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September 8, 2020: Andrew Gonzalez joins the Jasper String Quartet

Andrew Gonzalez will join the Jasper String Quartet as the new violist beginning in the 2020-21 season



August 14, 2020: Jorge Federico Osorio Releases “The French Album”

Distinguished international pianist Jorge Federico Osorio brings his flair for French music to works of the Baroque, Romantic, and early 20th century eras by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Emmanuel Chabrier, Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel.



May 14, 2020: Finnish star of the violin, Elina Vähälä, has been appointed Co-Artistic Director of the Oulu Music Festival

The Oulu Music Festival has named the Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä and saxophonist Jukka Perko as its new Artistic Directors.



April 13, 2020: classicnl Album of the Week: Karina Gauvin – Nuits Blanches

On Nuits Blanches, Karina Gauvin sings arias from rarely heard operas by Russian composers such as Dimitri Stepanovitch Bortnianski (Alcide) and Maxime Sozontovitsj Berezovsky (Demophone) and the German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck (Armide).



January 28, 2020: Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, featuring tenor Lawrence Wiliford, Nominated for JUNO Award

A Juno Nominee for Classical Album of the Year: Choral or Vocal, When There Is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio by rising star and Chor Leoni Composer-in-Residence Zachary Wadsworth is Chor Leoni’s first recording since winning the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from the professional organisation, Chorus America.

Joining Chor Leoni to tell this compelling story are the renowned Borealis String Quartet, noted Canadian tenor Lawrence Wiliford, soprano Arwen Myers, and percussionists Martin Fisk and Robin Reid.



February 2, 2020: Canadian Art Song Project (co-directed by Lawrence Wiliford) receives first JUNO nomination

Canadian Art Song Project (CASP) is proud to announce that Healey Willan: Summer Night and other songs for voice and piano has been nominated for a 2020 JUNO award as best choral / vocal solo recording. This is the first JUNO nomination for the organization since its founding in 2011 by artistic directors Lawrence Wiliford and Steven Philcox. The named artists for the nomination are baritone Peter Barrett, soprano Martha Guth, mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy, and pianist Helen Becqué.

Devoted entirely to Healey Willan’s vocal solo song compositions, Summer Night features some of the composer’s most well-known and often performed songs, but also includes formerly unpublished gems that have been edited and published by CASP and recorded here for the first time.

Lawrence Wiliford, co-artistic director of Canadian Art Song Project, hopes this nomination will  spur interest in the rich body of art song literature in the Canadian canon: “Willan always held his songs in high regard and believed that they deserved more attention. We can only imagine that this nomination will help reignite interest in his significant repertoire for solo voice and piano.”



Kerson Leong Joins Dispeker Artists

Called “Canada’s next great violinist” by Jonathan Crow (Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony), and recognized for his, “supreme mastery of play” by Le Devoir critic Christophe Huss, Kerson Leong’s esteemed career began at the prestigious Menuhin Competition where he won Junior First Prize. Highly regarded as both a soloist and chamber musician, Leong has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.

During the 2018-19 season, Leong was artist in residence with Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium performing John Rutter’s Visions, a piece for solo violin, treble voices, harp, and string orchestra composed especially for Leong.

Leong’s 2016 debut album Bis, with Philip Chiu, includes works by Brahms, Medtner, Bartok, Wagner, Gershwin, and Debussy. He has also been invited to record works by John Rutter (2016’s Visions) and Francois Dompierre (2016’s Concertango Grosso).

Leong will add an exciting voice to Dispeker’s acclaimed roster.



Signum Quartet Nominated Twice for the OPUS Klassik Awards

The Signum Quartet has been nominated twice in the OPUS Klassik Awards for their recordings Schubert: Aus der Ferne and Widmann: Duets, Viola Concerto, Jagdquartett. The OPUS Klassik Awards are presented by Der Verein zur Förderung der Klassischen Musik to highlight the best of classical music in the past year. The winners will be announced on Septeber 2nd.



Elina Vähälä has been appointed Professor of Violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna

Elina Vähälä has been appointed Professor of Violin at the prestigious Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. She will take up the position in October 2019.



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