THE KNIGHTS, JAMES EHNES LES VIOLONS DU ROY & BRAMWELL TOVEY NOMINATED FOR JUNO AWARDS

02.02.11
Bramwell Tovey, Les Violons du Roy , The Knights
Juno Awards

The Knights, James Ehnes, Les Violons Du Roy and Bramwell Tovey have all been nominated for a “Canadian Grammy” in the category of Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment.

James Ehnes
James Ehnes Plays Mendelssohn
Grammy, Gramophone and six-time JUNO Award-winning violinist James Ehnes is widely considered one of the most dynamic and exciting performers in classical music. He has performed in more than 30 countries on five continents, appearing with many of the world’s most well-known orchestras and conductors. This recording of Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto” and “Octet (Onyx)” adds to his already extensive discography of over 25 recordings. James has been hailed “the Jascha Heifetz of our day” (The Globe and Mail) and was recently named to the Order of Canada.

Lara St. John
Mozart/Scott and Lara St. John/The Knights
Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by The New York Times. The Los Angeles Times has published, “St. John brings to the stage personal charisma, an unflagging musical imagination and genuine passion.”  Lara has performed with orchestras on five continents and in recital around the world. She formed her own record label, Ancalagon Records in 1999, and has recorded with orchestras including the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Her release Bach: The Six Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo in 2007 was the best-selling double-album of the year on iTunes and her recording featuring two world premiere 21st century concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra had Gramophone praising: “It’s the sort of work that should get audiences running, not walking, back to concert halls…” Lara has been featured in People and US News and World Report, on CNN’s Showbiz Today, and NPR’s All Things Considered, Fox News, CBC, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and on a Bravo! Special: Live At the Rehearsal Hall.

Les Violons du Roy under Bernard Labadie
Bonbons
The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy borrows its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings. The group, which has a core membership of 15 players, was brought together in 1984 by music director Bernard Labadie and specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. Since 2001, under the leadership of first guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni, the orchestra has begun to explore 19th and 20th century repertoire in depth.  A pillar of the musical scene in Québec City, and well known throughout Canada and U.S., Les Violons du Roy has, since 1988, made over a hundred concert appearances in Germany, England, Austria, Belgium, Ecuador, Spain, France, Morocco, Mexico, Norway, and the Netherlands. The 18 recordings made by Les Violons du Roy have been internationally acclaimed by critics. Since 2004, the association with the ATMA label has led to four CDs, including Water Music, winner of a Felix Award; and a JUNO Award for Piazzolla.

Janina Fialkowska and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under Bramwell Tovey
Chopin Piano Concertos
Janina Fialkowska is a regular guest soloist with the world’s most prestigious orchestras in North America, Europe and Asia. She has worked with such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Zubin Metha, Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Slatkin, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and many others. She has recorded all three Liszt concertos, as well as the Paderewski, Moszkowski and Chopin piano concertos, and a CD devoted to the music of Karol Szymanowski. Fialkowska was the founder of the award-winning “Piano Six” project and its expanded successor “Piano Plus,” where in a group of internationally renowned Canadian musicians devote a period of time each year to giving recitals and master-classes in far-flung communities of Canada. In 2002, her career was brought to a dramatic halt by the discovery of a tumour in her left arm. After the successful removal of the cancer and a groundbreaking muscle-transfer procedure, she resumed her career in January 2004.  Janina Fialkowska is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been awarded an honourary doctorate from Acadia University. The latest season saw her touring three continents with engagements in Germany, England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, the U.S., Canada and Japan.

Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà
Arvo Pärt : Portrait
One of Canada’s most prominent virtuoso violinists, Angèle Dubeau has performed on the world’s greatest stages in a spectacular career that has spanned more than 30 years and across 30 countries. While her talent, virtuosity and musicality have been recognized with many awards, audiences have adopted her above all for her captivating performances, generosity and unparalleled communications skills. Dubeau is the only Canadian classical musician to have achieved two gold records for sales of 50,000 copies of a classical recording. Over her career, she has sold more than 400,000 discs. Angèle Dubeau has performed the great concertos of the repertoire as a guest soloist with numerous international orchestras. She founded La Pietà in 1997, an all-female string ensemble that varies in size, featuring some Canada’s best musicians.