Montreal Chamber Music Festival presents

Giora Schmidt and le Quatuor Vatra

A free 55-minute lunchtime concert featuring the great American violinist Giora Schmidt and the extraordinary talents of the Quebec-born Quatuor Vatra.

Giora Schmidt, violin

Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “impossible to resist, captivating with lyricism, tonal warmth, and boundless enthusiasm,” violinist Giora Schmidt has appeared as soloist with many prominent symphony orchestras around the globe including Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Canada’s National Arts Centre, Toronto, Vancouver and the Israel Philharmonic.

In recital and chamber music, Giora has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, San Francisco Performances, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Tokyo’s Musashino Cultural Hall. Festival appearances include the Ravinia Festival, the Santa Fe and Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, Bard Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music and Music Academy of the West. He has collaborated with eminent musicians including Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum and Michael Tree.

Born in Philadelphia to professional musicians from Israel, Giora began playing the violin at the age of four. A graduate of the Juilliard School, his teachers have included Geoffrey Michaels, Patinka Kopec, Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman. Committed to education and sharing his passion for music, Giora is currently on the artist faculty at New York University (NYU Steinhardt) and Orford Musique Academy (Quebec) in the summer. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, the Juilliard School and Perlman Music Program. Through technology and social media, he continues to find new ways of reaching young violinists and music lovers around the world.

He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, The Classical Recording Foundation’s Samuel Sanders award, and was a Starling Fellow at the Juilliard School.

Quatuor Vatra

Eva Lesage, violin; Sebastian Gonzalez Mora, viola, Bruno Tobon, cello, Chloé Dumoulin, piano

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 47
Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo
Andante cantabile
Finale : Vivace

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
Prelude. Lento
Fugue. Adagio
Scherzo. Allegretto
Intermezzo. Lento
Finale. Allegretto

Salle Bourgie
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 12:00pm
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