Solo performance, chamber music, and collaboration with orchestra are all essential for a 21st century concert pianist. These elements are therefore integral to Honens’ search for the Complete Artist.
For 2018, Honens intensifies its collaborative performance requirements. Semifinalists collaborate with a violinist and with a singer in a selection of art song/lieder. Finalists perform once with a wind quintet and once with orchestra. The choice of collaborating musicians allows for both a meaningful musical partnership and a mentorship opportunity for all Competition pianists.
Praised for his creamy, bright, smooth voice, Canadian baritone Phillip Addis has established himself as a leading interpreter of opera, concert, and recital with his spell-binding, daring, yet sensitive performances throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Far East. In the 2017/2018 season, Addis returns to the Calgary Opera for performances of the title role in Eugene Onegin and Edmonton Opera for the title role in Don Giovanni. On the concert stage he will be heard in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois Rivières, and a reprise of the role of Pelléas, his signature role, in Pelléas et Melisande with the Cincinnati Symphony and conductor Louis Langrée. Future projects include returns to the Vancouver Opera and the Canadian Opera Company in leading roles. Addis’ 2016/2017 season included performances of Mercutio in Minnesota Opera’s production of Roméo and Juliette, a reprisal of Lt. Audebert in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night with Michigan Opera Theater, returns to the Canadian Opera Company as Papageno in The Magic Flute conducted by Bernard Labadie and to the Vancouver Opera as Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and his debut with the Ruhrtriennale Festival as Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande. In concert, Addis performed Orff’s masterpiece Carmina Burana with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian.
A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Jonathan Crow joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in 2011. Previously he was Concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and notably during this tenure, was the youngest concertmaster of a major North American orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Crow has performed at chamber music festivals throughout North America, South America and Europe. He is a founding member of the New Orford String Quartet, a project-based new ensemble dedicated to the promotion of standard and Canadian string quartet repertoire throughout North America. As a soloist, Jonathan Crow has performed with many Canadian orchestras, with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Kent Nagano. An advocate of contemporary music, he has premiered works by Canadian composers Michael Conway Baker, Eldon Rathburn, Barrie Cabena, Ana Sokolovic, Marjan Mozetich, Christos Hatzis, Ernest MacMillan and Healey Willan, and includes in his repertory major concerti by such modern composers as Ligeti, Schnittke, Bernstein, Brian Cherney, Rodney Sharman and Cameron Wilson. He has recorded for the ATMA, Bridge, CBC, Oxingale, Skylark and XXI-21 labels. In 2005 Jonathan Crow joined the Schulich School of Music at McGill University as Assistant Professor of Violin and was appointed Associate Professor of Violin in 2010. He is currently Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Toronto and Artistic Director of Toronto Summer Music.
The Azahar Ensemble is a woodwind quintet founded in the National Youth Orchestra of Spain in 2010. The quintet was granted a scholarship from the “Fundación JONDE/BBVA” which enabled the young musicians to study chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik Basel (Switzerland) with Sergio Azzolini. The Azahar Ensemble has been awarded several prizes, including second prize (first prize not awarded) at the renowned ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Since then, the quintet has performed at numerous concert venues and festivals throughout Europe. All five instrumentalists collaborate regularly with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonisches Orchester Lübeck, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Basel, Orchestra of the Opera Barcelona, Camerata Berne, Kammerorchester Basel, Orchestra of the Spanish Radio and Television, and the Orchestra of the Palau de les Arts (Valencia).
Frederic Sánchez Muñoz, Miquel Ramos Salvadó, and Antonio Lagares Abeal work as freelance musicians. María Alba Carmona Tobella is member of the Philharmonia Zurich (Zurich Opera Orchestra) and of the ensemble Spira Mirabilis. María José García Zamora is a solo bassoon player at the Komische Oper in Berlin. The Spanish quintet played at Berlin Philharmonic, on Cologne Radio, at Vienna Musikverein and Salzburg Mozarteum, as well as in Baden-Baden and at the Rheingau Festival and the Mozartfest Wuerzburg. Upcoming performances will bring the outstanding group to the Philharmonie in Essen, to Innsbruck, Lucerne, and Canada.
Azahar, derived from the Arabic az-zahr, is the name of the white, aromatically fragrant blossoms of citrus—particularly orange—trees.
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) was formed in 1955 through the amalgamation of the Calgary Symphony and the Alberta Philharmonic. Today the CPO is one of Canada’s finest and most versatile orchestras presenting world leading artists and a wonderful range of genres. The CPO’s innovative style excites, entertains and inspires music lovers of all ages.
Winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Karina Canellakis is internationally acclaimed for her emotionally charged performances, technical command, and interpretive depth. She made her European conducting debut in 2015 with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Graz, Austria, replacing the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt, returning the following June to conduct Concentus Musicus Wien in four symphonies of a Beethoven Cycle. She first made headlines in 2014 filling in at the last-minute for Jaap van Zweden in Shostakovich Symphony No. 8 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she held the position of Assistant Conductor for two seasons. Already known to many in the classical music world for her virtuoso violin playing, Canellakis was initially encouraged to pursue conducting by Sir Simon Rattle while she was playing regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic for two years as a member of their Orchester-Akademie. In addition to appearing frequently as soloist with various North American orchestras, she subsequently played regularly in the Chicago Symphony for over three years, and appeared on several occasions as guest concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway. She also spent many summers performing at the Marlboro Music Festival. Canellakis is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. Her other major mentors have been Alan Gilbert and Fabio Luisi. She was born and raised in New York City and speaks French, German, and Italian.