JULY 8 TO 21, 2012
Forty-five years ago, a new Canadian string quartet was formed at the Jeunesses musicales du Canada summer music camp at Parc national du Mont-Orford (today the Orford Arts Centre). The Orford String Quartet gave its first public concert on August 11th, 1965. Through its many recordings and tours both at home and abroad, the Orford String Quartet became one of Canada’s best-known and most illustrious musical ensembles. After 26 years and about more than 2,000 concerts over six continents, the Quartet disbanded, giving its last concert on July 28, 1991. Now, in 2010, the « New » Orford String Quartet has risen, phoenix-like, from the fame and tradition of its glorious predecessor. All four members are first-desk players from the Montreal and Toronto Symphonies.
Jonathan Crow, concertmaster of the TSO, is surrounded with Andrew Wan, violin and OSM Concertmaster, Eric Nowlin, viola and TSO associate principal viola and Brian Manker, cello and OSM Principal Cello.
This two weeks workshop allows students to develop their skills in all aspects of performing in a string quartet: accuracy, articulation, rehearsal methods and repertoire.
In addition to the basics, this workshop includes an overview of Beethoven’s Quartets, individual classes, and free time to allow for personal practice or to promote informal reading between colleagues. Each group will comprise a complete string quartet and will finish the session in concert.
This course is designed for established ensembles or for individual musicians wishing to be assigned to an ensemble on-site.