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Castle Theater

"Duo of Isserlis and Shih a musical force to be reckoned with." - Toronto Star

Cellist Steven Isserlis has appeared regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, and London Philharmonic, and with many of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras. He has led a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, and author. Acclaimed for his profound musicianship, he is also noted for his diverse repertoire, command of phrasing, and distinctive sound with his use of gut strings. Mr. Isserlis’s honors include a CBE in recognition of his services to music, the Wigmore Hall Gold Medal, and the Piatigorsky Prize. He is also one of only two living cellists featured in Gramophone’s Hall of Fame. Writing and playing for children is another major enthusiasm and he has written the text for three musical stories for children with music by Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley, as well as books for children about the lives of the great composers.

Canadian pianist Connie Shih is considered to be one of Canada’s most outstanding artists. In 1993 she was awarded the Sylva Gelber Award for most outstanding classical artist under age 30. At the age of nine, she made her orchestral debut with Mendelssohn's first Piano Concerto with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 12, she was the youngest ever protégé of Gyorgy Sebok, and then continued her studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Claude Frank, himself a protégé of Arthur Schnabel. Later studies were undertaken with Fou Tsong in Europe. In a solo recital setting, she has made countless appearances in Canada, the U.S., Iceland, England, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan and China. She appears regularly with cellist Steven Isserlis. Her collaborations have included Maxim Vengerov, Tabea Zimmerman, and Isabelle Faust. Her CD with Steven Isserlis on the BIS label was recently released.

To learn more about Steven Isserlis, CLICK HERE.
To learn more about Connie Shih, CLICK HERE.

Gamba Sonata No. 1 G Major, BWV 1027
Boccherini: Sonata in F Major, G9

Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
-- intermission --
Mendelssohn: Variations Concertantes in D Major, Op. 17
Moscheles: Sonata No. 2 in E Major, Op. 121 (1851)

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Food and beverages will be available in the Yokouchi Pavilion for purchase from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.  See full menu HERE.



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