2017 Fellow Fridays Part Six, featuring Geoffrey Conquer!


This week, I sat down with one of our Chamber Music Institute Fellows, pianist Geoffrey Conquer to talk about life at TSM.  Here’s what we discussed!

Q: Tell me about your time at TSM.

A: It’s been great so far! Our days are filled with rehearsals and most evenings there are concerts to attend.  Mornings are occupied with fellows-only rehearsals and the afternoons are mainly spent rehearsing with our mentor for the weekly reGENERATION chamber music concerts. I’m very excited to play with Geoff Nuttall in Fauré’s Second Piano Quartet!

Q: Which TSMF concerts are you looking forward to seeing the most?

A: I really enjoyed the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s concert in Koerner Hall on Opening Night – R. Murray Schafer’s Quartet No. 3 left a huge impression on me. There are truly a lot of great concerts programmed over the course of TSMF, but I am looking forward to James Ehnes’ solo violin recital, Jonathan Crow’s recital with Philip Chiu and the August 2nd TSO Chamber Soloists concert at Walter Hall.

Q: Where are you on your musical journey?

A: After 9 years of post secondary music education I feel I’m ready to work as a pianist, performing and teaching!

Q: What style of music do you most enjoy performing?

A: I’m honestly happy to be playing anything at the piano. Whether it’s solo, Art Song, chamber music, piano duo, accompaniment, large ensemble, contemporary, you name it – I’m just happy to be at the piano.

Q:  What has this summer looked like for you?

A: Before TSM I was at SongFest in Los Angeles working on Art Song with Martin Katz and Graham Johnson.  After TSM, at the end of August, I’m going to the International Holland Music Sessions to give a solo recital and work with Jacques Rouvier.

Q: Why did you choose to live in Toronto?

A: I moved back last summer from Montreal, where I previously studied, for the Rebanks Fellowship at the Glenn Gould School. I love Toronto, I was born and raised here and I find the cultural scene to be extremely rich. There is classical music wherever you turn, be it recitals, chamber music, opera or contemporary music. Not to mention the food here!! It’s a world class city.

Geoffrey will be performing alongside St. Lawrence String Quartet violinist, Geoff Nuttall, and TSM Academy Fellows this Saturday July 15th at 4pm at a TSM Chamber Music reGENERATION concert.


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