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.
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).
First Prize Winner at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet has enjoyed a meteoric rise, performing in Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Israel, the USA, and Canada. At home and abroad, there has been glowing praise such as that from Germany’s Tegernsee Newspaper: “A string quartet demonstrating incredible smoothness of tone and gesture, perfectly precise interplay and the most sensitive emotional understanding, emanated musical magic.”
The Saskatoon performance opens with Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet, a fresh, elegant and energetic work that displays the composer’s mature mastery of a genre he himself developed. From the Classical era, the musicians move on to the mid-20th century to explore the bold harmonies and highly imaginative string writing of an early Ligeti composition inspired by Bartók. The recital concludes with Beethoven’s grand and heroic Razumovsky Quartet No. 1, one of the composer’s finest chamber works.
The Rolston String Quartet, formed in 2013 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Chamber Music Residency, has won many awards, including grand prize in the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, and prizes at M-Prize and Bordeaux international competitions. Having 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. Rolston String Quartet–violinists Luri Lee and Emily Kruspe, violist Hezekiah Leung, and cellist Jonathan Lo–appeared in Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall in 2018, and after the Saskatoon recital, will be en route to Europe to perform and record.
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.