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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Vancouver musicians prepare to impress Rome audiences


 “The group's sound was radiant from the elegiac Adagio to the defiant finale.” – The Strad magazine

Vancouver’s dynamic Borealis String Quartet has performed to great acclaim in major cities across North America and in Asia, as well as in Europe.  It is now set to make its Rome debut, July 5 as part of Canadian Day in Le Nazioni, The Festival of Nations. 
 The quartet and other outstanding Canadian musicians will be presented in a day of classical and jazz concerts and other aspects of Canadian culture during a week of one-day events hosted by the Accademia Filarmonica Romana.
 This year, Canada becomes the first North American nation invited to Le Nazioni.  The Festival – held in the Accademia’s elegant and historic home and gardens in central Rome – will also feature the cultures of Norway, Brazil and Morocco the week of July 1.


    In addition to Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Kornel Wolak, the Borealis will perform the String Quartet No. 1 by Canadian composer Imant Raminsch.  It is the first of two quartets commissioned from Raminsh by Chamber Music Kelowna and premiered by the Borealis in Kelowna BC. 
 The Borealis String Quartet ( was formed in 2000.  First violin Patricia Shih, second violin Yuel Yawney, violist Nikita Pogrebnoy, and cellist Bo Peng pride themselves on compelling performances of the classics, as well as contemporary works by Canadian composers, and collaborations with artists on traditional Chinese instruments.  Some of these are featured on the Quartet’s seven CDs.
 Prior to its 2013 European tour, the Borealis travels in the opposite direction for a return tour of China and Taiwan, April 27-May 11. 
 From Rome, the Borealis heads to Italy’s Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, in its second year as quartet-in-residence, July 9-26. 
 After Italy, the Quartet returns home to perform on Hornby Island, and at a number of Victoria hospitals as part of its work with the Health Arts Society, reflecting its commitment to bring music to those isolated in residential care or in remote communities.
 The Borealis performs on a fine quartet of Italian instruments dating from 1698 to 1791, on loan from Taiwan’s CHIMEI Culture Foundation, following its initial success in that nation.
 Canada’s participation in Le Nazioni, The Festival of Nations is being organized by the Toronto-based International Resource Centre for Performing Artists and produced by IRCPA Director Ann Summers Dossena.  More information is posted at and will appear shortly at


   As of this week, $20,000 of the $70,000 budget is still needed to help cover the costs of the artists, including travel and accommodation – which are the responsibility of the guest countries.  Canada has no program that can accommodate such international opportunities.  The Accademia Filarmonica Romana partners with the IRCPA by providing the venues, as well as production and technical staff, and media office.   Donations can be made by sending cheques payable to the IRCPA (a registered charity), and mailed to IRCPA, 43 Bright Street, Toronto ON M5A 3H5, or made on-line through the Canada Helps  All donations will be acknowledged, and tax receipts issued for donations of $50 or more. 

An autographed CD of one of the featured artists will also be given to donors of $500 or more.  Donors of $1,000 or more will receive a CD, autographed photographs from the Rome event, as well as a small gift from Rome.


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