The Women’s Musical Club of Toronto presents an annual series of world-class chamber music concerts by both well-established international and Canadian performers, and exceptional musicians on the threshold of their careers. The WMCT has a special interest in exceptional young Canadian talent and the commissioning of new work by Canadian composers.
L’Atelier Grigorian, supporters of the WMCT Tuning Your Mind pre-concert lectures, will be leaving Yorkville in mid-June, continuing only as an on-line business at grigorian.com
From the Facebook page: ” From now until mid-June, our entire stock will be on sale and everything must go. Since most of our stock is a single copy of each item, these will be our last copies of thousands of rare, popular and otherwise unavailable titles.”
The day before her Music in the Afternoon recital, Mariam gave a master class for advanced piano students at Unionville High School for the Arts. She listened to three young performers, then offered guidance and advice. One of them wrote:
“Learning under the tutelage of a great pianist is always a pleasure, but my master class with the fantastic Mariam Batsashvilli was an entirely different experience altogether. Her deep understanding of music and effortless charm made for not only one of the best lessons I’ve ever received, but also one of the most enjoyable. Her insights about my piece, Liszt’s Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, were profound and unbelievably helpful, whilst being delivered lightheartedly with both humility and a great sense of humor. My gratitude to Ms. Batsashvilli for coming and offering her expertise and both the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto and the Arts Unionville program for offering me this incredible opportunity is ineffable; it is truly an experience that I won’t forget.”
The class attended Walter Hall on April 4, and offered some feedback:
am beyond grateful to have been given this opportunity. I thoroughly
enjoyed the programme and the musical nuances that Mariam brought to
life – it was as if the audience was part of the story woven in her
music. Her interpretation of Liszt is awe-inspiring, expressive and
sensitive. Combined with her technical brilliance, it made for an
unforgettable concert. Thank you for this amazing experience!”
“I enjoyed Mariam’s expression for each piece she played. She was able to capture the mood and feeling of a character… it felt like she was telling a story in her pieces. Her technique was so effortless, clean and smooth, I really liked the soft trills and the crisp turns from the impeccable articulation she used.”
Just a few months after receiving the 10th WMCT Career Development Award, Charles was the silver medalist and winner of the Krystian Zimerman award for the best sonata, at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015. He has just issued a CD of Chopin concertos, with Kent Nagano and the OSM.
“Charles Richard-Hamelin’s recent recording Chopin: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Analekta, AN 2 9146) is an exhilarating encounter with these two items of standard repertoire. There is a freshness in this performance that owes everything to its collaborators. Kent Nagano and the OSM are deeply aware of how much Chopin has vested in the piano’s role. Their ability to morph into something purely ethereal for the slow movement of Concerto No.2 is magical. The balance and unity across the ensemble, in this and similar passages, support the piano exquisitely. So much of the piano part in this movement is in simple octaves, albeit often very ornamented and fast. Richard-Hamelin performs it with absolute fluidity, as if it were an extended keyboard recitative. The time signature seems to dissolve, leaving only a hint of anything resembling a beat as the soloist and orchestra flow toward some distant ending.
The essence of dance that is inherent in Chopin’s writing saves the pianist from a conflictual role with the orchestra. The two are instead a pair of dancers elevating the solo instrument above the ensemble…. Hamelin and Nagano have delivered such a transcendent experience that [any] criticism seems somehow lost if not irrelevant in the overwhelming beauty of this performance.”
Tomorrow is concert day, and that means program booklets, the banner, and lots more. It’s also Launch Day for the 122nd Season, 2019-2020, and that means brochures, subscription forms, and lots more. Diane, Jerri and Julia show they have the right stuff!
Happy New Year! 2018 was a busy year, with the premiere of my Earworms for orchestra, Shifting Landscapes for piano quartet for Ensemble Made in Canada’s Mosaique Project, and The Ice Is Talking for ice blocks and electronics commissioned by the Banff Centre. I’m also proud to have written on Motherhood and the Creative Process (According to Five Canadian Composers) which appeared in the blog Music on Main. This coming year will be as busy as the last, with a few important premieres this winter and spring, and also a trip to Cambodia this coming February to research music for a potential opera. Read More
Vivian Fung – Bounce, premièred by James Sommerville, horn, Scott St. John, violin, and Peter Longworth, piano, on November 24, 2016.
Blake Pouliot, 2018 WMCT Career Development Award winner, has been awarded the Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Prize. This $25,000 Prize is awarded to a musician, under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence and who makes a valuable contribution to artistic life in Canada and internationally.
Several WMCT CDA winners have been awarded this prize in earlier years: Shannon Mercer (2006), James Ehnes (1997), and Karina Gauvin (1995).
In 2015, Blake was given the use for three years of the 1729 Guarneri del Gesu violin from the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank. This loan has now been renewed until 2021.
The Toronto Summer Music Academy has announced its program for 2019. Two winners of the WMCT CDA will be mentors in its Chamber Music Institute: Yegor Dyachkov (cello, 2000) and Charles Richard-Hamelin (piano, 2015). They will coach ensembles and also perform with their students in reGENERATION concerts.
“Emily D’Angelo, winner of the 2016 Met Auditions at the incredibly young age of 21, is currently a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Program there. Tonight, she virtually cleaned up by winning four prizes – First Prize, Birgit Nilsson Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and the Rolex Audience Prize. For the finals, she sang “Dopo notte” from Handel’s Ariodante with stunning fioritura. She also sang a brilliantly idiomatic zarzuela. Fellow mezzo Rihab Chaieb was the Third Prize Winner, combining rich vocalism with alluring stage presence in “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” from Saint-Saens’ Samson et Dalila. “
From Joseph So’s report from Lisbon on the latest success of the winner of the WMCT 2016 Centennial Scholarship. Read the full report.
Operalia 2018 First Prize Winners Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano & Pavel Petrov with Maestro Placido Domingo (Photo: Jose Luis R. Cortes)