Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music

Fifteen Years Old Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Sextet

April 07, 2019, 7:30pm -Bethel Community Church

Sinfonia Toronto & Pianist Stewart Goodyear

Angela Park, piano

Angela Park

Pianist Angela Park has established herself as one of Canada’s most sought-after pianists. Praised for her “stunningly beautiful pianism” (Grace Welsh Prize, Chicago), “beautiful tone and sensitivity” (American Record Guide), and for performing “with such brilliant clarity it took your breath away” (Chapala, Mexico), Angela’s versatility as both soloist and chamber musician has led to acclaimed performances across Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Mexico.

Angela has performed for such series as Montreal’s Pro Musica, Ottawa Chamberfest, Parry Sound’s Festival of the Sound, Winnipeg Virtuosi, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut Tours, CBC Onstage, Orchestra London Canada, Sinfonia Toronto, Stratford Symphony, and the Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico. She is a founding member of the award-winning Ensemble Made In Canada, the Mercer-Park Duo with cellist Rachel Mercer, and the AYR Trio with violinist Yehonatan Berick and cellist Rachel Mercer.

Highlights from recent and upcoming seasons include concerto performances with Sinfonia Toronto, solo recital for the Piano Bravura series in Toronto, live concert recording of the Suites Hebraiques by Srul Irving Glick with James Campbell, Cameron Crozman, Wallace Halladay, Elissa Lee, Barry Shiffman, and Sharon Wei, tours across Canada with Ensemble Made In Canada, US tours with Lyrica Baroque, performances with Martin Beaver and members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet for the Toronto Summer Music Festival 2017.

Angela’s discography includes solo piano recordings, a recording with oboist Linda Strommen, a debut album as well as all-Canadian recording with cellist Rachel Mercer, and two recordings with Ensemble Made In Canada. She has recorded for such labels as Centrediscs, NAXOS Canadian Classics, and Enharmonic Records.

Angela has won numerous awards and prizes in major competitions both at home and abroad, including the International Grace Welsh Prize for Piano in Chicago, World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Canadian National Music Festival, Honens International Piano Competition, and the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. Angela earned her MMus at the University of Toronto, and her DMA in Piano Performance from the Université de Montréal. Her main mentors and influential teachers include William Aide, James Anagnoson, Paul Stewart, and Jacob Lateiner.

From 2011-2014, Angela was Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano-Woodwinds at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She has given masterclasses and educational outreach sessions for universities and communities across Canada, as well as at SUNY New Paltz, Stanford, and Indiana University in the United States. Since 2014, Ensemble Made In Canada has been Ensemble in Residence at Western University in London, Ontario. Angela currently resides in Toronto, Canada.

Blair Lofgren, cello

Blair Lofgren

Described by Gramophone critic Ivan Moody as “a tremendous player”, cellist Blair Lofgren’s career is a marriage of extensive performing and dedication to his teaching.

Holding the post of Violoncelle solo of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec since the age of 24, Blair’s musical vitality sees him dividing his time to include teaching at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, performing with the orchestra, collaborating in various chamber music ensembles, teaching masterclasses, appearing as guest principal cello of various orchestras and recording (most recently for the acclaimed “Dead Rising” video game sound track). During the summer, Blair can often be heard at various summer festivals performing with a range of prominent musical figures from around the world, as well as teaching and mentoring diverse new talents.

As a soloist, Blair performs regularly with orchestras across Canada. In recent seasons he has played the masterworks of Dvorak, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Shostakovich and Boccherini. In April 2017 he performed to critical acclaim, the monumental Sinfonia Concertante by Prokofiev with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec under the baton of Fayçal Karoui.

Born in Regina, central Canada, Mr. Lofgren began his studies at an early age, with Barbara Fitzpatrick and Cameron Lowe at the Regina Conservatory of Music. After receiving the President’s Gold Medal, Blair continued his studies at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto under Thomas Wiebe and John Kadz. He has also studied with such masters as Timothy Eddy, Laurence Lesser, Aldo Parisot, Philippe Muller, Jean Deplace, Roland Pidoux, Paul Watkins, Laurence Fenyves and Walter Joachim. His career has since seen him collaborate with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Joseph Kalichstein, Lynn Harrell, Marc-André Hamelin and Mark O’Connor.

This past year saw Blair inaugurating a new summer chamber music festival in Quebec City called Les Escapades Musicales de la Cité. He also co-founded the already successful cello octet Èlément 8, comprised of cellists from the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, as well as prominent cellists from the area.

An unforgettable experience in Mr. Lofgren’s career was his role as soloist in the début and recording of Bright Sadness, a work composed by Oleksa Lozowchuk. Bright Sadness is a work for string quintet and solo cello that marries the worlds of classical music, Ukrainian folklore and Eastern Orthodox sacred music. Critically acclaimed, the recording was “linked by the cellist Blair Lofgren’s beautiful playing. His tone is rich and always changing, preventing the rowdy moments of the dances from seeming overly pristine. Lofgren’s playing is brilliant.”

Blair is fortunate to play on a beautiful 17th century instrument from the atelier of the Milanese master Giovanni Baptista Grancino.

Douglas McNabney, Viola

Douglas McNabney

Native of Toronto, violist Douglas McNabney is one of Canada’s distinguished chamber musicians. An international performing career has taken him to Holland, Belgium, France, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Great Britain, Switzerland, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, in addition to his appearances throughout Canada and the U.S.A. He has recorded for, among others, BRT (Brussels), Radio Bremen, RTE (Dublin), Finnish Broadcasting (Helsinki), Sudwestdeutscher Rundfunk (Karlsruhe), Norwegian Radio (Oslo), Radio Sweden (Stockholm), NPR (USA), and the CBC. His recording on the Oxingale label of the Mozart Divertimento with Jonathan Crow and Matt Haimovitz was nominated for a Juno in 2007 and his Dorian recording of Mahler with the Smithsonian Chamber Players was nominated for a Grammy in 2008.

As one of Canada's most active chamber musicians, he has appeared as guest artist with the leading chamber music groups and societies across Canada. His chamber music partners have included Canadians Marc-André Hamelin, Louis Lortie, André Laplante, Anton Kuerti, James Ehnes and renowned soloists Menahem Pressler, Steven Isserlis, Jamie Buswell, William Preucil, Miriam Fried, among many others.

Also renowned as an arts administrator, Douglas McNabney was Artistic Director of the Domaine Forget Music Festival and Academy from 2001 until 2005. He was Artistic Director of Toronto Summer Music Festival from 2010 until 2016 and was responsible for implementing the renowned programs for training young artists – The Chamber Music Institute and The Art of Song - that reflect his preoccupation with the education and promotion of the next generation of performing artists.

Douglas McNabney is currently Professor of Chamber Music at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and he pursues a busy schedule of appearances as soloist and guest artist in festivals and with chamber music societies and ensembles across North America and in Europe.

Elissa Lee, violin

Elissa Lee

Winner of the 23rd Eckhardt-Gramatté Strings Competition, Elissa Lee has performed in cities throughout Canada and can be heard frequently on CBC Radio. She has appeared as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Boris Brott Festival Orchestra, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l‘Orchestre de Chambre de Montréal and the Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestra. Since moving to Europe, Elissa Lee has played recitals in Berlin, Münich and Freiburg and has collaborated with members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with pianist Pascal Devoyon.

Elissa Lee has had a busy chamber music life as first violinist of the Kamareli Quartet and the Bomari String Quartet. As a chamber musician she has performed with Anton Kuerti, Kevin Fitzgerald, Lawrence Lesser, Shauna Rolston and is a regular participant of Open Chamber Music in Prussia Cove, England. With pianist Jeanie Chung she won second prize at the 2001Caltanisetta International Chamber Music Competition. Elissa Lee is also an experienced orchestral musician and has served as concertmaster for the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, and the Canadian Opera Company.

Elissa Lee was born in Toronto, Canada where she studied with Victor Danchenko at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and, extensively, with Lorand Fenyves at the University of Toronto where she received a masters degree in performance. As an undergraduate she was the recipient of the prestigious Eaton Scholarship.

Elissa Lee then moved to Germany to study privately with Andreas Reiner in Munich and Thomas Brandis at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. There she won second prize in the Gyarfas Competition and her graduation recital was awarded with Excellence. These studies were made possible by two Chalmers Performing Arts Training Grants from the Ontario Arts Council and a Canada Council Grant.

Elissa Lee was second concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of André Previn. Elissa Lee is now enjoying a busy freelance career, and performs chamber music concerts and recitals throughout Europe and Canada. Frequently on tour as Concertmaster of the KlangVerwaltung Orchestra in Munich, as Substitute Principal Second Violin of Mahler Chamber Orchestra and as frequent guest of world renowned Chamber of Orchestra of Europe, she has performed in the greatest concert halls and festivals in the world.

Raphaël McNabney, double bass

Raphaël McNabney

Raphaël McNabney was born into a family of musicians in Montréal in 1982, but only began to play the double bass at the age of 19, after studying the cello between the ages of 7 and 14 with Monique and Walter Joachim and Denis Brott.

After a five-year break, a decisive meeting with Joël Quarrington rekindled his interest in music, this time as a double bass player. He quickly began a career as a chamber musician and soloist, and in June 2007 was appointed as principal bass with Les Violons du Roy.

Sharon Wei, viola

Sharon Wei

Sharon Wei was a National Scholar and Canadian Merit Scholar at the University of Western Ontariounder the tutelage of the late Lorand Fenyves. She completed her studies at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music under Roberto Diaz and Karen Tuttle and with Jesse Levine at Yale University.

Sharon has pursued her studies on career grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Chalmers Foundation. At Yale and Curtis she was on full scholarship and graduated from Yale with the Viola prize in 2006. Other honors include awards from the Washington International Competition for Strings, Sinfonia Toronto's International Concerto Competition, Elora Festival Competition and the grand prize at the London Music Foundation Competition. Sharon was nominated by Yale for the 2006 Harvard Musical Association Prize and was the recipient of a 2006 Rising Star Galaxie Award.

As a recitalist Sharon has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She has appeared on the Hart House Series at the University of Toronto, Wandering Minstrel Series in Stratford, Deer Park Noon Hour Series, the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, New York Viola Society, International Viola Congress 2006, Performing Arts York Region and CBC Radio's Music Around Us Series for Young Artists. Recent performances include appearances at the Whitney Center n New Haven, Syrinx Series, and Canoe Brook Series. Sharon is a regular artist for Mooredale Concerts in Toronto and the Philadelphia Viola Society Concert Series. Sharon was recently awarded a Debut Atlantic recital tour of the Maritime Provinces for the 2009/2010 season.

Sharon has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the Scarborough Philharmonic, International Symphony of Sarnia and Port Huron, Sinfonia Toronto, and has premiered a new viola concerto with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Recent seasons includes concertos with Stratford Civic Orchestra, Orchestra of Southern Utah, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of New Haven and Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra. Upcoming performances include a performance of Yevgeniy Sharlat’s Viola Concerto with the New Music Ensemble at the University of Austin Texas.

An avid fan of chamber music, Sharon has performed at festivals such as the Ravinia Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Sarasota, Prussia Cove, Norfolk Chamber Music and June in Buffalo New Music Festival. She has performed on two tours of France with celebrated musicians Joseph Silverstein, Michel Strauss, Jean-Jacques Kantarow and Claude Frank. At the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Sharon appeared with James Levine and Lynn Harrell. She has performed with artists including Gary Hoffman, Laurence Lesser, Lorand Fenyves, Peter Frankl, Scott St John, the Amict Symphony and Yale Philharmonia. Since 1998 she has been a guest violist with the Toronto Symphony and National Arts Centre Orchestra. She is a current member of the Verbier Ci Ensemble, Mark Fewer, Shauna Rolston, Erika Raum and Steven Tenenbom. She has been a chamber music coach at Scotia Festival of Music and at University of Toronto's Silver Creek Chamber Music program. Her new piano quartet “Made in Canada” with violinist Judy Kang, cellist Rachel Mercer, and pianist Angela Park made their debut tour last season with concerts in Toronto, Ottawa, London, Lindsay, Waterloo, Brandon, Thornhill and Winnipeg. In 2008 they were named one of “80 Women to Watch” by Chatelaine Magazine in its 80th anniversary issue.

Sharon has been principal violist of many orchestras, including three summers with the Verbier Festival Orchestra working with conductors such as James Levine, Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta, Christoph Dohnanyi, Paavo Jarvi, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Yuri Termirkanov. She was principal of the New York String Orchestra, with performances in Carnegie Hall. She has been guest principal of the Canadian Opera Company, Reading Symphony, IPalpiti, Via Salzburg, Bridgeporhamber Orchestra, a touring and recording orchestra with soloists including Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming, Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Emmanuel Ax. Recent tours have taken Sharon to Asia, Europe, and to North and South America.

Sharon plays on a viola kindly on loan to her from the Banff Centre for the Arts. In addition to her accomplishments as a violist, Sharon has been the Outreach coordinator for the Yale School of Music from 2004-2007. Over 70 concerts were programmed for this project and an interview with Sharon appeared in the Strad Magazine in 2006. She has taught viola and coached chamber music in Yale’s undergraduate department and is currently teaching at Stanford University.

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Fifteen Years Old Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Sextet

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