DESKTOP
TABLET (max. 1024px)
MOBILE (max. 640px)
Return to Top
Ludwig Van
Toronto Montreal

THE SCOOP | Stratford Summer Music Names New Artistic Director

By Michael Vincent on March 21, 2018

Mark Fewer, Canadian violinist and Juno award winner, has been named Artistic Director Designate of Stratford Summer Music (SSM).
Mark Fewer, Canadian violinist and Juno award winner, has been named Artistic Director Designate of Stratford Summer Music (SSM).

It was an end of an era when John A. Miller announced last spring that he would be stepping down this season (2018) as Artistic Director of the Stratford Summer Music (SSM); a festival which Miller single-handedly put on the map as one of Canada’s premier music festival destinations.

After an extensive international search which began last fall, the SSM board has unanimously named renowned Canadian violinist Mark Fewer as Artistic Director Designate and will begin July 1, 2018.

Fewer will spend this summer working closely with Miller during the transition period after which he will take on the Artistic Director role full-time starting October 1, 2018.

“I am both honoured and delighted to be joining the vibrant team that is Stratford Summer Music as Artistic Director,” Fewer commented.

“There has never been a better time to be involved in music, and SSM encompasses virtually all of its many facets and expressions. I look forward to building on John Miller’s visionary leadership of the past 18 years and to continuing to make Stratford a destination for fine music lovers everywhere.”

Born in Newfoundland and trained in Toronto, London, and Budapest, Fewer has become one of Canada’s most ambitious and individual virtuoso violinists. Equally a home in genres such as classical, jazz and the avant-garde, he has made a name for himself as an intensely curious musician that doesn’t discriminate between genres.

Fewer became concertmaster under the baton of Bramwell Tovey at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2004, but soon left the position after just four years to become Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University in Montreal.

A frequent recording artist and collaborator, Fewer won a Juno award for his collaboration with Phil Dwyer on the album, Changing Seasons.

Besides teaching, recording and performing, Fewer has shown a keen interest in music festivals. Between 2004-2009 he was the Artistic Director of the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, and in 2004 became the founding Artistic Director of the SweetWater Music Festival in Owen Sound.

“A musician of renown, an accomplished arts leader, a great teacher, and a man of inspiring creative vision, Mark is superbly qualified to leverage and build on the success of SSM,” said Mary E. Hofstetter C.M., Chair of the Search Committee for the next Stratford Summer Music Artistic Director.

Miller wished Fewer great success in assuming the leadership for his first season beginning in 2019, and looks forward to “the fresh directions and growth he will bring to the music festival.”

Though Miller will be stepping back from his leadership role, he will be keeping close ties to the festival as Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of SSM.

LUDWIG VAN TORONTO

Michael Vincent
Follow me

Michael Vincent

Michael Vincent is Publisher of Ludwig Van. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
Michael Vincent
Follow me
Michael Vincent
Follow me

Michael Vincent

Michael Vincent is Publisher of Ludwig Van. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
Michael Vincent
Follow me
Share this article
lv_toronto_banner_high_590x300
comments powered by Disqus

Ludwig Van Toronto

THE SCOOP | Earl Lee Named Associate Conductor Of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

By Michael Vincent on April 25, 2018

TSO's Earl Lee lands appointment as Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Read the full story Comments
Share this article
lv_toronto_banner_high_590x300

SCRUTINY | Sylvia Schwartz Offers Exquisite Vocalism In Toronto Debut Recital

By Joseph So on April 13, 2018

Soprano Sylvia Schwartz and the excellent pianist Olivier Godin hit their stride at the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.
Read the full story Comments
Share this article

SCRUTINY | Canadian Opera Company's Nightingale Remains Fresh And Magical In Revival

By Joseph So on April 17, 2018

Nine years after Robert Lepage's production of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, will lightning strike twice? Can it repeat that same magic? Joseph So offers his take.
Read the full story Comments
Share this article
lv_toronto_banner_low_590x300
lv_toronto_ssb_atf_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_high_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_mid_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_low_300x300
lv_toronto_tsb_high_300x700
lv_toronto_tsb_low_300x700
lv_toronto_ssb_atf_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_high_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_mid_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_low_300x300
lv_toronto_tsb_high_300x700
lv_toronto_tsb_low_300x700

We have detected that you are using an adblocking plugin in your browser.

The revenue we earn by the advertisements is used to manage this website. Please whitelist our website in your adblocking plugin.