Breaking New Paths for the Violin
Edmonton violin virtuoso Guillaume Tardif will team up with local pianist Roger Admiral for an evening of early 20th century duos. The concert will take place in the Faith and Life Chapel at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013. There is no charge for admission.
The pianist-composers on this program all wrote works that they themselves would perform with their violinist friends on European tours promoting their music. Karol Szymanowski’s Mythes offer exotic and erotic story telling. The movements of Igor Stravinsky’s Duo Concertant allude to Pastoral poetry’s mixing of simplicity and sophistication by mixing complex rhythmic construction with drone and cimbalom styles of texture. Béla Bartók’s Sonata #1 is a thrilling drama where folk music and dance mix with abstract construction.
Guillaume Tardif received his doctorate of Musical Art from the Eastman School, University of Rochester. He is Associate Professor and Area Coordinator for Chamber Music and Strings at the Department of Music at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He is an active concert violinist, performing in Canada and abroad as soloist and chamber musician – recently at Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 2012, he was a guest professor at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and at two international music festivals in Italy and the USA. Among other ongoing projects, he is president of the Alberta String Association and leads the Enterprise String Quartet project (for which he was nominated for a TELUS Courage to Innovate Award, City of Edmonton).
Canadian pianist Roger Admiral performs solo and chamber music repertoire spanning the 18th through the 21st century. Known for his dedication to contemporary music, Roger has commissioned and premiered many new compositions. The current concert season includes recent piano music of Howard Bashaw performed in Jersey City, Toronto, Guelph, Kitchener, Calgary and Edmonton, and engagements with Ensemble 1534 (Ottawa) and Plexoos Ensemble (Edmonton). Recent performances include solo recitals of Canadian music in Hungary, with violinist Guillaume Tardif in Budapest, Innsbruck, New York City, Seoul and Fribourg (Switzerland), and a concerto with Toronto’s New Music Concerts. In 2014 Roger will perform Gyorgy Ligeti’s Piano Concerto with the Victoria Symphony. Roger holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and University of Alberta (Doctorate of Music – piano performance). He lives in Camrose and teaches at the University of Alberta north campus as well as Augustana Campus as a sessional instructor.
For further information about this recital, call the Augustana Music Office (780-679-1532).