The Winners Tour will be the first performance in the 2012-13 season for the Estevan Arts Council's Stars for Saskatchewan program.
The concert will take place on Sunday, September 23, at St. Paul's United Church, starting at 2:30 p.m.
This is a chance to hear the top prizewinners from two of the world’s most respected international music competitions: Calgary’s Honens International Piano Competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Russian pianist Georgy Tchaidze from the Calgary competition will partner with the Canadian Cecilia String Quartet from the Banff event for a shared program of solo and chamber music.
The collaborators recorded for Honens' Sessions Live in 2011/12, and toured to Montreal, New York, Washington D.C., and Kingston, Ontario.
Georgy Tchaidze, the first laureate of Calgary’s Honens International Piano Competition in 2009, has been bringing his artistry beyond Russia for performances throughout Europe and North America since his Honens win. This season, Tchaidze is soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra conducted by Pinchas Zukerman and appears at the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival in Norway.
He has debuted at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, and Wigmore Hall in London in 2012.
Tchaidze’s debut recording of works by Schubert was released on the Honens label.
The Cecilia String Quartet – comprised of Min-Jeong Koh and Sarah Nematallah on violin, Caitlin Boyle on viola and Rachel Desoer on cello – is one of Canada’s most exciting young ensembles. They finished first at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition and second at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.
They are currently the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Tickets are available at Henders Drugs.
The performance is presented with the assistance of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, Saskatchewan Lotteries, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Estevan.