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Léonardelli – Afiara MT Review

“Exploring the Wonders of the Harp” 

“The Afiara String Quartet is celebrated for its performances of the Beethoven quartets, and so it is no surprise that on this occasion the players turned in a nuanced and beautifully realized interpretation.”

“…Léonardelli’s performance of both works was outstanding; she has made a fine recording of El Dorado in the chamber version and certainly makes a strong case for its merits.”


Read Robin Elliott’s review in Musical Toronto here.Read more Léonardelli – Afiara MT Review

Afiara…The e-Quartet

October 15, 2015.

The Afiara, “a quartet for the 21st century”

If you were in the audience for their participation in the Music in the Afternoon opening concert of the 118th season, you may have noticed a few missing page turns. If you were sitting close enough, you may have noticed the iPads on their music stands and the click pedals at their feet, as they read their parts from pdfs rather than paper for some of the pieces they performed – a première of a different sort for the WMCT.

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Charles Richard-Hamelin advances in Chopin Competition


Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin who won first prize in the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition last April has advanced to the third round in the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Seventy eight pianists began the competition which were reduced to 43 in the second round and now 20 have advanced to the third. One other Canadian, Yike (Tony) Yang will also compete.



More Information about the Chopin competition here:

More information about the CDA here:

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TSO Role for Afiara Cellist

Afiara String Quartet cellist, Adrian Fung has just been named Vice-President of Innovation with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a new role in the TSO’s management team. Mr. Fung is a founding member of the Afiara String Quartet. The group, and Caroline Léonardelli will open Music in the Afternoon’s 118th season this Thursday, October 15.

Read Musical Toronto story here: 

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Kitchen to Carnegie Hall – Book

*From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall: Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women’s
Symphony Orchestra, 

This new book by Faculty of Music, University of Toronto Ph.D candidate,
Maria Noriega Rachwall, documents the fascinating and groundbreaking story
of the first all-women’s symphony orchestra in Canada, formed in 1940, and
directed by the first Canadian female conductor, Ethel Stark. Amazingly,
after just seven years, the orchestra took to the stage at Carnegie Hall
the first Canadian orchestra to play in that most prestigious of venues!

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Erica Goodman TYM Speaker

Erica Goodman Tuning Your Mind Speaker Oct. 15

World acclaimed solo harpist Erica Goodman is the Tuning Your Mind speaker at the first concert of the 118th season. Her talk will precede the Oct. 15 Music in the Afternoon concert with harpist Caroline Léonardelli and the Afiara String Quartet.

A native of Toronto, Erica Goodman received her training at the Royal Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philidelphia.

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Composer Connects Hip Hop and Classical

Composer Connects Hip Hop and Classical

Composer Christopher Mayo, whose WMCT commission Twentieth Century Ikon premièred at Music in the Afternoon last May, has made the leap from Hip Hop to Classical. His classical arrangement of Hip Hop superstar Drake’s Know Yourself was performed by members of the TSO at the 2015 Polaris Music Awards Gala in Toronto September 21.

Christopher Mayo’s WMCT commission was premièred by Ensemble Made in Canada,

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In Memoriam – George Brough

In Memoriam George Brough – 1918 – 2015

Longtime WMCT member and fixture in the Canadian classical music community George Brough died in Toronto, September 15. He was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, February 25, 1918, and became pianist, organist, harpsichordist, and opera coach. Music was the heart of his life and he and his friend and companion of 43 years, Simone Desilets have been part of the WMCT community for many years.

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