Jan Lisiecki, piano
September 26, 2009

Critics call Jan Lisiecki an “aristocrat of the piano,” an “extraordinary talent,” and praise him for mature and “remarkable poetic and imaginatively executed [playing].”

The fourteen-year-old Calgary native has been studying piano since the age of five, and had his orchestra debut with the Calgary Civic Symphony at the age of
9, as the youngest winner in the history of the Calgary Concerto Competition. He has played at Carnegie Hall, the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Kaufman Hall, and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, James Ehnes, and Emanuel Ax.

 

Tokai Quartet
October 17, 2009

Praised by the Toronto Star for their “emotional investment” and “decisive” interpretations, the Tokai Quartet is one of Canada’s leading string quartets. In September 2007, the quartet became prizewinners at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the first Canadian group to do
so since 1992. The vibrancy that this exciting young ensemble brings to their performances is gaining them enthusiastic audiences across Canada, and has earned the Tokai Quartet a growing demand for performances at concert series across the country, and some impressive accolades.

 

Eric Kim, cello, & Arthur Rowe, piano
November 13, 2009

Considered by many as one of the finest orchestral, chamber music and solo cellists of his generation, Kim has performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Middle and Far East. Pianist Arthur Rowe also is a multi-faceted musician, performing to critical acclaim as soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and soloist with orchestra. Having performed together for a number of years, Kim and Rowe return to the Jeffery Concerts for their second duo recital on our series with a program including works by Boccherini, Strauss, Mendelssohn and Chopin.

Ames Piano Quartet
December 5, 2009

With eleven internationally acclaimed compact discs to its credit, the Ames Piano Quartet is the most recorded piano quartet in America, featuring a discography
that includes all the masterpieces as well as numerous important works by British, American, Russian and Czech composers. Fanfare called its CD of the Dvorák
quartets, “one of the best chamber music recordings of the century.”

The combination of their lush string sound, blended with the orchestral quality of the piano, produces an exquisite and rare sonority that The Washington Post aptly described as “one of the most heavenly combinations of instruments around.”

 

Alcan Quartet
January 16, 2010

The Alcan Quartet has developed a reputation for excellence throughout Canada and internationally since its formation over sixteen years ago. The quartet’s originality, contagious enthusiasm, unique sonority, and remarkable cohesion have all contributed to its long-term success. Critics agree that, both on stage and in the recording studio, the Alcan Quartet possesses the qualities that characterize the best ensembles of its kind: a recognizable personality, a
homogeneous sound, and elegant style.

 

Apollo Trio
February 6, 2010

The Apollo Trio formed in 1997 after playing together in the Soirées des Junies Music Festival in the south of France and has performed to critical acclaim in the USA and in Europe. In addition to frequent appearances at American music festivals— from the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York to Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, and on chamber music series throughout the United States—the trio has also performed at prominent New York venues, including Caramoor, Bargemusic, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

 

St. Lawrence String Quartet
February 27, 2010

Having walked on stage together over 1900 times in the past nineteen years the St. Lawrence String Quartet has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. In 1992, they won both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Young Concert Artists International
Auditions, launching them on a performing career that has brought them across North and South America, Europe and Asia. The foursome regularly delivers traditional quartet repertoire, but is also fervently committed to performing and expanding the works of living composers.

 

Lafayette String Quartet
March 27, 2010

In 1988 the Lafayette String 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 over 20 years. They concertize throughout North America; European performances include Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, and the Salzburg Mozarteum. In addition to their affinity for Beethoven, the Lafayette Quartet excels in performing music from all eras of the vast output of quartet literature.

 

Suzie LeBlanc, soprano, & Robert Kortgaard, piano
April 24, 2010

Acadian-born soprano Suzie LeBlanc has established an international career specializing in 17th and 18th century repertoire. She has appeared world-wide with many of the world’s leading early-music ensembles in concert and opera performances as well as on disc and on film. She is the artistic director of Le nouvel Opéra, an organisation committed to the performance and education of Early Opera (lenouvelopera.com).

Robert Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic and China. He is one of the country‘s most respected concert pianists, having appeared with most of the country’s leading orchestras and recital societies.

Jonathan Crow, violin, & Arthur Rowe, piano
May 22, 2010

Upon graduation from McGill University, Jonathan Crow joined the Montreal Symphony at the age of 19 as Associate Principal Second Violin, and won the Associate Concertmaster chair five months later. He was appointed Concertmaster in 2002, a position he held until 2006, becoming the youngest Concertmaster to lead a major North American orchestra. For this recital, he is joined by pianist Arthur Rowe, Professor of Piano at The University of Victoria. Having first had the opportunity to play together four years ago at a summer festival in Victoria, where their concert was recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio, they will again be appearing together in Victoria in 2010. Their program for our concert will include, among other works, two of the great sonatas by Mozart and Prokofiev.

 


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