Solo performance, chamber music, and collaboration with orchestra are all essential for concert pianists. These elements are therefore integral to Honens’ search for the Complete Artist.
For the 2022 Honens International Piano Competition, Semifinalists perform solo works and collaborate with a violinist. Finalists perform with a string quintet, a soprano, and with orchestra. The choice of collaborating musicians allows for both a meaningful musical partnership and a mentorship opportunity for all Competition pianists.
Canadian violinist Martin Beaver was first violin of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet from 2002 until its final season in 2013. As such, he appeared to critical and public acclaim on the major stages of the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. Concerto and recital appearances have taken him to North and South America, Europe, and Asia with orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège (Belgium), the Montreal Symphony, and the Sapporo Symphony (Japan), and with conductors including Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Gilbert Varga, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Chamber music collaborations include eminent artists such as Leon Fleisher, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Sabine Meyer, and Yefim Bronfman. Beaver is a founding member of the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker and cellist Clive Greensmith.
Beaver’s teachers include Victor Danchenko, Josef Gingold, and Henryk Szeryng. A laureate of the Queen Elisabeth, Montreal, and Indianapolis Competitions, he has subsequently served on juries of major international violin and chamber music competitions including the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Belgium) and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (Japan). A devoted educator, Beaver has conducted masterclasses on five continents. He has held teaching positions at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto); the University of British Columbia; Peabody Conservatory, and NYU (US). More recently, he was Artist in Residence at the Yale School of Music (US). He currently serves as Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Colburn Music Academy in Los Angeles.
Viano String Quartet
Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), the Viano String Quartet won First Prize at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition and top prizes at the Osaka (Japan) and Wigmore Hall (England) International Chamber Music Competitions, where they also received the Haydn Prize and Sidney Griller Award.
Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where they are Ensemble-in-Residence through the 2020 / 2021 season, the Quartet has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall (England); Segerstrom Center for the Arts, SOKA Performing Arts Center, and the Cerritos Center for Performing Arts (US). The Viano String Quartet has performed with world-class musicians such as pianists Emanuel Ax and Elisso Virsaladze, violist Paul Coletti, and violinist Martin Beaver. During the 2019 / 2020 season, the Quartet performs on three continents, making debuts in Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, New York, and Vancouver.
In 2019 Ema Nikolovska was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist.
In the same year she won 1st Prize at the International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize (Kathleen Ferrier Awards) and was a prize-winner at the YCAT International Auditions.
Nikolovska joined the Berlin Staatsoper International Studio in Autumn 2020. This season she performs the title roles in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Christian Jost’s Arabian Nights, along with roles in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, Janacek’s Jenufa, and Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Over the last year she has given recitals at the Pierre Boulez Saal (Germany), Wigmore Hall (England), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Schubertíada Barcelona, Leeds Lieder, and Berlin Konzerthaus, collaborating with Malcolm Martineau, Wolfram Rieger, Thomas Hampson, Graham Johnson, Sir Andràs Schiff, and Barry Shiffman, among many others. Nikolovska also performed Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Musikkollegium Winterthur conducted by Barbara Hannigan and recorded a live concert for the Vancouver Recital Society.
Engagements during 2021 / 22 include her BBC Proms debut at Cadogan Hall and her debut with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Barbara Hannigan. Nikolovska gives recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau (Paris), and the Konzerthaus (Berlin). As a BBC NGA artist she has recorded for Radio 3, and appeared as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (England).
Born in Macedonia, Nikolovska grew up in Toronto where she studied voice with Helga Tucker and violin at The Glenn Gould School. She received her master’s at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and completed the Opera Course in 2020.
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) is a pillar of Calgary’s vibrant arts community and since 1955, has grown to be one of Canada’s most celebrated live music ensembles. Each Season, the CPO presents classical masterworks, pop favourites, bold collaborations, and cutting-edge new works. Led by Music Director Rune Bergmann, the CPO consistently attracts world renowned guest artists and dynamic conductors. The Orchestra welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually and, in 2017, launched its live-stream initiative—an immersive, digital concert experience for audiences around the world.