116 Yegor Dyachkov, cello, and Jean Saulnier, piano

World Première
Atonement – Canadian composer Christos Hatzis
Commissioned by the WMCT

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 1.30 PM
Walter Hall, University of Toronto
80 Queen’s Park (Museum Subway Station)

The WMCT is proud to welcome back its 2000 Career Development Award winner, cellist Yegor Dyachkov with regular piano partner Jean Saulnier.

Lauded for his remarkable stage presence, depth of insight, nuance, and generosity, Yegor Dyachkov is an inspired recitalist, chamber musician, and concert soloist. He has gone on to perform throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Canada and the United States, making his New York debut at Lincoln Center in October 2000.

A champion of new music, Yegor Dyachkov has premièred works dedicated to him by creators including Jacques Hétu, Michael Oesterle, Ana Sokolovic, and the late André Prévost. He teaches at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and at l’Université de Montréal.

As a recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher, Jean Saulnier has broad experience with both the solo and the chamber music repertoire. Renowned for his flexibility, natural playing ability, and his generous spirit of partnership, he is a collaborator sought after by the finest musicians. He has been awarded numerous competition prizes, and is a regular guest soloist with the world’s great orchestras. Jean Saulnier’s discovery of a rare 1848 Pleyel piano led him to extensive research on the interpretation of Chopin’s works and, in 2003, to the release of a much-praised recording of Chopin’s music on this very piano. Jean Saulnier is a professor at l’Université de Montréal.


  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
  • Benjamin Britten – Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 65
  • Christos Hatzis – Atonement (WMCT Commission and World Première)
  • Dmitri Shostakovich – Cello Sonata in D Minor Op. 40

All artists, dates, and programmes are subject to change without notice.

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