Great Romantics Series – Jonathan Crow & friends

Tickets $47 at the door – The Market Room

Jonathan Crow – violin, Philip Chiu – piano, Gabriel Radford – french horn.

Jonathan Crow, Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony returns to Music Niagara with a great selection of strings, piano and wind pieces highlighting the love triangle between Johannes Brahms and Clara and Robert Schumann.


R. Schumann        Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano
C. Schumann        Three Romances for violin and piano
J. Brahms                Sonata no.3 in d minor for violin and piano


J. Brahms                Horn Trio

Jonathan Crow


The 2018-2019 season marks Canadian violinist Jonathan Crow's eighth season as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Music in Honours Performance from McGill University in 1998, at which time he joined the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Second Violin. Between 2002 and 2006 Jonathan was the Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; during this time he was the youngest concertmaster of any major North American orchestra. Jonathan continues to perform as guest concertmaster with orchestras around the world, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Filarmonia de Lanaudiere and Pernambuco Festival Orchestra (Brazil). Jonathan has also performed as a soloist with most major Canadian orchestras including the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, the National Arts Centre and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestras, the Victoria, Nova Scotia and Kingston Symphonies, and Orchestra London, under the baton of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Andrew Davis, Peter Oundjian, Kent Nagano, Mario Bernardi and João Carlos Martins.

Philip Chiu


Beyond his technical mastery and musical abilities, pianist Philip Chiu has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for communication and collaboration. Lauded for the brilliance, colour and sensitivity of his playing, he is particularly noted for his ability to connect with audiences on and offstage, Philip is one of Canada's most sought-after chamber musicians. He has appeared in recitals with leading musicians of the world stage. Dedicated to elevating the standard and art of collaborative piano, Philip is the creator and director of the new Collaborative Piano Program at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. Philip was the inaugural recipient of the Prix Goyer (2015) one of Canada’s largest classical music prizes, in recognition of his artistic achievements and contribution to Canadian classical music.



Gabriel Radford


Gabriel was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He is currently Third Horn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002.
Over the course of his career, Gabriel has played with many orchestras, including several guest appearances and Carnegie Hall performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy. He has also played with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Kirov Orchestra and  l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec.  He frequently records for movies, TV shows and commercials such as Hockey Night in Canada, the Olympics, Murdoch Mysteries, and the feature film Burn Your Maps. In 2017, Gabriel joined the Boston Symphony in Boston, and on tour in Japan, and this year, he will perform at Tanglewood and join the BSO on a tour of the finest concert halls in Europe. Gabriel often plays the great chamber works written for Horn. Recently he has worked with artists such as André Laplante, Jonathan Crow, David Louie, Frank Morelli, Joaquin Valdepeñas, the Penderecki String Quartet, James Campbell and many others.  Gabriel is a devoted teacher.  He teaches a full studio of students at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory,  is a member of the faculty at the NYO Canada, and spent several years teaching at the Banff Centre.   Gabriel was honoured to adjudicate auditions for the first-ever YouTube Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work fundraising, mentoring, coaching and teaching at the NYO Canada.

Juliette Kang – violin

Juliette Kang
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Come enjoy a rare recital by Canadian violinist Juliette Kang, in a romantic program of English and French music from the early 1900s.

Kang is celebrated internationally for her interpretive insight, beautiful tone and astonishing technical mastery.

She will be accompanied by Xak Bjerken

Tickets fom $35 + HST – St. Mark’s Church


Frederick Delius
Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 2 (1923)
Con moto – lento – molto vivace

Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending (1914)

Claude Debussy
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1917)

  1. Allegro vivo
  2. Intermède (Fantasque et léger)
  3. Finale (Très animé)


Eugène Ysaÿe
Sonata for Solo Violin no. 5 (1923)

  1. L’Aurore
  2. Danse rustique

Maurice Ravel
Tzigane (1924)

Juliette Kang


Juliette Kang, violinist (b at Edmonton, Alta 6 Sept 1975). Kang began her violin studies at age four. At nine she began studying with Dr. Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute of Music, from which she earned her Bachelor's degree in 1991. In 1993 she earned her Master's degree from the Juilliard School, where her teachers included Dorothy Delay, Hyo Kang and Robert Mann. She came to international attention as winner of first prize in both the Yehudi Menuhin and Indianapolis International competitions and is also a Young Concert Artists winner. Ms. Kang is celebrated internationally for her interpretive insight, beautiful tone and astonishing technical mastery. Her engagements to date include the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National Bordeaux-Acquitaine, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico; Orchestra of St. Luke's; Philadelphia and National Arts Centre Orchestras; American, Detroit, Edmonton, Vancouver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Toronto, Houston, Montréal, Korean Broadcasting, Singapore, Russian National and Kyushu (Japan) symphonies; Hong Kong and Calgary philharmonics; and Chicago Sinfonietta. An especially accomplished recitalist, Kang has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall and also at the Frick Collection in that city, Paris's Théâtre Châtelet, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Boston's Gardner Museum, Washington, DC's Kennedy Center, Toronto's "Onstage at the Glenn Gould" series, as well as in Seoul, Taipei, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Ms. Kang's recording debut, which included the premiere recording of Lutoslawski's Subito, was issued to rapturous acclaim in February 1995 and was followed by a CD of her March 1996 Carnegie Hall recital. Her recording of the Wienawski Second Violin Concerto and the Schumann Violin Concerto with Sergiu Comissiona and the Vancouver Symphony for CBC was released in 2000. Juliette Kang was principal second violin with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra during the 1999-2000 season and was a member of the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 2001 to 2003. She held the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony (2005-2006) before becoming First Associate Concertmaster with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Xak Bjerken

Xak Bjerken


Pianist Xak Bjerken has appeared with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Schoenberg Ensemble, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall. He has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Glinka Hall in St Petersburg, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and for many years performed throughout the US as a member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. Bjerken has worked closely with composers Győrgy Kurtag, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steven Stucky, and George Benjamin, and over the next two years, will be presenting premieres of piano concertos by Stephen Hartke, Elizabeth Ogonek, and Jesse Jones. He is Professor of Music at Cornell University where he co-directs Mayfest, an international chamber music festival with his wife, pianist Miri Yampolsky. Bjerken studied with Aube Tzerko at the University of California at Los Angeles and received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of and teaching assistant to Leon Fleisher.