Jonathan Plowright was born in Yorkshire, England, and won a series of major awards in the early 80s. We have a fondness for Hyperion Records distinguished roster of pianists, and with thirteen critically acclaimed CDs, Jonathan is now well established there. Between 2012 and 2017 Jonathan recorded the complete solo piano works of Brahms for BIS Records to great critical acclaim. Brahms Four Ballades, Op. 10 Schumann Kinderszenen, Op, 15 – – – Mozart Variations on "Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman,"…Find out more »
Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet performs throughout the world. Based in Austin, TX, the Miró Quartet took its name from the Spanish surrealist artist, Joan Miró. Previous Music TORONTO concerts in 2001, 2005 and 2013 Part of the Miró Quartet’s Archive Project, this program was performed by the Kneisel Quartet on January 28, 1910 at the Schubert Club in St. Paul, MN. Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm. Mozart Quartet in B-flat Major, K.458, "The Hunt" Glière Quartet in A Major,…Find out more »
Established in Toronto in 1989, the SLSQ came to Music TORONTO in 1992 and returns annually. One of the world's great ensembles, the quartet has been the Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University since 1998. This special program celebrates their 30th anniversary. Stephen Prutsman is a laureate of both the Tchaikovsky (Moscow) and Queen Elisabeth (Brussels) Piano Competitions. He also received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is active as a classical and jazz pianist and composer. Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm.…Find out more »
Born in Locarno, Francesco Piemontesi studied with Arie Vardi before working with Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, Cécile Ousset and Alexis Weissenberg. He rose to international prominence with prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition. Between 2009-11 he was a BBC New Generation Artist. Bach/Busoni, Prelude in E-flat Major,BWV 552, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659, Cantata No. 140, “Wachen auf, ruft uns die Stimme” Bach, Italian Concerto, BWV 971 Bach/Kempff, Siciliano, from Flute Sonata in…Find out more »
The Schumann Quartet made its Toronto debut on this series is April, 2018 and we wanted to hear them again. The three brothers Mark, Erik and Ken Schumann were joined in 2012 by violist Liisa Randalu. Study with the Alban Berg Quartet, a residency at the Robert-Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf, winning many awards, acclaimed CDs – it all adds up to an exciting young European quartet. The Schumanns won the NewcomerAward for 2016 of the BBC Music Magazine – and began…Find out more »
Quebec pianist André Laplante has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, and has released a series of ever more impressive CDs. Critics have compared him with Ashkenazy, Horowitz and Rudolph Serkin, placing him in the elite circle of virtuoso pianists who do not hesitate to take risks. Mozart: Fantasy in D Minor K.397 Mozart: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major K.282 Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 10, No. 2 in F Major Jacques Hétu: Variations for…Find out more »
The Pavel Haas Quartet was founded in 2002. Following their victory in the Prague Spring Festival Competition and Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2005, they embarked on their international career. They now perform around the world, and have to date recorded six critically acclaimed CDs. Martinu: Quartet No. 4, H.312 Bartok: Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91 - - - Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 and the "Grosse Fuge", Op. 133Find out more »
Born in 1992, Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at eleven; he was invited to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the First Night of the Proms in 2011 at nineteen. Also in 2011 Benjamin signed to Decca Classics, and was the inaugural recipient of The Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York Philharmonic in 2016. No longer a prodigy, he…Find out more »
Founded in 1999 at the Boulogne Billancourt Conservatory in France, Quatuor Ébène studied with the Quatuor Ysaÿe in Paris and with Gábor Takács, Eberhard Feltz and György Kurtág. They launched their international career with an impressive win at the ARD Music Competition in 2004. The Quatuor Ébène’s concerts are marked by a special elan much prized in Europe. Since 2009 the quartet play on 17th and 18th century instruments on loan from a private donor. Quatuor Ébène played on this…Find out more »
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