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Ensemble Made in Canada with Scott St. John
Sunday, October 15, 2:00 pm
“The sound is everything you would hope for (and expect)” –Wholenote
HCA presents a pair of the most popular and riveting piano quintets of all: the 19th century works of Schumann and Dvorak, performed by some of Canada’s most eminent musicians. Ensemble Made in Canada, an award-winning collective of famed performers, is joined by distinguished violinist Scott St. John to form this fantastic quintet. At 2:00 p.m. on October 15th 2017, experience a wealth of wonderful melodies as they meet Hamilton’s best acoustics: the Recital Hall at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts!
Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44 (1842)
Antonín Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 (1887)
Awarded the 2006 CBC Galaxie Stars Award from the Banff Centre for the Arts, EMIC was featured in 2008 Chatelaine Magazine’s 80th anniversary issue as “Women to Watch” and an ensemble that is leading the next generation of classical musicians.
The members of EMIC have been forging outstanding individual careers and bring together a plethora of experience having already appeared at prestigious festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Orford, Verbier, Prussia Cove, Pablo Casals and Evian. EMIC has performed for Winnipeg Virtuosi, Montreal Pro Musica, SUNY New Paltz, Stratford Music Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, Parry Sound Festival of the Sound, Jeffery Chamber Music Series, Lindsay Concert Productions, Almonte in Concert, Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, Kawartha Concerts, including multiple work cycles for the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. EMIC has provided master classes, chamber music coachings, and lectures at universities across Canada and in the United States and have also participated in outreach programs for public schools in Ontario. The group is grateful for support from FACTOR, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. EMIC has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Western University since 2014.
Scott St. John lives in London, Canada with his wife Sharon Wei and daughter Julia. Scott was a member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet and faculty at Stanford University from 2006 – 2013. From 1999 – 2006, Scott was Associate Professor of Violin at University of Toronto, and founded the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award. Scott now coaches chamber music at Western University, plays chamber music at the Marlboro Music Festival (Vermont), and plays concertmaster of the ROCO Chamber Orchestra (Houston). Scott is a partner in the Rebelheart Collective at London’s Aeolian Hall. He began his violin studies at age three with Richard Lawrence, in London. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with David Cerone, Arnold Steinhardt, and Felix Galimir. Scott has also worked with John Adams, Charles Wuorinen, Oswaldo Golijov, Arsenio Giron, Gary Kulesha, and Elizabeth Raum. Scott’s recent recording of Mozart’s Symphonia Concertante with his sister Lara St. John won a Juno Award. Recent concert highlights include a “Canada 150” recital of early Canadian music in Calgary with pianist Katherine Chi, a performance of Peteris Vasks “Distant Light” at Scotia Festival, and chamber performances with the Enso Quartet in California.