2006/2007 Concert Season
Saturday, September 16, 2006 — I Musici de Montréal
Saturday, September 30, 2006 — Nai-Yuan Hu, violin & Jacques Després, piano
Saturday, October 28, 2006 — Panocha Quartet
Saturday, January 13, 2007 — Lafayette Quartet
Saturday, February 10, 2007 — Michel Cardin, baroque lute
Saturday, March 3, 2007 — Vienna Piano Trio
Special Concert - TafelMusik
Thursday, November 2, 2006 - Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra at the Winspear
I Musici de Montréal
Todd Palmer, Klezmer Clarinet
Canada's virtuoso 15 string ensemble, under the direction of Yuli Turovsky, presents 20th century works of reflection and rapture.
Founded in 1983 by the Russian born cellist, Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montréal has won acclaim for its exceptional virtuosity and passionate performance style. The orchestra performs over 100 concerts annually. In addition to the four concert series it presents in Montreal, I Musici tours throughout the world. Recent tours have taken the group across the U.S., to Europe, Israel, Japan and China. I Musici's appearance in Edmonton follows closely upon a tour of Brazil and Argentina and a demanding performance schedule of 12 concerts in three weeks.
The members of I Musici are also busy as recording artists. Several of their more than 40 CDs on the Chandos and Analekta labels have won awards, including a Diapason d'Or for their recording of Shostakovich's 14th Symphony, a Rosette in the 1992 Penguin Guide for their recording of Handel's Concerti grossi Op.6, a Juno award for their recording of works by Ginastera, Villa-Lobos and Evangelista and two Opus awards from the Conseil Québecois de la Musique for their CD of works by Gorecki, Pärt and Schnittke. The impressive breadth of their repertoire is a reflection of their dedication to musical exploration and innovative programming.
Todd Palmer has appeared as a clarinet soloist and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. A graduate of the Mannes College of Music in New York where he studied with Gervase de Peyer, Mr. Palmer is praised for his superb musicianship and engaging stage presence. He has recorded The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind with the St. Lawrence String Quartet for EMI Classics.
"The orchestra responded to Turovsky's skillfully turned phrases with a golden intonation and supple sense of musical line." –Washington Post
More on I Musici de Montréal
Osvaldo Golijov — The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
George Rochberg — Transcendental Variations
Morton Gould — Spirituals for Strings
Nai-Yuan Hu and Jacques Després
Nai-Yuan Hu was born in Taiwan. His father, who used to be a physician, is particularly interested in classical music. Influenced by his father, Hu found the sound of the violin appealing and began to study the instrument at the age of five. Three years later, he was soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Taiwan. He studied violin with De-Qian Su, Sylvia Shu-Te Lee, Ni-Xi Ke and Qiu-Sheng Chen. Hu's father was arrested and sent to the prison on Green Island during the White Terror period. To avoid putting his children into trouble, his father sent Hu to the United States to study in 1972. In USA, Hu studied violin with masters such as Brodadus Erle, Joseph Silverstein and Josef Gingold. He won the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium in 1985 when he was only 24. Since then he has made frequent concert appearances around the world. The Strad magazine praised him by stating: "Mr. Nai-Yuan Hu is a magnificent violinist" and depicted his performance as "elegantly aristocratic."
In 1995 Hu recorded a CD with the Seattle Symphony and conductor Gerard Schwartz. The track listings included violin concertos No.2 by Goldmark and Bruch. The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs, the review of the most credential in the world's classical music, gave this recording three stars with a rosette, a great honor in this area.
In 1996, Hu took the lectureship at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut.
A native of Canada, pianist Jacques Després studied under such great masters of the piano as Gilbert Kalish, Adele Marcus, William Masselos, Christiane Senart and Gyorgy Sebok. He recently completed his doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and holds a Master's degree from the Juilliard School of Music. He received with High Distinction the Artist Diploma from Indiana University, and was awarded a unanimous first prize from the Conservatory of Quebec. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Music, University of Alberta.
Mr. Després has been lauded worldwide for the skill and sensitivity of his interpretations. He has appeared as soloist with symphonies all over Canada and the United States and has performed in countless festivals. He has received many awards, including the prestigious Frank Kopp Memorial Prize, First prize at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra competition and First prize at the Prix d'Europe competition of the Musical Academy of Quebec. In addition, Mr. Després is considered one of the foremost lecturers, both on period instruments and modern instruments and has taught masterclasses at many schools and music festivals.
"Taiwanese violinist Nai-Yuan Hu is an awesomely capable performer whose technical facility, musical intelligence and unfaltering verve place him among the higher echelons of today's string virtuosi." -BBC Music Magazine
"Despres played with imagination and incisive, accurate rhythm, but he always brought out the singing quality in the music." -Woodstock Times
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Sonata in C major, K. 296
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Sonata in E minor, K. 304
Edvard Grieg — Sonata no. 3 in C minor, Op. 45
Claude Debussy — Sonate
Camille Saint-Saens — Sonata in D minor, Op. 75
Jiri Panocha, 1st violin
Pavel Zeifart, 2nd violin
Miroslav Sehnoutka, viola
Jaroslav Kulhan, cello
The Panocha Quartet was formed in 1968 while its members were still students at Prague Conservatory. In 1975 the quartet won 1st Prize at the Prague Spring International String Quartet Competition.
Since that times the Quartet has achieved international fame progressing from one triumph to another. The Quartet has participated in major international festivals. In 1976 they were awarded the Bordeaux Gold Medal and in 1982 came a Supraphon Gold Disc. In 1983 the Grand Prix Academy Charles Cross was received in Paris for the recording of Martinü's Quartet Nos. 4 and 6. Panocha Quartet places particular emphasis on Czech music, especially the works of Smetana, Dvorák, Janácek and Martinü. The Quartet follows the great Czech string quartet tradition, founded by the Ceske (Bohemian) Quartet and continued by the Smetana, Janacek and Vlach quartets.
The renowned Prague-based ensemble salutes the National Day of the Czech Republic with a performance of works by Janácek and Dvorák.
"The quartet played its Czech melodies with irresistible ardor and idiomatic feeling." -Washington Post
This concert is presented with the generous support of the Czech and Slovak Society for Arts and Sciences of Alberta SVU, and by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, University of Alberta.
Leos Janácek — String Quartet no. 2, "Listy duverné" (Intimate Letters)
Ludwig van Beethoven — String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"
Antonín Dvorák — String Quartet No. 10 in E flat Major, Op. 51, "Slavonic"
Lafayette String Quartet
Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, violin
Sharon Stanis, violin
Joanna Hood, viola
Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, cello
Since the Lafayette Quartet's initial season in Detroit in 1986, they have played to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences throughout Europe and North America.
Early in the Quartet's career, they garnered major competition prizes, including the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and embarked on extensive study with chamber musicians of international stature: two years with the Cleveland Quartet at the Eastman School as winners of the Cleveland Quartet Competition, coaching with members of the Amadeus and Alban Berg Quartets, and long-term musical coaching from their mentor Rostislav Dubinsky. With the support of the Ford Motor Co. and a Chamber Music American Residency Grant they taught several years in Detroit, where they shared their enthusiasm and love of music with young students at the Center for Creative Studies - Institute of Music and Dance.
In 1988 the Quartet was described by Musical America magazine as "Young Artists to Watch," and has provided ample proof of the astuteness of that choice. Defying the odds in the demanding world of string quartets, the four women of the Lafayette Quartet have stayed together and flourished artistically for nineteen years, despite moving, marrying and becoming parents.
The Lafayette moved in 1991 from Detroit to Canada, after accepting the position of Artists-in-Residence at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Their dedication and skill have played a major role in building one of the finest music schools in Canada. Students from all over North America are attracted to the Lafayette's widely respected coaching and teaching skills and their enthusiastic contribution to the art of music.
Along with their concert touring, the Lafayette Quartet enriches the yearly concert schedule at the University of Victoria, offering their own quartet recitals as well as performing with other University of Victoria faculty members. In the 2000-2001 season they offered the Victoria audience the entire Beethoven cycle in a six-concert series. They have since performed the cycle in Waterloo, Ontario and in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Quartet's reputation as interpreters of Beethoven has indeed become greatly appreciated as concertgoers in Ontario began buying tickets a year in advance of the performances.
In addition to their affinity for Beethoven, the Lafayette Quartet enjoys performing music from all eras of the vast output of quartet literature. Their latest CD entitled Death and the Maiden on the CBC label was awarded the 2003 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording and their recordings on the Dorian and Adlar labels have received universal critical acclaim.
The Lafayette String Quartet is the subject of the author David Round's book The Four and the One, published in 1998.
"The performance given by the Lafayette Quartet was superb in every respect, from the creation of a haunting, distinctive sound-world to the exquisitely delivered solo passages by each of the players."–Calgary Herald
Joseph Haydn — String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2
Dmitri Shostakovich — Prelude and Fugue Nos. 1 and 15
arranged for string quartet by Rostislav Dubinsky
Felix Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
Originally from Montréal and working in the Maritimes since 1980, Michel Cardin has gained international recognition as a teacher, performer, musicologist and producer. Cardin is full professor of guitar and lute at the Department of Music at the University of Moncton (Canada), with PhD equivalence status, and has made twelve compact discs of solo baroque lute music and duos with flute. This series of recordings, consisting for the most part of world premieres, is dedicated to The London Manuscript by baroque lutenist Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750), the undisputed master his instrument. The enormous enthusiasm for these recordings, shared by critics and the general public alike, has provided unambiguous validation for the revival of music by this great composer. Michel Cardin has also performed before live audiences at numerous concerts in North and South America, Europe, Japan and Africa.
Michel Cardin obtained a 'First Prize' diploma from the Montreal Conservatory in guitar performance and counterpoint in 1977. His list of teachers is impressive and includes Stephen Fentok, Alexandre Lagoya, Alirio Diaz, Alberto Ponce, John Mills and Oscar Ghiglia for guitar, and Toyohiko Satoh, Patrick O'Brien, Nigel North, Robert Barto, Jakob Lindberg and William Christie (at the Paris Conservatory) for instruction in lute and in continuo on the theorbo. He has played as a soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia, with the Musica Divina, Les Idées Heureuses and Réjouissance ensembles, and as a theorbist under William Christie, Andrew Parrott and Christian Mendoze. Cardin himself founded the Ensemble Baroque Montéclair in 1990.
In addition to radio and television performances ("Les beaux Dimanches"), Cardin has taken part in important shows in Atlantic Canada, including the Bicentennial of New Brunswick, the Acadian World Congress and the International Francophonie Summit, as well as the Éloizes and East Coast Music Awards shows. Michel Cardin's CDs have received fifteen nominations and six awards at events of this kind, including the ADISQ, and have been among the Discs of the Week and Best Buys of the Year on CBC-FM. Vol. 1 of the Weiss series took second position in the international "Top Ten" classical albums of 1994 (orchestras & soloists) in Voir magazine, while The London Manuscript, Vol. 5 won the Quebec's Music Council's 1998 OPUS award for best classical album of the year. Rick Phillips's Sound Advice program has consistently given these CDs a '5 stars out of 5' rating. Cardin has also received the Geocities Vienna 2000 Award for outstanding artistic merit for the new millennium, the Éloize 2001 Award for best international exposure outside Atlantic Canada, two Étoiles Awards (classical artist and album of the year) and the prestigious Excellence in Music Award from the Government of New Brunswick. His CDs have been praised in such respected international magazines as Fanfare Magazine, Diapason and Le Monde de la Musique, and are regularly played by Canadian FM stations.
Michel Cardin finds time for contemporary music in his busy schedule, having premiered new pieces for lute and guitar dedicated to him, one of which was included on the 1986 recording of the Atlantic Canadian Composers' Association. In 1991 he played the guitar part in Le Marteau sans maître under the direction of Pierre Boulez at the Scotia Festival. As a composer he has written various works for films, radio, etc. Cardin has published musicological articles (in six different languages so far) in European, American and Asian periodicals, and has recently acquired experience as a recording producer. One recent project is a computer-assisted transcription into modern notation of one of the Christmas Oratorios by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. A Silver Medalist of the Royal Society of the Arts, he has been jury member for the Canada and the New Brunswick Councils.
Co-sponsored by the Edmonton Guitar Society
Silvius Leopold Weiss (1686-1750) — Two pieces in D minor from the Dresden Manuscript
Excerpts from London Solo Suite No. 14 in F Major
David Kellner (1670-1748) — Two Fantaisies for lute
In C Major
In A minor
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) — Two cello preludes
From Suite No. 1
From Suite No. 4
Michel Cardin, arr. — Two well-known ancient themes
François Dufaut (c.1600 - c.1670) — Suite in G minor
S.L. Weiss — Four pieces from the London Manuscript
Plainte in Bb
Menuet in Bb
Fantasie in C minor
L'Amant malheureux (The Unfortunate Lover)
Vienna Piano Trio
Founded in 1988 by violinist Wolfgang Redik, pianist Stefan Mendl and cellist Marcus Trefny, the Vienna Piano Trio very soon gained international notice. The Strad Magazine referred to its "meteoric rise to fame" and predicted a future as the "leading trio of the 21st century". The group studied with several noted chamber ensembles including the Trio di Trieste, the Haydn Trio Wien, the Guarneri Quartet, and the Beaux Arts Trio. Isaac Stern selected them as one of six ensembles for the 1993 Public Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall. The Vienna Piano Trio tours regularly throughout Europe and has appeared on major concert stages and at festivals in North America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Cellist Matthias Gredler joined the group in 2001, succeeding Marcus Trefny.
The Vienna Piano Trio has received considerable acclaim for its many recordings. Their first recordings, of Brahms' complete piano trios, were made for Naxos. These were followed by numerous recordings for Nimbus and, since 2003, for the German label MDG. Their recording of the Beethoven piano trios, released in 2000, was named "Classical Album of the Year" by The Times. BBC Music Magazine designated their two volume release of Schubert's piano trios Benchmark Recordings and gave five stars to their Dvorák, Volume I CD, released in 2004. Their most recent release is a recording of works by Zemlinsky, Schönberg and Mahler.
For several years, the Vienna Piano Trio has performed regularly at Vienna's Musikverein, in a concert series presented by Jeunesses Musicales. This past fall, they initiated their own concert series, as resident artists, at the Weiner Konzerthaus. Other upcoming engagements include a tour to the main concert stages of South America.
"These very musical young players seem to think and breathe as one.this is music-making of ravishing sensitivity and tonal command." -Gramophone magazine
The Vienna Piano Trio is presented with the generous support of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, University of Alberta.
Ludwig van Beethoven — Piano Trio in D, Op. 70, No. 1, "Ghost"
Arnold Schönberg — "Verklärte Nacht" (Adaptation for piano trio by Eduard Steuermann)
Franz Schubert — Piano Trio in B flat, D. 898
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Metamorphosis: From Myth to Music
Distinguished Canadian actor R.H. Thomson joins Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra to present spoken tales from Ovid's Metamorphoses and some of the glorious music it inspired.
Ovid's anthology of Greek myths, with their illuminating themes of transformation and dramatic narratives of endurance and tragic love, influenced many 17th and 18th century composers of opera and opera-ballet. Works from Lully's Acis et Galatée, Rameau's Castor et Pollux and Pygmalion, Purcell's Fairy Queen and Marin Marais' Alcione are linked by word and theme in a program conceived and scripted by Tafelmusik's principal bassist Alison Mackay.
Jeanne Lamon, Music Director and concertmaster of Tafelmusik, leads the accomplished musicians of Canada's award-winning period performance ensemble in this very special evening of poetry and music.
"Connecting these rare and distinctive musical items was a simple and forthright telling of the story of each myth grippingly delivered by the wonderful Canadian actor R.H. Thomson ... a dazzling musical entertainment." –The Globe and Mail