Welcome to our 2023-24 Concert Series


Jason Vieaux, guitar

Walter Hall 80 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A Grammy-winner “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is described by NPR as “the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” In appearances from Lincoln Center to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and the Seoul Arts Center, Jason Vieaux has cemented his reputation as an artist of brilliance and uncompromised mastery. The New York Times hailed his stage performance as “virtuosic, flamboyant, dashing…” Vieaux’s extensive discography includes the highly acclaimed 2022 release “Bach Volume 2: Works for Violin.” He plays a guitar made in Frankfurt by Gernot Wagner. Jason’s program includes Bach, Scarlatti, Ponce, Jobím, and more.

New Orford String Quartet

Walter Hall 80 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Violinists Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan are concertmasters of the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras, Brian Manker is principal cello in Montreal and Sharon Wei is a viola guest principal and educator. Their concept - to bring four elite orchestral leaders/soloists together on a regular basis to perform chamber music at the highest level – has resulted in a quartet that continually delivers a fresh, virtuosic perspective. The quartet are 2017 JUNO winners for best classical album. While touring major North American cities, the players are dedicated to performing in small rural towns and to works by Canadian composers. Their program is a reflection: 21st century works by Shaw (Blueprint) and Sokolovic (Commedia dell'arte III) plus Beethoven (String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74) and Ravel (String Quartet in F Major, M. 35).

Eric Lu, piano

Walter Hall 80 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Massachusetts native Eric Lu was first prize winner at the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition. He then signed an exclusive contract with Warner Classics, was a BBC New Generation Artist, and received a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 2022, Eric made his debuts with Chicago (Muti), London (Alsop), and Boston (Lee) Symphony Orchestras, and recitals at Cologne Philharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Elbphilharmonie, and Wigmore Hall.

In 2020, his first disc featuring Chopin 24 Preludes, and Schumann Geistervariationen was a BBC Music Magazine ‘Instrumental Record of the Year’. He will dazzle with Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Bach.

Viano String Quartet

Walter Hall 80 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), Canadian-American Viano won first prize at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition. They are also prize-winners at Osaka and Fischoff international competitions. Formed in 2015 at Colburn Conservatory, the quartet has performed at Wigmore Hall, Place Flagey, Izumi Hall, and Konzerthaus Berlin. They have collaborated with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Noah Bendix-Balgley, and Marc-Andre Hamelin. Their program includes works by Bartók, Piazzolla, and Beethoven.

“…[they] play with a rare unity of intention and a clearly profiled collective voice, one that blends virtuosity and visceral expression in a way that produces a distinct ensemble personality…” Boston Globe

Cheng²Duo (Cheng Squared Duo)

Walter Hall 80 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Back by popular demand, captivating audiences and critics alike, this brilliant duo distinguishes itself with its musical integrity and charismatic chemistry. The Chinese-Canadian brother-and-sister are renowned cellist Bryan Cheng, prizewinner of the Queen Elisabeth and Concours de Genève competitions and pianist Silvie Cheng, 2022-23 musician-in-residence of Cecilia Concerts, Halifax. Named one of CBC Music’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”, they have performed at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe, UK, Asia, and South Africa.

Cheng Squared Duo are committed to presenting both traditional and contemporary masterworks, having commissioned several new works. Their “Straight from the Heart” program features works by Chopin and Rachmaninov.

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