2016-17 CONCERT SEASON
Yegor Dyachkov & Jean Saulnier
Yegor Dyachkov, cello and Jean Saulnier, piano. Each artist is acclaimed as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Together, their technical brilliance, sensitivity and flair for musical connection give authentic life to their music.
Lauded for his remarkable stage presence, depth of insight, nuance and generosity, cellist Yegor Dyachkov is an inspired recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. Since being proclaimed Artist of the Year by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in 2000, Mr. Dyachkov has gone on to perform throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Canada and the United States, making his New York debut at Lincoln Center in October 2000. yegordyachkov.com
Jean Saulnier leads an active career as a recitalist, chamber musician and teacher, with broad experience in both the solo and the chamber music repertoire. He is a sought-after collaborator by the best musicians from Canada and abroad, speaking eloquently to the flexibility, natural playing ability, and spirit of partnership he brings to every performance. A recipient of numerous prizes in national and international competitions, including the William Kapell International Competition, the Prix d’Europe and the Leschetizky Competition, Jean Saulnier has performed in Canada, United States, South America and Europe. He is frequently heard in major Canadian music festivals and on CBC radio.
Magnetic, easy-going and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. An enthusiastic recitalist, Ian has performed across the United States, Western Europe, Israel, and throughout Canada on tours with Debut Atlantic and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. He made his Lincoln Center recital debut at the Walter Reade Theater in 2004, and recorded a CD with the London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Francis (Ravel Concerto in G, Stravinsky Capriccio, and Gershwin Concerto in F) which was released by ATMA Classique in 2010.
Ian Parker returns to Vernon for the exciting début of NOCCA’s new Steinway. He will display the dazzling range of his artistry (and of our new piano) in this insightful and passionate performance. www.ianparker.ca
Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble
Want to know where the sweet soul of jazz resides? Here come the Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble—smooth, lustrous, spontaneous, soulful, meaty and technically brilliant! Everything good jazz should be.
Rémi Bolduc comes from St-Hyacinthe, a city north of Montreal. By 15, he was already playing saxophone professionally. Back then, jazz was very much on his mind and by 19, he was to settle in Montreal where he would work on his trade with saxophonists Sayydd Abdul el Khabbyyr, Simon Stone and Bob Mover. Shortly after his arrival in town, he was noticed by big band leader and composer Vic Vogel, who would immediately praise his new protégé by saying that “he plays like the devil”!
Rémi studied with Vince Mendoza (composition and arrangement), Steve Coleman and has collaborated with Ari Hoenig and Dan Weiss. He recently played with the great bassist Dave Young, the French pianist Baptiste Trotignon and saxophonists PJ Perry and Phil Dwyer. In January 2013 Rémi won “OPUS” the best jazz concert of the year award. He is professor and area chair at the jazz department of McGill University, Montreal. www.remibolduc.com
Sarah Hagen & Benjamin Butterfield
Sarah Hagen, piano and Benjamin Butterfield, tenor, unite in a magical offering from the voice and piano repertoire in a musical expression of artistry and human emotion.
Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves throughout North America and Europe. Her interpretations have been described as “outstandingly inventive,” and performed with “infinite skill.” An avid collaborator, Sarah has performed with cellist Phillip Hansen, violinist Robert Uchida, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, Trio Accord, among many others, and has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony, the Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific. As a First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Sarah was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May 2013. Her debut solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards. sarahhagen.com
Born in Halifax NS and raised in Victoria BC, Benjamin Butterfield began singing in school choirs and at his local church (Christ Church Cathedral). After graduating from McGill University he received grants from the Canada Council to work with David Gordon in Philadelphia, Diane Forlano in London and Leopold Simoneau in Victoria. In a career spanning thirty years, Mr. Butterfield has been recognized for his performances throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and New Zealand. Highlights have included tours with Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert as well as with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre. On the operatic stage he has toured with the Welsh National Opera, New York City Opera, Canterbury Opera in New Zealand and with Canada’s Opera Atelier. has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival, the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic, Le Capitole in Toulouse, the Carmel Bach Festival in California as well as participating in the St. Matthew Passion at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan under Seiji Ozawa. He is currently Associate Professor and Head of Voice Program at the University of Victoria.
Duo Rendezvous—violinist Jasper Wood and guitarist Daniel Bolshoy join forces in a perfect synergy of intimate and virtuosic performance, gifting us with a presentation of humour and passionate musicianship.
This duo was formed as a response to great demand for a refreshing and passionate chamber ensemble with a strong dedication to outreach and education. Their unique programming enriches the existing guitar and violin repertoire with transcriptions of masterpieces from around the world and newly commissioned pieces by leading Canadian composers.
Jasper Wood has established himself as a major talent of his generation. He made his first public appearance at the age of five, and has since captured the hearts of music lovers everywhere. An acclaimed competition winner, Wood has developed a flourishing reputation as a sought-after soloist with major orchestras and as a recital/chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. He has been awarded both the coveted Sylva Gelber Prize (1996) and the prestigious Virginia Parker Award (2004) from the Canada Council for the Arts. Mr. Wood has eight solo and violin/piano CD recordings on the Endeavor Classics, Analekta, Centrediscs, Disques Pelleas and Naxos labels. Jasper Wood is professor of violin at the University of British Columbia.
Having performed hundreds of concerts internationally, Daniel Bolshoy is internationally recognized as a leader amongst Canadian guitarists. He is regularly praised for his friendly and informative spoken introductions, and progressive programming of solo and chamber music. An ATMA recording artist, Daniel Bolshoy appears on seven CD recordings and two documentary films. His most recent CD features the solo guitar works of Eduardo Sainz de la Maza. A devoted music educator, Daniel Bolshoy is currently the head of the guitar division at the University of British Columbia and head of the guitar department at Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s newly created VSO School of Music, where he shares his passion for music with the next generation of guitar enthusiasts and tomorrow’s guitar heroes. duorendezvous.com