PRAIRIE DEBUT ANNOUNCES OUR 2018/2019 TOURING ROSTER!
Plus a special tour for 2018/19:
The Winner’s Tour, 2016 BISQC Laureate Rolston String Quartet
Achieving international attention at an early stage, Canadian pianist Avan Yu triumphed at the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition in Australia, winning First Prize along with nine special awards. Adding to his impressive list of awards, his first international piano win was at the age of fourteen, and by age seventeen, Avan was the youngest competitor ever to win the Canadian Chopin Competition. He was first noticed by Pinchas Zukerman and Bramwell Tovey who invited him to perform with their respective orchestras, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony. Yo-Yo Ma, after hearing Avan play at the age of sixteen, invited him to perform with him in Ottawa a few years later. He has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia and at venues such as the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Sydney Opera House.
A synchronistic musical style, cellist Chloé Dominguez and pianist Janelle Fung make even the most complex music written for these two instruments seem effortless and fluid. This duo truly brings a beautiful presentation of the cello and piano literature. Chloé Dominguez maintains a very active musical life. She completed her Ph.D. in Performance at McGill University, where she won the Schulich School of Music’s Golden Violin Award. Chloé has appeared at numerous festivals, and has won prestigious awards, notably from Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank with the loan of the 1824 McConnell Nicolaus Gagliano cello. Chloé now plays on a 1745 Lorenzo Carcassi cello. Pianist Janelle Fung has performed in concert from coast to coast in Canada, including tours with Prairie Debut and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. BC Touring Council’s Artist of the Year in 2014, her international concerts have taken her to over twenty countries on five continents.
Ladom Ensemble is the best example of musical integration that defines this country. Drawing from stylistic genres of Persian, Balkan, Tango, and Turkish music, these four musicians effortlessly integrate it into a contemporary classical framework. In short, Ladom doesn’t represent any one tradition, but reflects a beautiful, new, diverse world. Of their first album, CBC’s Errol Nazareth exclaimed: “I can honestly say that this is the first time I have heard such a fascinating mix and it really works well. The music can be very elegant and contemplative and it can also be rocking and fiery and there is no denying of the passion of the four musicians investing in their playing.” As Ladom Ensemble continues to spiral upward in the Canadian music scene, they look forward to performances in Ontario and significant tours with Jeunnesses Musicales du Canada, Prairie Debut, and a second tour with Debut Atlantic.
The Winner’s Tour
2016 BISQC Laureate Rolston String Quartet
First Prize Laureate of the prestigious 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet has become Canada’s newest ensemble attracting attention on the international stage. As Germany’s Südwest Press stated of their recent performance, “an impressive, deeply serious interpretation…highly sensitive, delicately transparent. A musical sounding treasure, blissful.” The Rolston String Quartet has also won First Prize at the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, and are laureates of the inaugural M-Prize Competition and the 2016 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. Since their Banff win, the quartet embarked on their competition winner’s tour with concerts in Europe, United States, and Canada. Further tours of Germany, Brussels, Italy, Israel, United States, and Canada are planned for next season. This fall, the Rolston String Quartet will begin as Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Yale School of Music in Norfolk, CT, previously, they were the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston.
Sponsored in part by the Banff International String Quartet Competition at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
For more information or to book these artists for the 2018/19 Season, please contact
Po Yeh at firstname.lastname@example.org