The Project Ensemble:

Piano Quartet


Sergei Saratovsky - Piano

Byungchan Lee - Violin

Emilie Grimes - Viola

Zoltan Rozsnyai - Cello

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Doors open at 12:30 pm | Concert 1:00 pm

Highlands United Church

Friday, November 22, 2019

Doors open at 6:45 pm | Concert 7:30 pm

South Delta Baptist Church

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Doors open at 6:45 pm | Concert 7:30 pm

Anvil Centre

Matinee Programme

Dvořák: Dumky trio (Piano Trio No. 4)

Kelly-Marie Murphy: Give me phoenix wings to fly

Evening Programme

Dvořák: Dumky trio (Piano Trio No. 4)

Kelly-Marie Murphy: Give me phoenix wings to fly

 

(Intermission)

Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1, Op.25​

SERGEI SARATOVSKY

A winner of numerous awards including the First Place at the Porto International Piano Competition and the prize for Best Canadian  Artist at the Montréal International Musical Competition, Sergei Saratovsky is recognized both in Canada and abroad as “a player of gargantuan proportions” and a “pianist extraordinaire.” This exceptional and versatile performer has a gift to take the audience on a breathtaking voyage through the essence of music to the essence of beauty. The artist touches listeners with the sensitivity of his interpretations and impressive technique; his energy, focus, and musicianship blend into a spectacular tour de force in performance.

         

Sergei Saratovsky has performed for audiences in Russia, Europe, Australia, and North America, and has been the featured artist on radio and television broadcasts aired across the world. His concert engagements have included appearances with the European, Canadian, and  Russian orchestras such as Portugal e National and Chamber Orchestras, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, and the State Symphony Orchestra of Karelia in his native Russia. The musician was greatly privileged to receive an award from Russian President Vladimir Putin and was honoured to perform in the presence of Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean.

 

His fascination with chamber music has recently led him to commence a new project with his younger brother Nikolai Saratovsky, an internationally acclaimed pianist from Moscow. In 2014, they established a four-hand piano duo. The ensemble has already performed in Russia and completed a concert tour of British Columbia.

 

In addition to his performing career, Mr. Saratovsky enjoys giving master classes and is in demand as a guest clinician and jury member of international and national competitions and festivals. After the completion of the doctoral studies, he has continued his scholarly research activities through journal publications and participation in international conferences.

 

Sergei Saratovsky was born in a family of musicians in Karelia, Russia. He received his university education at the Petrozavodsk State Conservatory of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance in 2004. Mr. Saratovsky became a resident of Canada in 2002. He completed a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance with Alexander Tselyakov at Brandon University, wherein 2006 he received the gold medal for academic excellence and graduated with Greatest Distinction. In 2012, Sergei Saratovsky was granted the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of British Columbia where he had studied with Jane Coop.

BYUNGCHAN LEE

Byungchan Lee has garnered recognition as a prizewinner of the Yuri Yankelevitch International Violin Competition and was one of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Next!” classical music stars in 2016. He was subsequently named one of CBC’s 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30 in 2017 and has recorded three national broadcasts to date. He appeared as a soloist with the McGill and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras and performed alongside Stevie Wonder in Montréal as well as at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Engagements have led to performances in most major halls across Canada, as well as in prominent venues around the world including Alice Tully, Carnegie and David Geffen Halls, the Helsinki Music Center, and the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm.


Recent highlights include appearing as a guest soloist at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, a residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and chamber music performances at the Harvard Club of New York, South Orange Performing Arts Center (NJ), Shandelee Music Festival (NY), and the Robbie Collomore Series (CT). Past projects include premieres of new works at the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Choreographic Institute, and the Focus Festival at Juilliard. Other festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music, Music Master’s Course Japan, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar,
McGill International String Quartet Academy, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar.

 

Born in Seoul, Korea, Byungchan started violin studies in Vancouver with renowned pedagogue Taras Gabora. He obtained his bachelor’s and Artist Diploma from McGill University studying with Denise Lupien, Felicia Moye, André Roy, and Axel Strauss. At McGill, he held the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Scholarship for four years. He received his master’s degree with Masao Kawasaki from The Juilliard School, where he served as co-concertmaster of the orchestra and was awarded a Norman Benzaquen Career Advancement Grant. He is the recipient of two major music prizes in Canada: the Golden Violin Award in 2014, and the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award in 2017. He was invited to the Artist as Citizen conference in New York City, served as a Gluck Community Service Fellow, and holds a lifetime Sylff fellowship.


Byungchan plays on an 1869 J.B. Vuillaume violin and bow, on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. As of September 2019, he joined the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under the guidance of Jonathan Crow and Barry Shiffman.

EMILIE GRIMES

Emilie Grimes has been an active orchestral and chamber musician since she first began playing the viola at age twelve. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, she holds a Master’s of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Montréal. Her teachers have included Michael Tree, Steven Tenenbom, and Neal Gripp.

Emilie has participated in numerous festivals including the Banff Centre Masterclasses, the Sarasota Music Festival, the NAC’s Summer Music Institute, the Domaine Forget Chamber Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. She has toured with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, and served as Principal Viola of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as a recipient of the orchestra’s Leadership Award. She has been featured in the My First NAC showcase, and has appeared on WQXR, New York City’s classical music radio station, playing Baroque viola with Juilliard’s historical performance ensemble. Emilie has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2012, and is currently the Acting Associate Principal Viola.

ZOLTAN ROZSNYAI

Zoltan Rozsnyai was born into a musical family. Both his parents and grandparents were professional musicians. He studied piano and violin, before taking up the cello at the age of six. He joined the Windsor Symphony at 15, then left to attend the University of Toronto two years later.

While in Toronto, he studied with Vladimir Orloff and Daniel Domb. Zoltan also took masterclasses at the Banff School of Fine Arts, studying with Aldo Parisot, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Janos Starker. He played for many years in the Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet orchestras, as well as performing as soloist and chamber musician throughout Ontario. Zoltan also spent a year in India with his electric cello, traveling and collaborating with musicians. In 1999 he joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and has been the Assistant Principal cellist since 2001.

Zoltan maintains an active and varied musical life in Vancouver, and lives with his wife and young son.

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