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Sunday Concerts: Pianist Nicholas King

February 4th, 2011

Nicholas King

1:30 – 2:15pm, Sunday February 6, 2011
Sculpture Atrium, Art Gallery of Ontario

Sunday Concerts @ the AGO, feature talented students from The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School. We hope you enjoy these performances, held most Sundays through Spring 2011, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. 

Nicholas King is a twenty year old, award winning pianist from Los Angeles, California. He has performed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall – Los Angeles, Koerner Hall – Toronto, and the Grand Arthus Hall in Bydgoszcz, Poland. His performances have been broadcast on NPR and US national television. He has won numerous competitions, including the American Paderewski Competition, the Tom Thompson Concerto Competition, the Jack Kent Cooke Award, and the Young Musicians Foundation Competition, among others. Nicholas is currently in his third year of the PDP program at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Glenn Gould School under the tutelage of Marc Durand.

Sunday Concerts – Eric Jo and Connie Sheng

January 20th, 2011

Sunday Concerts Return!
Sunday Concerts @ the AGO, feature talented students from The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School. We hope you enjoy these performances, held most Sundays through Spring 2011, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m in the Atrium.  Our thanks to The Royal Conservatory for bringing beautiful music to extraordinary art at your Art Gallery of Ontario.

Connie Kim-Sheng

Connie Kim-Sheng started piano lessons with her mom at the age of three. She is a recipient of YMF Scholarships and the Mark Ray Memorial Scholarship and in 2005, and was a featured pianist on the NPR radio program “From the Top”. Connie has performed as a soloist with the Rio Hondo Symphony, Verde Valley Sinfonietta, Cal State Northridge Orchestra, and the YMF Debut Orchestra.  Currently, she is in her first year at the Glenn Gould School. She was awarded a full scholarship to study with the eminent Professor, John Perry.

Eric Wonyong Jo

Eric Wonyong Jo made his concerto debut with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra where he played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459 and he also performed  Muczynski’s Piano Concerto with the Shoal Symphony. He has also actively explored and presented chamber repertoires, including Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Brahms’ F minor sonata for two pianos, Dvořák’s Piano quartet in E-flat major, and Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No.3. With the prestigious Eva Chau and Hilda D. Borman scholarships, Eric is now studying in Toronto at The Glenn Gould School under critically acclaimed teacher Marc Durand.  

Upcoming concerts

Sunday, February 06 – Nicholas King, piano
Sunday, February 13 – Athena Babayan, soprano
 

Sunday Concerts – Vistas Quartet

November 17th, 2010

Vistas Quartet
1:30 – 2:15pm, Sunday November 21, 2010
Sculpture Atrium, Art Gallery of Ontario

Vistas String Quartet is currently under the guidance of coaches Tim Ying and Paul Kantor at The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School. It is comprised of violinists Melissa Wilmot and Greta Mutlu, violist Keith Hamm, and cellist Jayden Leung. The group brings together a wealth of chamber experience, its members having worked with the likes of the Tokyo, Emmerson, Cleveland, and Kronos Quartets. The Vistas Quartet are quickly becoming one of Toronto’s most exciting new quartets.

Violinist Melissa Wilmot is currently a student of Paul Kantor at The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, where she has been featured as concertmaster of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra under maestros Johannes Debus, Uri Mayer, Zubin Mehta, and Peter Oundjian. Melissa recently made her Carnegie Hall debut as a selected participant in the Kronos Quartet’s professional training workshop. She also recently debuted with the National Ballet of Canada performing the Ysaÿe Solo Violin Sonata No. 2. Born and raised in Kelowna BC, she was a member of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra from 2001-2008.

Violinist Greta Mutlu, a native of Bulgaria, has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in her native country, as well as Germany, France, and the US. She is a founding member Ensemble Secundum Silentium, with whom she has performed to critical acclaim in the US. Ms. Mutlu has attended a wide variety of music festivals such as Spoleto Music Festival, Varna Summer, Sofia Music Weeks, and, most recently, the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Violist Keith Hamm, a native of Rosebud Alberta,  is rapidly gaining recognition as a dynamic and exciting young presence in the Canadian music scene.  A musician of diverse interest, Keith began performing in a variety folk and bluegrass genres at the age of six. He is an alumna of the Sarasota Music Festival, Domain Forget Chamber Music Festival, the National Arts Centre’s Summer Music Institute,  Morningside Music Bridge, the Banff Centre, and the Mount Royal Conservatory’s Academy for Gifted Youth.

Cellist Jayden Leung, from Vancouver BC, is currently studying with Bryan Epperson at The Glenn Gould School. He has received his Professional Studies Diploma from The Cleveland Institute of Music under Richard Weiss, and completed his Bachelors of Music with distinction from The University of Victoria. He  was a recipient of the Peninsula Arts Scholarship for 5 years and of the Galaxie Rising Star program. Recently Jayden participated in the 2010 Banff Music Festival and was a finalist for the New World Symphony 2010-2011 season.

Sunday Concerts – Lucas Porter

November 10th, 2010

Lucas Porter
1:30 – 2:15pm, Sunday November 14, 2010
Sculpture Atrium, Art Gallery of Ontario

Sunday Concerts @ the AGO, feature talented students from The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School. We hope you enjoy these performances, held most Sundays through Spring 2011, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. 

Lucas Porter, who turned 19 in May 2010, is a native of Port Williams, Nova Scotia, where he lived until September 2008 when he moved to Toronto to continue his musical studies. Previously, he studied piano with Barbara Hansen and more recently with Professor John Hansen of Acadia University’s School of Music. In addition, he studied music theory with Professor Owen Stevens (now retired from Acadia’s School of Music). During the past academic year Lucas has been studying with renowned Canadian piano teacher Marc Durand at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
At the remarkably early age of just fourteen Lucas completed the requirements to become an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto (ARCT), one of the youngest pianists ever to achieve this status. He has taken part in a number of special musical events to showcase the talents of young musicians. He participated in the CFMTA National Piano Competition during the International Music Teachers Collaborative Conference 2007, in which he was awarded first prize. He also won the National Music Festival Concerto Competition in Thunder Bay in August 2006, and, as a part of the prize, performed the Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto in Roy Thompson Hall with the Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestra at the Opening Gala Concert for the Collaborative Conference 2007.
Lucas was first place winner at the Glenn Gould Concerto Competition, performing the Two-Piano Concerto in D minor by Francis Poulenc with fellow student Nicholas King. Lucas placed first at the Canadian Music Competition National Finals in Rimouski, Quebec. He won the President’s Cup at the Nova Scotia Kiwanis Music Festival and the Acadia University Rose Bowl; he has won Most Outstanding Pianist three times at the Annapolis Valley Music Festival; he has been a Nova Scotia Talent Trust recipient and in December of 2008, he received the prestigious Ray Simpson Award.

Sunday Concerts – Emily Belvedere

November 4th, 2010

Join us in the AGO’s Sculpture Atrium at 1:30pm on Sunday November 7 for a performance by harpist Emily Belvedere. 

Recipient of the 2008 Hnatyshyn Foundation Classical Music Grant for Orchestral Instruments, harpist Emily Belvedere has been praised for her “ crystalline technique” and her “ease in merging lyrical and dissonant sounds”.  The Hnatyshyn Foundation jury admired her “ engrossing performance”, finding it “very musical, (with) great drama and musical understanding, wonderful dynamics, shaping and rhythm.” An enthusiastic competitor, Miss Belvedere has won a number of bursaries and scholarships, most recently claiming third prize at the American Harp Society’s 18th National Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently a student of Judy Loman, Emily is completing her Bachelor of Music degree at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. She is in her final year.

Sunday Concerts: Pianist Matthew Li

October 21st, 2010

Matthew Li

Matthew Li

The AGO is partnering with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) to host Sunday afternoon concerts in the Sculpture Atrium from 1:30 to 2:15pm.  This Sunday’s concert, on October 24, features pianist Matthew Li.

Matthew Li has performed across Canada as well as in the United States, Austria, China, and Hong Kong. He recently graduated with a Master’s of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he was also an Associate Instructor of piano. He has studied with Emile Naoumoff, Arnaldo Cohen, Sara Davis Buechner, and Sheila Hardy. Matthew was the runner-up of the Jacobs School of Music Concerto Competition, the winner of the Johann Strauss Scholarship Competition in UBC, semi-finalist of the 2008 International Stepping Stone Competition, as well as the runner-up of the 2007 Canadian Music Competition.

In 2006, he was invited by the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra for a Christmas concert in China, where he performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Matthew was enrolled in various summer music academies, including the 2008 Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Austria, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, and the Morningside Music Bridge. He has performed in masterclasses under well-known pianists including Menahem Pressler, Robert Levin, Jerome Lowenthal, Anton Kuerti, Andre Laplante, Lee Kum Sing, and John Perry. Matthew is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma Program at The Glenn Gould School under the studio of Marietta Orlov.

Toronto Hwa-Eum Trio – Sunday Concerts at the AGO

October 14th, 2010

Hwa- Eum Trio
Hwa- Eum Trio

The AGO is partnering with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) to host Sunday afternoon concerts in the AGO’s Sculpture Atrium. Talented RCM students will present weekly performances right through spring 2011.

This Sunday’s concert, on October 17, features the Toronto Hwa-Eum trio, formed in 2010 by Jae-Won Kim, Hyoseon Sunny Kim and Hyemee Yang.

Jae-Won Kim, Clarinet
Jae-Won Kim is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied with Deborah Chodacki and Scott Anderson. He was the principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Jae-Won has been heard on various radio broadcasts including the National Public Radio’s Performance Today, the Interlochen Public Radio, and Cleveland’s WCLV. He is currently studying at the Glenn Gould School with Joaquin Valdepeñas. 

Hyoseon Sunny Kim,  Piano
Winner of the Celebration of the Arts Competition (2006), Canadian pianist Hyoseon Sunny Kim is enrolled in third year studies of the Performance Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School as a scholarship recipient. Hyoseon had the privilege to study with some of the world’s most prominent artists including Leon Fleisher, James Anagnoson, Leslie Kinton, Marc Durand, Andre Laplante and Anton Kuerti. Hyoseon Sunny Kim, a native of  Taejun, Korea began studying piano at the age of five. In 2000, her family immigrated to Toronto. Hyoseon completed two years of undergraduate studies in music performance at University of Western Ontario as a scholarship student. In 2008, Hyoseon transferred her studies to the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, where she is currently studying under the instruction of John Perry and David Louie.

Hyemee yang, Cello
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hyemee Yang completed her Bachelor of music majoring in Cello Performance with honor at Kyung-Hee University (South Korea) where she studied with Jon- young Lee and Sang-won Sin. Hyemee participated in the Dortmond Music Festival in Germany on various occasions, and performed with many orchestras such as the Ko-Yang
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Il-san Symphonette (at Young-san Art Hall) and Beehouse Cello Ensemble as a soloist. Upon graduation from Kyung-Hee University, Hyemee moved to Toronto to enroll in the Artist Diploma program at the Glenn Gould school of Royal Conservatory of Music where she studied with cellist Bryan Epperson. She has participated in the Stratford music festival, National Academy Orchestra in Brott Music Festival, and Toronto International Music Festival. Hyemee has recently completed the Artist Diploma program and has been performing numerous solo recitals in Canada, USA, and South Korea.

 

Sunday Concerts Return

October 5th, 2010

Emily Rho

Emily Rho

The AGO and the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) continue to host Sunday afternoon concerts by talented students from the RCM’s Glenn Gould School,  an internationally recognized centre for professional training in music performance at the postsecondary and postbachelor levels. 

Concerts are held in the AGO’s Atrium from 1:30 to 2:15 pm, and are free with admission.

This Sunday’s concert, October 10, features pianist EmilyRho. 

Praised as “daringly imaginative,” pianist Emily Rho is a young artist whose career spans many genres:  recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist.  She made her orchestral debut at age ten with Korean Broadcasting System Orchestra, and since then she has worked with World Youth Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Emily has performed in Europe, North America and Asia, and many of her performances have been broadcast in the USA, Canada and Korea.

Recently, Ms. Rho won both the first and second prize at The Glenn Gould School’s 2010 Chamber Music Competition, which resulted in a performance in Koerner Hall in May 2010. In June 2010, she was invited to compete in Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition in France, and her 2010/2011 season highlights include participation in competitions in US and Germany and other concert engagements around city.

She has participated in summer festivals around the world such as Aspen Music Festival, Gijon International Piano Festival, Banff Centre and the National Arts Centre’s Summer Music Institute. They gave her opportunities to work with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, Guarneri Quartet, among others. Emily is an Artist Diploma candidate at The Glenn Gould School, where she studies with David Louie and John Perry.

Sunday Concert: Darrett Zusko

April 16th, 2010

The AGO is partnering with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) to host Sunday afternoon concerts in the Gallery’s Walker Court, where talented RCM students present weekly performances.

This Sunday marks the last concert in this spring's series, and features Darrett Zusko on piano.

Frequently engaged by a number of today’s leading symphonic ensembles including the Cincinnati, Montréal, and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, in addition to the Ottawa Symphony, Niagara Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic under the batons of JoAnn Falletta, Jacques Lacombe, Erich Kunzel, Victor Feldbrill and John Morris Russell to name only but a few, Mr. Zusko is fast becoming one of Canada’s most sought-after soloists.

Concerts are held from 1:30 to 2:15 pm, and are free with admission.

Sunday Concert: Summer Winds Quintet

April 9th, 2010

The AGO is partnering with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) to host Sunday afternoon concerts in the Gallery’s Walker Court, where talented RCM students present weekly performances.

Anita Lin, flute; Sara Spigott, oboe; Anthony Thompson, clarinet; Brett Freithaler, bassoon; and Julie Rochus, horn

(Photo courtesy RCM)

This week's concert on Sunday, April 11, features the quintet, Summer Winds, which was formed in the fall of 2009.

Its members hail from various parts of Canada and the U.S. All have performed extensively in chamber and orchestral ensembles and are currently studying at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory. The quintet includes Anita Lin, flute; Sara Spigott, oboe; Anthony Thompson, clarinet; Brett Freithaler, bassoon; and Julie Rochus, horn.

Concerts are held from 1:30 to 2:15 pm, and are free with admission. Next week’s concert on April 18 will be the last in this winter’s series, and will feature Darrett Zusko on piano.