Cabaret: Inspired by Beethoven
Piers Lane, piano | Andrew Burashko, piano | Barry Shiffman, viola
This all-star ensemble presents a fun and exciting late-night program of music by Beethoven, and inspired by Beethoven, in an intimate, casual setting on the third floor.
BEETHOVEN: Moonlight Sonata, Mvmt. 1
SHOSTAKOVICH: Viola Sonata, Mvmt. 3
DUDLEY MOORE: Beethoven Parody from Beyond the Fringe
PIERS LANE, piano
London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s concerto repertoire exceeds ninety works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras. Piers Lane has recently been appointed as the Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, and previously served as the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Many composers have written for him and he has premiered works by Brett Dean, Dave Heath, Colin Matthews, Richard Mills, among others. In great demand as a collaborative artist, he continues longstanding partnerships with violinist Tasmin Little, clarinettist Michael Collins and the Goldner String Quartet. Piers Lane has written and presented over 100 programs for BBC Radio 3, including the popular 54-part series, The Piano.
ANDREW BURASHKO, piano
Since his brilliant début with the Toronto Symphony at the age of seventeen, Andrew Burashko has established himself as one of the most sought-after soloists in Canada. He has performed extensively around the world collaborating with conductors Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Pinchas Zukerman, Marin Alsop, among others. Passionately dedicated to the music of our time as well as the great piano masterworks of the past, Andrew Burashko has developed a reputation for versatility and brilliantly conceived programs. He has given numerous Canadian and world premières, including the Canadian première of Schnittke’s Piano Concerto. He is on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
BARRY SHIFFMAN, viola
Artistic director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and classical music at Rockport Music, internationally acclaimed violinist and violist Barry Shiffman is well-respected as a musician, educator and administrator. He was co-founder of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and currently serves as both the Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music at the Glenn Gould School and Dean of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. While in SLSQ, Shiffman served as artist-in-residence at Stanford University from 1998 to 2006 and as visiting artist at the University of Toronto from 1995 to 2006. He has also served in numerous roles at the Banff Centre and is currently Executive Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Recipient of the Longy School’s Nadia Boulanger Prize for Excellence in the Art of Teaching, he received his formal studies at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, University of Toronto, Utrecht Conservatory, Hartt School of Music, Juilliard School and Yale University.