HCA Concert Series - 2016/2017
Sponsored by Mr. Robert Summers-Gill
2016/17 Ticket Information
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm
For over 40 years, concert pianist Janina Fialkowska has enchanted audiences and critics around the world. She has been praised for her musical integrity, her refreshing natural approach and her unique piano sound thus becoming “one of the Grandes Dames of piano playing” (Frankfurter Allgemeine, 2015).
Born in Canada, she began her piano studies with her mother at age 4 continuing on in her native Montreal with Yvonne Hubert. In Paris she studied with Yvonne Lefébure and in New York at the Juilliard School with Sascha Gorodnitzki, experiencing the best of both French and Russian piano traditions. Her career was launched in 1974, when the legendary Arthur Rubinstein became her mentor after her prize-winning performance at his inaugural Master Piano Competition, calling her a “born Chopin interpreter” laying the foundation for her lifelong identification with this composer.
Since then she has performed with the foremost orchestras worldwide under the baton of such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Roger Norrington and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, to name one of the younger generation. She has won special recognition for a series of important premieres, notably Liszt’s newly discovered Third Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony and several contemporary piano concertos. Ms Fialkowska’s discography includes many award-winning discs, e.g. the BBC Music Magazine’s 2013 “Instrumental CD of the Year” award.
Her native Canada has bestowed upon her their highest honors: “Officer of the Order of Canada”, the “Governor General’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award in Classical Music” (Canada’s equivalent to the US Kennedy Centre Awards), as well as three honorary doctorates. She passes on her wide musical experience in master classes and at her annual “International Piano Academy” in Bavaria, where she now resides and and makes frequent appearances as a juror of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions.
2016 marks her 65th birthday which she will celebrate by giving a year-long “Birthday Celebration Tour”, performing several times in the UK, Germany and Poland, but also playing concerts in Japan, Spain, Portugal, Austria and about 30 concerts in Canada.
Polonaise in E flat minor, Op 26 No 2
Nocturne in B major, Op. 9, No. 3
Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51
Ballade No 2 in F major, Op 38
Waltz in B minor, Op. 69 No. 2
Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42
Fantaisie in F minor Op 49
Scherzo No 4 in E major
Prelude Op. 28 in E flat minor
Prelude Op. 28 in D flat major
3 Mazurkas Op. 50
Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op. 20
Lafayette String Quartet
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Since 1986, the Lafayette String Quartet has divided their time between entertaining audiences all over North America and Europe and teaching some of Canada’s finest young string players. Their residency at the University of Victoria is rich in local performances and community involvement. Their concerts in Canada and abroad are hailed as “Passionate, riviting, and with flawless ensemble.”
Indeed the LSQ are passionate about everything they do whether it is performing new music, delving into the great classics or giving masterclasses and workshops. Passion and commitment are the hallmark of the LSQ.
The Lafayette is the only all-female ensemble in the world to comprise the four original members – a distinct rarity, regardless of gender and regardless of profession.
Shostakovich: Quartets 1, 15 and 2
David Braid and Oene Van Geel
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm
HCA welcomes one of Europe’s leading creative string players, Oene Van Geel (The Netherlands) with 7-time nominee, 2-time Juno winner David Braid While Braid reinvents the contemporary/classical sensibility proper to a Steinway Artist, the award-winning Van Geel breaks open genres with a free and diverse spontaneity. Experience the future of Jazz today!
The Dutch virtuoso Oene Van Geel is critically acclaimed, standing “above his instrument and its tradition,” (De Volkskrant) with a “charismatic and powerful improvised flow” (New York Times). He holds the Boy Edgar, Deloitte, Kersje, and Sena Performers Toonzettens Awards. In 2017, Oene and composer Florian Magnus Maier will debut their new work for the Dutch National Opera.
Celebrated in Canada as “A jazz genius to call our own” (Macleans Magazine), David Braid concertizes his original music and improvisations regularly in Continental Europe, England, Scandinavia, China, Australia, The United States, and Canada. His engaging style is at once “refreshingly uncategorizable” (Paris Transatlantic), “brilliant” (Montreal Gazette), and “hauntingly beautiful” (The Globe & Mail.) He is a Special Associate Artist of Sinfonia UK, and an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Toronto.
Sparked by an inspiring encounter in the Netherlands in 2011, Van Geel and Braid now bring an immersive program on a Canadian tour traversing Newfoundland, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.
Kids 12 & Under: Free
HCA students & families: $10
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2:00pm
Before she was twelve she had broadcast for the BBC and was appearing regularly before the public on the concert platform. She was one of the youngest students ever to be admitted to the Royal Academy of Music where she received the highest award in piano playing and a bursary which took her to Paris for study with Jacques Février.
Her place among Britain’s acknowledged artists was assured when a Cheltenham Festival recital brought her the enthusiastic acclaim of the country’s foremost critics. Since then she has played in most of the major concert halls and appeared with many of the leading orchestras and conductors in Britain. Her career has latterly taken her to North America where she has appeared in such cities as Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Washington, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She now lives in Canada where she is the Artist-in-Residence at McMaster University, but spends a part of each year in her native Britain.
Valerie Tryon has been awarded several distinctions for her services to music. She was an early recipient of the Harriet Cohen Medal. More recently the Liszt Memorial Plaque was bestowed on her by the Hungarian Minister of Culture in recognition of her lifelong promotion of Franz Liszt’s music.
Nocturne in E flat
Nocturne in C minor
Ballade in G minor
Scherzo in B flat minor
Waltz in E flat (Grande Brillant)
Polonaise in A flat
Clair de lune
Intermezzo in A op. 118
Ballade in D minor
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Austrian pianist Till Fellner’s international career was launched in 1993 when he won First Prize at the renowned Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland. Over a period of more than two decades, he has become a sought-after guest with many of the world’s most important orchestras and at the major music centres of Europe, USA and Japan, as well as numerous festivals.
Over the past few years he has dedicated himself to two milestones of the piano repertoire: the Well-Tempered Clavier of Johann Sebastian Bach and the 32 piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. He performed the Beethoven cycle from 2008 to 2010 in New York, Washington, Tokyo, London, Paris and Vienna. Furthermore contemporary music is of great importance to him; he has given the world premieres of works by Kit Armstrong, Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Larcher, and Alexander Stankovski. In 2012 Till Fellner withdrew from performing for a year to devote himself to the study of new repertoire and to deepen his knowledge of composition, literature and film.
The ECM label, for whom Till Fellner is an exclusive recording artist, has released the First Book of the Well-Tempered Clavier and the Two & Three-Part Inventions of J. S. Bach, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano and, most recently, a CD of chamber music by Harrison Birtwistle.
In his native Vienna, Till Fellner studied with Helene Sedo-Stadler before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg, and Claus-Christian Schuster.
Since autumn 2013, Till Fellner has been engaged to teach a small circle of students at the Zurich Hochschule der Künste.
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier II, 19-24
Schumann: Humoresque in B-flat major, Op. 20
Schumann: Papillons, Op.2