Concerts

Emma Meinrenken and Cameron Crozman

Emma Meinrenken and Cameron Crozman

Friday July 19 – 7:00 pm

Join us for “Harmony Unveiled: A Night with Canada Council’s Music Instrument Bank Winners,” featuring the exceptional talents of Emma Meinrenken and Cameron Crozman. This special concert, part of the “Mastering the Muse” series, takes place on July 19th at 7 PM at St. Mark’s Church.

Experience the sublime harmony and virtuosity of Emma Meinrenken, wielding the 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivari violin, and Cameron Crozman, embracing the ca. 1750 Gennaro Gagliano cello. Both Emma and Cameron are performing on these instruments as recent winners of the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition. Together, they will lead you on a journey through time, from the intricate works of Bach to the evocative Ravel Duo, and into the realm of contemporary compositions. This performance not only highlights the artistry of the musicians but also celebrates the remarkable craftsmanship and storied history of their instruments.

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness a captivating blend of historical mastery and contemporary innovation, as Emma and Cameron unveil the harmony within these storied instruments. Secure your seat for an evening that promises to be a profound musical experience.

Emma Meinrenken, Violin

Praised for her effortless technique and virtuosity, as well as her skill in interpreting contemporary music, Canadian-German violinist Emma Meinrenken is a recipient of the 2023 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award and the 2023 Yale Presser Foundation Music Award. Upon graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with renowned pedagogue Ida Kavafian, Meinrenken received the Milka Violin Artist Prize. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she spent her formative years in the studio of Atis Bankas as a student in the Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music, under the tutelage of the violin luminary Augustin Hadelich.

She received 1st place at the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, the Prix Ravel at the Ecole d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, and has participated in festivals such as the NUME Festival in Italy, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Verbier Festival Academy, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Four Seasons Winter Workshop. Meinrenken debuted with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2011, and has since performed with orchestras across North America and Europe. She often collaborates with composers, and has been the dedicatee of several new compositions for solo violin. She made her Carnegie Hall debut giving the New York premiere of a piece for violin and guitar by Fred Lerdahl. She currently plays on the 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivarius violin, generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Cameron Crozman, Cello

“With a rich imagination and a keen mind” (Diapason Magazine), Canadian cellist Cameron Crozman leads an active performing career as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada, the USA, and Europe. He has appeared as a soloist with the Orchester National d’Ile-de-France (Paris), Montreal, Winnipeg, Hamilton, and Vancouver Island Symphonies among others, and performances have taken him everywhere from the Philharmonie de Paris and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, to the Qidi Vidi Brewery of St. John’s, Newfoundland . An avid collaborator and chamber musician, Cameron shares the stage with eminent artists such as James Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich, Louis Lortie, Gérard Caussé, James Campbell, and members of the Ébène, New Zealand, and Penderecki String Quartets.

Winner of the 2021 Canada Council for the Arts Virginia Parker Prize, the Council’s largest award for emerging classical musicians, Cameron was CBC/Radio-Canada’s 2019 Classical Revelation artist and a laureate of Gautier Capuçon’s Classe d’Excellence at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris . He has released critically acclaimed recordings for the ATMA Classique and Printemps des Arts de Monaco labels.

Cameron’s debut album, Cavatina , recorded on the ca. 1696 “Bonjour” Stradivarius cello with pianist Philip Chiu, was released in 2019 and described by the French publication Classica Magazine as displaying “technical perfection with a personal style that leaves us wanting to hear more.” His most recent release from September 2023, Ricercari , features a program of 7 new pieces for solo cello by Canadian and international composers alongside the earliest compositions for solo cello by Domenico Gabrielli. His performances are broadcast on CBC, BBC, RTÉ Radio, Radio France, and Medici.tv.

Deeply committed to innovation in classical music, Cameron constantly imagines new ways to share his art with the world. He is active in leading projects commissioning and premiering new music by some of Canada’s most recognized composers including Alexina Louie, Allan Gordon Bell, Liam Ritz, James O’Callaghan, and Kelly-Marie Murphy.

After studying in Canada with Paul Pulford, Cameron was a student at the Paris Conservatoire and received his “Prix de cello” with highest honors studying in the class of Michel Strauss. In 2018, he received a one year mentorship with violinist James Ehnes as part of the André-Bourbeau award from the Jeunesses Musicales Canada. Passionate about teaching the next generation, he has been invited to give masterclasses at the Académie Rainier III in Monaco, Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary, Lawrence University (Wisconsin), University of Montreal, and the Victoria Conservatory among others.

Cameron is the co-founder of ClassicalValley, a festival bringing together chamber music and wine in Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada, and the artistic director of chamber music for the Edeta Arts International Festival in Llíria, Spain, designated a Creative City of Music by the UNESCO. He currently plays on a c. 1750 Gennaro Gagliano cello, generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank.

St. Mark’s Church – 41 Byron Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON.

$40.00 + HST

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