Giving Tuesday – Invest in Tomorrow’s Artists

Meet 2014 Academy Fellow Jean-Philippe Mc Clish Hello, My name is Jean-Philippe McClish and I was a Fellow at the 2014 Toronto Summer Music Academy Art of Song program. I had an incredible experience at the Toronto Summer Music Academy. I learned so much in my time at the Academy, studying with masters of the repertoire and having the opportunity to perform so often. I would not have been able to...

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Meet Academy Fellow Qiao Yi Miao Mu

An Instructional Hobby  Bonjour, Toronto and chamber music lovers! Here is pianist Qiao Yi from Montréal, Québec, and I’m writing to you my first ever blog post after a long day of practice, preparing a delightful new repertoire that I will discover with you very soon at the festival, but before we get there, let me tell you a little bit more about myself and why I chose to come to TSMF this summe...

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Meet Academy Fellow Lorenzo Meseguer

Combining Two Passions Hi Toronto Summer Music Festival fans! My name is Lorenzo  and I am one of the fellows at the Academy this year. It was a great pleasure for me to be one of those selected in this great festival even more studying in Europe cause sometimes it´s a bit difficult “to cross the pond” and attend festivals with this level. The first time I heard about this festival was when I list...

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Meet Academy Fellow Jean-Philippe Mc Clish

A Man of All Trades  Hello TSM! I’m really happy to meet you!! 😉 First of all I want to say a big thanks to everyone who makes the festival possible and makes music live. Especially for helping young artists like us to develop our art and make us better. Art is for me a way to convey a message, to talk to everybody. I am really fortunate to be able to be involved in art and to have the capacity to...

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Meet Academy Fellow Lauren DeRoller

Adventure is Calling! Well hello there! I am so excited to be able to write a blog post for the 2014 Toronto Summer Music Festival! I’ve always wanted to start a blog about my travels as a musician. A few years ago after I graduated from Indiana University, I played in a string quartet on a cruise ship for 4 months and I would send out these weekly emails summarizing all the crazy things that had...

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Meet Academy Fellow Amahl Arulanandam

The Cello Fellow Hello all you TSMers! I’m Amahl, and I’m a cello fellow (see what I did there?) at this year’s Toronto Summer Music Festival. Chamber music is most definitely one of my favourite activities and a big passion and it’s exciting for me to be able to attend an intensive program right in my hometown! This will be my first time as a participant in the festival but I’ve heard great thing...

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Meet Academy Fellow Evanna Chiew

 I’m in it for the Ball Gowns Greetings, Classical music lovers! I’m Evanna, a mezzo-soprano from Vancouver, British Columbia. As I write this, I am sitting in my studio apartment in Connecticut without air con, and it is about 27 degrees Celsius outside.1 The heat is only bad when I have to be in motion for extended periods of time, so I suppose it’s a good a time as any to sit...

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Meet Academy Fellow Ryan Davis

 A Violist of Many Hats Howdy, Toronto Summer Music Festival! My name is Ryan Davis, and I am honoured to be one of the four violist fellows at this year’s academy. I am incredibly excited to be a part of this festival! I have never been a part of the academy before, but have heard only wonderful things from my friends who were fellows in previous years. From what I know, it seems like TSM o...

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Meet Academy Fellow Alicia Choi

Smoothie Flavours and a Cracker Jack Box Hello Toronto Summer Music Festival fans!! My name is Alicia Choi, and I’m one of the fellows at this year’s Academy. Actually, this will be my second summer at TSM. I first heard about this festival from one of its mentors Axel Strauss, with whom I was studying two years ago. I immensely admire him both as an artist and person, so I thought, “hey, if TSM i...

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Behind the Scenes – Mentors and Fellows

By Nicholas Pappone, TSM Academy Fellow The first week was quite a lot of fun.  The performance of the first Mendelssohn String Quintet was wonderful, particularly because we were led by our Mentor, the great violist Paul Coletti.  Not only did he maximize the quality of our performance, but we all certainly connected with him on a personal level.  The whole quintet shared brunch and stories on Sa...

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