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. This program explores the waltz throughout the last 150 years.
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 and is on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
SARAH SLEAN, vocal
Three-time Juno nominee, Sarah Slean has released 11 albums in over 10 countries, published two volumes of poetry, starred in short films and a movie musical, penned two string quartets, held numerous exhibitions of her paintings, and shared the stage with numerous orchestras. In addition to headlining theatres across Canada, Sarah has also toured Europe, the US and Scandinavia and has opened internationally for such artists as Bryan Ferry, Rufus Wainwright, Alanis Morissette, Andrew Bird, Feist, Ron Sexsmith, Chris Isaak, and Buck 65. Her release Metaphysics is described as a breathtaking amalgamation of Slean’s dramatic orchestral arranging and her signature take on songwriting.
ANDY MILNE, piano
A fearless, versatile explorer, pianist/composer Andy Milne has been a distinct and respected voice at the heart of New York’s creative jazz scene for over 20 years, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, poets and musicians spanning jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music. At the piano he skillfully blends poetic gravitas with a playful sense of order. A former student of Oscar Peterson, Milne was at the center of the M-BASE Collective as a core member of saxophonist Steve Coleman’s bands, as well as performing with Cassandra Wilson and Greg Osby. In addition to his multiple projects, Milne is a sought after educator, balancing teaching positions at The New School, New York University, Columbia University and is the Assistant-Director at The School for Improvisational Music.
KEVIN AHFAT, piano
An acclaimed pianist who “leaves no question about his riveting presentation and technical finesse” (Seattle Times), Kevin Ahfat has made a name for himself as both a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America. Ahfat completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York under the tutelage of Mr. Joseph Kalichstein and Mr. Stephen Hough, where he also served as a Keyboard Teaching Fellow. Beginning in the fall of 2018, he began the prestigious Rebanks Family Fellowship & International Performance Residency at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
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. Danny has been profiled on Korean television and in print media, and most recently, he 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.
Nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award for its debut album Blueprinting, the Aizuri Quartet has quickly risen to the top echelon of chamber ensembles with its recent Grand Prize win at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, branded by The New York Times as “genuinely exciting” and “imaginative,” the Quartet has garnered critical acclaim. Based in New York City, the Aizuri Quartet was the 2017-2018 MetLiveArts String Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, presenting five unique programs throughout the season.
ALLISON ELDREDGE, cello
Currently serving on the faculty of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, cellist Allison Eldredge rose to the attention of classical music audiences when she was invited to perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Chicago Symphony by Music Director Daniel Barenboim. The Chicago Tribune heralded Allison Eldredge as “a cellist afraid of nothing.” In 1989, she was awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and Musical America’s “Young Artist of the Year” Award and has since been performing in the world’s leading concert halls. Additionally, in 2012, she founded the Foulger International Music Festival.
ROB PILTCH, guitar
After working in local jazz clubs with Ted Moses and others and touring North America in the late 70’s with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rob Piltch settled into a career in Toronto studios, playing in rock, contemporary jazz, fusion, and classical styles. Piltch has also appeared with Hagood Hardy, Ron Collier, Lorne Lofsky, Hugh Marsh, Don (W.) Thompson, and others. In the 80’s, he toured and/or recorded with Mary Margaret O’Hara and kd lang. More recently, he has released several albums such as Minister of the Interior with guest artists k.d. lang, Bill Frisell, Petra Haden, and Holly Cole, as well as Music from the Front Room.
ROBERT CARLI, saxophone & clarinet
One of Canada’s busiest and most in-demand composers for film & television, Rob Carli’s music has received numerous industry awards and nominations, including 18 Gemini and Canadian Screen Award nominations, 5 Gemini Awards and 3 Canadian Screen Awards. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in composition, he began performing as saxophonist with various ensembles, including The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada and The Esprit Orchestra. He has performed and toured with artists across North America and Europe, including Barenaked Ladies, Julie Andrews, and Madeleine Peyroux. Mr. Carli has collaborated on numerous projects with The Art of Time Ensemble.
JOSEPH PHILLIPS, bass
A Toronto native, Joseph Phillips has been Principal Double Bassist with Orchestra London since 2007, a position he has also held with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Toronto. He plays regularly with violinist Mayumi Seiler in her Via Salzburg Chamber Music series and in concerts with Art of Time Ensemble and the Sweet Water Music Festival. Joe has contributed to many recordings, including Juno-nominated albums by the Pierre Schryer Band, Joey Wright and The Wailin’ Jennys.