The Estria Quintet
The second edition of the MASSAWIPPI MUSIC FESTIVAL will open this Saturday June 4th at 8 pm at St. Elizabeth’s Church in the Village of North Hatley (3115 Capelton Road) with the extraordinary duo of clarinetist Simon Aldrich and pianist Janelle Fung. The program, entitled « Musical Voyage », will unveil works for clarinet and piano by composers Bela Bartok, Gustav Mahler, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Johannes Brahms and more. Reservations and information at 819842-1072 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Called "a spectacular player" by The Los Angeles Times, holder of a doctorate and two masters degrees from Yale University and nominated for an Opus Award as "Discovery of the Year," Simon Aldrich is currently the principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Orchestra of Montréal, as well as a member of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. He has also been principal clarinetist of the Chicago Classical Symphony and the Colorado Philharmonic. He has performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Orchestra London, Chicago Classical Symphony, Chicago North Shore Chamber Symphony, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l’Orchestre Métropolitain and the Fanshawe Orchestra. With Nouvel Ensemble Moderne Mr. Aldrich has performed across Canada, the United States, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Australia and Japan. His recording of Elliott Carter's Clarinet Concerto won an Opus Award for Best Contemporary Recording in 2002. He is heard regularly on CBC radio and has recorded for the CD labels Atma, SNE, Analekta, CBC, UMMUS, Montaigne Auvidis, Amberola and Sächsische Tonträger. Simon teaches at McGill University, is artistic director of The Jeffery Summer Concerts in London (Ontario), and has published articles on the composer Johann Melchior Molter in the American journals Continuo and The Clarinet.
professional career at the age of 14, with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and later performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, l’orchestre de Lyon, l’orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, the Eastman Philharmonic and the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. She has presented concerts in France, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Canada and the United States and she has collaborated in performances with the Ying Quartet, the New York Woodwind Quintet, the soprano Teresa Stratas and the baritone William Warfield. Ms. Fung is the winner of several prestigious prizes, notably of the Marguerite Long-Lacques Thibaud competition, the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, the OSM Standard Life Competition and the Canadian Music Competition. She has been recorded and broadcast by the CBC, Radio-Canada, NPR and Radio France. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music, a master’s degree from the Julliard School of Music and a doctorate in music from the University of Montréal.
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