118 Dannthology


The Toronto Star feature article

Steven Dann, viola

with: Nico Dann, percussion; Robin Dann, voice; Lucas Dann, piano; 
Ilana Zarankin, soprano; Joel Quarrington, double bass; James Parker, piano

APRIL 7, 2016 | 1:30 PM
Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park

Steven Dann has been a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players in Washington D.C. and the Axelrod String Quartet and is currently violist of both the Zebra Trio and the twice Grammy-nominated ARC Ensemble. Mr. Dann has served as Principal Viola of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and the Vancouver and Toronto Symphonies, and collaborated as soloist with such Maestri as Sir Andrew Davis, Rudolph Barshai, and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. His extensive discography includes a recording of the viola works of Brahms described by The Stereo Record Review as “without doubt, one of the most beautiful viola recordings I have ever heard.”

“Keen musical insight and superior taste.”
 – Strad Magazine

For this most eclectic program Steven Dann brings together members of his family – all accomplished musicians in their own rights and genres – and favourite Canadian musicians, Joel Quarrington and James Parker.

Dannthology will present the world premiere of a WMCT commission by Zosha Di Castri.


  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber – Passacaglia in C Minor
  • Zosha Di Castri – Near Mute Force : Première of WMCT commission
  • Peter Lieberson – Rumble
  • Robert Schumann – Märchenbilder, Op.113
  • Johannes Brahms – Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op.120, no. 1


Zosha Di Castri, Canadian composer and pianist living in New York, has had her compositions performed in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She was named laureate of the 3rd International Composers’ Competitions for the Hamburger Klangwerkte Festival and won two SOCAN Foundation awards for her chamber music in 2011 and 2012.  Also in 2012 she won the Jules Leger prize for new chamber music.  In 2014 both the Esprit Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony performed new commissioned works by Di Castri.

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