June 05

The 2018-19 season, Koerner Hall’s 10th anniversary season-Mon.,June 4th,2018

Dr. Peter Simon, Michael and Sonja Koerner President & CEO of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School, today revealed details of the diverse concerts that will make up the 2018-19 season, which will mark Koerner Hall’s 10th anniversary season.

“These extraordinary concerts affirm Koerner Hall as the venue of choice for internationally celebrated performers. Its landmark 10th anniversary season will further strengthen the position of The Royal Conservatory as a leading concert presenter and global cultural hub, which has brought together more than a million Canadians through the unifying power of music,” says Dr. Peter Simon.

Mehta added: “The 10th anniversary season will be a celebration featuring some of Koerner Hall’s favourite artists from the first nine seasons alongside some new faces. The finest musicians in classical music, jazz, world, roots, and folk have made Koerner Hall their Toronto home and helped us establish our global reputation. We have invited many of them back this season and left room for a few legends that, finally, will make their Koerner Hall debuts.”

10th Anniversary Opening Festival

Koerner Hall opened on September 25, 2009, Glenn Gould’s birthday, with a Grand Opening Festival that featured 10 concerts. For the 10th anniversary season, Mervon Mehta has planned an opening and a closing festival that will each consist of seven concerts.

The festival opens with three free concerts as part of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor hub of Culture Days events:.

Gábor Takács-Nagy conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

During the 2018-19 season, Hungarian violinist, conductor, and founder of the legendary Takács String Quartet, Gábor Takács-Nagy, returns to conduct the RCO and violinist Orin Laursen in a program of works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8.

This concert is also part of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra concert series.

Koerner Hall 10th Anniversary Free for All

The wildly popular Koerner Hall Free for All is back! The Royal Conservatory offers this opportunity for anyone who ever dreamed of performing on the Koerner Hall stage to do just that – for five minutes – and the schedule is always packed. Aspiring and professional performers are once again encouraged to bring their best solo piece or an entire band, to sing a song, recite a poem, or even dance, and to invite their friends and family to experience their five minutes of glory. Acoustic performances will take place from 12noon to 3pm and amplified performances from 5pm to 8pm.

Part of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor hub of Culture Days events

Fern Lindzon

This jazz vocalist and pianist is “smart and smouldering” and “sublimely elegant” (!earshot). “Fern Lindzon is an engaging pianist and singer who brings an unassuming authority, an inquiring spirit and a natural grace to contemporary jazz.” (Mark Miller, jazz journalist)

This concert is also part of the Sunday Interludes concert series, generously supported by Dorothy Cohen Shoichet.

Koerner Hall 10th Anniversary Gala: Kathleen Battle

Kathleen Battle’s soaring voice has carried her to the heights of the classical music world. The range of the five-time Grammy Award winner’s repertoire spans three centuries from the Baroque era to contemporary works, which she performs with symphony orchestras and in recital halls around the world. Perhaps what distinguishes this luminous soprano most is her almost magical ability to create an unwavering bond with audiences through a voice that is “… without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world” (The Washington Post). In her Koerner Hall debut, Ms. Battle will perform opera arias and selections from Broadway.

Proceeds from the evening support Resounding! The Campaign for The Royal Conservatory.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble is one of the world’s best, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest classical music. In their return visit to Koerner Hall, they perform works by Carl Nielsen, Jean Françaix, and Ludwig van Beethoven. “Their sound is sweet and pure, their ensemble work airtight.” (The Washington Post)

The Jerry Cans and New North Collective

The Jerry Cans create music inspired by their hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut, and life in the Canadian Arctic. With their unique mix of traditional Inuit throat singing and roots-rock sung in the Indigenous language of Inuktitut, The Jerry Cans offer a distinctly northern sound and infectious, high-energy performances. The New North Collective is an ensemble of northern Canadian performing artists from Yukon and Northwest Territories whose music is diverse and skillful, representative of a multitude of genres, including jazz, folk, new music, spoken word, and rock. While exploring and pushing musical boundaries, there is a common goal to discard the stereotypes of the region and the people who live in rural and remote northern communities.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Orchestre Métropolitain and Nicholas Angelich

Classical music’s hottest conductor returns to Koerner Hall! The Montreal-born Yannick Nézet-Séguin is Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera in New York, and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal. American pianist Nicholas Angelich, who has been called “spellbinding” (Bachtrack), makes his Koerner Hall debut playing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4.The rest of the program consists of Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 and the Ontario premiere of Nicolas Gilbert’s Avril.

Concert generously sponsored by Power Corporation of Canada

Season Finale Festival

Luca Pisaroni and Thomas Hampson: No Tenors Allowed

Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni returns to Koerner Hall, this time joined by his father-in-law, famed American baritone Thomas Hampson, to perform an evening of operatic arias and Broadway songs. Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, “is without question one of the world’s greatest opera singers … a voice, a baritone so rich it can circle the universe” (Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America). He has received many honours and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership, and his discography includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque.

Concert presented in memory of Gary Miles and generously supported by an anonymous donor

Murray Perahia

In the more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time and his long-awaited Koerner Hall debut will be an occasion to remember. Poetic, tender, and scrupulous musicianship and elegance perfectly describe his particular kind of magic. Each and every performance is a revelation. “Perahia’s virtuosity, never fussy, narcissistic or quirky, generates a heightened sense of drama in whatever he plays. At 67, his gifts as a storyteller have deepened.” (The Los Angeles Times)

Concert generously supported by an anonymous donor

Anoushka Shankar

Hailed an Asian Hero by TIME magazine, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and world music scenes. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered six Grammy Award nominations, recognition as the youngest – and first female – recipient of a British House of Commons Shield, and a Songlines Best Artist Award. Most recently, she became one of the first five female composers to have been added to the UK A-level music syllabus. Deeply rooted in the Indian classical music tradition, she studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the late Ravi Shankar, with whom she made her Royal Conservatory debut during Koerner Hall’s inaugural concert season. This concert marks her third appearance in Koerner Hall.

Concert generously sponsored by Next Pathway

Art of Time Ensemble: Doghouse Roses

A folk artist for contemporary America, Steve Earle’s writing and music has captured the spirit – and the struggle – of this great land of contradiction. Singers Andy Maize (Skydiggers), Susie Ungerlieder (Oh Susanna), Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), and Gregory Hoskins perform Earle’s music, while celebrated author Michael Ondaatje and actor Rick Roberts read his words. This concert highlights Earle’s brilliant storytelling and presents his songs in new arrangements that honour and celebrate his music.

Robi Botos and Friends

Hungarian-born Romani musician Robi Botos immigrated to Canada in 1998. Shortly after arriving, he caught the ear of Canadian jazz great, Oscar Peterson, and quickly became his protégé. To this day, Botos remains a disciple of Dr. Peterson’s mighty sense of swing and technical virtuosity. Along with this influence, he possesses a deep tradition in Romani, Hungarian, and European folk and classical music. The fusion of European influences with North American bebop, hard bop, and modern jazz has formulated a sound and approach that is original and formidable.


Four musician-singers immersed in diverse traditions: Maryem Hassan Tollar draws on her Arabic heritage, Jayne Brown and Sophia Grigoriadis bring their experience with Greek music to the mix, and Brenna MacCrimmon adds her Turkish fascination.

Lighthouse: 50 Years of Sunny Days

For a generation of Canadians, the iconic and groundbreaking jazz-rock band Lighthouse was the soundtrack of their lives with songs like “Sunny Days,” “One Fine Morning,” and “Pretty Lady.” Recognized as one of the best performing acts of their time, they toured 300 days a year, including sold out performances at Carnegie Hall, the Fillmore East, Fillmore West, Expo ‘70 in Japan, and the Isle of Wight Festival in England. Their rise to fame coincided with a new awareness of Canadian culture and devoted audiences from province to province took pride in seeing one of their own make it to the top. They make their Koerner Hall debut celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Quiet Please, There’s A Lady on Stage

The fourth season of the series featuring great female voices, inspired by Australian songwriter Peter Allen’s song, “Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage,” welcomes the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie, fado queen Mariza, cabaret great Storm Large, and double bills of Noa and Mira Awad, and Amanda Martinez and Kellylee Evans.

Amanda Martinez and Kellylee Evans

This double bill of extraordinary musicians and close friends is an evening of warm flavourful jazz, Latin rhythms, roots, and soul. Amanda Martinez’s music exultingly blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul. Her third and latest CD, Mañana, and her previous solo albums have earned her three Latin Jazz Artist of the Year nominations at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, and her songs have appeared on three Putumayo world music collections. The singer has headlined at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in New York, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Festivities in South Africa, the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, and the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games. With six albums, Juno Award winner Kellylee Evans is still shaking it up. The stylistic connoisseur has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and has been praised by the Latin Jazz Network for a “gorgeous voice (that) rises to the heavens in rapturous wonder as if in consanguinity with a chorus of angels.”

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Since her ground-breaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, Academy Award and Polaris Prize-winning Buffy Sainte-Marie has been making us feel stronger and more capable of seeing the world around us clearly through her music. The Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate, an innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo. Her latest release, Medicine Songs, is a collection of front-line songs about unity and resistance – some brand new and some classics. The songs are about the environment, alternative conflict resolution, Indigenous realities, greed, and racketeering.

Concert generously sponsored by TD Bank Group

Storm Large

Not for the faint of heart, musician, actor, playwright, and author, Storm Large of Pink Martini and Rock Star: Supernova fame performs her own brand of in-your-face Broadway, jazz, and rock-goddess anthems. Called “sensational” by The New York Times, she has performed with Grammy Award winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton. Her autobiographical musical memoir, Crazy Enough, played to packed houses and her biography of the same name, released by Simon and Schuster in 2012, was named Oprah’s Book of the Week. In the fall of 2014, Storm & Le Bonheur released a record designed to capture sublime and subversive interpretations of the American Songbook. The recording is a collection of tortured and titillating love songs: beautiful, familiar, yet twisted … much like the lady herself.

Concert generously sponsored by TD Bank Group

Noa and Mira Awad

Partners in creating the song “There Must be Another Way” for 2009’s historic Eurovision Song Contest, Yemeni-Israeli Noa and Palestinian Mira Awad share the Koerner Hall stage and “show a situation that we believe is possible if we just make the necessary effort.” Israel’s leading international singer/songwriter Noa has shared the stage with superstars such as Sting, Pat Metheny, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, and Andrea Bocelli, and is Israel’s first Good Will Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, while Mira Awad is a multidisciplinary international performer who developed a unique fusion of sounds, combining the east with the west, weaving ornaments of the Arabic language with western harmonies.

Concert generously supported by the Sir Jack Lyons Charitable Trust


Mariza has risen from a well-hidden local phenomenon, known only to a small circle of admirers in Lisbon, to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of the world music circuit. Born in Mozambique and raised in Lisbon, she has mastered the roots of her musical culture and opened her music to the world without losing her heartfelt Portuguese identity. The Guardian wrote: “the Portuguese star dispels the idea that fado is gloomy with a set that mixe[s] passion with delicacy and humour.”

TD Jazz Concerts

Series Sponsored by TD Bank Group

Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming

Joshua Redman, one of the finest jazz saxophonists in the world, performs new compositions inspired by Old and New Dreams. His group includes drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley, and trumpeter Ron Miles, three of the most imaginative voices in contemporary jazz. Together, they interpret the Old and New Dreams quartet of the 1970s and 1980s, a renowned quartet of Ornette Coleman alumni that included Redman’s father, Dewey Redman. With repertoire consisting of Ornette Coleman compositions and original works, their music was honest, uninhibited, and completely engaging in its unpredictable live execution. “Redman’s definitely got the fire and burns hot as coals … [with] unbridled abilities as musician and performer.” (All About Jazz)

Marcus Roberts

“Roberts individualizes his sound by utilizing orchestral devices … In the course of a single piece, he constantly modulates grooves, tempos and keys, plays separate time signatures with the right hand and the left, and, as he puts it, flips around the roles of the piano, bass and drums by giving everyone an equal opportunity to develop the concepts and themes, to change the form, to get us where we’re getting ready to go.” (Jazziz) At this concert, Marcus Roberts performs Jelly Roll Morton, Monk, Ellington, and Gershwin on solo piano. After intermission he is joined by his trio, Rodney Jordan on bass and Jason Marsalis on drums, for music from the Trio Crescent CD, which celebrates John Coltrane and his landmark suite, Crescent.

Hilario Durán and his Latin Jazz Big Band with Horacio “El Negro” Hernández and Sarita Leyva’s Rumberos

Special guests, drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, and Sarita Leyva’s Rumberos and Iré Omó Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble with Amado Dedeu, join pianist Hilario Durán’s 20-piece Latin Jazz Big Band. Havana-born and Toronto-based Durán is ranked one of the most important contemporary Cuban pianists and arrangers today. In 2005, he formed his explosive 20-piece Big Band Orchestra with top Canadian and Cuban musicians in Toronto. Recipient of multiple Juno Awards and Canadian National Jazz Awards, he has been nicknamed “Contumbao” for his creative use of the tumbao repetitive bass figures. In this Koerner Hall concert, they will perform Afro-Cuban music and pieces from his most recent recording, Contumbao.

Concert generously supported by Deborah Leibow & Ken Snider

John Pizzarelli and Freddy Cole: Celebrating Nat King Cole @ 100

Freddy Cole has been praised by People magazine for his “gorgeous autumnal baritone, expressive phrasing and pitch-perfect feel for jazz standards, pop tunes, and love ballads,” while Entertainment Weekly said he was “blessed with warmth, timbral beauty, and grace.” World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been recognized by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star named him “the genial genius of the guitar” and the Seattle Times has saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.” Together, at this special Valentine’s Day concert, Pizarelli and Cole celebrate the 100th birthday of Freddy’s older brother, Nat King Cole.

Robi Botos and Friends

Hungarian-born Romani musician Robi Botos immigrated to Canada in 1998. Shortly after arriving, he caught the ear of Canadian jazz great, Oscar Peterson, and quickly became his protégé. To this day, Botos remains a disciple of Dr. Peterson’s mighty sense of swing and technical virtuosity. Along with this influence, he possesses a deep tradition in Romani, Hungarian, and European folk and classical music. The fusion of European influences with North American bebop, hard bop, and modern jazz has formulated a sound and approach that is original and formidable.

This concert is also part of the Season Finale Festival.

For the ninth consecutive season, The Royal Conservatory’s TD Jazz concerts are sponsored by TD Bank Group

World Music Concerts

In addition to the abundance of international artists that appear in other concert series throughout the season, The Royal Conservatory welcomes artists from Brazil, Hungary, Ukraine, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Palestine, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and the United States.

Jamey Haddad’s Under One Sun and Cyro Baptista’s Vira Loucos

Two of the world’s greatest percussionists are joined by stellar improvisers in this double-bill of global music. Lebanese-American percussionist Jamey Haddad, who has been a longtime member of bands for such stars as Sting and Paul Simon, will be joined by an international band, including Toronto-based jazz bassist Roberto Occhipinti, for this unique evening. “As my musical journey led me from one continent to another, and as I experienced a planet crying out for understanding, this team of players cosmically came forward,” says Haddad. “The sheer joy of every member experiencing their bandmates’ artistry truly exemplifies the human capacity to celebrate what makes us unique.” Percussionist Baptista will be joined by Toronto’s guitar master Kevin Breit to pay tribute to Brazil’s great composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. “Baptista has assembled a group both light on its feet and capable of negotiating the trickiest of rhythmic passages and deliriously romantic melodies with wit, enthusiasm, and grace. Highly recommended.” (AllMusic)

Quique Escamilla’s Day of the Dead Celebration

Mexican singer-songwriter and Juno Award winner Escamilla produces a unique performance to celebrate the Day of the Dead, a venerable Mexican tradition. Through a curated night of music, theatre, dance, and storytelling, he honours the departed ancestors and iconic world activists who dedicated their lives to justice, freedom, and equality. With earthly offerings laid out for them on altars such as cacao, corn, agave, and memorabilia, the spirits are welcomed back to the realm of the living. “Modern day troubadour Quique Escamilla makes music that comes straight from the soul. The stories he tells are the stories we need to hear; socially and politically conscious lyrics paired with exceptional musicianship.” (CBC Radio)

Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Aline Morales

Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a guerilla-punk-Balkan-folk-brass band massive like no other, tracing their genesis back to the streets of Toronto. Over the past eight years, the multi award-winning ensemble has been heralded as a ground-breaking, genre-bending phenomenon by the Canadian and international media alike, and they have performed on streets and stages around the world. Recent notable performances include the New York City premiere of their two-time Dora Award-winning folk opera, Counting Sheep, and a March 2018 tour of New Zealand that includes performing at the WOMAD Festival. The group shares the evening with Aline Morales, dynamic Juno Award-nominated Brazilian singer, percussionist, bandleader, and member of KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

For over 50 years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of the townships of their native South Africa to the sounds and sentiments of gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy. The group, which shot to international stardom when they collaborated with Paul Simon on his album, Graceland, won a fifth Grammy Award in 2018 with their album, Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration, in the Best World Music Album category.

Concert generously sponsored by TD Bank Group


Notable flamenco dancer Farruquito appears on two consecutive nights. Heir to the most renowned Roma flamenco dynasty, he has been immersed in the purest form of flamenco founded by his grandfather, “El Farruco,” one of the greatest dancers in the history of flamenco, and has been called the “heir to one of the most renowned flamenco dynasties in Spain” by The New York Times.

Roby Lakatos

Virtuoso fiddler Roby Lakatos returns to Koerner Hall for the third time. This scorching player and musician of extraordinary stylistic versatility is equally comfortable performing classical, jazz, and his native Hungarian folk music. Born into a legendary family of Roma violinists, his musicianship evolved not only within his own family but also at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, where he won the first prize for classical violin. His unparalleled technique places Lakatos among the best players in the world, and his musical curiosity and Roma heritage make him truly unique.


A new series for the 10th anniversary concert season brings Canadian trailblazers, each with a unique voice and perspective: provocateur and pianist extraordinaire Chilly Gonzales; Jane Bunnett, who has dedicated her life to Cuban music; Michael Kaeshammer, whose music crosses all genres and who simply describes himself as “just a piano player;” and three-time Scribble Jam DJ Battle winner DJ Skratch Bastid. The series also features a special celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death.

Chilly Gonzales: Solo Piano

The Grammy Award-winning pianist, producer, arranger, composer, raconteur, and Royal Conservatory alumnus, returns to Koerner Hall! Gonzo is known as much for the intimate piano touch of best-selling albums Solo Piano I and Solo Piano II as for his showmanship and compositions for award-winning stars such as Feist, Peaches, and Daft Punk. 2018 sees the return of Chilly Gonzales to the stage with an intimate selection of pieces from the Solo Piano album cycle, after which he is joined by Stella Le Page on cello and Joe Flory on drums to perform hits and hidden surprises.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque All-Stars

Multiple Juno Award-winner, Jane Bunnett, has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the US, and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, has been named to the Order of Canada, received The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently earned Ontario’s Premier’s Award for Excellence. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music, and her ability to showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been ground-breaking. In her return engagement at Koerner Hall, she once again brings the soul of Cuba to the hearts of Canadian music lovers with her all-female group, Maqueque, and several guest artists who have toured with the ensemble since its inception, including award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz singer, Daymé Arocena.

Concert generously sponsored by TD Bank Group

Michael Kaeshammer

Canadian boogie-woogie pianist, vocalist, composer, and arranger brings his high energy – and some musician friends from New Orleans – to Koerner Hall. New Orleans, “The Big Easy,” has been a crucial component of Michael Kaeshammer’s musical DNA since he began his career in his teens as a pianist in his native Germany. “I grew up with the music of New Orleans, from listening to my dad’s records,” he recalls. “That is where the music I love comes from, so what can be better than to go and record with some of the guys that were part of that?” For his Koerner Hall debut, he will be joined by Canadian bassist David Piltch (member of k.d. lang’s, Willie Nelson’s, and Allen Toussaint’s last band) and drummer Johnny Vidacovich (a New Orleans legend and drummer for Professor Longhair, James Booker, and Bobby McFerrin).

We Shall Overcome, A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Featuring Damien Sneed and Toronto Mass Choir

Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., We Shall Overcome ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals. Five astounding singers and a quartet of musicians led by music director Damien Sneed bring together songs from Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and Donny Hathaway, as well as traditional spirituals, with excerpts from Dr. King’s recorded speeches 50 years after his death – evoking the inspirations, struggles, and triumphs of civil rights activists and defenders. The Toronto Mass Choir continues to be on the cutting edge of the Canadian gospel music scene, bringing their distinct gospel sound to the world stage. Their director, Karen Burke (a graduate of The Royal Conservatory) says: “Toronto Mass Choir is proof that gospel music is alive and well in Canada and it has been our privilege to share the Good News of the Gospel for almost 25 years.”

DJ Skratch Bastid, DJ Nu-Mark, and Friends

Three-time Scribble Jam DJ battle champion Skratch Bastid – one of Canada’s most in-demand turntablists, DJs, and respected producers – brings DJ Nu-Mark from Jurassic 5 and other friends to follow up his sold out 2018 concert. DJ Skratch Bastid, who made his Royal Conservatory debut during the 21C Music Festival in 2015 as part of the Spin Cycle project with the Afiara Quartet, has wowed crowds from coast to coast in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, and all over Europe as he averages close to 200 shows a year. Nu-Mark began DJing at the age of 13 in Los Angeles and, over the last two decades, he has amassed an immense collection of rare records from around the world. His refined music production and live showmanship regard him as one of the most innovative DJs in music culture.

Concert generously sponsored by TD Bank Group

Roots and Folk

Lúnasa and The Bombadils

Having sold more than a quarter of a million albums and boasting an impressive catalogue of seven highly acclaimed and award-winning studio albums, Lúnasa performs “state-of-the-art Irish music as aggressively infectious as you’ll ever hear” (Dirty Linen). The band makes its Koerner Hall debut in a double-bill with Halifax’s The Bombadils, which creates beautiful harmonies and enchanting melodies by reconfiguring Celtic and old-time music, poetry, and original songs into a new folk framework. Fatea magazine in the UK declared of Lúnasa: “Let’s just say that this is one of the best folk and orchestra combinations I’ve heard and leave it at that, the arrangements are simply sublime,” while Canadian Folk Music magazine stated: “The Bombadils have all the elements of a great band – a high level of musical proficiency, deep respect for the traditional roots of their material and an engaging repertoire which holds the attention of the listener from beginning to end.”

Django Festival All-Stars

The Django Festival All-Stars carry on the legacy of the great Roma guitarist Django Reinhardt, the first European jazz musician to make major contributions to the development of the guitar genre, with their unique, high-energy performances. Reinhardt’s style became known as “hot jazz” and it continues to grow in popularity globally. The Django Festival All-Stars honour the best energetic traditions of this French Roma jazz musician and add their own creative interpretations, arrangements, and original compositions. The group consists of Dorado Schmitt on guitar, Ludovic Beier on accordion and accoardina, Pierre Blanchard on violin, DouDou Cuillerier on rhythm guitar and scat singing, and Antonio Licusati on bass. “Expect buoyant rhythm, blinding technique, solid entertainment.” (The New York Times)

SongBird North

Top Canadian songwriters will come together with host Blair Packham to perform their music and tell us about the inspiration, the songwriting process, and the stories behind the songs. Each concert in this series will include three special guest artists; in previous seasons musicians such as Steven Page, Sylvia Tyson, Dala, Miss Emily, Dan Hill, and others, have been featured. The series next season will once again consist of three concerts in Temerty Theatre.

Presented in partnership with the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.)

Maple Blues Awards

The annual all-star concert, awards event, and after party celebrating Canada’s blues music returns for the tenth time to Koerner Hall! The winners and special guests are backed by the always outstanding Maple Blues Band.

Presented in partnership with the Toronto Blues Society


DakhaBrakha, Ukrainian “ethnic chaos” blends Ukrainian harmonies, contemporary roots and rhythms, surprising instrumentation, and theatrical flourishes. The group was created at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art by avant-garde theatre director, Vladyslav Troitskyi. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian, and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. At the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theatre, their performances are at once intimate and riotous.

Presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum and generously supported by the Ihnatowycz Family Foundation

21C Music Festival

The 21C Music Festival is made possible through the generous support of Michael and Sonja Koerner

The 21C Music Festival moves to January this season and will celebrate composer Terry Riley in three concerts. The festival will include performances by three Toronto ensembles, concerts that include students from The Glenn Gould School, and, so far, five world premieres.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tania Miller with Stewart Goodyear

The TSO makes its 21C debut with works from Canadian composers Dorothy Chang, Jocelyn Morlock, Dinuk Wijeratne, and Stewart Goodyear – who also takes centre stage performing his own work, titled Ur-. Also on the program are a new piece from the TSO’s new Affiliate Composer and a work by celebrated minimalist composer Terry Riley.

Stewart Goodyear

A truly unique evening will present pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear like you have never heard him before: singing and playing original compositions both solo and with his rock band consisting of some of the best players in town.

Terry Riley: Live at 85!

California composer Terry Riley launched what is now known as the minimalist movement with his revolutionary classic, In C, in 1964. This seminal work provided a new concept in musical form based on interlocking repetitive patterns. Its impact was to change the course of 20th century music and its influence has been heard in the works of prominent composers such as Philip Glass and John Adams, as well as rock groups such as The Who, The Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream, Curved Air, and many others. Riley’s hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric, brightly orchestrated eastern-flavoured improvisations and compositions set the stage for the prevailing interest in a new tonality. The evening will include intricate and often improvisational structures with elements of minimalism, jazz, ragtime, and north Indian raga, and feature Tracy Silverman on electric violin and Terry Riley’s son, Gyan Riley, on electric guitar.

21C AfterHours with Continuum

Works by Kati Agócs, Carolyn Chen, Unsuk Chin, Cassandra Miller, Linda Smith, and a world premiere by Anna Höstman. Featuring Wesley Shen, one of Canada’s extraordinary new pianists/harpsichordists, and Continuum’s internationally-renowned ensemble.

21C Cinq à Sept

Musicians from The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School and Rebanks Fellow Nicole Joshi perform music by Terry Riley, Vinko Globokar’s Corporel for body percussion, and other works.

Sō Percussion: Amid the Noise

Redefining the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble, Sō Percussion performs Amid the Noise by Jason Treuting alongside works by Vijay Iyer, Suzanne Farrin, and Donnacha Dennehy. Amid the Noise is a patient study of musical spaces, using a few meaningful quotes for material and structure. Each piece is made up of a few layers of melody, harmony, drone, noise, and rhythm. Some of the elements are prescribed, but many are left open for the performer to explore.

The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble

The Conservatory’s own New Music Ensemble will perform a world premiere by Anna Höstman, commissioned by The Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall, Zosha Di Castri’s Phonotopographie, and a large ensemble work by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa.

Esprit Orchestra Presents Constellations

Alex Pauk, Music Director and Conductor, will lead the orchestra in music by Claude Vivier as well as Canadian premieres of works by Toshio Hosokawa and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and finally a world premiere of a piece by Christopher Goddard.

Sunday Interludes

Series supported by Dorothy Cohen Shoichet

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The Royal Conservatory is pleased to present the third season of Sunday afternoon concerts that bring a mix of jazz, cabaret, world, and classical music, all for free. Each concert is 75 minutes long, with no intermission. Tickets are required and can be reserved starting seven days before each concert date.

Fern Lindzon

This jazz vocalist and pianist is “smart and smouldering” and “sublimely elegant” (!earshot). “Fern Lindzon is an engaging pianist and singer who brings an unassuming authority, an inquiring spirit and a natural grace to contemporary jazz.” (Mark Miller, jazz journalist)

Stephen Prutsman

Pianist, composer, and conductor Stephen Prutsman moves easily between classical, jazz, and world music styles. Described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time, he performs Bach, Ravel, Bill Evans’s Turn Out the Stars, and his own Two Jazz Etudes.

Tom Allen’s The Judgment of Paris

As the thunderclouds of the Great War pile up and burst, the musical revolutionary Claude Debussy and his one-time follower Maurice Ravel compete for the love of their proud, fickle, darling Paris. The Judgment of Paris is a mix of cabaret, history, and storytelling with timeless music by Debussy and Ravel, as well as original songs by the performers. It is new and old, heroic and tragic, history and fiction – and may the best composer win. “Beautiful arrangements of works by both composers as well as evocative new compositions riffing on themes in their life and music.” (NOW)

The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble

The Conservatory’s own New Music Ensemble will perform a world premiere by Anna Höstman, commissioned by The Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall, Zosha Di Castri’s Phonotopographie, and a large ensemble work by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa.

This concert is also part of the 21C Music Festival

Blake Pouliot

Quickly establishing himself as one of Canada’s most promising young artists, Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) Manulife Competition, violinist Blake Pouliot is “one of those special talents that comes along once in a lifetime” according to the Toronto Star. He performs a program of Mozart, Chausson, Janáček, and de Sarasate with pianist Hsini Huang.

Padideh Ararnejad Ensemble and Friends

Iranian tar player, and member of KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra, Padideh Ararnejad performs with friends. Ahrarnejad started playing tar in her native Iran. She graduated from Tehran Art Music School, completed her studies at the Art University of Tehran, and was named the best tar player at Fadjr Music Festival in Iran several times. She was a member of Iran’s Radio and Television Orchestra and Iran National Music Orchestra, and performed in Austria, China, Cuba, Germany, Kuwait, Switzerland, and at the Rumi Festival in Norway before moving to Canada and becoming a member of KUNÉ.

Marina Piccinini

A daring artist with diverse musical interests, flutist Marina Piccinini is internationally acclaimed for her interpretive skills, expansive colours, and compelling stage presence. She has been hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute.” She is joined by pianist Benjamin Smith in a program of Copland, J. S. Bach, Aaron Jay Kernis, Elliott Carter, and Richard Strauss.


Four musician-singers immersed in diverse traditions: Maryem Hassan Tollar draws on her Arabic heritage, Jayne Brown and Sophia Grigoriadis bring their experience with Greek music to the mix, and Brenna MacCrimmon adds her Turkish fascination.

This concert is also part of the 10th Anniversary Opening Festival

Classical Concerts

Daniel Hope and Friends: AIR – A Baroque Journey

From Daniel Hope: “I would describe it as an outrageous romp through the Baroque with a dazzling ensemble of virtuosi wandering minstrels.” From its creation in the mid-16th century, the modern violin has had an extraordinary and tempestuous history. Arguably, its greatest development came during the Baroque era, which this concert will trace through the works of the period’s most unique composers and virtuoso violinists, while illuminating the diversity of the era’s repertoire and the cultural exchanges that took place. The program blends the simplest and, at times, most primitive forms of dance music with the most sophisticated and revolutionary compositions of the day, culminating in a work by Bach, “whose music remains more modern today than that of anyone else.” The program, taken from a Deutsche Grammophon album of the same name, will include music by composers both familiar (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann) and obscure (Falconieri, von Westhoff, Matteis, and Uccelini), but all of the music will be woven into the narrative of how musicians and composers travelled widely to gain inspiration and exchange ideas – some of the earliest examples of “crossover.”

Danish String Quartet

“This is one of the best quartets before the public today,” declared The Washington Post of the Danish String Quartet. The high technical and musical quality, the joy of playing, the powerful impact the group makes on stage, and the fresh approach to familiar repertoire have become the trademarks of the Quartet, which has been awarded the highly prestigious Carl Nielsen Prize, Denmark’s largest cultural prize in 2011. This concert will feature works by Haydn, Abrahamsen, and Beethoven.

Generously supported by Brayton Polka

Hilary Hahn

Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is renowned for her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and dynamic approach to music making. She was named “America’s Best Young Classical Musician” by TIME magazine, and The New York Times has described her playing as “at once impetuous and authoritative, brilliant and beautiful.” Hahn will perform a solo recital of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, including Sonata No. 2 and 3 and Partita No. 3.

Paquito D’Rivera with Harlem Quartet

Winner of 14 Grammy Awards, Cuban saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera returns to Koerner Hall after his debut during the Hall’s inaugural concert season and later appearance in 2012. While his extensive discography reflects dedication and enthusiasm for jazz, bebop, and Latin music, his contributions to classical music are impressive, as both a performer and a composer. In his third appearance at the Conservatory, he is joined by the Harlem Quartet, praised for its “panache” by The New York Times and for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing, and intelligent,” by the Cincinnati Enquirer. Their program will include works by Bolcom, Debussy, von Weber, and Ignacio Cervantes, as well as several of D’Rivera’s pieces.

The King’s Singers: Gold 50

The Times has called The King’s Singers “[the] superlative vocal sextet.” Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, the group celebrates its 50th anniversary with an adventure that gives thanks for all the music that has defined their first 50 years, inspired by the unique maverick spirit that guided the original six King’s Singers to keep every performance as fresh and varied as possible. This holiday performance will feature seasonal songs alongside some of the ensemble’s favourite repertoire.

Concert generously supported by an anonymous donor

Nicola Benedetti with Alexei Grynyuk

Following her superb concert with the Venice Baroque Orchestra in 2016, violinist Nicola Benedetti returns to captivate audiences and critics alike. The Times has printed, “it was thrilling to hear and watch Nicola Benedetti in a truly risk-taking performance that lived so much in the body and fused the sinews of the violin and the nerve-system of the player.” This sums up her ability to communicate and enthrall audiences with dynamic and energy-filled performances. Born in Scotland of Italian heritage, she was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017, the youngest ever recipient, and was appointed as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours. She and her longtime collaborator Alexei Grynyuk will perform works by Bach, Prokofiev, Strauss, and the Canadian premiere of a new piece by Wynton Marsalis, written especially for her.

Vienna Boys Choir

A Vienna Boys Choir performance is an enchanting event. The Washington Post has called the choir “breathtaking” with “totally disciplined voices tempered by a singular sense of ease and consistency.” Boys have been singing at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor since the early 15th century. In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians to Vienna. He gave instructions that there were to be six singing boys among his musicians. Historians have settled on 1498 as the foundation date of the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and in consequence the Vienna Boys Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, at private concerts and functions, and on state occasions. The Vienna Boys Choir has delighted music lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, charm, and crowd-pleasing repertoire, and their return to Koerner Hall is sure to be another sellout.

Concert generously supported by The Cheng Family Fund and an anonymous donor

Yuja Wang and Gautier Capuçon

Two fiery artists, Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang, perform works by Chopin and Franck in a recital to be recorded live in Koerner Hall by Warner Classics. Chinese pianist Wang returns for her fifth Koerner Hall appearance. “She seems to have everything: speed, flexibility, pianistic thunder and interpretive nuance.” (The New York Times) French cellist Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. He is acclaimed internationally for his deeply expressive musicianship and exuberant virtuosity, as well as for the glorious sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, which showcases his phenomenal technical skills. “It’s the rare performer who can bring such ease and refinement to this music, while still giving everything he plays a sense of dramatic urgency.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
Concert generously supported by an anonymous donor

Invesco Piano Concerts

Invesco Piano Concerts series presented in memory of Robert Calvin

Seong-Jin Cho

Seong-Jin Cho’s thoughtful and poetic, assertive and tender, virtuosic and colourful playing is driven by an impressive natural sense of balance. Cho came to the world’s attention in 2015 when he won the coveted Gold Medal at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw. Within a month, a recording of his live competition highlights was released by Deutsche Grammophon, propelling the pianist to pop star status in South Korea. The album achieved multi-platinum sales within a week of its release and triggered a sales frenzy at stores across the country. At this Koerner Hall debut concert, he will perform works by Debussy and Chopin.

Concert generously supported by an anonymous donor

Gabriela Montero: Innocence and Experience

Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a devoted following around the world. Anthony Tommasini remarked in The New York Times, “Montero’s playing has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism in the ruminative passages and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity.” In her Koerner Hall debut, she will perform a special program called “Innocence and Experience,” which includes her famous improvisations as well as works by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Chick Corea.

Concert generously supported by an anonymous donor

Charles Richard-Hamelin

Quebec pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, the 2015 Chopin Competition silver medalist, performs with “real sonority that comes from his entire body, a large palette of colours and a real poetic sense … His conduct is always impeccable. By conduct, I mean the architectural and emotional conception of a work, the tempo and mood relations, the dynamic layering. Additionally, when appropriate, a highly sensitive ear to the art of transition.” (Le Devoir) His program will include works by Schumann and Chopin.

Jan Lisiecki

Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. The New York Times has called him “a pianist who makes every note count.” An alumnus of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age. The remarkable 22-year-old musician made his debut in the main auditorium at New York’s Carnegie Hall in January 2016. In its rave review, The New York Times noted that it was an “uncommonly sensitive performance”. At this Koerner Hall recital he will perform works by Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Rachmaninov.

Concert generously supported by the Ihnatowycz Family Foundation

Richard Goode

Richard Goode has been recognized for music making of tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness. Gramophone magazine captured the essence of what makes him such an original and compelling artist: ‘‘Every time we hear him, he impresses us as better than we remembered, surprising us, surpassing our expectations and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind,” and The New York Times declared: “It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtle or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself.” Goode will perform an all Ludwig van Beethoven program and give master classes at The Glenn Gould School.

Concert generously sponsored by Alexanian Flooring

Student, Faculty, and Visiting Artists Concerts

Royal Conservatory Orchestra & Opera

Part of the Temerty Orchestral Program
RCO series sponsored by the RBC Emerging Artists Project
RCO Pre-concert Talks sponsored by Worldwide Quest

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO), part of the Temerty Orchestral Program, is widely regarded as an outstanding ensemble and one of the best training orchestras in North America. It consists of instrumental students in the Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma Program of The Glenn Gould School. Graduates of the RCO have joined the ranks of the greatest orchestras in the world, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the BBC Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, Tafelmusik, the Hallé Orchestra of Manchester, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus.

During the 2018-19 season, Hungarian violinist, conductor, and founder of the legendary Takács String Quartet, Gábor Takács-Nagy, returns to conduct the RCO in a program of works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky, and violinist Orin Laursen in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

“One of the most versatile and charismatic musicians in the world, Bramwell Tovey is a Grammy and Juno Award-winning conductor and a renowned composer.” (MusicalAmerica) Tovey, who has recently been named Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducts Gustav Mahler’s Blumine, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Suite, and cellist Hannah Craig in Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Canadian Opera Company Music Director, Johannes Debus, conducts the RCO in this special performance, which includes Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and Flute Concerto No. 1 (with soloist Emily Phernambucq), and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

Hungarian violinist, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, and founder of the Keller Quartet, András Keller makes his Royal Conservatory debut conducting Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and pianist Linda Ruan in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

As in previous seasons, many Royal Conservatory Orchestra performances are preceded by Prelude Recitals at 6:45pm and Pre-concert Talks at 7:15pm. Ticket holders are encouraged to come to Koerner Hall early to hear a performance of solo and chamber works by students and faculty of The Glenn Gould School, and gain insights into the music being performed.

The Glenn Gould School Operas

Part of the Price Opera Program

Students from The Glenn Gould School’s vocal program present The Glenn Gould School Fall Opera, led by Music Director Peter Tiefenbach, on two evenings in November. This season’s offering will be a double bill of Paul Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück (Back and Forth) and Bohuslav Martinů’s Tears of the Knife. Peter Tiefenbach returns as Music Director for the production and Anna Theodosakis will direct.

In addition to their own orchestral concerts outlined above, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra supports the talented artists of The Glenn Gould School vocal program in their annual staged opera performance in Koerner Hall. The featured work for the 2018-19 season will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute conducted by Nathan Brock and directed by Joel Ivany.

Mazzoleni Masters

Susan Hoeppner & Friends

Susan Hoeppner, who “plays her golden flute with cool confidence” (The New York Times) leads a program of some of the most outstandingly wild and difficult chamber music works written for the instrument. Joined by musical colleagues and friends, this program features works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Christos Hatzis, and André Jolivet.

ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory)

Nominated for its third Grammy Award in 2018, the ARC Ensemble has earned a place among Canada’s most distinguished cultural ambassadors. For this concert, they revive works by the Czech-born Walter Kaufmann (1907-1984) – a fascinating, exciting, and recent musical rediscovery. The concert will be preceded by a Pre-concert Talk by ARC Artistic Director, Simon Wynberg.

Seiler & Chung

BBC Music Magazine states, violinist “Mayumi Seiler brings an exceptional blend of precision with tonal generosity, finesse with enthusiasm.” In her return visit to the Conservatory, she performs with pianist Jeanie Chung.

McCandless presents Songs for the Trumpet

“Wherever Andrew plays, he’s considered one of the great stars of the trumpet.” (Maestro Peter Oundjian) Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet Andrew McCandless presents Bramwell Tovey’s Songs of the Paradise Saloon and transcriptions of songs originally for voice by Bernstein, de Falla, and others. He is joined by pianist Sonya Sim.

Mazzoleni Masters: Songmasters

Series generously supported by J. Hans Kluge

The Glenn Gould School’s esteemed vocal faculty members, soprano Monica Whicher and pianist Rachel Andrist, together with their musical friends, present art songs, mélodie, lieder, and other great vocal works, each eloquently programmed around a special theme.

L’invitation au voyage

Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury, who demonstrates “an exquisite delicacy of sound” (Seattle Times), performs works by Ravel, Duparc, Debussy, and intriguing Levantine songs with mezzo-soprano and Rebanks Fellow Beste Kalender, known for her “warmth, depth, and richness” (Musical America).

Winter Words

Winter – a common theme, a shared experience, a season where poets and composers find creativity and expression. Mezzo-soprano Lucia Cervoni, with her “impressive palette of mezzo colours” (whatsonstage), joins Canadian tenor Michael Colvin, whom Opera News calls “one of the most beautiful lyric tenors,” for work by Britten, Mahler, and others.

Monica & Judy

Soprano and Songmasters Artistic Curator Monica Whicher, who possesses a “gleaming instrument that she uses with confidence and fire” (The Calgary Herald), and harpist extraordinaire Judy Loman, perform works and song transcriptions by Strauss, Mahler, Ravel, and folksong gems from North America and the British Isles.

Discovery Series

Following last season’s success, The Glenn Gould School Piano Showcase returns once again, this time featuring GGS piano students playing Sergei Rachmaninov’s Moments musicaux and Études-Tableaux.

Students from The Glenn Gould School’s vocal program present The Glenn Gould School Fall Opera, led by Music Director Peter Tiefenbach, on two evenings in November. This season’s offering will be a double bill of Paul Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück (Back and Forth) and Bohuslav Martinů’s Tears of the Knife. Peter Tiefenbach returns as Music Director for the production and Anna Theodosakis will direct.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinet and Royal Conservatory Orchestra Resident Conductor, Joaquin Valdepeñas, conducts Glenn Gould School students in a program of chamber works in December.

Two free events include The Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition Finals, where audiences can hear the talented solo performers of the GGS compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra during the 2019-20 season and The Glenn Gould School Chamber Competition Finals, where ensembles of The GGS compete for over $11,000 in prizes and the chance to perform a Prelude Recital in Koerner Hall.

The Glenn Gould School Chamber Competition Finals is presented in honour of R.S. Williams & Sons Company Ltd.

The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists

Four Taylor Academy Showcase Concerts feature leading young classical musicians in Canada and two Academy Chamber Orchestra concerts bring together string students from The Taylor Academy as the Academy Chamber Orchestra. All concerts in the series are free.

Rebanks Family Fellowship Concert Series

Presented with the generous support of the Rebanks Family and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, these two free concerts offer the opportunity to hear artists on the cusp of major careers. The evenings feature solo and chamber works performed by artists currently enrolled in the one-year Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at The Glenn Gould School.

Subscriptions go on sale on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 10:00 am
Tickets & subscriptions are on sale starting Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:00 am
Tickets are available at http://www.rcmusic.com/performance, 416.408.0208, or in person

We would like to thank Barbora Kršek, Concert Publicity Manager and Publications Editor, for the on-going invitations to cover events at The Koener Hall.