The Glenn Gould Foundation
was honoured to host
The Glenn Gould Foundation was honoured to host an event at Integral House in Toronto on February 3rd, 2016. Supporters of the Foundation were joined by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC OOnt, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at an event that featured performances by singer songwriter Alejandra Ribera, self proclaimed musical genius and pianist Chilly Gonzales and soprano Adrianne Pieczonka.
Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music.
The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg's Kaiser Quartett, the album re-imagines Romantic-era chamber music as today's addictive pop. Gestures from rap, ambient, easy listening and the avant-garde co- exist as always in Chilly Gonzales’ musical universe - this time with strings attached.
Known equally for his intimate piano touch as for his showmanship, "Gonzo" aims to be a man of his time, approaching the piano with classical and jazz training but with the attitude of a rapper.
Chilly Gonzales holds the Guinness world record for the longest solo concert at over 27 hours. He performs and writes songs with Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Drake, among others. In 2014 he won a Grammy for his collaboration on Daft Punk’s Best Album of the Year. With "Never Stop", Chilly Gonzales composed a global hit for the inaugural Apple iPad campaign.
More on Chilly Gonzales.
Internationally acclaimed for her interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Verdi and Puccini, Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka has brought to life such powerful women as Senta, Chrysothemis, Sieglinde, the Marschallin, the Kaiserin, Tosca, Elisabetta, and Amelia on leading opera and concert stages in Europe, North America and Asia.
Performances have taken her to New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper, ROH Covent Garden, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Munich Frankfurt, Los Angeles, and La Scala, as well as at some of Europe’s finest summer festivals including Salzburg, Bayreuth, Glyndebourne and Aix-en-Provence under the direction of such conductors as James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Claudio Abbado, the late Richard Bradshaw, Lorin Maazel, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Anthony Pappano and the late Sir Georg Solti.
Opera figures prominently on Adrianne’s 2015-2016 calendar with performances as Mme. Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites with the Nederlandse Oper in Amsterdam, and Countess Madeleine in Strauss’s Capriccio at the Opéra national de Paris, directed by Robert Carsen. She appears twice at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, first in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca and later as Chrysothemis in Strauss’s Elektra. Highly acclaimed in the original production at the Aix-en-Provence Festival directed by the late Patrice Chéreau, Adrianne reprises the role Chrysothemis at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. As well, she appears in concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto in a program of contemporary music by George Crumb and in recital in Madrid.
More on Adrianne Pieczonka.
Born in Canada to an Argentinian father and a Scottish mother, Alejandra Ribera has a natural predisposition for travel. The singer has now arrived in France with La Boca, an album as beautiful as a high-flying cloud which has defied storms, crossed musical continents and homed in on the light in pop and Latino music. A singer-songwriter, her voice is that of the ultimate dreamer, swaddled in gossamery, delicately arranged songs, designed for flight.
More on Alejandra Ribera.
The Glenn Gould Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following corporate supporters
Photo Credits: Chilly Gonzales (top) - Alexandre Isard, Alejandra Ribera (bottom) - Kristina Wagenbauer, Event Images - Kenneth Chou Photography