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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Countdown to Toronto Summer Music Festival

… the countdown begins to the




“…a virtual oasis in the musical desert of the Toronto summer”
—The Globe and Mail

The countdown begins! With less than two weeks to the launch of the sixth annual TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL (TSMF) July 19 to August 13, chamber music-lovers are counting the days. 2011 marks a turning point in the Festival’s history as Douglas McNabney inaugurates his tenure as Artistic Director. This year, 90-plus Canadian and international musicians converge on Toronto for 13 mainstage concerts celebrating the theme Beethoven and the Romantics. The Festival takes place in the heart of Toronto, with concerts at Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and at Walter Hall at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

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TSMF 2011 opens on July 19 with a gala recital by Gilmore Prize-winning pianist Kirill Gerstein at Koerner Hall, followed by a champagne reception for the audience. Described as “one of the most respected pianists of his generation” by The New York Times, Gerstein garnered a rave review for his recent debut performances with The New York Philharmonic under the baton of Bramwell Tovey. “Mr. Gerstein dashed off the spiraling, hyper-fast runs with a fluidity that attested to his background as a jazz pianist.” (The New York Times)

Other Koerner Hall concerts include a vocal recital by the “supremely impressive” baritone Sir Thomas Allen with pianist Joseph Middleton on July 26; the return of legendary pianist Menahem Pressler with the Leipzig Quartet on July 28; a concert by Wigmore Hall’s resident ensemble, the Nash Ensemble on August 2; and a performance by the National Youth Orchestra of Canada on August 9. All TSMF performances at Koerner Hall begin at 7:30 pm.

TSMF highlights at its other venue, Walter Hall, include Beethoven’s complete Piano Trios performed by the 2011 JUNO Award-winning Gryphon Trio on August 10 and 11; and a performance by the Vienna Piano Trio on July 21. The festival’s grand finale on August 13 featuring pianist André Laplante will be the first opportunity to hear Jonathan Crow, the newly-appointed concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, perform with the TSO’s Principal Viola Teng Li. A series of four Saturday evening concerts at Walter Hall featuring Resident Artists rounds out the Festival offerings and feature Festival Artists and Resident Artists such as the Zebra Trio; pianists Anton Kuerti and Michael McMahon; violinists Mark Fewer, Erika Raum and Ian Swensen; cellists Christopher Costanza and Antonio Lysy; and soprano Nathalie Paulin.

Public offerings at the TSM Academy include Mentor and Fellow concerts with such esteemed artists as the Vienna Piano Trio, the Nash Ensemble, Anton Kuerti , André Laplante and Menahem Pressler performing alongside young artists selected for the TSM Fellowship program. The Mentor and Fellow concerts start at 6:30 pm on Wednesday and Friday nights and are performed without intermission. A series of free Academy Outreach Concerts will take place in venues around Toronto, as well as in Barrie and Ottawa. Visit for a complete listing.


July 19 Kirill Gerstein

July 21 Vienna Piano Trio

July 23 Vienna Piano Trio, Mark Fewer, Erika Raum, Chris Costanza

July 26 Sir Thomas Allen & Joseph Middelton

July 28 Menahem Pressler & Leipzig Quartet

July 29 Friday (Late) Night Experiment

July 30 Anton Kuerti, Colin Fox, Zebra Trio, Mark Fewer, Chris Costanza

August 2 Nash Ensemble

August 6 Nash Ensemble, Michael McMahon, Nathalie Paulin

August 9 National Youth Orchestra of Canada

August 10, 11 Gryphon Trio

August 13 André Laplante, Jonathan Crow, Ian Swensen, Teng Li, Antonio Lysy

Festival passes, including Flex Passes ($100 - $400) and single tickets ($20 - $60) may be purchased: online at; by phone at 416-408-0208; in person at The Royal Conservatory Box Office, 273 Bloor St W; at the door from 4:30 pm on the day of the performance at Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent. Venues: Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, U of T, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent. Koerner Hall, Conservatory Theatre, TELUS Centre for Performance & Learning, The Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor Street West.

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