LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL – CONCERT FOUR
Date: Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Artists: Crow-Chiu Duo & Gabriel Radford
Jonathan Crow – Violin
A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Jonathan joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in 2011. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Honours Performance from McGill University in 1998, at which time he joined the Orchestra symphonique de Montreal (OSM) as Associate Principal Second Violin. Between 2002 and 2006. Jonathan was the Concertmaster of the OSM; during this time. he was the youngest concertmaster of any major North American orchestra He continues to perform as guest concertmaster with orchestras around the world.
Jonathan has performed as a soloist with most major Canadian orchestras.
An advocate of contemporary music he has premiered works by Canadian composers Vivian Fung. Michael Conway Baker, Eldon Rathburn, Barrie Cabena, Ana Sokolovic. Marjan Mozetich. Christos Hatzis, Ernest MacMillan, and Healey Willan, and includes in his repertoire major concerti by such modem composers as Ligeti, Schnittke, Bernstein, Brian Cherney, Rodney Sharman, and Cameron Wilson. He has recorded for ATMA, Bridge, CBC, Oxingafe, Skylark, and XXl-21 labels, and is heard frequently on radio in North America and Europe.
An avid chamber musician, Jonathan has performed at chamber music festivals throughout North America, South America, and Europe. He is a founding member of the New Orford String Quartet. and the curator of The TSO Chamber Soloists series. Currently, he also is Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Toronto and Artistic Director of the Toronto Summer Music Festival.
Philip Chiu – Piano
Noted by La Presse as ” … a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors”, Philip Chiu is lauded for the brilliance, colour, and sensitivity of his playing, and is particularly noted for his ability to connect with audiences on and off stage. Inaugural winner of the 2015 Prix Goyer, Philip is more than a summation of technical and musical abilities, he has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion, for communication and collaboration, Mr. Chiu has developed a new program for solo piano and multimedia called Of Church & Stale which premieres this season.
Working closely with the Noncerto group in Montreal, his program pairs solo piano performance with stunning videos of Quebec’s beautiful churches and delivers a poignant musical commentary on how nationalism and religion have influenced composers, musicians, and ultimately ourselves. This season will also see his solo Toronto debut in November 2017 for Music Toronto.
He continues to concertize extensively as a chamber musician. He has appeared in recitals with leading musicians of the world stage, including James Ehnes, Raphael Wallfisch, Patrice Fontanarosa. Regis Pasquier, and Stefan Dohr. He performs regularly with Jonathan Crow, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony as well as Andrew Wan, co-concertmaster of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. He tours regularly with premier touring organizations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Debut Atlantic, and Prairie Debut.
Dedicated 10 elevating the standard and art of collaborative piano, Mr. Chiu is the creator and director of the new Collaborative Piano Program at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. He is an acclaimed accompanist and piano coach based at McGill University, has been an invited professor and collaborator for the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal and l’Universite de Montreal. He can be heard/seen on Classical 96.3 FM, Australia’s ABC Radio, CBC Radio, and Radio-Canada.
Gabriel Radford – Horn
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He is currently Third Horn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to joining the TSO, Gabriel was Associate Principal Horn of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Over the course of his career, Gabriel has played with many orchestras, including several guest appearances and Carnegie Hall performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy. He has also played with the National Ms Centre Orchestra. the Kirov Orchestra. l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, and many others.
Gabriel is a devoted teacher who currently coaches a full studio of students at the University of Toronto, and is a member of the faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
He has given lectures and master-classes at the University of Lethbridge, University of Toronto, Glenn Gould Professional School, University of Manitoba, and others. Gabriel has also spent several summers teaching in the Masterclass programme at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2011, Gabriel was honoured to adjudicate auditions for the first-ever YouTube Symphony Orchestra. In July 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work fundraising, mentoring, coaching, and leaching at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Click Seating Chart To Enlarge