About the artists:
ENSEMBLE MADE IN CANADA
Rapidly gaining recognition as Canada’s premier piano quartet, in 2006, the ensemble was 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 the group have been forging outstanding individual careers and bring together a wealth 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 Soceity. 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. For more information, visit: www.ensemblemadeincanada.com
Prizewinner at the 1993 Naumburg competition and a recipient of the 1996-97 Prix Opus, Yehonatan Berick is in high demand internationally as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Performances as soloist include Quebec, Winnipeg, Windsor, Ann Arbor, Jerusalem and Haifa Symphonies, and the Israeli, Cincinnati, Montreal and Manitoba Chamber Orchestras, Thirteen Strings and Ensemble Appassionata. Recital offering include the complete Paganini Caprices, and the complete Solo Sonatas and Partitas by Bach. He has collaborated with many world renowned artists. Festival and chamber series include Marlboro, Ravinia, Seattle, Ottawa, Great Lakes, and Music@Menlo. He tours extensively worldwide, and is featured in the world's most important venues, including Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. On CD, Berick has recorded for the Acoma, Albany, Centaur, Equilibrium, XXI-21, Gasparo, Summit, and Helicon labels. On video, he can be seen on a BluRay dvd Paganini: 24 Caprices. His recordings have won rave reviews in the press. Equally sought after as violin teacher and chamber music mentor, Berick serves as Professor of Violin at the University of Ottawa. He has been invited as teacher and artist-in-residence at many festivals, and is featured in masterclasses worldwide. His students hold leading positions in major orchestras, ensembles, and music schools worldwide. Yehonatan Berick is currently plays a 1761 violin by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, generously on loan from the University of Ottawa, as well as violin by Honoré Derazey Père from 1852, and a viola by Stanley Kiernoziak from 2003. For more information on Yehonatan Berik, visit: www.yehonatanberick.com
Praised by the international press as “one of the most promising stars of tomorrow”, Greek conductor Dionysis Grammenos made his debut at the age of twenty-one with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. He received a Conducting Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival in 2016, where he conducted several orchestral and opera programmes including Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Following this, he was invited by Johannes Debus, Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company to work with him on Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Toronto in 2018.
Supported by conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Spano and Patrick Summers, he has already conducted orchestras such as the Festival Strings Lucerne, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Hofer Symphoniker, Junge Philharmonie Wien, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Malta Philharmonic, and the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia. He has recently made his opera debut in Würzburg with Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, whilst upcoming dates include the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme of Wagner, Schumann and Brahms/Schönberg. For more information, visit: www.dionysisgrammenos.com
Join us for Méli Mélo, a magical evening bringing together a unique assembly of renowned artists including Ensemble Made In Canada, Yehonatan Berick and Dionysis Grammenos. Each performer will shine individually, performing a wide variety of pieces: Clara Schumann Three Romances; Bruch Romance; Robert Schumann Fantasiestücke; Saint-Saens The Swan; Bazzini Ronde des Lutins. They will join together to perform the glorious Brahms Clarinet Quintet.
A delicious light dinner, provided by Prince Edward County's iconic Picnic, will be served during intermission under the tent right on the shore set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Ontario. And, the brilliant mixologists at Kinsip House of Fine Spirits and The County Bounty Artisanal Soda Company are partnering for this fabulous occasion to create very special Water Week-themed cocktails for our guests.