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Andrew Sords Trio

This concert has been cancelled.

Our second concert on February 21, 2021 features American Andrew Sords, with Daniel Hass on cello and Cheryl Duvall on piano.

His Canadian tour in 2015 with the Mendelssohn Piano Trios and Violin Sonata will be reprised with Cheryl Duvall and Luke Severn in 2017 with the Brahms Trio Cycle in Ottawa, Montreal (Hudson), Guelph, and Toronto.

Following a decade in the spotlight, American violinist Andrew Sords has garnered accolades on 4 continents for his performances combining visceral virtuosity and ravishing tone. Hailed in the press as “a fully formed artist” (Kalisz-Poland News), “utterly radiant” (Canada’s Arts Forum), and “exceptionally heartfelt and soulful” (St. Maarten’s Daily Herald), Sords has received numerous awards and distinctions reflecting his career trajectory, including the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Career Grant, the National Shirley Valentin Award, and the NFMC Young Artist Award. A recent debut with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra (Arensky concerto) prompted Opus Colorado to declare: “[Sords’] remarkably flexible bow arm and relaxed left hand created the impression that he was having no difficulty whatsoever”.

Israeli-Canadian cellist Daniel Hass, one of Canada’s most promising young artists, is the First Prize Gold Medal winner of the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition, the 2016 winner of the Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize, and the winner of the Juilliard2019 Juilliard Cello Concerto Competition. Recently graduated from Juilliard School of Music in New York, Mr. Hass has received training at the Israel Conservatory, The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where he studied with David Hetherington, the New England Conservatory in Boston where he studied with Paul Katz, and at the Perlman Music Program, where he studied with Ron Leonard. In the fall of 2015, he became a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School of Music, from where he graduated in 2017 after studying under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick. From September 2019 Mr. Hass is a Master Degree student at The Juilliard School.

Cheryl Duvall is a multi-faceted musician and pianist. She is active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher and adjudicator and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, England, Argentina and the U.S. She is especially passionate about contemporary music, which has led her along with friend and violinist Ilana Waniuk, to co-found the Thin Edge New Music Collective, now in their fifth season. Thin Edge completed their first Canadian tour in winter 2013, was guest artists in residence at the SoundSCAPE Festival of New Music in Maccagno, Italy in 2013 and at Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland in 2014 and has undertaken a Canadian tour with Montreal’s Ensemble Paramirabo throughout 2015. To date, they are responsible for the commissioning and premieres of 40 new works in the past 4 years with plans for 11 new works throughout their fifth concert season. Other highlights of the 2015-16 season include performances in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montreal, a substantial recording project with Montreal’s Ensemble Paramirabo, a guest artistic residency with Wilfrid Laurier University to celebrate their 40th Anniversary, and a full artistic residency at Array Music in Toronto. Cheryl is also a member of the experimental project, Bespoken, a mixed ensemble of musicians of different genres, who released the album, Aigre Douce – music of Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes, in November 2013 under Divorce Records’ Heavy Fog label.

An experienced choral accompanist, Ms. Duvall is the pianist for the Toronto based Bell Arte Singers and the internationally renowned Oakville Children’s Choir, to which she has toured and competed internationally with gold standings as well as recorded albums of Canadian choral repertoire and Seasonal Music. She was the music director for Essential Opera’s Premieres project and has also collaborated with FAWN New Opera for their premiere of Adam Scime’s L’Homme et le ciel, with both of these productions having second presentations at Kitchener-Waterloo’s bi-annual Open Ears Festival in 2014. Essential Opera’s Premieres project received a reprise with Ottawa’s Opera Lyra in fall 2015.

For further information access the Andrew Sords web site.

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