Q&A | 20 Questions for James Parker
James Parker is a one of Toronto’s true musical gems. He is at once a soloist, a chamber musician, and pianist with an incredible facility for both chamber music and solo performance. He is a founding member of Canada’s premiere ensemble, the Gryphon Trio. He has performed with nearly every major orchestra in Canada, including, the Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Quebec City, Edmonton, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He has won a total of three JUNO Recording Awards, and is an Associate Professor, and Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.
THE VOICE | Isabel Bayrakdarian: "As a bird, I no longer like sitting on top of the tree"
By Neil Crory on November 25, 2014
Bayrakdarian’s obsession with Spain – Madrid in particular – is deep-seated. It seems to be in her blood. In fact, she has a passion for all things Spanish – its music, its dance, its language, its food; its culture;… Locals have told her that she even looks like a Madrileña.
PROFILE | Helene Schneiderman: Mezzo in Focus
By Joseph So on February 20, 2016
American mezzo Helene Schneiderman reflects on her life as a child of Holocaust survivors, a singer, a wife, and a mother.
Q&A | 39 Questions For Krisztina Szabó
Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó answers our 39 questions.
INTERVIEW | With One Voice: Ekaterina Siurina and Charles Castronovo
By Joseph So on October 6, 2015
Joseph So sits down for an in-depth interview with husband and wife team Ekaterina Siurina and Charles Castronovo. Both will be appearing in the upcoming COC production of Verdi's La traviata running October 8 - November 6, 2015.
THE CLASSICAL TRAVELER | A Conversation with Leon Major
Many years ago, in 1979 to be exact, Leon Major and I worked together at the St. Lawrence Centre in Toronto. Leon was the General Manager and directed most of the plays, and I was the incoming director of music programming, succeeding Franz Kraemer. For me it was a great opportunity to broaden my approach to music programming. I was to continue my work as music director at CJRT-FM and as conductor of the CJRT Radio Orchestra, but with Leon I could see new challenges. Alas, it was not to be. After ten years of working together, Leon and his board were ready to part ways, and he left just after I arrived. Without Leon at the helm, the St. Lawrence Centre seemed far less idealistic and far less interested in taking artistic risks. I too soon moved on.
PROFILE | Russell Hartenberger: You Can't Make Me Call It Minimalism
A jaunt through the history of the Steve Reich Ensemble, with original member, Russell Hartenberger.
PROFILE | Dorothy Sandler-Glick: Portrait Of A Woman of Valour
Though it has been 15 years since her last public performance, Sandler-Glick has a powerful pianistic legacy at her fingertips.
Q&A | 11 Questions for Anne-Sophie Mutter
German-born, Anne-Sophie Mutter is one of the greatest violin virtuosos of our time. At the age of 13 she performed as a soloist at the renowned Salzburg Festival, under conductor Herbert von Karajan. Two years later, she made her recording debut with Karajan, and the Berlin Philharmonic. Besides being an interpreter of traditional classical repertoire, she is a avid supporter of contemporary music. She has premiered works by Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn and Wolfgang Rihm. After going on to win four Grammy Awards and countless prizes, she founded The Mutter Virtuosi -- a group made up of some of the best alumni of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.
INTERVIEW | Passion And Creativity: Conversations With Brian Finley
By Joseph So on June 3, 2016
"I’m not an aggressively bizarre composer, but I’m colourful." Composer-pianist Brian Finley chats about his new opera, The Pencil Salesman, premiering this June at The Westben Arts Festival.