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.
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.
Dahl is nomintated for a Dora Award in the Outstanding Performance of an Individual category. Given by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, the Dora Awards are Canada’s longest-running professional theatre, dance, and opera awards. Dahl is nominated for her performance with the Canadian Opera Company, singing the role of Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
The Arion Baroque Orchestra is changing its artistic direction. After 37 years, the founder Claire Guimond passes the torch to Mathieu Lussier. The announcement was made in private to musicians Tuesday night.
“The premise of the concert,” said Greg, “is that Young Frankenstein was very inspired by horror films of the early 20th Century and, obviously, treated in a very comedic sort of style. This way, we get to show some of the inspirations behind Young Frankenstein while showcasing some early horror films with innovative and mind-bending musical accompaniments.”
Steven Fox is nominated for Best Choral Performance at the 61st Grammy Awards
March 16, 2019: Featuring Lawrence Wiliford, Tenor, Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works Receives JUNO Award
As announced today by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) during the 48th annual JUNO Awards ceremony, the recording of Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) received a JUNO Award in the Best Classical Album: Large Ensemble category.
Carla Huhtanen | Soprano
Emily D’Angelo | Mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Wiliford | Tenor
Tyler Duncan | Baritone
Louis Lortie | Piano
Teng Li | Viola
Sarah Jeffrey | Oboe
Elmer Iseler Singers
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Abigail Nims sings the role of Melanto in the Linn Records recording of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Boston Baroque. The album is nominated for Best Opera Recording at the upcoming 58th Annual Grammy Awards.