries—in concert and on disc. This will be his 12th recital on our stage since his debut in 1986. Programme: Bach/Busoni  –  Chaconne Samuel Feinberg –  Sonata No. 3, Op. 3 (1916-17) ———- Alexis Weissenberg – Six Arrangements of Songs Sung…

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The St. Lawrence Quartet with Baritone, Tyler Duncan

October 18 @ 8:00 pm

Established in Toronto in 1989, the SLSQ came to Music Toronto in 1992 and continues annually.  The Quartet has developed an undisputed reputation as one of the world’s great ensembles.  Fiercely committed to collaboration with living composers, the SLSQ also has a special dedication to the string quartets of Haydn. Canadian baritone, Tyler Duncan, has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, the Spoleto Festival, and Pacific Opera Victoria.  He has given acclaimed recitals in New York, Boston, Paris, and throughout Canada,…

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November 2018

Ensemble Made in Canada

November 15 @ 8:00 pm

Ensemble Made in Canada, Canada’s premier piano quartet, brings together four musicians with solid individual careers:  Angela Park, piano; Elissa Lee, violin; Sharon Wei, viola; and Rachel Mercer, cello. Awarded the 2006 Galaxie Stars Award, EMIC has performed extensively throughout Canada, and has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Western University since 2014. PROGRAMME: MOSAIQUE, a specially commissioned suite of piano quartets by 14 Canadian composers, each inspired by a particular region of Canada. — Schumann –  Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47

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Louise Bessette

November 27 @ 8:00 pm

Over her 35 year career, Louise Bessette has gained renown for her performances and for her commitment to promoting contemporary music. In addition to many recordings as a soloist and with chamber ensembles, along with appearances worldwide with orchestras and at important festivals, Ms. Bessette regularly tours throughout America, Europe and Asia. In 2016 Louise Bessette won her eighth Opus Prize (the Quebec Junos). Programme: ESCALES — Un piano autour du monde — Piano around the World John Adams – China…

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December 2018

Gryphon Trio

December 6 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrating their 25th anniversary season throughout 2018, the Gryphon Trio continues to impress critics and audiences around the world with its highly refined, dynamic performances.  Repertoire from the traditional to the contemporary, commissioning – and playing – more than fifty mostly Canadian works, teaching and touring: the Gryphon does it all. PROGRAMME: Mozart and Mirrors: Works by Mozart, Silvestrov, Part and others Paul Frehner –  Bytown Waters, Toronto premiere, commissioned to celebrate the Trio’s 25th anniversary season. — Brahms – Piano…

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January 2019

Van Kuijk Quartet

January 31, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Since their formation in 2012, Quatuor Van Kuijk has collected accolades:  First, Best Beethoven and Best Haydn Prizes at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition, First Prize and an Audience Award at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, as well as becoming laureates of the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy.  Currently BBC New Generation Artists, the Van Kuijk Quartet is in residence at ProQuartet, Paris, where they study with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis, and Hagen Quartets. PROGRAMME: Haydn –…

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February 2019

Juho Pohjonen

February 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrated as one of Finland’s most outstanding pianists, Juho Pohjonen gives recital and concerto performances widely in Europe and the U.S. Recent highlights include his debuts with Vancouver, Baltimore, and Cleveland Symphonies, and he continues his close association with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall and on tour. He was a student of the Sibelius Academy where he completed his Master’s Degree in 2008. “An unmannered style that called attention to the music more than…

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Juilliard Quartet with Marc-Andre Hamelin

February 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

The Juilliard returned to Music Toronto in 2015 after many years’ absence.  They were invited back in 2016 with their new cellist, Astrid Schween.  The renewed Juilliard retains its legendary reputation and continues to represent the best in American string playing. Marc-Andre Hamelin needs no introduction.  He plays his 12th recital on our stage in October to open the 18-19 season. Among the great pianists of this age, with a discography that now numbers more than 100 recordings, he also…

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March 2019

Danny Driver

March 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

One of Britain’s most respected and versatile pianists, Danny Driver made his Toronto debut on this series in November 2016 and we discovered his “impeccable technique and musicianship” (Gramophone). Most of his 15 recordings are on Hyperion—a label he shares with Marc-Andre Hamelin and Stephen Hough, company in which he definitely belongs. In addition to a busy performing career, Danny Driver was appointed Professor of Piano at London’s Royal College of Music in Fall 2016. Programme: C P E Bach –…

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Lafayette and Saguenay Quartets

March 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

The Lafayette has achieved more than 30 years as an ensemble without a single change of personnel.  Coaching with major quartets followed by important awards led to an enduring career.  The LSQ have been artists-in-residence at the University of Victoria since 1991. The Saguenay (formed in 1989 as the Alcan) has developed a reputation for excellence throughout Canada and internationally since its formation over twenty-five years ago.  Based in Chicoutimi, Quebec, it receives the unconditional support of the Orchestre symphonique…

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April 2019

Hilario Duran Trio, Annalee Patipatanakoon and Roman Borys

April 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Cuban-born Hilario Duran grew up in Havana in a musical family, and immigrated to Canada in 1998. A giant of Afro-Cuban jazz, Hilario Duran performed with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Michel Legrand and Arturo Sandoval. In his now 4-decade career, Duran has won multiple Junos and Canadian National Jazz Awards. For his special programme, Hilario will be joined by the Hilario Duran Trio: Hilario Duran (piano), Roberto Occhipinti (bass), Mark Kelso (drums), and by Annalee Patipatanakoon (violin), and Roman…

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Ariel Quartet

April 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago when its members were students, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award.  The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, where they play their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy international touring schedule. PROGRAMME: Neue Bahnen (New Paths) Schumann – Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1 Beethoven  –  Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95,…

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