Glenn Gould was known as both a musical genius and a great eccentric. His perspective is presented, via screenings of CBC’s Glenn Gould on Television, as introductions to live performances of chamber music by Shostakovich and Beethoven. Led by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, Art of Time Ensemble transforms the way people experience music. Fusing high art and popular culture in concerts that juxtapose the best of each genre. Art of Time entertains as it enlightens, revealing the universal qualities that lie at the heart of all great music.
ABOUT ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE
Andrew Burashko, piano | Pieter Wispelwey, cello | Pei-Shan Lee, piano
Festival Quartet: Benjamin Bowman, violin | Barry Shiffman, viola | Danny Koo, violin | Tom Wiebe, cello
Andrew Burashko formed Art of Time Ensemble in 1998 with the support of a small group of like-minded musicians and prominent figures in dance, theatre and other art forms. Since then, the ensemble has become a cultural tour de force, collaborating with some of the most acclaimed artists in the world including writers like Margaret Atwood, choreographers such as Peggy Baker, singers like Madeleine Peyroux, filmmakers like Tess Girard, and a host of many others. Art of Time has enjoyed annual perfromances at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre Theatre, and regularly appears as part of the Royal Conservatory of Music performance season at Koerner Hall. The company is invited to perform at festivals and events across Canada, including Music in the Morning in Vancouver, the Banff Centre, Chamberfest and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
ANDREW BURASHKO, piano
Since his brilliant début with the Toronto Symphony at the age of seventeen, Andrew Burashko has established himself as one of the most sought-after soloists in Canada. He has performed extensively around the world collaborating with conductors Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Pinchas Zukerman, Marin Alsop, among others. Passionately dedicated to the music of our time as well as the great piano masterworks of the past, Andrew Burashko has developed a reputation for versatility and brilliantly conceived programs. He has given numerous Canadian and world premières, including the Canadian première of Schnittke’s Piano Concerto. He is on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
PIETER WISPELWEY, cello
Cellist Pieter Wispelwey has enjoyed a long, lauded career built upon his ease with both period and modern works, combined with a truly original interpretative ability and phenomenal technical mastery. He has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertoire ranging from JS Bach to Schnittke, Elliott Carter and works composed for him. Wispelwey enjoys many fruitful chamber music collaborations, with regular duo partners like pianists Cédric Tiberghien and Alasdair Beatson. Wispelwey’s career spans five continents and he has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestra. Wispelwey has established a reputation as one of the most charismatic recitalists on the circuit. Born in The Netherlands, Wispelwey’ studied with Dicky Boeke and Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam and later with Paul Katz in the USA and William Pleeth in the UK. Pieter Wispelwey plays on a 1760 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini cello and a 1710 Rombouts baroque cello.
PEI-SHAN LEE, piano
Pianist Pei-Shan Lee has become one of the most sought-after pianists on the concert circuit today, with performances at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and Boston’s Jordan Hall, among many others. Ms. Lee has collaborated with some of America’s most important musicians, including Donald Weilerstein, Ani Kavafian, Stefan Jackiw, Kim Kashkashian, and Andres Diaz, as well as the Jupiter, the Harlem, and the Formosa String quartets. A member of the Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music faculty at the New England Conservatory, Ms. Lee recently created a new MM in Collaborative Piano at the California State University Northridge. While studying at The Cleveland Institute, she was awarded the Rosa Lobe Memorial Award in recognition of the highest level of artistic achievement in Collaborative Piano. Her doctoral thesis “The Collaborative Pianist: Balancing Roles in Partnership”, has become an important resource for schools wishing to begin/develop a Collaborative Piano program.
BENJAMIN BOWMAN, violin
American-Canadian violinist Benjamin Bowman was recently appointed as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera by maestro Nézét-Seguin. Benjamin is very active and engaged as a chamber musician, recitalist and soloist. Most recently, he was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for his recording with the ARC (Artists of the Royal Conservatory) Ensemble (‘The Chamber Works of Jerzy Fitelberg’) and was also featured on the 2013 Juno-winning album ‘Levant’ with the Amici Chamber Ensemble. Bowman received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. His instrument was made by François Pique, in Paris, in 1798.
DANNY KOO, violin
Described as “unstinting in energetic projection every step of the way” (Calgary Herald), violinist Danny Koo has carved out a distinctive professional profile as a chamber musician, soloist, and recitalist in appearances throughout the world. An outgoing personality, Danny has been profiled on Korean television and in print media, including Marie Claire Korea and Scene Playbill Magazine. Most recently, Danny shared at two TEDxBeaconStreet conferences. He currently leads Toronto’s Academy Chamber Orchestra alongside Barry Shiffman at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he is a Rebanks Fellow. In Korea, he has partnered with ‘Pinkfong’ (creators of Baby Shark) to educate and excite the youngest generation of our world about classical music. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory. He plays on a violin made in Naples by Vincenzo Postiglione in 1901.
BARRY SHIFFMAN, viola
Artistic director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and classical music at Rockport Music, internationally acclaimed violinist and violist Barry Shiffman is well-respected as a musician, educator and administrator. He was co-founder of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and currently serves as both the Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music at the Glenn Gould School and Dean of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. While in SLSQ, Shiffman served as artist-in-residence at Stanford University from 1998 to 2006 and as visiting artist at the University of Toronto from 1995 to 2006. He has also served in numerous roles at the Banff Centre and is currently Executive Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Recipient of the Longy School’s Nadia Boulanger Prize for Excellence in the Art of Teaching, he received his formal studies at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, University of Toronto, Utrecht Conservatory, Hartt School of Music, Juilliard School and Yale University.
TOM WIEBE, cello
Thomas Wiebe is an acclaimed cellist with performances at many of the world’s finest halls and festivals. He is a founding member of the Duke Trio and a member of the Rebelheart Collective. Recently Mr. Wiebe has performed along with the ARC Ensemble and the Art of Time Ensemble. On numerous occasions he has been a guest artist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra London Canada. He has also been heard as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York, and with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Thomas Wiebe studied cello in his native Winnipeg with the late Julie Banton, and later studied at the Eastman School of Music, Yale University and the Juilliard School. Mr. Wiebe is Associate Professor of Violoncello at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in London. He is also on the faculty of the Domaine Forget Summer Music Academy in Quebec.