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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Staff in the Spotlight

A close-knit team works behind the scenes to make the festival flow smoothly By Marlene Murphy They studied music for years, but you won’t find Natasha Bood and Marie Desmarteau on stage at the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Instead, they’ll be behind the scenes, helping to orchestrate a three-week event that involves over 60 public performances. And they’re happy to keep the attention focused on...

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Minimalism for the Modern Age

By Kevin Lau On August 1, the internationally acclaimed piano duo Katia and Marielle Lebèque will be gracing Koerner Hall with their unique vision of a post-stylistic musical frontier, united by the deeper philosophy—if not the precise sound we may expect to hear—of Minimalism. They will be joined by David Chalmin, Nicola Tescari, Alexandre Maillard, and Raphael Sequinier on drums, bass, guitar, k...

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Fellows of the Festival

“It’s important to everybody, this act of passing it on.” By Marlene Murphy “It’s like being totally naked. There’s no help anywhere, and there’s no hiding. It’s just you and everything you’ve done.” Douglas McNabney, a respected violist who is in his third year of as the Artistic Director of the Toronto Summer Music Festival, knows how intense the audition process can be for the aspiring musician...

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A Note About the TSM Academy from Pedja Muzijevic

I am looking forward to my week at Toronto Summer Music Academy on many levels – I will get to see and play with some dear friends on the faculty, I will get to spend a week in a city I am very fond of and I will get to know a few musicians of younger generation. I love the fact that we the “faculty” will play with the “fellows”, rather then just listen to them and co...

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Volunteers: Truly the backbone of the Festival

Filling a need, creating an oasis of music for Toronto in the summertime By Marlene Murphy When it comes to the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Eva Krangle has done just about everything  from promoting events, to hosting performers,  to mass-producing dozens of handmade gift baskets for the visiting artists. “We decided right from the outset that we wanted to make our musicians feel particularly w...

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Spotlight on Opening Night!

Trio Pennetier, Pasquier et Pidoux Get to know an artist…or three! We’re kicking off our Festival with three artists who are kind of a big deal.  In Europe, they are known simply as “Les Musiciens”.  Period.  Pianist Jean-Claude Pennetier, violinist Régis Pasquier and cellist Roland Pidoux were students together at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris and have since...

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Hi From Lucia, TSM’s (Super-fabulous) Intern!

Hello, Toronto Summer Music Family! My name is Lucia and I’m your friendly, neighbourhood intern. I’ve been wriggling my way into your inbox in my turn here as EBlaster and communications Fac Totem. I’ve had a peach of a time learning from the talented group of dedicated TSM staff and could not have asked for a better boss in Natasha, our Director of Administration. After ten yea...

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