L to R: Mark Fewer violin | Paul Pulford cello | Ken Gee piano

Beethoven: Cello Sonata in D major, Op. 102
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 47 (Kreutzer)
Beethoven: Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 (Archduke)

Friday June 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Guelph Youth Music Centre Recital Hall

Cello Sonata in D major, op. 102.2
Violin Sonata (Kreutzer) in A major, op. 47
Trio in B-flat major, op. 97 (Archduke)

It's always a treat to have the Festival Trio perform each year. In the past, Paul Pulford & Ken Gee have been joined by outstanding violinists Jerzy Kaplanek and Sadie Fields. In fact, Sadie was supposed to appear this season but is now expecting her family in Brussells to be one more in May! But we are very fortunate to have the amazing MARK FEWER join the Trio this year. He’s a long-time musical friend and top-flight soloist and chamber musician who is based at McGill but performing around the world. Welcome and thank you, Mark!

This will also be one of the last performances by Paul Pulford before he retires from Wilfrid Laurier University and moves to his "summer" home in New Brunswick this summer. We plan to continue the trio after he moves.

Paul Pulford & Ken Gee will perform a special recital in the Music at St. Joe's series in Hamilton on Sunday June 4 at 3 pm.  DETAILS HERE

mark fewer

Described as "genre-bending" by the National Post, and "intrepid" by the Globe and Mail, Mark Fewer has performed around the world to critical acclaim in virtually every role asked of a violinist – and then some. His regular musical diet includes performances from the early baroque to the avant-garde, with recent performances as soloist with groups as wide-ranging as the Melbourne Symphony (Australia), the Fodens-Richardson Brass Band (UK), the Zapp Quartet (Amsterdam), and the McGill Percussion Ensemble (Canada). He is also a dedicated chamber musician, jazz violinist, artistic director, and teacher.

Since 2010, Mr. Fewer has been featured on 8 new recordings, the most recent of which won the 2012 Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. The work, entitled Changing Seasons, is a jazz violin concerto written especially for him by jazz great Phil Dwyer. Scored for big band, string orchestra and solo violin, the piece takes advantage of Mr. Fewer's unique abilities as both a classical violinist and improviser. Other new recordings include chamber works of Serge Arcuri (winner of the 2012 Prix Opus for Best Chamber Recording), as well as solo works of Pandolfi, Brahms, Antheil and Tovey.

2012 saw Mr. Fewer perform concertos of Paganini, Vivaldi, Berg and Beethoven with orchestras in Canada and the United States. He also made his conducting debut with I Musici de Montreal in performances of his own arrangements of Miles Davis and Duke Ellington standards. In 2013 he will perform across Canada, the United States, Taiwan and India, including concerto performances of works by Bach, Prokofiev, John Adams and Bramwell Tovey.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Fewer is a regular member of the Duke Piano Trio and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. He has also recently performed in chamber setting with artists such as Leon Fleisher, Edgar Meyer, Gilbert Kalish, James Campbell, Matt Haimovitz and Elizabeth Wallfisch.In 2011 he replaced both violinists of the St. Lawrence String Quartet and was subsequently awarded the "5th Man Paternity Prize".

As a jazz violinist he has had the honor of sharing the stage with Dave Young, Brad Turner, Jodi Proznick, Terri Clark, Gene di Novi, Phil Dwyer, VanDjango and others.

Mr. Fewer was the artistic director of the Scotia Festival of Music from 2004-2009, and is the founding director of the SweetWater Music Festival, now famous for it's programmatic creativity and performance excellence. He was concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony from 2004-2008, and has been on faculty of the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, since 2007. Mr. Fewer can be heard regularly on NPR, CBC Radio Two, BBC 3, RTVE, and ABC, and is the feature interview for an episode of the Biography Channel's People Uncut.

paul pulford

Paul Pulford studied with American cellist George Neikrug and with Scottish cellists Peggie Sampson and Joan Dickson. He has played in the BBC Scottish Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Austin (Texas) Symphony, and was principal cellist of the Toronto Chamber Players and Irish Pro Musica Ensemble. As a soloist he has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Banff Festival Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, RTE (Ireland) Symphony, and the Irish Pro Musica Ensemble. He has performed extensively as a recitalist and has recorded the complete Beethoven and Brahms sonatas with fortepianist Boyd McDonald.

Paul Pulford has spent the majority of his years as a cellist in chamber ensembles that include: Penderecki, Orford, Brunswick and University of Alberta String Quartets; the Galliard Ensemble; new music groups Blue Rider Ensemble, ARRAY New Music and NUMUS Ensemble.

As a conductor Paul Pulford co-ordinates the orchestral program at Wilfrid Laurier and has appeared as a guest conductor with Symphony New Brunswick, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Mississauga and Georgian Symphonies and is Resident Conductor of the NUMUS Ensemble. He has also been conductor of the New Brunswick and KW Symphony Youth Orchestras and conducted the premiere of Tim Brady's opera, The Salome Dancer.

His CD recordings include:
With fortepianist Boyd McDonald
Ludwig von Beethoven Complete works for Cello and Fortepiano (ebs)
Johannes Brahms Cello Sonatas and Songs for Alto and Cello (doremi)

With Penderecki String Quartet
Bela Bartok Complete String Quartets (Nos. 1-4)
Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor
Johannes Brahms String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 51
Benjamin Britten String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94
Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3, Op. 73
Alfred Schnittke Piano Quintet (1972-76)
Krzysztof Penderecki Complete String Quartets
Various composers Polish String Quartets
Tim Brady Guitar Quintet

ken gee

Pianist-Artistic Director Ken Gee created Guelph Musicfest and has been organizing every year since, and now the series begins its SECOND DECADE! Ken is an experienced recitalist, concerto soloist, accompanist, and chamber music player. He has a Music B.A. from McMaster University, where he was awarded the McMaster Medal for the Creative and Performing Arts. His principal piano teachers were Reginald Bedford and Boris Berlin. Ken was music critic for the Hamilton Spectator, manager for chamber music series and Ensemble Sir Ernest MacMillan, co-director of the Hamilton Kiwanis Music Festival, and a teacher at McMaster University, Sheridan College and Mohawk College. Ken's other life is in Macintosh-based design work and music production. He developed classical piano music software for PG Music Inc., Victoria, and makes music and music text books for Frederick Harris Music Ltd. and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

He is the pianist for Guelph Youth Singers, Suzuki String School of Guelph, and Suzuki summer Institutes in Waterloo and Montreal, and has also been a piano adjudicator, private teacher and chamber music coach. He has also served as chair of the Guelph Youth Music Centre where he led the creation of the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, he was the recipient of a City of Guelph Mayor's Award. Ken lives in Guelph with his violinist wife, Paule Barsalou (director of the Suzuki String School of Guelph).

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