Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico hosts This Is My Music

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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

Christina Petrowska Quilico finding peace in contemporary music

Ottawa Citizen

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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Christina Petrowska Quilico named a can’t-miss pianist in 2014!

I’m so very honoured to be named one of CBC Music’s 20 can’t-miss classical pianists!  http://music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2014/1/From-Lang-Lang-to-Angela-Hewitt-20-cant-miss-pianists-in-2014

Christina Petrowska Quilico

Her close collaboration with the late Ann Southam has led to some of this country’s finest performances and recordings. Petrowska Quilico’s virtuosic recording Glass Houses Revisited is Centrediscs‘ best-selling CD of all time, and was heavily praised by critics. This spring she’ll release a final recording in the series, and it’s sure to be a highlight of the entire year.

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