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ZOLTÁN FEJÉRVÁRI

Winner of the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal piano edition, and a recipient of a Borletti- Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Hungarian pianist Zoltán Fejérvári has appeared in recitals throughout Europe and the US. Zoltán made a big impression when he performed on this series two seasons ago with cellist István Várdai. We’re very excited to welcome him back to Vancouver!

SCHUMANN: Waldszenen, Op. 82
JANÁČEK: In the Mists
BARTÓK: Out of Doors
SCHUMANN: Fantasy in C major, Op. 17

“Fejérvári performed the piece with sweep and discernment and made the concerto’s bird-like song and nocturnal atmosphere tremendously affecting” — International Piano Magazine

Series sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

Concert Sponsor: Anonymous

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CASTALIAN STRING QUARTET

The Castalian String Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. In 2018, the Quartet received the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize, and won a pretigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award. Previous awards include 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition and 1st Prize at the 2015 Lyon Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet was selected for respresentation by YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) in 2016.

HAYDN: String Quartet in D, Op. 76, No. 5
FAURÉ: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 121
SCHUMANN: String Quartet No.1 in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1

 

“The Castalian Quartet makes the simplest things we hear into the most important things we could ever want to hear.” — The Calgary Herald

 

The Castalian String Quartet replaces the previously scheduled Zorá String Quartet

 

Series sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

Concert Sponsor: The Board of Directors of the Vancouver Recital Society

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Tara Erraught

Acclaimed for her rich voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence, this Irish mezzo-soprano enjoys an ever-growing international career on opera, orchestral and recital stages. With a wide repertoire that includes Bellini, Dvořák, Gounod, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Strauss and Verdi, as well as contemporary composers, in recent seasons she has sung two world premieres, made her US opera debut, numerous role debuts, and successfully toured North America three times.Tara made her Canadian debut on our series in April 2013, and we’re delighted to welcome her back to Vancouver with James Baillieu, the leader of the next generation of vocal accompanists.

LISZT: Victor Hugo poems
MAHLER: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
QUILTER: Songs
RICHARD STRAUSS: Songs of Herman von Gilm & other songs
ROSSINI: Cantata from Giovanna d’Arco

“Erraught delivered an ultra-flashy rendition of Dopo notte from Ariodante, then the famous, exquisite Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo. Her lithe virtuosity unleashed, the recital went into overdrive, ending, at least officially, with a hilarious rendering of Una voce poco fa from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. …In all, this was a convincing demonstration that, once again, Vancouver audiences have heard a true rising star…” — The Vancouver Sun (April 25, 2013)

 

Series sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

Concert sponsor: Lynn Kagan

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason

What does a 17-year old cellist from Nottingham do when he is named the 2016 BBC Musician of the Year, is signed to an exclusive recording contract with Decca, and is given the use, on permanent loan, of a 400-year old Antonius and Hieronymus Amati cello? He makes his Canadian debut for the Vancouver Recital Society of course! Sheku comes from a family which includes six siblings – all musicians. He will be accompanied by his sister Isata.

CASSADO: Suite for Solo Cello
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH: Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

“Sheku is an astonishingly gifted young musician with incredible energy and a burning passion for his music.” — Dr. Alexander Buhr, Managing Director of Decca Classics

 

Series sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

Concert sponsor: Ann Harding

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Zhang Zuo

Chinese pianist Zhang Zuo (Zee Zee) is internationally recognized for her imaginative and electrifying performances. Possessing dazzling technical prowess and spontaneous flair, her creative maturity has been hailed as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry” (L.A. Times). A protégé of Alfred Brendel, Zee Zee is a former BBC New Generation Young Artist. Her powerfully individual interpretations make each concert a unique musical experience. Don’t miss this Canadian debut!

BEETHOVEN: Variations in C minor, WoO 80
SCHUBERT: Sonata in C minor, D. 958
GRANADOS: Goyesca No. 1 ‘Los Requiebros’
LISZT: Vallee D’obermann
LISZT: Rhapsodie Espagnole

“Zhang Zuo is the one of the most outstanding and passionate pianistic talents I have come across” — Maestro Paavo Järvi

 

Series sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

Concert sponsor: Joyce & Tony

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The Verona Quartet

The Verona Quartet was the winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and in just three years, has earned a stellar reputation for delivering a “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America) every time they take the stage.  Musical America selected the group as “New Artists of the Month” for May 2016, further setting the Verona Quartet apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music.

The quartet has performed across four continents in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Izumi Hall, the Melbourne Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. They have also appeared on National Public Radio, The Weekly Special on PBS, and Abu Dhabi Classical FM.

HAYDN: String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 50, No. 1
SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
RAVEL: String Quartet in F major

“Outstanding ensemble of young musicians” — The New York Times

 

The Verona Quartet replaces the previously scheduled Simón Bolívar String Quartet.

 

 

 

Series sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

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Benjamin Beilman

Recipient of a 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a 2012 London Music Masters Award, Benjamin Beilman is one of his generation’s fastest rising stars.

“Mr. Beilman’s handsome technique, burnished sound and quiet confidence showed why he has come so far so fast” – The New York Times

Program:

Schubert: Sonata in A major, D. 574
Janáček: Sonata for violin & piano
Bartok: Sonata No. 2, Sz 76
Schubert: Rondo Brilliante

Series sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

Concert sponsor: The Board of Directors of the Vancouver Recital Society

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Harriet Krijgh

Twenty-four year old Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Harriet was chosen for the “Rising Stars” series of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) in the 2015-16 Season, having been nominated by the Musikverein Vienna and the Konzerthaus Vienna.

“Recording three solo CDs before you are 23 is no mean achievement, but then Harriet Krijgh, with a whole string of competition triumphs behind her, looks set to become something extraordinary.” – The Strad Magazine

Program:

Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 58
Schumann: 3 Romances, Op. 94
Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata, Op. 19

Series sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

Concert sponsor: Anonymous

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Dover String Quartet with Avi Avital

The opportunity to present a combination of the “young American quartet of the moment” with the brilliant young Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital was one we couldn’t resist. Neither should you!

“Few young American ensembles are as exciting and accomplished as the Dover Quartet” – The New Yorker

“Avi Avital is a musician who recognizes no boundaries except those of good taste and who has the artistry to persuade listeners to follow him anywhere” – Gramophone

Program:

Tsintsadze: Six Miniatures for String Quartet and Mandolin
Smetana: Quartet No. 1 “From My Life”
Solo Mandolin
David Bruce: Cymbeline for String Quartet and Mandolin

Series Sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

Concert Sponsors: Lynn Kagan and Richard & Lynda Spratley

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Anna Fedorova

Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier young pianists. From an early age she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and astounding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was a child, and she has appeared in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America and Asia. We look forward to her program of fantasies.

“The Chopin Sonata No. 3 reveals a player of the highest sensitivity” – Fanfare

Program:

Mozart: Fantasie in D minor, K. 397
Chopin: Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49
Takemitsu: Uninterrupted Rest
Rachmaninov: Preludes Op. 32 No. 5, Op. 32 No. 12, and Op. 23 No. 2
Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17

Series sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

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