15thAnniversary ~ Lyell Gustin Recital Series 2019
Outstanding musicians perform in the gala year of the Lyell Gustin Series! This season will bring to 50 the recitals presented since 2005, concerts by finest classical artists from across North America and Europe. Gustin House invites you to join in our musical celebrations.
Ensemble Made in Canada
Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m.
The nation’s premier piano quartet opens the gala season with a unique program involving Canadian music and interactive nationwide artistic participation.
The Ensemble’s innovative Project Mosaique focuses on performance of newly commissioned piano quartet music by 14 Canadian composers, each inspired by a region of Canada—one of the composers is Saskatoon native William Rowson, now Associate Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Project Mosaique also involves a specially designed website to document audience-generated artwork inspired by the musical commissions. The audience at the Saskatoon recital will join with other participants—the artists, composers, and online visitors—across the nation and beyond. Highlighting the diversity and richness of Canada through its people, this recital inviting active engagement will be presented in all 10 provinces and three territories.
Ensemble Made in Canada comprises musicians known and admired across the country: pianist Angela Park, violinist Elissa Lee, and violist Sharon Wei; the quartet’s regular cellist Rachel Mercer, principal of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, will be replaced for this program by a Canadian artist returning from Germany, the superb cellist Trey Lee.
Rolston String Quartet
Wednesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Co-presented with Prairie Debut, this recital features a quartet described as having “a maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world” (Musical Toronto).
After taking First Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2016, the Rolston Quartet embarked on a Winner’s Tour that included performances in Germany, Italy, Austria, the USA, and Canada. They have since appeared in France, Holland and Israel, everywhere receiving glowing praise from international audiences and critics alike.
Formed in 2013 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Chamber Music Residency, the Quartet has won many awards, including grand prize in the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, and prizes at the M-Prize and Bordeaux international competitions. Having recently completed a residency at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas, the group is now the fellowship quartet-in-residence at Yale University School of Music. The Quartet—violinists Luri Lee and Emily Kruspe, violist Hezekiah Leung and cellist Jonathan Lo—will perform richly evocative music from the magnificent and unmatchable string quartet repertoire.
David Jalbert, pianist
A virtuoso with a warm, elegant style and wide-ranging repertoire, David Jalbert is among the elite of a new generation of classical musicians; he was recently named by the CBC among the 15 best Canadian pianists of all time.
At the keyboard, David Jalbert dazzles audiences, critics, and the press, who have called him “a deeply musical pianist” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) with “musical imagination, phenomenal technique, and an unerring lightness of being” (Toronto Star), whose “piano playing is remarkable for its sweep, confidence, sensitivity, power and colour...” (Fanfare).
Mr. Jalbert performs regularly as a soloist and recitalist across North America and Europe. His solo recordings of the Goldberg Variations, the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, of American and French piano music have all garnered international acclaim in venues ranging from Gramophone to France-Culture. Among his national and international prizes, the artist has won five Prix Opus awards from the Conseil Québécois de la Musique and three JUNO nominations; he was the 2007 laureate of the prestigious Virginia Parker Prize of the Canada Council for the Arts. Mr. Jalbert holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the Glenn Gould School, Université de Montréal and Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. In his Saskatoon recital, he will perform Romantic to modern piano repertoire.