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Duo: Lara Deutsch & Adam Cicchillitti

Our opening concert on October 18, 2020 features two Canadian musicians, Lara Deutsch, flute and Adam Cicchillitti, guitar. This is a recent collaboration as they have only recently formed as a duo.


Duo Deutsch & Cicchillitti on Facebook live

In September 2019, Lara Deutsch was honoured as the third recipient of the Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer as an emerging artist. This is a substantial recognition of Lara as this prize has a value of $125,000. The Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer is the biggest prize in Canada and one of the largest in the world for a collaborative emerging artist in classical music. Awarded every two years, the Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer pay tribute to Jean-Pierre Goyer and his contributions to music, arts and culture in Montréal, Québec and Canada.

Named one of the “Hot 30 Under 30 Canadian Classical Musicians” by CBC Music, flutist Lara Deutsch is a versatile soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician with a passion for connecting with audiences. A strong competitor, Lara was a first prize winner of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s 2014 Manulife Competition, at which she was awarded a total of seven prizes, including the Stingray Music Audience Award.Additionally, she was the Grand Prize Winner of both the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition (2014) and the Canadian Music Competition (2010), as well as a laureate of the Concours Prix d’Europe (2016). An avid chamber musician, Lara has taken part in festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe, with recent highlights including recitals for CBC Radio’s CBC/McGill Series, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s Virée Classique, and the Music & Beyond Festival. Among her favourite collaborators are pianists Philip Chiu and Frédéric Lacroix, oboist Anna Petersen, and most prolifically, harpist Emily Belvedere, with whom she founded Duo Kalysta. Their debut album, Origins, was just released on Sept. 6th, 2019, on the Leaf Music label.

Lara Deutsch has several videos available on her web site.

Known as one of the most promising guitarists of his generation, Cicchillitti is an active performer, composer, teacher and arranger. His compositions and arrangements are published by renowned editor les Productions d’Oz. In 2016, he toured Eastern Canada with Jeunesses Musicales and baritone Philippe Courchesne-Leboeuf, showcasing his arrangements of German and Spanish song cycles for the intimate duo of voice and guitar. He has been a featured soloist at Angèle Dubeau’s Fête de la musique, Canada’s premier guitar festival Guitare Alla Grande, Place-des-Arts and Salle J.-Antonio Thompson at Trois-Rivières. His critically-acclaimed video-recordings for Radio-Canada, featuring his arrangements of Schubert songs with Philippe Sly, have reached hundreds of thousands of people internationally through social media.

In May 2020, Adam completed his doctorate in music performance at McGill University, having studied with celebrated guitarist Jérôme Ducharme. Finalist, semifinalist and multiple prize-winner in several national and international competitions, Adam toured with acclaimed guitarist Steve Cowan and Debut Atlantic in 2018 and continues to collaborate with Steve Cowan in future performances.

Adam recently began working with Lara and is currently building a program of world music and also preparing for several classical solo concerto competitions.

Adam Cicchillitti has several videos available accessible via his web site.

In May 2020, Both Adam and Lara performed a selection of music on Facebook live. The full performance is available via this link. Advance this video 6 minutes to the start of the performance.

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