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left to right: Marie Bérard, violin; Teng Li, viola; Winona Zelenka, cello

New Concert Series opens November 17, 2013 at 7pm! TICKETS HERE

Trio Arkel

Dear Friends of Trio Arkel;

A big hello,and hope you all had a fantastic summer!

Ours was wonderful- as of this summer, Trio Arkel Chamber Music Group is a registered charitable corporation! We are absolutely thrilled with this news, and can’t thank our Board of Directors enough for all the hard work that has resulted in this badge of honour.

Onward to our amazing season with its incredible repertoire, guest artists- and a NEW VENUE starting from the second concert in February- the Jeanne Lamon Hall at Trinity St.Paul’s Centre, noted for its fine acoustics.

Monday, November 9th
Trio Arkel goes back to the basics!
An eclectic string trio program at the Heliconian Hall, 7 P.M.
Haydn String Trio Op.53
Beethoven Op.9 No.3 in C Minor
Michael Oesterle’s Warhol Dervish

Friday, February 19th-
We move to our new home! Trinity St.Paul’s Centre, 7P.M.
Guest Artists: Scott St. John, Violin and Sharon Wei, Viola

Gubaidulina: String Trio (1988)
Kodaly: Serenade for Two Violins and Viola Op.12
Beethoven: Quintet for Strings, Op.29 “The Storm”

Friday, May 27th-
Trinity St.Paul’s Centre, 7 P.M.
Guest Artist- Yao Guang Zhai, Clarinet

Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat Major, K.563
Penderecki: Quartet for Clarinet and String Trio (1993)

Trio Arkel launched their 2013-2014 season on November 17, 2013 at 7pm at the Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square, next to Eaton Centre). Last season included the following dates: November 17, 2013,  March 9, 21014 and June 29, 2014 ALL AT 7PM.

Marie Bérard, violin, is best known as the Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. She is also a sought-after chamber musician, soloist recording artist and teacher. She is on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto and member of the acclaimed ARC ensemble; she also holds the position of Associate Concertmaster of the Mainly Mozart festival orchestra in San Diego, California. Marie is highly regarded as an interpreter of contemporary music; she has recorded concerti by Schnittke and Kucharzyk, and recently performed major works as soloist with Esprit Orchestra, such as “Offertorium” by Sofia Gubaidulina and “Dedication” by Valentin Silvestrov.

Teng Li is establishing herself as one of the world’s leading violists. She appears regularly as soloist throughout Canada, China, Europe and the USA. Ms. Li is also sought after as a chamber musician and collaborator, appearing in major international festivals. She has won top prizes at the Primrose International Viola Competition and the ARD International Music Competition (Munich, Germany). Ms Li is the principal violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Winona Zelenka, cello, is Assistant Principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony; she has also served as Acting Principal Cellist of that orchestra for five seasons, and for the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. She is a dedicated recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist; her set of Bach Suites released on Marquis Classics in 2009 was nominated for a Juno award, and her second CD, Connections- of French works for cello and piano with Connie Shih, was critically acclaimed. Her performances on video of Bach and Cassado have garnered thousands of views on Youtube.

  • “Their swords were their bows, and their victory was in forgetting about their individual status in their main jobs … and deliver a gorgeous, and intellectually stimulating program…Bérard, Li and Zelenka carved into [Beethoven’s Trio Op. 9, No. 2] with glee, coming up with a full-blooded reading that never rode roughshod over quiet passages.”

    — John Terauds, Toronto Star


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