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Paris Connection: Odin String Quartet featuring Victoria Kogan, piano and Atis Bankas, violin


July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


St. Mark’s Church

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Paris Connection: odin string quartet featuring victoria kogan and atis bankas

The Toronto-based Odin String Quartet will delight audiences with a variety of French compositions sure to inspire with special appearances by renowned pianist Victoria Kogan and violinist Atis Bankas – Artistic Director of Music Niagara – in Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet.

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Performer Bio

The Odin String Quartet unites students from the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. This Quartet aims to promote modern Canadian compositions, particularly those of Samuel Bisson, alongside works of the classical music literature.

Winner of The Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition 2011, violinist Alex Toskov, completed his Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, where he studied with Atis Bankas on violin and Steven Dann, on viola. He is a recipient of various prestigious scholarships during his years of study in Serbia, Austria, Norway and Canada and has performed with Diana Krall, and Josh Groban and at a gala concert hosted by the famous cellist YoYo Ma in Koerner Hall in Toronto. More information at http://www.alextoskovmusic.com/

Tanya Charles Iveniuk, violin, is an alumna of the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. Her performances have been described as “intense and exciting” and “colourful and bold”. She serves as the concertmaster of the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra and the Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi Ensemble in Charleston, South Carolina. In Toronto, she performs with Sinfonia Toronto and is the second violinist of the Odin String Quartet. She is on faculty at the Regent Park School of Music.

Korean-Canadian violist Veronica Lee is an active chamber musician throughout North America, performing in acclaimed chamber music festivals. Veronica has completed her Bachelor of Music with honours in Viola Performance at University of Western Ontario. She also holds Master’s Degree in Chamber Music Performance at the McGill Schulich School of Music. Currently she is playing in orchestras in the Greater Toronto Area. 

Samuel Bisson, cello, is quickly distinguishing himself in Canada as a versatile soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. He has collaborated with artists such as Drake, Sarah Brightman and members of Barenaked Ladies. Bisson is also a composer and has had many works performed by ensembles across the country. More information at http://www.samuelbisson.ca/

Russian born Victoria Kogan is one of the most significant pianists of our time. Praised as “a pianist of great talent, having extraordinary skills and boundless musicality,” Ms. Kogan has won numerous competitions and performed in concert halls around the world. Her two recent recordings featuring Beethoven Piano Concertos, released under the Art Classic Company label, have received critical acclaim.

Lithuanian-born Canadian violinist Atis Bankas has performed as a soloist and with major orchestras all over the world. He is a long standing member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as first violinist of the Gould String Quartet, member of the Potsdam Trio, and leader of Ensemble CamerAtis. He is an avid leader in Chamber music collaboration with celebrated pianists including Andre Laplante, Stewart Goodyear, Robert Silverman, to name just a few. Mr. Bankas also finds himself dedicatee of numerous new works by composers such as Gary Kulesha, Dimitriy Varelas and Mikhail Bronner. On the faculty of The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music since 1982, and the teacher of master classes worldwide, he has received numerous awards for his extraordinary dedication and achievement as a teacher, including the Barenreiter Prize, Carnegie Hall’s American Protege and Enkor competition awards. His teaching continues with the creation of the Music Niagara Performance Academy, which has been instrumental in the development of the young virtuosos. Atis Bankas has been inducted into the International Knightly Order of St. George, holds an Honorary Doctor of Arts by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education and the Academy of Fine Arts, and received the prestigious 2017 Spirit of Niagara Christopher Newton Award for Extraordinary Vision in Business.


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41 Byron St.
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