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York University music Professor Christina Petrowska Quilico, a world renowned pianist, will give a signature performance Feb. 8 at York University, from 12:30 to 1:30pm in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall, 112 Accolade East at York University’s Keele campus.

The concert is part of the Faculty Spotlight series offered by the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University.

With the intriguing title “Global Sirens,” the concert will feature Petrowska Quilico performing an eclectic program featuring composers around the world. The concert is free and open to the public.

Possessing passion and sensitivity, phenomenal technique and “dazzling virtuosity” (New York Times), Petrowska Quilico is a compelling force, whether she is playing a Liszt piano solo, a Mozart chamber work, the Grieg concerto or the premiere of a new work by a living composer. CBC Music named her one of 20 “can’t-miss classical pianists” of 2014 and one of Canada’s 25 best classical pianists in 2015.

Born in Ottawa, Petrowska Quilico studied at Juilliard, and went on to study in Paris and Germany with Ligeti and Stockhausen. Her professional career has taken her across the U.S. and Canada, as well as to Taiwan, the Middle East, France, Germany, Greece and Ukraine. She has appeared in recitals in Carnegie, Alice Tully and Merkin Halls, and as a soloist with most of Canada’s leading orchestras and the symphony orchestras of Greek Radio and Taipei.

She also collaborated frequently in concert and recorded four CDs with her late husband, the famed Metropolitan Opera baritone Louis Quilico. As well, she is a passionate interpreter of the music of her first husband, the celebrated Quebec composer Michel-Georges Brégent.

Petrowska Quilico has premiered close to 200 works. Of the more than 35 concertos she has performed with orchestra, 19 were contemporary, 10 of these premieres. Composers Pierre Boulez and John Cage gave her special coaching prior to her performances of their music.

In recorded output, few artists can match Petrowska Quilico, particularly for contemporary repertoire. Among her more than 47 CDs are five albums comprising eight Canadian piano concertos, and solo and chamber works by contemporary Canadian and international composers. Along with these, she has recorded the likes of Chopin and Debussy; Tangos Brasileiros, for the 150th anniversary of composer Ernesto Nazareth in 2013; and her highly praised Liszt bicentennial CD (“Quilico plays exquisitely … brilliance without ego” – Fanfare magazine).

Christina Petrowska Quilico with compser Ann Southam. Photo by Andre Leduc

Four of Quilico’s CDs of Canadian music have earned Juno Award nominations, three of them for concerto CDs and one for the solo piano cycle Glass Houses Revisited by the late Ann Southam (1937-2010). Petrowska Quilico is very closely associated with the music of the Southam and has devoted six CDs in three albums to Southam’s music, including the piano cycles Rivers, Glass Houses and Pond Life. The CD Glass Houses Revisited was highly lauded, named one of “30 best Canadian classical recordings ever” by CBC Music, and remains one of Centrediscs’ all-time bestsellers. In March 2016, Petrowska Quilico performed selections from Rivers and Glass Houses to an enthusiastic audience at Montreal’s Innovations en concert.

She has also garnered praise for her Centrediscs recording of Michel-George Brégent’s 16 Portraits, which the composer had described as “études romantiques.” The SRC’s Espace Musique called it Une véritable révélation!, while Fanfare magazine termed the études “‘studies’ in the emotional or intellectual sense.”

In addition to her concert career, Petrowska Quilico is a professor of piano and musicology at York University in Toronto and a published author and artist. At York University, she formed a duo with her colleague, Professor Jacques Israelievitch, former concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In addition to many joint performances, they recorded the Canadian music CD Fancies and Interludes for Centrediscs and the complete Mozart sonatas for violin and piano, on the Fleur de Son label, a project finished only months before Israelievitch’s death in 2015.

Among Petrowska Quilico’s upcoming projects are a two-CD Centrediscs set comprising Classics with a Twist, which includes Montreal composer John Rea’s Las Meninas; and Worlds Apart, which features, among other works, Michel-Georges Brégent’s Geste and Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux’s Assemblages.

  • Global Sirens: A Free Concert at York University February 8
    PIANIST CHRISTINA PETROWSKA QUILICO PLAYS
    RARELY HEARD MUSIC BY WOMEN COMPOSERS
    Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico showcases rarely heard and forgotten music by women composers from around the world in a concert titled Global Sirens,

    Thursday, February 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

    at the Tribute Communities Recital Hall, 112 Accolade East Building, York University
    (in front of the York University subway station).
    Admission is free.
    The concert is part of the Faculty Spotlight Series presented
    by York University’s School of the Arts, Media,
    Performance & Design, at which Quilico is a full professor.
    The concert website is
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    For more  information, call Judy Karacs at 416.736.2100 ext. 20054, or
    email jkaracs@yorku.ca.
    Renowned for her interpretations of contemporary and unusual repertoire, as well as the classics, Quilico describes her recital as “only a fraction of the scope and breadth of works that have been rarely played or forgotten.” The music ranges from the mid 1900s to the present, featuring composers from Canada, the U.S, Russia, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Australia and France. Traditional, impressionist, 12-tone, minimalist, folk, ragtime and romantic treasures are reflected in a kaleidoscope of musical styles. There is a composition for left hand alone, a Wireless Rag by American composer Adaline Shepherd ((1883-1950), and quirky and edgy works. “From waltzes and rags, women show their
    enormous strength and wealth of compositional creativity,” said Petrowska Quilico.
    The concert is being recorded for an upcoming CD.
    UPCOMING SOUTHAM CD LAUNCH: Later this season will see the release of
    Soundspinning, Quilico’s latest CD in her series of the music of Ann Southam, on the
    Centrediscs label.
    More information on Christina Petrowska Quilico and her recordings is available at
    www.petrowskaquilico.com and www.christinapetrowskaquilico.com.
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    Repertoire list available.
    For further information, contact:
    Linda Litwack or Amy Stewart Publicist
    Linda Litwack Publicity York University AMPD
    416-782-7837 416.736.2100 ext. 44044
  • Email: lalitwack@rogers.com Email: jkaracs@yorku.ca
    Pronunciation:
    Petrowska Quilico – pet-TROV-ska (e as in get) KWIL-i-koh

This all-Canadian program—curated by renowned conductor and Canadian music champion Victor Feldbrill—explores Canada’s rich history of classical composers. Notable Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico is the featured soloist in the Romantic-style Piano Concerto by Québec composer Claude Champagne. (Pictured: Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano)

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Concert Dates

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 7:30pm

Program

Nicolas Gilbert: UP!: Sesquie for Canada’s 150th [2′]
Somers: Passacaglia and Fugue [11′]
Freedman: Tableau [9′]
John Beckwith: Flower variations and wheels [12′]
Intermission
Champagne: Piano Concerto [15′]
Archer: Poem for Orchestra [11′]
Weinzweig: Symphonic ode [9′]

Performers

Victor Feldbrill
conductor & host
RBC Resident Conductor
Christina Petrowska Quilico
piano

Venue

Roy Thomson Hall

60 Simcoe St
Toronto, ON
M5J 2H5

Venue Information

Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 3:00pm

Program

Somers: Passacaglia and Fugue [11′]
Freedman: Tableau [9′]
John Beckwith: Flower variations and wheels [12′]
Intermission
Champagne: Piano Concerto [15′]
Archer: Poem for Orchestra [11′]
Weinzweig: Symphonic ode [9′]

Performers

Victor Feldbrill
conductor & host
RBC Resident Conductor
Christina Petrowska Quilico
piano

 

Original article: https://www.tso.ca/concert/glowing-hearts

 

 

 

Centrediscs CD Launch: Worlds Apart

Friday, April 7, 2017
5:00 PM

Canadian Music Centre

 

Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico launches her new 2 disc CD Worlds Apart at the CMC in Toronto. A short performance will follow.

$FREE with RSVP. Please RSVP here

 

Event details

  • Venue / Location: Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St., Toronto
  • Date: April 7th, 2017
  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Price: $FREE with RSVP
  • External Link: Please RSVP here

Concerts / Brégent: Portraits romantiques (1966, version 1988 / extraits)

In the words of Michel-Georges Brégent “The link between emotions and the mathematical is not very obvious. I discovered this to be true in creating Portraits pour piano. I still needed a dramatic rise with a pianist playing as though they were simultaneously 6 pianists playing at once. At some point, I intuitively hit a ceiling… using mathematics, I managed to make this man walk one step further. I also realized that if we speak about an emotion as love, (…) in music this can be expressed mathematically… Express oneself. Express one’s freedom and subjectivity. Extract the coldness and the yoke of rationality and structural “parametric” thought where everything is subject to analysis. These Portraits for the piano draw or depict states yet to be, illustrate social situations, occupations and jobs. They are the logical result complimenting the transcendental executions of Liszt and Liapunov, and the studies of Chopin, Scriabine and Rachmaninoff.”

March 4, 2017    7:00 pm

  • Regular: $20.00
  • Senior: $15.00
  • Student: $15.00
  • Tickets: 514-843-9305 #301 (SMCQ)
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur
100, rue Sherbrooke Est
métro Sherbrooke + autobus 24 Ouest / métro Saint-Laurent + autobus 55 Nord
 

Participant

Program

Coproduction MNM/ Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

 

News Release 

2017 Christina and Louis Quilico Awards Vocal Competition

Toronto – January 30, 2017 – The Ontario Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the fourth biennial Christina and Louis Quilico Awards Vocal Competition featuring the rising young stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.

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Artists of the 2016/2017 Ensemble Studio, photo: Bronwen Sharp

The competition will take place on February 13, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The competition will be adjudicated by a panel composed of Alexander Neef, General Director of the COC, Sandra Horst, Chorus Master of the COC, and Adrianne Pieczonka, Canadian soprano opera singer. The young artists featured in the February 13th competition will perform for cash prizes singing one aria of their choice and one aria selected by the judges.

“Louis had wanted to establish this (award) before he died,” says Christina Petrowska Quilico. “It was really his vision to help young opera singers. Launching an award was something we could do to leave a legacy in memory of Louis’ success as a singer and as a support to future generations.”

 

This event is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited.

 

About the COC Ensemble Studio

The COC Ensemble Studio is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. Since the inception of the program in 1980, over 220 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience through the Ensemble Studio. Former members include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, Joseph Kaiser, David Pomeroy, Allyson McHardy, and Krisztina Szabó.

 

The members of the Ensemble Studio are the COC’s resident artists and important ambassadors for the company. They receive a blend of advanced study and practical experience through an individually tailored, multi-year program, involving understudying and performing mainstage roles, intensive vocal coaching, language and acting studies, and career skills development, as well as participation in masterclasses with internationally renowned opera professionals.

 

 

About the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards

Christina Petrowska-Quilico established the Christina and Louis Quilico Fund in 2000 to honour her late husband, renowned baritone, Louis Quilico, and to recognize outstanding young singers, pianists and composers for voice. During his 45 years on the stage, Louis Quilico shared performing credits with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Joan Sutherland and Renata Tebaldi. He was instrumental in furthering the careers of many young singers through his teaching and master classes. The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards.

 

For information, please contact:

Alan Walker,

Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

Kristin McKinnon,

Publicist and Publications Coordinator, Canadian Opera Company

Tel: (416) 306-2383

kmckinnon@coc.ca

 

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

 

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. For more information on the COC, visit coc.ca.

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With Glowing Hearts TSO concert

WITH GLOWING HEARTS

This all-Canadian program—curated by renowned conductor and Canadian music champion Victor Feldbrill—explores Canada’s rich history of classical composers. Notable Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico is the featured soloist in the Romantic-style Piano Concerto by Québec composer Claude Champagne. (Pictured: Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano)

Order tickets today when you include this performance in a three-show package, from only $79! Single tickets go on sale July 2017.

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This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.

Concert Dates

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 7:30pm

Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 3:00pm

Program

Somers: Passacaglia and Fugue [11′]
Freeman: Tableau [9′]
John Beckwith: Flower variations and wheels [12′]
Champagne: Piano Concerto [15′]
Archer: Poem for Orchestra [11′]
Weinzweig: Symphonic ode [9′]

Performers

Victor Feldbrill
conductor & host
Earl Lee
RBC Resident Conductor
Christina Petrowska Quilico
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Piano Animals III : Christina Petrowska Quilico presents Remembering Ann Southam

April 12th at 8:00 p.m.

$15 regular, $10 students/seniors/artists

Concert @ Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, 100, rue Sherbrooke E, Montreal

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Ann Southam‘s hypnotic epics of thread and pattern, Glass Houses and Rivers, are the focus of the final concert of our series. Presented by the internationally acclaimed Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, whose friendship and collaboration with Ann Southam was deeply implicated in their creation, these complex, maximinimalist works unite intricate groove with an almost ritual intensity.

Christina Petrowska Quilico needs little introduction to audiences both here and abroad. Hailed by the New York Times at 14 for her “promethean talent” after making her orchestral debut along with Murray Perahia, Christina Petrowska Quilico has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall. Juilliard-trained, she has premiered 18 piano concertos and premiered well over 150 new works. Among her 37 CD titles are eight piano concertos. 4 of her CDs received Juno nominations, and she was named one of 20 international “not to miss pianists” of 2014 by the CBC. Her recording ofGlass Houses Revisited was on CBC Music’s “TOP 30 best Canadian classical recordings ever”.

“The repetitive and pulsating music of Glass Houses is celebrated with shimmering brilliance, as much by the creator as by the interpreter… an homage and luminous musical gift from a pianist to a composer friend, and from this friend to a great contemporary mentor.” – Frédéric Cardin, espace.mu (Radio-Canada).

Piano Animals III : Christina Petrowska Quilico présente Remembering Ann Southam

12 avril 2016, 20h
régulier 15$, réduit (étudiants / ainés / artistes) 10$
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Les épopées hypnotiques de fils et de canevas d’Ann Southam Glass Houses et Rivers, seront la pièce maîtresse du concert final de notre série. Présentés par la pianiste canadienne Christina Petrowska Quilico dont l’amitié et la collaboration avec Ann Southam est très présente dans leur processus de création, ces oeuvres minimales et complexes mèlent les rythmiques avec une intensité quasi rituelle.

Il n’est généralement point besoin de présenter la pianiste Christina Petrowska Quilico au public canadien comme de l’étranger. Acclamée par le New York Times dès l’âge de 14 ans pour son talent prométhéen lors de ses débuts orchestraux avec Murray Perahia, Christina Petrowska Quilico s’est produite au Carnegie Hall, au Alice Tully Hall ansi qu’au Lincoln Center et au Merkin Hall. Instruite à Juilliard, elle a créé 18 concertos pour piano ainsi que plus de 150 oeuvres. Sa collection de 37 disques inclue huit concertos pour piano, et quatre de ses albums se sont vus nominés aux prix Juno. En 2014 elle a fait partie de la liste des 20 pianistes “à ne pas manquer” de Radio-Canada.

« La musique répétitive et pulsative de Glass Houses est célébrée ici avec un éclat chatoyant, tant par la créatrice que par l’interprète… une offrande musicale respectueuse et lumineuse d’une pianiste à une amie compositrice, et de cette amie à un grand mentor contemporain. » – Frédéric Cardin, espace.mu (Radio-Canada).

FIVE SMALL CONCERTS, 2016 SEASON

The Five Small Concerts present first-class, affordable chamber music for people in the GTA and beyond, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been most supportive in our efforts to bring these concerts to the public. Four concerts feature Toronto Symphony Orchestra musicians and one concert presents players from the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, who represent the future of Canadian music making.

(Note that programmes may change due to circumstances beyond the control of The Associates.)

Monday, January 18, 2016, 7:30pm

Colours in Music: Composers with Synesthesia
Location: Church of the Redeemer

Franz Liszt ‘Rigoletto Paraphrase’ and piano solos
‘Un Rêve’
Duke Ellington Favourite selections arr. for string quartet by William Zinn, including: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, It Don’t Mean A Thing, Satin Doll, Caravan, Sophisticated Lady, Take The A Train
Jean Sibelius Quartet in E Flat Major JS 184
Olivier Messiaen From Vingt Regards- La Premiere Communion de la Vierge for SOLO piano
Amy Marcy Cheney Beach Piano Quintet Op 67 Movement 2
Christina Petrowska-Quilico, piano
James Wallenberg, violin
Bridget Hunt, violin
Douglas Perry, viola
Winona Zelenka, cello