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Andrew Sords & Cheryl Duvall

Our third fall concert is planned for November 6, 2022 with a return to Hudson for American Andrew Sords, violin and Cheryl Duvall on piano. Both have toured Canada earlier this year. Perfomances have included venues in Whitehorse, Mississauga and Toronto. Andrew last performed in Hudson in November 2017 with a trio including Cheryl Duvall, piano and Luke Severn, cello.

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.

Cheryl Duvall is a multi-faceted musician and pianist. She is extremely 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 eleventh 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 continue to be responsible for the commissioning and premieres of new works.

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.

For further information access the Andrew Sords web site and also the web site of Cheryl Duvall.

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