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AUGUSTIN HADELICH

Augustin Hadelich is a very special and deeply communicative artist with a wide range of repertoire from Bach to Adès. In addition to being an in-demand performing artist, Augustin recently joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music. We are thrilled to welcome Musical America’s 2018 ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ back to our stage after an absence of 8 years.

 

J.S. BACH: Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR PERKINSON: Blue/s Forms
YSAŸE: Sonata No. 2, Op. 27 (“Obsession”)
J.S. BACH: Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

 

“Hadelich is a singularly gifted, characterful musician who has a flair for bringing older music into the present tense.” — Alex Ross, The New Yorker

 

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MILOŠ

Two string supremos join forces for a dream afternoon of music-making! Israeli Avi Avital, described by The New York Times as “nothing short of electric”, was the first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy Award. Montenegrin marvel Miloš Karadaglić has been called “the hottest guitarist in the world” (The Sunday Times). Both artists have appeared on our stage in previous seasons; if you were lucky enough to have been in the audience for their performances, you know that you are in for a treat!

 

J.S. BACH: Italian Concerto in F major, BWV. 971
SCHUBERT: Selected song transcriptions
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
GLASS: Metamorphosis No. 4
GLASS: Etude No. 9

 

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ALEXANDER MALOFEEV

This exciting young Russian pianist gained international recognition through his outstanding appearance at the 8th International Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians, where he won First Prize at the tender age of 13. Alexander was scheduled to perform on our series earlier this year; we are delighted that we were able to find a new date for his much-anticipated Canadian debut!

 

SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D.784
MEDTNER: Piano Sonata in G minor, Op. 22
MEDTNER:  2 Skazki, Op. 48
RACHMANINOV: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28

 

“I first heard Malofeev when Valery Gergiev performed with him at the Teatro alla Scala three years ago. He was only 14, and he amazed me with his talent.” — Maestro Riccardo Chailly

 

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This concert is sponsored in memory of Michael Kemble

 

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JUHO POHJONEN

We are delighted to welcome back this remarkably gifted Finnish pianist after a decade away from our stage. In the intervening years, Juho has enjoyed a burgeoning career of solo and chamber music performances and orchestral engagements on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

MOZART: Fantasia in C minor, K. 475
MOZART: Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457
PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82

 

“Pearly touch, singing tone and sensitivity… [Pohjonen] demonstrated his elegant musicianship throughout the program.” — New York Times

 

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TONY SIQI YUN

This exciting young Canadian pianist was to have made his Vancouver debut on our series last March — fortunately we have been able to reschedule him for this season. Tony was the First Prize Winner and Gold Medalist at the First China International Piano Competition.

 

BACH/BUSONI: Chaconne in D minor
BACH/BUSONI: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, Chorale Prelude BWV. 639
BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 “Pastorale”
BELLINI/LISZT: Réminiscences de Norma S. 394
WAGNER/LISZT: Solemn March to The Holy Grail from Parsifal, S. 450
STRAVINSKY/AGOSTI: The Firebird Suite (Danse infernaleBerceuseFinale)

 

“Tony is a true poet of the keyboard. Expressive, and with his own distinct voice, yet elegant and poised.” — Pianist Magazine

 

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DANISH STRING QUARTET

The GREAT Danes are back! This concert kicks off an ambitious 4-year international commissioning project, Doppelgänger, which pairs world premieres from four renowned composers — Bent Sørensen, Lotta Wennäkoski, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Thomas Adès — with four major works from the chamber music repertoire of Franz Schubert. Each season, the Danish String Quartet will perform a world premiere on a program with its doppelgänger — the Schubert quartet or quintet that inspired it. The VRS is delighted to be a co-commissioner of the Doppelgänger project.


SCHUBERT: Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887
BENT SØRENSEN: Doppelgänger
SCHUBERT: Doppelgänger. Lied arranged for string quartet by DSQ

 

“It’s no easy matter for a string quartet to acquire that rock-star vibe, especially for an ensemble that still keeps one foot firmly planted in the traditional chamber repertoire. But the Danish String Quartet has it, making the group’s every local appearance a special event.” — San Francisco Chronicle

 

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TRISTAN TEO

Virtually VRS online concert

These performances are possible because of the generous support of friends like you. Artists and organizations all around the world have been hard hit by the impacts of COVID-19, and online presentations like these provide vital opportunities for musicians to continue to make a living, share their craft, and delight audiences. The VRS takes great pride in presenting outstanding emerging artists, and we rely on the support of our wonderful patrons to help to keep the music playing, both online and in the concert hall.  If you’d like to support the VRS by making a tax-deductible donation, you can do so by clicking the button below, or you can mail your gift to our office (201 – 513 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2V1). Donations over $10 are eligible for a charitable receipt. Thank you; your faith in us means the world!

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23-year-old pianist Tristan Teo was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and was recently named one of Canada’s “hot classical musicians under 30” by CBC Music. He made his orchestral debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and has since performed solo and with orchestras in Canada, the United States and Europe. As a performer with a passion for teaching, Tristan has strongly advocated for bringing music education from the studio to the concert hall, impressing audiences with the honesty and sincerity of his performances. Tristan is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellows Program at The Juilliard School.

 

SCHUMANN-LISZT: Widmung
KAPUSTIN: Variations, Op. 41
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

 

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JAEDEN IZIK-DZURKO

Virtually VRS online concert

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Born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, 21-year-old Jaeden Izik-Dzurko is earning a reputation as a promising young artist. Jaeden has been recognized by audiences, conductors and composers alike for the exceptional communicative power and thoughtfulness of his interpretations.

 

SCRIABIN: Valse, Op. 38
SCHUMANN: Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 14
RACHMANINOFF: Lento from Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28

 

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EMA NIKOLOVSKA

The VRS has joined forces with Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) to present a new series of four online concerts, highlighting some of the extraordinary young artists they’ve represented and nurtured.

These performances are possible because of the generous support of friends like you. Artists and organizations all around the world have been hard hit by the impacts of COVID-19, and online presentations like these provide vital opportunities for musicians to continue to make a living, share their craft, and delight audiences. The VRS takes great pride in presenting outstanding emerging artists, and we rely on the support of our wonderful patrons to help to keep the music playing, both online and in the concert hall.  If you’d like to support the VRS by making a tax-deductible donation, you can do so by clicking the button below, or you can mail your gift to our office (201 – 513 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2V1). Donations over $10 are eligible for a charitable receipt. Thank you; your faith in us means the world!

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Program notes for this performance are available here.

 

Born in Macedonia, Ema Nikolovska grew up in Toronto where she studied voice with Helga Tucker and violin at The Glenn Gould School. She received her Masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and completed the Opera Course in 2020. In 2019 Ema was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist and was a prize-winner at the YCAT International Auditions held at Wigmore Hall. She also won 1st Prize at the International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. On the concert platform, she takes the role of Tangia in Gluck’s Le Cinesi with Les Musiciens du Louvre, and gives recitals at the Pierre Boulez Saal, Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger-Frühling Festival, Salzburg Mozartwoche, Schubertíada Barcelona and Berlin Konzerthaus. She collaborates with Malcolm Martineau, Wolfram Rieger, Sir Andràs Schiff and Barry Shiffman, among many others.

Sought after as a song accompanist and chamber musician, Jonathan Ware has appeared at major venues across Europe including the Théâtre des Champs-Elysée, Berlin Staatsoper, Bordeaux Opera and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. He has performed at Wigmore Hall with Elsa Dreisig, Robin Tritschler and Timothy Ridout (viola), and in the United States, where he gave recitals at Carnegie Hall with Golda Schulz, the Kennedy Center with Brenda Rae, and the University of California with Luca Pisaroni. Other highlights included the release of recordings with Elsa Dreisig for Warner, Ludwig Mittelhammer for Berlin Classics and Bayerisches Rundfunk, and Sharon Carty for Genuin. Texas born, Jonathan now resides in Berlin where he teaches at the Hochschule ‘Hanns Eisler’ and Barenboim-Said Academy. He regularly attends the Verbier Festival Academy and Samling Institute as mentor. In 2014 he was a prize winner at the YCAT International Auditions.

Johannes Brahms
Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105, No. 1
Lerchengesang, Op. 70, No. 2
Der Gang zum Liebchen, Op. 48, No. 1

Ständchen, Op. 106, No. 1

Amy Beach
Ich sagte nicht
Three Browning Songs, Op. 44
The Year’s at the Spring
Ah Love but a Day!

I Send my Heart up to Thee

Claude Debussy 
Trois chansons de Bilitis 
La flûte de Pan
La Chevelure

Le Tombeau des naïades

Hugo Wolf
Nachtzauber
Nimmersatte Liebe

Auf einer Wanderung

Maurice Ravel 
Histoires Naturelles 
Le Paon
Le Grillon
Le Cygne
Le Martin-Pêcheur

La Pintade

 

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TABEA DEBUS

The VRS has joined forces with Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) to present a new series of four online concerts, highlighting some of the extraordinary young artists they’ve represented and nurtured.

These performances are possible because of the generous support of friends like you. Artists and organizations all around the world have been hard hit by the impacts of COVID-19, and online presentations like these provide vital opportunities for musicians to continue to make a living, share their craft, and delight audiences. The VRS takes great pride in presenting outstanding emerging artists, and we rely on the support of our wonderful patrons to help to keep the music playing, both online and in the concert hall.  If you’d like to support the VRS by making a tax-deductible donation, you can do so by clicking the button below, or you can mail your gift to our office (201 – 513 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2V1). Donations over $10 are eligible for a charitable receipt. Thank you; your faith in us means the world!

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Described by The Times as a ‘charismatic virtuoso’, Tabea Debus is much sought after as soloist, collaborator, teacher and communicator. Current projects include the development of an animated story-game for children, funded by a 2020 CAG / Richard S. Weinert Innovation Award; and a series of music and puppetry videos for primary school children. Over the last year Tabea has won the Soloists Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, a Concert Artists Guild prize in New York, and 1st Prize in the Society of Recorder Players/Moeck Competition.

Toby Carr is known as an engaging and responsive artist, performing with some of the finest musicians in the business. Having studied at Trinity Laban and the Guildhall School he is now active as a soloist, continuo player and chamber musician working in the field of historically informed performance, bringing old music to new audiences in exciting and innovative ways. This has included working with many of the foremost period instrument groups around, including Dunedin Consort, Academy of Ancient Music, The English Concert, La Nuova Musica, and Irish Baroque Orchestra.

 

Ohrwurm 

“I was [un]able to think of any thing, but remained all night transported.” – Samuel Pepys

Music has a tendency to continue playing inside our minds, whether we want it to or not. From Pepys we gather that musical earworms are a longstanding phenomenon: Ohrwurm explores how tunes and dances wormed their way into many aspects of music-making in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe.  

Anonymous (14th century)
Lamento di Tristano & La Rotta 

Alessandro Piccinini (1566-1638)
Ciaccona for solo theorbo 
Ciaconna Medley
After various Italian composers including Antonio Bertali (1605-1669), Tarquinio Merula (1595-1665) and Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Anonymous (16th century)
La Monica or Une jeune fillette 

Pierre-Francisque Carroubel (1556-1611/15)
Spagnolette from: Terpsichore, Musarum Aoniarum (Michael Praetorius, 1612) 

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Fantasia per il Flauto senza Basso No. 3, TWV 40:4
Largo/Vivace/Largo/Vivace – Allegro  

Johann Schop (1590-1667)
Pavane Lachrimae  

John Dowland (1563-1626)
Sir John Smith, His Almain
Captain Digorie Piper, His Galliard
The Earle of Essex Galiard, or Can she excuse my wrongs 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)                                                                                                                    
French Suite No. 2, BWV 813 (arr. Tabea Debus)
Allemande – Courante – Menuet 1 and 2  

Francisco Corbetta (1615-1681)
Chaconne for solo guitar 

Diego Ortiz (c. 1510-1576)
Recercada Quarta & Recercada Segunda sobre tenores Italianos 
From: Trattado de Glosas (1553) 

 

Other concerts in this series:
Benjamin Baker, violin and Timothy Ridout, viola
Ariel Lanyi, piano
Ema Nikolovska, mezzo-soprano and Jonathan Ware, piano

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

 

 

 

 

 

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