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Wine & Music with an Italian theme: Gould String Quartet


July 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


The Hare Wine Co.

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Wine & Music with an Italian theme: Gould String Quartet

Our resident ensemble, the Gould String Quartet, is comprised of Atis Bankas, violin, Lucia Barcari, violin, Anna Antropova, viola, and Jonathan Tortolano, cello. They will allure audiences with an Italian program by Donizetti, Puccini, and Verdi.

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Performer Bio

Atis Bankas – ATIS BANKAS, FOUNDER and ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MUSIC NIAGARA FESTIVAL. 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.

Lucia Barcari is a versatile violinist with a special affinity for collaborative projects in diverse genres and ensembles. She enjoys an active career as an orchestral leader, recording artist, chamber and folk musician, throughout Canada and Europe. Born in Chișinău, Moldova, Ms. Barcari was admitted to the Music School for Talented Children at the age of seven, and later won the Moldavian National Music Competition. She completed a master’s degree in violin performance and pedagogy at the Odessa State Conservatory in Ukraine and has been performing and teaching in Canada since 1996. 

Born in the Ukraine, Anna Antropova graduated with a Masters degree in Viola performance from Glinka State Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. She started her professional career with the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) and the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra, touring throughout Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland and France.

Ms. Antropova has performed as soloist across Canada and the United States and works with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Ontario. Ms. Antropova is a devoted teacher whose students have performed and competed in music festivals and competitions across Canada. Ms. Antropova is Artistic Director of Toronto-based Chamber Music Gallery, a music society featuring concerts in the city and throughout Canada.

A native of Vermont, Jonathan Tortolano has been living and working in Toronto since 1999. He studied at New England Conservatory, Oberlin College and The Cleveland Institute of Music and was often found in the woods of Quebec attending summer courses at Centre d’Arts Orford with Janos Starker or in the pit of the Teatro Nuovo in Spoleto playing opera. Arriving in Canada from Europe, Jonathan has held positions with orchestras in Quebec, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the United States. Chamber music lured him to France, to play with Quatuor Prima Vista, and Lisbon, as cellist of Quartet Metropolis. Sunflower Music Festival has been a highlight of his, as well as Music Niagara each summer. Jonathan teaches cello and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and travels through hail, sleet, and snow, to play with the Pittsburgh Opera. Jonathan is married to Polish violinist Janetta Wilczewska. They have a daughter, Fabia, who thinks all musicians are nuts.


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