Duo Cellissimo! Philip Hansen, cello Kathleen Solose, piano

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Duo Cellissimo! Philip Hansen, cello Kathleen Solose, piano

Duo Cellissimo returns for a program including Beethoven, Debussy and the catchy “Suite Brasileira” by André Mehmari.

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Emmanuel Anglican Church & Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre 609 Dufferin Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7N 1C4 Canada

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Called “a master cellist” by the Calgary Herald, Philip Hansen's commitment to diverse musical genres, education, and community have earned him distinction as a performer and innovator in the arts. His intensely personal and colourful playing is showcased in performances from baroque to jazz and in every major work written for solo cello with orchestra. As a USA Department of State Cultural Ambassador to Russia, Phil was featured in concert halls from Moscow to the Far East. He has been guest artist¬-in¬-residence at both the Beijing and Shanghai Central Conservatories and was a longtime faculty member of the Académie Internationale Musicale in Provence, France. Phil has also performed extensively throughout Brazil, where he is principal cellist of the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte.

Founder and Artistic Director of the Quadra Island Festival of Chamber Music, Phil oversees innovative programs of classical, contemporary, and Canadian music. With a keen interest in leading other musicians toward a path of musical growth, Phil's Cello Zen retreat programs are held in international locations, integrating an approach to cello playing suited to the advanced professional as well as the avid amateur. His teaching coalesces the influences of his cello mentors Steven Doane, Jürgen deLemos, Lynn Harrell, and Patricia Pinkston.

Phil has recorded for CD the six unaccompanied Suites by J. S. Bach on baroque cellos. His CD of tango music Bragatissimo was researched and performed in Argentina and broadcast coast to coast on the CBC and NPR¬. For many years Phil hosted Phil's Café, a Calgary-¬based concert series he founded with a mission of philanthropy. He collaborated on and composed the theme music to Charlie the Cello, a children's book and stage production by author Deborah Nicholson which Phil performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.


Unanimous first-prize winner of the Casagrande International Competition in Italy and winner of CBC’s National auditions for both solo and chamber music, Canadian pianist Kathleen Solose has appeared in recital and with orchestras in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, the United States, and Canada, and has recorded for Radio-Televisione Italiana, Radio Svizzera Italiana, American Public Radio and frequently for CBC. Kathleen Solose received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, New York, where she studied with Adele Marcus. Through numerous Canada Council grants for study abroad, she was privileged to continue her studies in Italy with Guido Agosti at the Accademia Chigiana, with Carlo Zecchi at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and, as Visiting Canadian Artist, with Stanislav Neuhaus at the Moscow Conservatory.

A seasoned chamber musician, Kathleen Solose has performed in concert with eminent artists such as Philip Hansen, Paul Marleyn, Erika Raum, Mark Destrubé, the Lafayette and Penderecki String Quartets and has been pianist and Artistic Director of the Elixir Ensemble since 2009.