Concert at York on October 23, 2014

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Who’s who in musical Toronto

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Glass Houses Revisited reviews

Glass Houses Revisited (Music of Ann Southam):

One of The 30-best-Canadian-classical-recordings-ever CBC Music (on a list with Glenn Gould`s recordings of the Bach Goldberg Variations, and other major classics)

One of 10 Pieces of Classical Music Everyone Should Know CBC Music (on a list with Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Bizet and Copland).

One of 10 Piano Pieces Everyone Should Know CBC Music (along with works by Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel, Liszt, Glass, Bach and Handel)

“This recording is the result of an extended collaboration – and friendship – between the distinguished Canadian composer Ann Southam and her most devoted interpreter, pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico. Petrowska Quilico selected an assortment of pieces from Southam’s 1981 Glass Houses series, then added her own spin with the composer’s blessing. She describes them as ‘fiendishly difficult etudes’ played at breakneck speed. Petrowska Quilico manages the technical demands with supreme virtuosity and creates a complex sound tapestry that pays personal tribute to one of Canada’s most engaging musical figures.” – Denise Ball, CBC Music Classical/blogs:The-30-best-Canadian-classical-recordings-ever

“Christina Petrowska Quilico…exhibits enormous strength, stamina and an amazingly crisp, clean articulation.” – Art Lange, Fanfare Magazine, reviewing Mystic Streams

“She has a remarkably luminous tone that draws the listener to the music in a way that not many pianists can manage.” – American Record Guide, reviewing Northern Sirens

“Petrowska is …an excellent musician, technically skillful and interpretively sound. She knows her way through the thorny thickets of Messiaen, Boulez, and the other contemporary composers, delivering their strange rhythms and discords effectively. I’m particularly taken by hearing the eerie sounds of the Boulez sonata again.” – American Record Guide, July/August 2003, reviewing Gems with an Edge

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Chamberfest’s new music showcase well performed

Originally posted on Ottawa Citizen:

Chamberfest Day 12

New Music Now

De la Salle High School, Monday afternoon

Monday was the first day of New Music Now, a brief (perhaps too brief) series of concerts of contemporary music, three on Monday and three on Tuesday.

Of the Monday concerts given at noon, 1:30 and 3:00, I attended the second and third featuring pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico and the Ensemble Prisme respectively.

Petrowska Quilico has been Canada’s foremost keyboard proponent of new music for at least 30 years. Her recitals are always interesting, offering music we rarely hear otherwise.

On Monday afternoon she presented two works by Ann Southam and one each by Patrick Cardy, Steven Gellman and Constantine Caravassilis.

The first of the Southam pieces, Stitches in Time, was made up of several very short minimalist movements that failed to engage this listener’s interest. The other, one of her extensive set called Glass Houses, was…

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One of CBC’s “Can’t Miss Classical Pianists of 2014″, Christina Petrowska Quilico

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Christina Petrowska Quilico finding peace in contemporary music

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Some composers write for themselves. Others write for a muse, a vessel for their genius. But when a composer and a performer develop true complicity, the writing happens with, not for, and both are enriched.

Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico and composer Ann Southam enjoyed a 30-year personal and professional friendship that lasted until Southam’s death from lung cancer in 2010.  Southam’s eventual complete shift from electronic to acoustic music was due in no small part to Petrowska Quilico’s influence; the two met in 1979 when the composer asked the pianist, who was teaching at York University and was already established as a champion of Canadian music, to record a demo.

“I remember thinking ‘boy, these tempo markings are really slow’,” Petrowska Quilico recalls. “I mean, it was one of the dullest things I’d ever played. At the time I was seven or eight months pregnant; I figured Ann couldn’t get…

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Mozart Marathon on May 4th at Gallery 345

Mozart Marathon on May 4th at Gallery 345

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Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico and violinist Jacques Israelievitch perform The Complete Mozart Violin Sonatas. It is believed to be a first for Toronto to hear all 28 sonatas performed live in one day.

The marathon will be divided into four concerts – at 11 a.m., and 1, 3 and 5 p.m., with only a short break in between. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from


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