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Emily Carr String Quartet, Music InsideOUT: Mendelssohn

Emily Carr String Quartet, Music InsideOUT: Mendelssohn

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Victoria, BC V9A 7N2

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Music InsideOUT:Join the Emily Carr String Quartet and guest host Sharon Stanis as they explore Mendelssohn's String Octet.

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The Emily Carr String Quartet Society is proud to present Music InsideOUT: Mendelssohn. 

Explore Felix Mendelssohn with a morning of music and insight into one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music, his brillant string octet.

Tea, coffee, and sundries will be served followed by discussion, analysis, and a full performance of Mendelssohn's String Octet in E flat major, Op.20

This performance will feature the Emily Carr String Quartet, Simon MacDonald, violin, Jessica Pickersgill, viola and the talented students of the ECSQ's fourth annual Young Artist Mentorship Program, Layla Park, violin and Nicole Teachman, cello.

Our guest host, Sharon Stanis has a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, soloist, and educator. As a co-founder of the Lafayette String Quartet, she has toured extensively in North America and Europe. The quartet garnered prizes from the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Portsmouth (England) International String Quartet Competition with appearances in Wigmore Hall and Concertgebouw. This year the Lafayette Quartet celebrates 35 years of performing together.

In addition to appearing as soloist with the Victoria Symphony and the Palm Court Orchestra, Sharon has served as concertmaster of these ensembles. She has performed the Bottesini Grand Duo with double bassist Gary Karr.

A dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, she is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, where she teaches violin and coaches chamber music. She adjudicates numerous festivals across Canada and enjoys giving master classes throughout North America.

Before coming to Victoria, Sharon was a member of the Renaissance City Chamber Players, and on faculty at Oakland University and The Institute of Music and Dance in Detroit. 

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she studied with Linda and David Cerone, Gary Kosloski, Henryk Kowalski, and Peter Salaff. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University, where she coached with Rostislav Dubinsky who was integral in the formation of the Lafayette String Quartet. Other coaches include members of the Cleveland, Alban Berg, and Amadeus Quartets. 

In addition to recordings on the Dorian and CBC labels with the Lafayette Quartet, Sharon has recorded the Murray Adaskin Second Violin Sonata and the John Mills-Cockell Concerto of Deliverance.

The Emily Carr String Quartet has established itself as one of BC's finest music ensembles. Formed in 2006 by members of the Victoria Symphony and Aventa Ensemble in Victoria BC, the Emily Carr String Quartet has performed in Canada, the USA and Europe. They have collaborated with artists such as Jamie Parker, Arthur Rowe, the Alcan Quartet, the Tin Alley Quartet and the Lafayette String Quartet. The quartet has also done much to honour the local painter for whom it is named. They perform works that pay homage to her, such as Jean Coulthard’s Pines of Emily Carr, and have incorporated her writings into many concerts. The ECSQ is also devoted to contemporary music, and has commissioned works from Canadian composers Tobin Stokes, Jocelyn Morlock, Jared Miller and Jennifer Butler, all inspired by Emily Carr's life work. The ECSQ has been featured on CBC radio's "North by Northwest" and their CD "Hidden Treasure" was nominated for the 2012 classical recording of the year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Violinist Simon MacDonald began his musical studies in Victoria in 1980, left for school (NEC, in Boston) in 1992, and returned home in 2017, after numerous musical adventures in Boston, Montreal, New Orleans, Miami, and anywhere he was invited to play. He is currently in his fourth year as the Victoria Conservatory of Music String Faculty Department Head, and the Artistic Director of the Young Artists Collegium at the VCM. Before returning permanently to BC, Simon’s home base was the Canadian Prairies, where he was active with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (first violin), the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (principal 2nd violin), and the Regina Symphony Orchestra (concertmaster). Simon loves playing anything put in front of him; he has premiered numerous new works after 17 years at the Winnipeg New Music Festival, initiated the first ever Beethoven Quartet Cycle in the city of Regina with the Regina Symphony Chamber Players, and has enjoyed playing in everything from Baroque orchestras to touring Broadway Productions. Simon continues to be grateful to work with the amazing community of musicians, both professional and students, who live out here in BC.

Jessica Pickersgill is an award winning violist, born and raised in Victoria BC and she has played for audiences at home in Canada and around the world including Italy, Russia and America. Jessica attended the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance. She then continued to expand her education and performance practice at the renowned New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, and graduated Cum Laude with a Masters in Viola Performance. She has worked and studied with many world renowned musicians including eminent ensembles like The Emerson String Quartet, The Borromeo String Quartet, and a host of others which inspired her enthusiasm for chamber music. She is now a core member of the award winning ensemble, Cascadia Strings, plays regularly with the Victoria Symphony, and teaches private lessons through her own private studio.

Layla Park started playing violin at the age of 6 and is currently studying with Simon MacDonald at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She is also a member of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra where she enjoys playing music with her friends. Layla discovered her passion for music when she started to perform chamber music, and she is now developing her musical abilities with love and enjoyment. She received numerous scholarships and awards from Victora Conservatory of Music, Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, and Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival over the past years. She recently won first place in the Louis Sherman Concerto Competition as well as third place in the Don Chrysler Concerto Competition.

Nicole Teachman is 19 years old and has been playing the cello for 10 years.She has been a member of the Collegium Young Artists Program for four years and a member of the GVYO for five years, where she recently served as principal cellist. Nicole is a student of Paula Kiffner at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and previously studied with Martin Bonham. She is the recipient of several awards through the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival and the VCM, and had the opportunity to play in the Spark to Flame Student Showcase in February 2020. As she approaches the end of her gap year, Nicole will be pursuing a degree in science at the University of Victoria next fall. Outside of music, she enjoys spending time in nature and playing with her golden retriever puppy.

See below for a video link to one of Emily Carr String Quartet's Beethoven String Quartet concerts

This concert is wheelchair accessible.

 

 

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