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Syrinx Concert Series January 12, 2014

[News release by written by Syrinx Concert Series]


“These musicians happen to be among Canada’s finest
Parr’s light and pearly but brilliant playing is a particular delight”

Canada is blessed with a number of top notched trio and quartets and we can add the Pamina Quartet to the list. Roberta Janzen, cello brings some of the finest Canadian string musicians together to form The Pamina Quartet; Maria Berard, violin; Csaba Koczó, violin; and Theresa Rudolph, viola with a special appearance by celebrated pianist Patricia Parr.

This elite group of professional musicians will perform music by Beethoven, Dvorak and Canadian composer Kelly Marie Murphy’s award winning “This is my voice”. Ms. Murphy’s music has been called “breathtaking” “imaginative and expressive” “a pulse-pounding barrage on the senses” and “Bartok on steroids”!  Beethoven String Quartet Op.18 #5 is modeled on Mozart’s quartet in the same key, K464, a favourite work of Beethoven’s. The Dvorak Piano Quintet content, musically, emotionally and solid musical structure is consistently on a very high level.

At the end of each concert we invite the audience to a post-concert reception carrying on the conversation between the audience and musicians after the performance.

Syrinx Concerts Toronto presents an  annual concert series whose mission is to promote Canadian musicians and composers by providing performance opportunities for both established and emerging young artists.  Each concert features music by a Canadian composer either from an existing work or a commissioned piece for the performer(s).

We invite you to come and listen to some of the best classical and chamber music musicians perform at an unbeatable price.



Beethoven String Quartet Op.18 #5 (1801)
Dvorak Piano Quintet (1887)
Murphy “This Is My Voice” (1993)

Rondo Subscription: tickets $65 for any three concerts of your choice in the series.
Single Tickets: General Admission $25 Student price of $20.
Single tickets and subscriptions can be reserved by phone; 416-654-0877

Orders can be sent by mail to:
Syrinx Concerts Toronto
135 Arlington Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario M6C 2Y9.

Information is available at:


Parr-webPATRICIA PARR, pianist -Since her debut with the Toronto Symphony at the age of nine, Canadian pianist Patricia Parr has been soloist with numerous major orchestras including those of Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Rochester and Toronto. For many years she was well known as a recitalist appearing in Canada and the U.S.
Internationally renowned for the sensitivity and integrity of her playing, her outstanding qualities as a chamber musician resulted in appearances at numerous festivals including the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival and collaborations with many ensembles among them the Guarneri, Orford, St. Lawrence and Vermeer String Quartets.
Parr toured Australia in 1975 and 1979 as a member of the Trio Concertante and formed the University of Toronto Faculty Trio with Lorand Fenyves, violin, and Vladimir Orloff, cello while teaching at the Faculty of Music from 1974 to 1993. A founding member of the highly acclaimed AMICI Chamber Ensemble, she performed, toured and recorded with them for twenty years. She nows enjoys retirement but remains musically active serving on juries and teaching privately. In 2009, Ms. Parr was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2012 was a recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Marie-Berard-webMARIE BARARD violin, Best known as the concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Marie Bérard is also a sought-after chamber musician, soloist, recording artist and teacher.
Ms. Bérard received her training at the Trois-Rivières Conservatory and further studies took her to the University of Toronto where she studied with David Zafer. Other teachers include Lorand Fenyves, Sydney Harth and Nathan Milstein.
Highly regarded as an interpreter of contemporary music, Ms. Bérard’s recording of A Paganini by A. Schnittke was voted “best performance of the year” by the CBC Radio audience and in 2002, she released a recording of a concerto by Henry Kucharzyk for violin and brass ensemble on the Opening Day label.
Ms. Bérard is a regular performer at numerous chamber music festivals, notably the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and Domaine Forget in Charlevoix, Québec and holds the position of Associate Concertmaster of the Mainly Mozart festival orchestra in San Diego, California.
Ms. Bérard was recently heard in a performance of “Time Chant” by Wolfgang Rihm, “Dedication” by Valentin Silvestrov as well as “Offertorium” by Sofia Gubaidulina with the Esprit Orchestra, as well as being guest soloist with the Peterborough, Saskatoon and Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestras. In the fall of 2000, Ms. Bérard joined the faculty of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto and is an active member of their chamber ensemble “ARC” with whom she toured China in 2006. The ensemble has also recorded three discs of chamber works for Sony Records,two of which have been nominated for a Grammy Award. Marie plays a 1767 Pietro Landolfi violin.

Csaba-Koczo-webCSABA KOCZO, violinist  began his studies in Yugoslavia before attending the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest. After attaining his bachelor’s degree with distinction at the College of the Franz Liszt Music Academy, he began his studies in Toronto with Lorand Fenyves and Erika Raum. Mr. Koczó received his artist diploma at The Glenn Gould School and later, as the recipient of the H. Carter scholarship, attained his master’s degree at the University of Toronto. Mr. Koczó has had a prolific career as a chamber musician and soloist both in Canada and abroad. He is a founding member of the Tokai Quartet and the Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Koczó is assistant principal second violin of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and holds a position with the Canadian National Ballet Orchestra where he has been acting concertmaster.



Theresa-Rudolph-webTHERESA RUDOLPH, viola: Award-winning violist Theresa Rudolph is an active chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestral player. She is currently 3rd Chair Viola in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Rudolph has performed on concert series in Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Ottawa, and throughout eastern Canada and has been featured several times on CBC Radio, collaborating with esteemed artists such as violinists Miriam Fried and Scott St. John, cellist Steven Isserlis, and pianist Jamie Parker. She performs in the Rudolph Family Chamber Players with her father, percussionist John Rudolph, her mother, flutist Kathleen Rudolph, and her husband, violinist Csaba Koczo. Ms. Rudolph also holds the position of Viola Coach of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Hailing from Vancouver, Ms. Rudolph was a student of Gerald Stanick. A recipient of a scholarship grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, she then obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Robert Vernon. Ms. Rudolph participated in many festivals, such as the Banff Centre for the Arts Summer Master Classes Program, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival. In addition, she performed as part of the “Musicians from Ravinia” 2001 tour. As a member of the Brutini String Quartet, she attended the Issac Stern Chamber Music Workshop in New York, performed in Carnegie Hall, and won a prize at the prestigious Fischoff Competition. In March of 2001, shortly before graduating, Ms. Rudolph became the youngest member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the age of 21. She also held the position of Assistant Principal Viola of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.

Roberta-Janzen-webROBERTA JANZEN, cello; is a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a former member of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. She has appeared as a principal cellist, with numerous ensembles including the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy. Roberta completed a DMA at the State University New York at Stony Brook, a M.M. from New England Conservatory, where she won the concerto competition, and also studied at Boston University, the Tanglewood Music Centre, the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, and the Banff Centre. Roberta enjoys frequent collaborations with her colleagues, performing both chamber music and recitals.