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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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