Artists in Residence

We were proud to welcome the following official Artists in Residence back for the 2018-2019 academic year. This program is sponsored by Western University's Office of the Provost and the Don Wright Faculty of Music Dean's Office.

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Ensemble Made In Canada
November 5-13, 2018 and January 21-25, 2019

Ensemble Made In Canada is rapidly gaining recognition as Canada's premier piano quartet. Awarded the 2006 CBC Galaxie Stars Award from the Banff Centre for the Arts, the quartet was also featured in 2008 Chatelaine Magazine's 80 women to watch as an ensemble that is leading the next generation of classical musicians. The members of the group have been forging outstanding individual careers and bring together a shared love of chamber music and a wealth of experience having already appeared at prestigious festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Orford, Verbier, Prussia Cove, Pablo Casals and Evian. At Western the ensemble will be working with students involved in chamber music, orchestra, collaborative piano, and composition.

New in 2018-2019! Ensemble Made In Canada’s Mosaïque Project consists of three components: a newly commissioned suite of piano quartets by 14 Canadian composers, each inspired by a particular region of Canada, a national concert tour throughout the 2018-2019 season, and a specially designed website that will document audience-generated artwork inspired by the musical commission. Learn more

NEW (added April 2019): Watch a short video on Ensemble Made in Canada's time in Iqaluit (Nov. 2018) working with high school students at the Inuksuk High school as well as fiddle groups as part of the Mosaïque Project.

Elissa Lee, violin
Sharon Wei, viola
Rachel Mercer, cello
Angela Park, piano

Public (free) events:

Public Rehearsals: TBA

Concert: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:00 p.m. – von Kuster Hall
Potpourri of Brahms' most beloved works. Students from the Collaborative Piano program perform alongside members of Ensemble Made In Canada. Guest cellist: Cameron Crozman.

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January 14-18

Tafelmusik is Canada’s award-winning orchestra on period instruments, which has become an internationally recognized ensemble lauded by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras.” During their annual residency, members of Tafelmusik share their expertise and explore historical context and performance with students.

Residencies typically include over thirty hours of rehearsals, masterclasses and workshops, side-by-side performances of Tafelmusik musicians and students, as well as a joint chamber music concert of Tafelmusik and Western performers. The particular partnership has been especially expansive, through the financial support and underwriting by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Studio Director Joseph Lanza, and a generous grant from Western University. An additional, reciprocal financial benefit to our students comes in the form of a scholarship to the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, The Charlotte Nediger Western Scholarship, from which a number of our students have benefitted.

Public (free) events:

Public Rehearsals: TBA

Concert: January 17, 2019 at 8:00 p.m., von Kuster Hall
Tafelmusik members Patricia Ahern and Felix Deak will join Early Music Studio students to lead this special performance.

Concert: January 18, 2019 at 12:30 p.m., von Kuster Hall
Tafelmusik musicians Patricia Ahern, violin, Felix Deak, cello, perform with faculty member Joseph Lanza, violin as part of the Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series.

Personnel update: Alumna and cellist Amanda Keesmaat, BMus’96, returns to Western with Tafelmusik, joining Patricia Ahern, violin, as part of the annual Artist in Residence program. Felix Deak is no longer available due to scheduling changes.