STEREO LIVE VIII – 21st century baroque improvisation
Featured Artists: Philip Fournier, Carissa Klopoushak, Felix Deak, Keith Hamm, and Edwin Huizinga
Stereo Live has been offering a unique, world-class chamber music experience for Toronto’s music lovers for the last three years. Edwin Huizinga and Keith Hamm bring internationally acclaimed artists to the doorsteps of the Campbell House Museum and other gorgeous spaces in Toronto to make music, and share their stories with the people.
This Stereo Live performance will feature five virtuoso baroque and contemporary players from all over Canada and the United States. These five will be exploring some very early baroque repertoire that has recently been rediscovered by the New York based early music ensemble ACRONYM, as well as sharing some of their improvisation skills, sharing unique skills and ideas that can only be accomplished through decades of experience and performance practice. One thing all of these artists have in common is their international chamber music career and stone cold love for music.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Door opens at 7 pm; Performance begins at 8 pm
Available online: http://stereolive.brownpapertickets.com
About the Artists:
Philip Fournier, native of Portland Maine, studied organ, piano, and music theory with Douglas Rafter from 1983-1988. He completed his undergraduate studies with James David Christie, working on the magnificent 1985 4-manual Taylor & Boody organ, at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Massachusetts. Mr. Fournier was the first Organ Scholar there, and was subsequently named a Fenwick Scholar, the highest academic honour given by the College. He continued organ studies with Russell Saunders, harpsichord with Arthur Haas, and continuo and performance practice with Paul O’Dette, at the Eastman School of Music, and completed a Masters in Organ Performance at Arizona State University, on the Paul Fritts instrument there, with Robert Clark, and harpsichord with John Metz. Mr. Fournier was Organist & Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland Maine, from 2000-2007, during which time he formed the Cathedral Schola Cantorum for the purpose of restoring the primacy of Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony to the Stational Masses of the Diocese of Portland. He regularly wrote a cappella settings for the Schola, as well as instrumental arrangements of the plainsong melodies.
As well as being a founding member of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble, baroque cellist and viola da gambist Felix Deak showcases his career as a freelance musician with orchestras and chamber ensembles, including Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Les Voix Humaines and Opera Atelier. Felix instructs orchestral classes and private students in and around Toronto. He can be heard on CBC Radio Two in performances, and has made recordings for various labels at home and abroad.
Carissa Klopoushak has made a name for herself as a curious, creative, and versatile violinist. She resides in Ottawa, where she is a proud member of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. A charismatic and engaging performer, her playing has been described as the complete package of sensitive musicianship and effortless technique. Laureate of the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition and and the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Instrument Bank Competition, she has toured extensively across Canada, and spent three months touring with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for a series of concerts and recordings. Carissa holds a doctorate in violin performance from McGill University. She is an Artistic Director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival in her hometown, Saskatoon. www.carissaklopoushak.com
Canadian-born violinist Edwin Huizinga is quickly establishing a reputation as one of North America’s most versatile violinists. This year, his New York City based baroque band Acronym will be recording their fourth album, featuring previously unrecorded Valentini Sonatas from around the world. This year Edwin will be performing with internationally acclaimed baroque ensemble Tafelmusik in Toronto’s Koerner Hall. Edwin will be playing with New York’s Classical superstar chamber orchestra, The Knights, on their European tour with legendary opera singer Dawn Upshaw. This summer marks a decade of his performing as a member of the Carmel Bach Festival. Edwin is also Artistic Director of the Big Sur Land Trust’s music camp for kids, and a founding member of Classical Revolution.
A native of Rosebud, Alberta, violist Keith Hamm is a dynamic and exciting young presence on the Canadian music scene. When Keith was named Principal Violist of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, he became the youngest member of the ensemble and one of the youngest principals in North America. He is a winner of the Stratford Symphony’s Emerging Artists Competition and The Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition. Keith was recently featured on CBC Radio 2 as one of this year’s Next! artists. He received his training at The Glenn Gould School of Music under Steven Dann and at the Mount Royal Conservatory under Nicholas Pulos. He has shared the stage with Anssi Kartunnen, Ernst Kovacic, Richard Lester, and members of the Smithsonian Chamber Players. Keith has been invited to perform at the Ravinia Festival as guest violist with the Royal Conservatory’s ARC Ensemble; the SweetWater Music Festival in Owen Sound; and at Music By The Sea festival in Bamfield, BC.