The Vancouver Recital Society (VRS) is one of the premier concert presenters in North America, offering a milestone debut series for rising stars and an internationally renowned concert series for the world’s most celebrated performing artists.
Started in 1980 by Founder and Artistic Director Leila Getz, the VRS presents twenty concerts a year at the Vancouver Playhouse in downtown Vancouver and at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC.
Among other legendary artists, Yo-Yo Ma, Kiri Te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Itzhak Perlman, Evgeny Kissin, Kathleen Battle and Vladimir Ashkenazy have all appeared in recital for the VRS.
Notable VRS debuts include Cecilia Bartoli, Maxim Vengerov, Anne Sofie von Otter, Sir András Schiff, Joshua Bell and Bryn Terfel. The VRS has also been a champion of Canadian artists such as Angela Cheng, Scott St. John, James Ehnes and Jon Kimura Parker among others.
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
Cecilia celebrated Rossini’s 200th birthday with the VRS on February 29, 1992.
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Yo-Yo has been a frequent and welcome visitor to the VRS since 1986.
Sir András Schiff, piano
Sir András made his Canadian debut on the VRS’ second season in 1981.
Jessye Norman, mezzo-soprano
Jessye performed two sold-out VRS performances at the Orpheum Theatre in two consecutive years: 1992 & 1993.
Joshua Bell, violin
Joshua made his Canadian debut on the VRS stage in 1987 at the tender age of 19.
Yevgeny Kissin, piano
Yevgeny made his Vancouver debut on the VRS stage at the Orpheum Theatre in 1996.
Murray Perahia, piano
Murray has been a frequent and welcome visitor to the VRS since 1990.
Arcadi Volodos, piano
The VRS was lucky to have presented Arcadi in 1998 - when he was still touring North America.
Grigory Sokolov, piano
Grigory’s Vancouver debut in 1994 blew the roof of the Vancouver Playhouse.
The Vancouver Recital Society is committed to fostering music education and appreciation in our community by offering concerts by leading world artists free of charge to inner-city and other Vancouver-area schools.
The VRS also partners with the Saint James Music Academy, the VSO School of Music and the Vancouver Academy of Music to offer lectures, workshops and masterclasses to Vancouver music students by visiting artists.
The VRS strives to be a visionary presenter of unparalleled musical experiences in intimate recital settings, fostering deeply personal connections to the art form and cultivating an atmosphere of warmth and community for audiences.
The VRS will be a global leader among recital presenters, a professional debut milestone for emerging artists, and a catalyst in creating a new, diverse generation of concertgoers.
We strive to create intimate and innovative experiences that leave listeners transformed.
We present rare opportunities to experience the world’s finest artistry, bringing acclaimed musicians at the height of their careers to our city’s concert halls.
We are committed to the discovery and development of emerging musical talent throughout the trajectory of their careers.
We are dedicated to total organizational excellence; every interaction with us, from purchasing tickets to attending a concert, should convey a sense of warmth and community.
We give back to our community, actively working to remove barriers and develop programs that share live music performance and education as broadly as possible.
We foster a culture of respect, dignity, and inclusion by embracing the diversity of our patrons, artists, staff, supporters and partners.