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Erica Raum & Lydia Wong


Violin & piano recital

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
7:30pm

Erica Raum, violin
Known for her "lively temperament, energetic individuality and warm and communicative tone" (Muzsika, Budapest), violinist Erika Raum continues developing a following here in her native country and internationally. Playing professionally since the age of twelve, Ms. Raum quickly rose through the ranks by taking first place at the 1992 Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition in Budapest as well as the award for best interpretation of a Mozart concerto. She has returned on many occasions to perform in Hungary, Portugal, Sweden, Austria, Germany, England, Italy and France. She has appeared as guest artist with orchestras including the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Szombathely Symphony Orchestra, the Austro-Hungarian Orchestra, and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra.

A distinguished musician abroad, Erika also performs frequently throughout her homeland with orchestral appearances in cities such as Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Victoria, Halifax, Laval and Edmonton. Both a recitalist and chamber musician, some of her recent international highlights include the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, the BargeMusic Festival in New York, and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and most recently, the Festival Pablo Casals de Prades, France and the Clandeboye Festival, Ireland. Past invitations include the Budapest Spring Festival, Szombathely Festival in Hungary, Carnegie Hall as well as the Caramoor and Prussia Cove festivals. Her performances are often heard on an array of radio networks like CBC across Canada and the NPR in the USA.

Ms. Raum is a member of the ARC Ensemble, a chamber group specializing in the rediscovery of great 20th century composers and their music, with an emphasis on those whose lives were interrupted or even lost during the Holocaust. So far, they have released four CDs on the RCA Red Seal label, two of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. The Strad Magazine even gave Erika special mention for her performance noting that she had them “hanging on to her every note”. Erika's other recordings include a partnership with internationally renowned pianist Anton Kuerti for a world premiere recording of Carl Czerny's piano and violin works on the CBC Musica Viva label. She also recorded the Brahms Horn Trio and premiered Pantheon, a piece by esteemed composer (and mother), Elizabeth Raum, on the Arktos label.

Erika is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied with the late Professor Lorand Fenyves and was awarded the prestigious Eaton Scholarship upon her graduation. She is also a recipient of The Canada Council for the Arts - Career Development Grant. Ms. Raum is currently on the faculties of The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory and the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto with her husband, distinguished Canadian composer, Omar Daniel, their daughter Roslein, and triplets Eero, Oskar, and Roxanne.

Lydia Wong, piano
One of Canada’s most sought after collaborative pianists, Lydia Wong appears regularly with the world’s pre-eminent performers in venues across the globe from Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City to London’s Wigmore Hall.

Active in New Music, Ms Wong, has enjoyed a special association with composer Krzystof Penderecki following the North American premiere of his Sextet at the Banff Summer Music Festival. She was subsequently invited to perform the Sextet and other works at the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico and at the “Making Music” series in New York City by Carnegie Hall. With violinist Erika Raum, she also gave the North American premiere of Penderecki’s Violin Sonata No.2 in Toronto and performed at Maestro Penderecki’s 70th birthday celebration in Warsaw, Poland.

She has served as a member of the jury for the Seventh Annual International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Krakow, Poland, music commissioning program for the Ontario Arts Council in Toronto and the JUNO Awards.

Ms. Wong has recorded for Naxos, Marquis Classics, Phoenix Records, CentreDiscs and has performed for networks in North America, South Africa and Europe besides broadcasting regularly for the CBC. Her CD, American Flute Masterpieces with flutist Susan Hoeppner was nominated for a Juno Award in 2012.

A graduate of the University of Toronto and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ms. Wong has been on faculty at the University of Toronto since 1998. From 2008-2016, she was artistic co-ordinator of the Collaborative Piano Internship program at the Banff Centre where she had been on faculty since 1993.

Program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 301
      I. Allegro con spirito
      II. Allegro

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Sonata No. 2 in G Major
       I. Allegretto
      II. Blues. Moderato
      III. Perpetuum mobile

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Scherzo in C Minor, WoO 2, Sonatensatz F-A-E

INTERMISSION

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Havannaise, Op. 83


Much Ado About Nothing Suite Op. 11
      I. Maiden In the Bridal Chamber
      II. March of the Watch
      III. Garden Scene
      IV. Masquerade. Hornpipe

Peotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34

Erika Raum is represented by Andrew Kwan Artists Management Inc.