Karine Boucher Wins 2015 Christina and Louis Quilico Vocal Awards

Ontario Arts Foundation Press Releasecpqawards:

http://www.ontarioartsfoundation.on.ca/news/95

Musical Toronto Review:

http://www.musicaltoronto.org/2015/02/10/just-in-2015-christina-and-louis-quilico-vocal-competition-crown-three-winners/?utm_source=Musical+Toronto+Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=0a588e476d-MT_Email_Blasts10_3_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_57cdb68eac-0a588e476d-186574577

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Christina Petrowska-Quilico named as one of the top 25 classical pianists

Contemporary music demands a particularly extraordinary sort of musician: one who can meet the ever-mounting technical demands imposed by today’s composers, and who is willing to try things that have never been done before. Christina Petrowska-Quilico is one of those musicians — possibly the most respected one in Canada. Many of the greatest Canadian composers of recent times — Ann Southam, Violet Archer, John Weinzweig — have Petrowska-Quilico to thank for bringing their music to our ears. — M.P. Essential recording: Southam: Glass Houses Revisited (Centrediscs) image credit (Supplied by Christina Petrowska-Quilico; design by Ahmed Khalil/CBC Music)


Image credit (Supplied by Christina Petrowska-Quilico; design by Ahmed Khalil/CBC Music)

Contemporary music demands a particularly extraordinary sort of musician: one who can meet the ever-mounting technical demands imposed by today’s composers, and who is willing to try things that have never been done before. Christina Petrowska-Quilico is one of those musicians — possibly the most respected one in Canada. Many of the greatest Canadian composers of recent times — Ann Southam, Violet Archer, John Weinzweig — have Petrowska-Quilico to thank for bringing their music to our ears. — M.P.
Essential recording: Southam: Glass Houses Revisited (Centrediscs)

See the complete list here: http://music.cbc.ca/#!/blogs/2015/1/The-25-best-Canadian-classical-pianists

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French review of Tangos Brasileiros

Forget what you knew about Gardel and Piazzolla! This remarkable pianist, originally from Ottawa, completely immerses herself in the universe of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934) to distill a smiling and cheerful sensuality and bring out the virile passion of the Argentine tango.

Forget what you knew about Gardel and Piazzolla! This remarkable pianist, originally from Ottawa, completely immerses herself in the universe of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934) to distill a smiling and cheerful sensuality and bring out the virile passion of the Argentine tango.

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Concert at York on October 23, 2014

http://www.yorku.ca/yuevents/index.asp?Event=32997&Category=0&ShowCal=&TimeSame=Oct&Month=10&Year=2014&EventTitle=York%20Events:%20York+U+Faculty+Concert+Series%3A+Jacques+Israelievitch+and+Christina+Petrowska+Quilico

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Who’s who in musical Toronto

http://www.musicaltoronto.org/2014/10/21/whos-who-christina-petrowska-quilico/#.VEeymsSHDMw.email

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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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