Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music


Schubert’s Monumental "The Trout"

April 05, 2020, 2:30pm - Bethel Community Church

Magisterra Soloists

Magisterra Soloists

Magisterra Soloists

Magisterra Soloists has become the face of visionary chamber music in Southern Ontario. Based out of London, ON, Magisterra Soloists has a current roster of over 35 international musicians hailing from over 13 countries, a repertoire of over 100 works, more than 70 concert performances and two dozen school outreach visits.

Founded in 2015 by internationally-acclaimed violinist, Artistic Director Annette-Barbara Vogel, the ensemble is proud to call upon some of the finest chamber musicians worldwide, bringing first-rate festival-style chamber music concerts to the region through its “Magisterra at the Museum” concert series, among others. Magisterra Soloists plays a significant role in invigorating and enriching the local artistic experience. Its carefully-crafted programs engage timeless masterworks in tandem with countless intriguing new discoveries. Performances showcase the ensemble’s constant curiosity and total artistic commitment to sharing gems from the string chamber music literature with the community.

The ensemble’s interactive educational “Magisterra in Schools” program has reached already thousands of youth from kindergarten to high school. Magisterra Soloists is particularly passionate about bringing up-close exposure to the arts to underprivileged and rural school communities. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council, the ensemble will be offering programming in both English and French to roughly 2000 children in the 2018-2019 school year.

Magisterra Soloists is committed to providing invaluable professional development to young talent. Its “on-the-job” mentorship program, “Magisterra Fellows,” has already provided artistic training to nearly a dozen deserving emerging artists. This rigorous musical training will serve them richly in their future careers as professional musicians.

While providing opportunities to young professionals, Magisterra Soloists is proud to serve the local community and to showcase our city’s best to the outside world. As champions of Canadian art and artists, the ensemble has already successfully completed three multi-city tours through both Canada and Brazil. In 2018, musicians from Magisterra’s string roster will be visiting Rotterdam (Holland) to perform chamber works by Robert Fuchs. Stay tuned for the full tour itinerary of the ensemble’s third annual Ontario-Quebec May 2019 Tour.

Pieter Grobler (Piano)

Pieter Grobler (Piano)

The South African pianist, Pieter Grobler, has been described as a performer with “finesse, sensitivity and a flawless sense of the classical style” (The Star, Johannesburg, South Africa). Grobler worked with Joseph Stanford at the University of Pretoria. Postgraduate studies were with Joseph Banowetz at the University of North Texas in the USA, where he completed the MM and DMA piano performance degrees. During his tenure there he regularly attended lessons with the Polish pianist: Adam Wodnicki. He studied vocal accompaniment with Dr. Elvia Puccinelli and Harold Heiberg. Pieter Grobler was the recipient of numerous scholarships and prizes from institutions in both South Africa and the USA.

In 2010 he accepted a position in Piano at Stellenbosch University, located in the picturesque winelands surrounding Cape Town, where he maintains a piano studio in one of South Africa's most active piano divisions, and also coordinates the chamber music programme. He has been actively involved in the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, where he had the pleasure to perform with artists from across the USA, Europe and South Africa. In addition to performances across South Africa where he is heard regularly on Classic-FM Radio in Johannesburg. He has also performed in the USA, Canada and China. He regularly includes South African and contemporary compositions in his recital programmes

Annette-Barbara Vogel (Violin, Artistic Director)

Annette-Barbara Vogel (Violin)

Annette-Barbara Vogel’s rich international performing career has featured her as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in over 35 countries across 6 continents. Considered one of the finest German violinists of her generation, she is renowned for her “authoritative and highly sensitive performances,” and “formidable technique, stunning musicality, and stage presence that transmits to orchestra and audience alike.” In 2010, Gramophone Magazine lauded “Vogel’s perfect intonation” and Classical CD Review, in citing her premiere recordings of the complete works for violin by Hans Gál, exclaimed that she was “about the most ideal exponent a composer could hope for.”

Vogel's exceptional talent and musicianship is recognized by numerous prestigious solo prizes and scholarships: first prize in the Folkwang Competition (Essen), the Bund der Industrie Competition (Frankfurt), and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn. She also won a Gold Medal in the International Competition Caltanissetta in Italy, was a finalist in the International Carl Maria von Weber Competition in Munich, and a recipient of the Starling Scholarship.She has shared concert stages with notable artists such as C. Altenburger, L. Vogt, J. Levine, D. Sitkovetsky, S. Rivers, M. Kliegel, Vladimir Mendelssohn, E. Moser, P. Zazofsky and J. Lagerspetz. Vogel has performed at the international festivals Aspen, Gstaad, Graz, Seoul, Schleswig-Holstein, Kuhmo, Ravinia, and Nova Scotia, and collaborated musically with P. Amoyal, R. Gothoni, B. Greenhouse, A. Grumiaux, Lord Y. Menuhin, V. Pikaisen and the Tokyo String Quartet.

Vogel’s prolific recording career as soloist and chamber musician has produced more than fifteen commercial albums. The much anticipated release of her two-volume recordings of the complete violin repertoire by Hans Gál was met with high praise as critics lauded her “committed performances... [and the] winning presence [of] her tone and delivery” Her February 2011 CD release “Französische Komponistinnen,” which includes works by French women composers Farrenc, Boulanger, and Viardot, received the British IRR Outstanding Recording Award. American Record Guide April 2014 wrote, concerning her newest CD release with Daniel Sweaney “Through the Centuries” (June 2013) “This is an exceptional recital of violin-and- viola duos for three reasons: the very worthwhile unusual repertoire, the superior playing, and Blue Griffin’s clear, detailed, immediate, airy, natural sonics.” Her recording of violin sonatas by European Women Composers Ethel Smyth, Elfrieda Andrée and Mel Bonis will be released in 2018. Vogel has recorded for Avie Records, Bluegriffin Recordings, Cybele Records, Eroica Classical Records, and Harmonia Mundi Germany.

Vogel’s precocious talent lead her to receive a multifaceted and international musical education of the highest order. At eleven years old, she was the youngest student ever accepted to the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen, where she later completed her solo and chamber music diplomas “summa cum laude.” Her early training as a violinist simultaneously included several years of lessons under the legendary Dutch violinist, Herman Krebbers, at Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Konservatorium. At age sixteen, Vogel was selected to study for one month at the Menuhin Academy in Gstaad under Sir Yehudi Menuhin. By then already touring professionally as a soloist and with piano trio, Trio Alani, Vogel studied chamber music under Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) at the Musik-Akademie Basel, before enrolling in the Artist Diploma program at Los Angeles’ University of Southern California. In addition to her two German degrees (Performance and Chamber Music) and her “Konzertexamen” which she completed with highest possible honours, Vogel holds an Artist Diploma, “summa cum laude,” under Dorothy Delay from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory. Vogel’s performance studies also include violin pedagogy courses under Alice Schoenfeld at USC. Vogel was chosen to perform the Brahms Violin Concerto under the baton of Keith Lockhart at a Gala concert honoring Dorothy Delay’s seventy-fifth birthday.

A Full Professor, Vogel accepted her appointment at Western University in 2004, where she continues to serve as the head of the string area and is in high demand as a pedagogue and chamber music coach. She was Artist-in-Residence with the “Monticello Trio” at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, and was later violin professor at both the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen and at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Her students have gone on to win seats in many important professional orchestras including the Frankfurt Opera, the Duisburg-Düsseldorf Oper am Rhein, the Seattle Symphony, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (OR), the Mozart Players London (UK), the Stockholm Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, London Symphonia, the Thunder Bay Symphony and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Several former students have also gone on to successful careers as professors throughout the US and Canada.

Prior to the foundation of Magisterra Soloists in December 2015, Annette-Barbara Vogel was Founder and Artistic Director of the highly successful “MAGISTERRA! International Chamber Music Festival and Academy” at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

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Raquel Bastos (Viola)

Raquel Bastos (Viola)

Raquel has worked with various orchestras internationally and performed as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout Portugal, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, United States, China and Australia.

She completed with distinction a Bachelor of Music with Honours from Porto University in Portugal. A recipient of the Winspear and Joseph Roy scholarships, she furthered her studies at the University of North Texas completing a Doctoral GAC with Susan Dubois - a student of Donald McInnes and Karen Tuttle - where she was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Graduate in Strings Award.

Dr. Bastos has worked with violists such as Kim Kashkashian, Jeffrey Irvine, Carol Rodland, Bruno Giuranna, Martin Outram, Graham Oppenheimer, Sylvie Altenburger and Wolfram Christ. Raquel appears as lecturer and recitalist at International Viola Conferences and AUSTA Conferences, alongside the most renowned violists and musicians of her generation. She has been a guest artist at International Festivals such as the Stradbroke, Brisbane and Bangalow Music Festival with such notable artists as Jack Liebeck, Ilya Konovalov and Sophie Rowell, and frequently performs recitals at the universities of Aveiro, Queensland and the Sunshine Coast.

After moving to Australia, Raquel has been an active musician, performing regularly in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and as principal violist with the Queensland Festival Orchestra. She also appeared as a soloist with the Brisbane Philharmonic and Corda Spiritus orchestras. As a chamber musician, Raquel performs in the QSO Chamber Players Series; Camerata Chamber Orchestra; Collusion Contemporary Ensemble; Southern Cross Soloists, and The Badinerie Players.

In 2017, she released her first CD Essentia Urbana, an album of Australian compositions for viola and piano, which has been regularly featured on ABC Classic FM Australia wide, and 4MBS.

Raquel is the Head of Strings at Villanova College in Brisbane, Australia, and is increasingly sought after as an adjudicator and clinician at the Griffith University State Honours Ensemble Programs, Education of Queensland Fanfare, University of Queensland’s Strings’ Competitions and other music festivals in Queensland, Australia.

Katerina Juraskova (Cello)

Katerina Juraskova (Cello)

Czech-born cellist Katerina Juraskova has been acclaimed for her “electrifying spells, natural intensity, beautiful phrasing and sonority” (Santa Barbara Independent), as “one of the great cellists of the future” (La Presse Montreal).

She graduated from the Prague State Conservatory and holds performance diplomas from the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland, Conservatoire européen de musique de Paris, France, Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, and Master and Doctorate degrees in Performance from McGill University, Canada.

For nine years Ms. Juraskova was the principal cellist and soloist for the McGill Chamber Orchestra. Her passion for Canadian contemporary music led to a collaboration with the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal with whom she served as the principal cellist and toured across Canada. She was the soloist in the highly acclaimed contemporary dance and music collaboration Corps Secrets working with Canadian dancer/choreographers Isabelle Van Grimde and José Navas, performing with them in Canada, Sweden and Japan. From 2006-2008 Dr. Juraskova served as the Principal Cellist and Artist in Residence of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. As soloist and chamber musician, her career has taken her to major concert venues on three continents.

Currently on the faculty at STEP Birmingham, AL, she has taught as an assistant chamber music teacher at the International Menuhin Music Academy, as a lecturer at the University of Montreal, and in Montgomery, AL, as a cello instructor at the Montgomery Music Project and at the Montessori Academy. She has served as an adjudicator for the 2010 National Tour of the Canadian Music Competition, for the 2015 Sherbrooke Music Competition in Québec, Canada, and annually for the ACES competition in Montgomery.

Ms. Juraskova studied the cello with František Pišinger of the Dvorak Quartet, Radu Aldulescu, Denis Brott, Antonio Lysy and Christopher Rex, and chamber music with Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy, Mauricio Fuks, Bernard Greenhouse, Kathleen Winkler and Jerome Lowenthal.

Katerina lives with her husband Thomas Hinds, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and their four year old son Christopher in Montgomery where they are active in the city's musical life.

Joe Phillips, double bass

Joe Phillips, double bass

Born in Toronto, Joe Phillips has carved out a career as one of Canada’s most versatile double bassists. Currently playing with Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, Payadora Tango Ensemble, and the Claire Lynch Band, he has also played and recorded both bass and guitar with the likes of Seamus Egan, Carrie Newcomer, Pierre Schryer, Shane Cook, Nuala Kennedy, Sarah Slean, David Braid, Andrew Downing, Miranda Mulholland, Jill Barber, Ruth Moody and the Wailin’ Jennys. An accomplished classical musician, Joe has been the principal bassist of Orchestra London Canada, Sinfonia Toronto and the Thunder Bay Symphony, and has performed with the Toronto Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company and many other ensembles. Joe has had the opportunity to play with some of the best chamber musicians in Canada and the world through his work with the Art of Time Ensemble, Scotia Festival of Music, Sweetwater Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and has toured with Canadian chamber music super group, Octagon.

Joe lives in London Ontario with his partner Sylvie, and their two children.

Sixth Pianofest

January 26, 2020, 2:30pm

Sixth Pianofest

Younggun Kim, Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata Ravel’s ‘La Valse’ - Benjamin Smith,Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Sonata Chopin’s ‘Fantasie Impromptu’


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VENUE: Hiway Pentecostal Church,
50 Anne Street North (MAP)
TIME: 7:30pm

Austrian violinist

October 19, 2019, 7:30pm

Brilliant Austrian violinist returns

Elisso Gogibedashvili performs Paganini's First Violin Concerto. Nurham Arman and Sinfonia Toronto


Voices of Angels

November 9, 2019, 7:30pm

Voices of Angels

Captivating Hamilton Children's Choir. Zimfira Poloz conducts Canada's Globetrotting sensation


Beethoven Celebration

January 18, 2020, 7:30pm

Beethoven Celebration

Sixth Symphony "The Pastoral". Nurhan Arman conducts Sinfonia Toronto. Exhilarating Triple Concerto. Violinist Xiaohan Guo, Pianist Zhengyu Chen and Cellist Daniel Hass.


The Talent of Youth

February 29, 2020, 7:30pm

The Talent of Youth

University of Toronto Brass Ensemble. Percy Grainger & others. Gillian MacKay conducts


A Night at the Opera

March 21, 2020, 7:30pm

A Night at the Opera

Kerry Stratton conducts The Kerry Stratton Orchestra. La Boheme, Carmen, Don Giovanna, O Sole Mio. Soprano Sara Papini, Tenor Romulo Delgado


Strike up the Band!

April 25, 2020, 7:30pm

Strike up the Band!

A Fun Evening. Return of the Famous Hannaford Street Silver Band. Canada's Award-Winning Professional Brass Band.

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VENUE: Bethel Community Church,
128 St. Vincent Street (MAPS TO VENUES )
TIME: 2:30pm

Mendelssohn and Hummel

October 06, 2019, 2:30pm

Mendelssohn and Hummel

Trios for Flute, Cello and Piano. Mendelssohn's Cello Sonata 2, Schubert's Flute Sonata.


Gryphon Piano Trio

November 24, 2019, 2:30pm

Gryphon Piano Trio

Beethoven - Brahms Dvořák’s Soaring 3rd Trio


Sixth Pianofest

January 26, 2020, 2:30pm

Sixth Pianofest

Younggun Kim, Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata Ravel’s ‘La Valse’ - Benjamin Smith,Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Sonata Chopin’s ‘Fantasie Impromptu’


Rolston String Quartet

February 9, 2020, 2:30pm,

Rolston String Quartet

Winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Haydn – Beethoven. Schubert’s Compelling “Death and the Maiden"


Schubert's Monumental

April 5, 2020, 2:30pm

Schubert's Monumental "The Trout"

plus Hummel & Dussek Quintets. Pianist Pieter Grobler, Violinist Annette- Barbara Vogel, Violist Raquel Bastos, Cellist Katerina Juraskova, Double Bassist Joseph Phillips


Canada's Treasure Harpist Judy Loman

April 19, 2020, 2:30pm

Kawartha Trio

Canada's Treasure, Harpist Judy Loman with her daughter and son in law, violist Linda Umbrico and clarinetist Ross Edwards. Mozart, Bruch, Debussy, Glick, Kreisler


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Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music
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