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Lang Lang Recital Headlines 2016-17 Koerner Hall Concerts

Today The Royal Conservatory announced its preview of the 2016-2017 Koerner Hall concert season, sharing the details of more than 25 classical and jazz concerts. Featured performers include a global piano superstar; double bills of international and Canadian jazz trios; and concerts highlighting outstanding young artists.

Season Gala: Lang Lang

Superstar pianist Lang Lang headlines our season gala event on October 18, presented by BMO. “Lang Lang is one of the best-known classical musicians on the planet and we’re honoured to have him perform in Koerner Hall,” says Executive Director of Performing Arts Mervon Mehta. “He fell in love with the hall and the piano during a visit a couple of years ago and is excited to try it out with an audience.” Lang Lang already has a relationship with The Conservatory; in 2015 he chose our system of music study as the basis of his foundation‘s Keys of InspirationTM program, which transforms young lives through the power of classical music.

Young Performers Featured

The Royal Conservatory will welcome the International Arts Management Association to Toronto with a showcase of our rising stars. Generation Next shines the spotlight on three emerging Canadian pianists: Tony Yike Yang and Charles Richard-Hamelin – the first ever Canadian laureates at the prestigious Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition – and Alexander Seredenko, a fellow prize-winner who was also the inaugural recipient of The Royal Conservatory’s Ihnatowycz Prize in Piano. They will be joined by Canadian cello prodigy Stéphane Tétreault, who thrilled audiences last season under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The Dover Quartet, a young ensemble Mehta calls “the hottest quartet on the planet right now” will make their Koerner Hall debut next season, along with violin virtuosos Nicola Benedetti and Alina Ibragimova, and the acclaimed artists of the JCT Trio.

The students of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, one of the best training orchestras in North America, will once again make four appearances in Koerner Hall. They will be led by conductors Gabor-Takács-Nagy, Principal Artistic Partner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Tito Muñoz, Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony, Johannes Debus, Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company, and Honorary Fellow Bramwell Tovey, Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. These concerts are supported by the RBC Emerging Artist Project.

Deborah Voigt Makes Koerner Hall Debut

Deborah Voigt, the internationally acclaimed opera singer who attained unwanted pop culture fandom as a result of a little black dress, will make her Koerner Hall debut in 2016-17, accompanied by pianist Brian Zeger. Other vocal concerts will include the return of French superstar soprano Natalie Dessay and audience favourites The King’s Singers, who will present a special holiday concert.

Jazz Series Combines Canadian and International Trios

“After many seasons dedicated to iconic performers and musical traditions, I thought it was time to celebrate the many talented jazz trios across Canada and around the world,” said Mehta, explaining his vision behind this year’s jazz series, The Art of the Trio. Each of the five concerts combines a celebrated Canadian trio with an acclaimed international ensemble. The series opens with the Kenny Barron Trio & Robi Botos Trio and also includes: the Roberto Occhipinti Trio & Stefano Bollani Trio; the Jensen/Restivo/Vivian Trio & the Joey DeFrancesco Organ Trio; Jason Moran and The Bandwagon & Alexander Brown Trio; and the Christian McBride Trio & James Gelfand Trio.

Celebrated Pianists Return, Debut

Many beloved pianists have return engagements at Koerner Hall. Sir András Schiff will present an all-Schubert program while Louis Lortie will devote his recital to the music of Frydreryk Chopin. Both performers are making their fifth appearance in Koerner Hall since it opened in 2009.

Adventurous alumnus Stewart Goodyear and Russian sensation Daniil Trifonov will also make welcome returns. “Daniil was desperate to come back this season because Koerner Hall is one of his favourite halls in the world,” notes Mehta, adding: “Of course we could not refuse!” Goodyear will premiere a self-penned piece commissioned by Royal Conservatory donors Phil and Eli Taylor in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Italian pianist and film composer Ludovico Einaudi will make his Koerner Hall debut. Best known for his work on Black Swan, Insidious, and the French film Intouchables, his meditative, minimalist works have earned a devoted following around the world.

String and Chamber Concerts

Master violinist Gidon Kremer returns with his Kremerata Baltica ensemble for a concert featuring Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition accompanied by projections of works by Soviet-era artist Maxim Kantor. The string and chamber music series also includes the Koerner Hall debuts of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, violinist Viktoria Mullova in an all-Bach program alongside the Italy’s Academia Bizantina, and a special all-star Canadian chamber music concert headlined by The Montrose Trio, which includes beloved Royal Conservatory alumni Jon Kimura Parker and Martin Beaver.

The full season of concerts including pop and world music concerts; special series; free Culture Days events; and student and faculty concerts will be announced in June. Tickets go on sale to existing subscribers on January 26, to new subscribers on February 5, and for single ticket buyers on February 12 at performance.rcmusic.ca.

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The Royal Conservatory announced more than 25 classical and jazz concerts to preview its 2016-17 Koerner Hall concert season.