Gil Shaham

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Gil Shaham, violinist

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Darren Creech: Resilience (Performance Keynote) – Works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Leoš Janáček, Alexander Scriabin, Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Prokofiev and Alberto Ginastera – McGill University, Friday, March 10, 2017, 05:30 PM EST (GMT-5) / Saturday, March 11, 2017, 12:30 AM EET (UTC+2) – Live on Livestream

McGill Music Graduate Symposium presents queer classical pianist Darren Creech as the Keynote Performer in an innovative and multi-disciplinary concert experience. Darren's award-winning show "Resilience" comes to McGill University, exploring ideas of loss and recovery through the use of emotional narrative, glittery hair, and subverted expectation. Featuring works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Leoš Janáček, Alexander Scriabin, Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Prokofiev and Alberto Ginastera.

Friday, March 10, 2017, 05:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 12:30 AM EET (UTC+2)

Live on Livestream

Ο Καναδός queer περφόμερ και κλασικός πιανίστας Darren Creech ερμηνεύει έργα της Σάρα Κίρκλαντ Σνίντερ, του Λέος Γιάνατσεκ, του Αλεξάντρ Σκριάμπιν, του Φρεντερίκ Σοπέν, του Σεργκέι Προκόφιεφ και του Αλμπέρτο Χιναστέρα.

Το ρεσιτάλ το οποίο θα λάβει χώρα στην αίθουσα συναυλιών Tanna Schulich Hall της Σχολής Μουσικής του Πανεπιστημίου McGill στο Μόντρεαλ του Καναδά, το Σάββατο 11 Μαρτίου 2017, στις 12:30 πμ. (ώρα Ελλάδας), και θα μεταδοθεί ζωντανά από το Livestream, θα πραγματοποιηθεί στο πλαίσιο του Διεθνούς Συνεδρίου Μουσικολόγων στο Πανεπιστήμιο McGill (McGill Music Graduate Symposium).

Ο Darren Creech γεννήθηκε στην Οτάβα, μεγάλωσε στη Σενεγάλη και σπούδασε στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Μόντρεαλ, δίπλα στους πιανίστες Maneli Pirzadeh, Jane Coop, Jimmy Brière, Anya Alexeyev και Elaine Lau. Έχει παρουσιάσει πρώτος έργα της Sarah Kirkland Snider, του Norbert Palej και του James O'Callaghan και έχει διακριθεί σε πολλούς μουσικούς διαγωνισμούς. Σήμερα ζει στο Τορόντο.

McGill University presents Darren Creech

Sarah Kirkland Snider (b. 1973)

♪ The Currents (2012)

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)

♪  Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the Street" (1905)

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)

♪ Piano Sonata No.9, Op.68 "Black Mass Sonata" (1912-1913)

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

♪ Nocturne in E minor, Op. posth. 72 No.1 (1827)

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

♪ Sarcasms, Op.17 (1912-1914)

i. Tempestoso
ii. Allegro rubato
iii. Allegro precipitato
iv. Smanioso
v. Precipitosissim

Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)

♪ Suite de Danzas Criollas (Creole Dance Suite for piano), Op.15 (1946)

i. Adagietto pianissimo
ii. Allegro rustico
iii. Allegretto cantabile
iv. Calmo e poetico
v. Scherzando – Coda: Presto ed energico

Darren Creech, piano

Live from Tanna Schulich Hall, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Friday, March 10, 2017, 05:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 12:30 AM EET (UTC+2)

Live on Livestream

Photo by Anthony Chung
An innovative artist, queer classical pianist Darren Creech "shows his belief in a new potential for the classical concert stage" (CBC Music), and his playing has been heralded as "remarkably fresh and enticing" (Musical Toronto) and "full of ease, very convincing" (Yannick Nézet-Séguin). Engaging his audience through a unique blend of queer storytelling, fabulous fashion, and glittery hair, his solo show "Resilience" garnered him the Best Artist Prize at Toronto's Nuit Rose 2016, and was described as "both unexpected and unforgettable" (Throbbing Rose Collective).

At ease both in and out of classical institutions, Darren has performed in recital at the Canadian Music Centre as part of Toronto's Nuit Blanche, and Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto sponsored his award-winning performance at the queer art festival Nuit Rose. Having participated in numerous classical summer programs, including a full scholarship to the Orford Arts Centre, the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, and a Canada-wide tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, he has studied with pianists Maneli Pirzadeh, Jane Coop, Jimmy Brière, Anya Alexeyev and Elaine Lau. He frequently collaborates with innovative composers, having premièred works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Norbert Palej and James O'Callaghan. Darren was a two-time finalist in CBC's national Piano Hero competition, and his playing has been broadcast on Ici Musique and CBC Radio.

In the 2016-2017 season, Darren performed in Toronto's Nuit Blanche for a second time, collaborating with renowned visual artist Erwin Olaf, accompanying "Waiting", a film installation with a live piano score, and participated in FAWN Chamber Creative's collaborative workshop for "Synesthesia IV" as pianist and co-creator of three new opera-ballets. In March 2017, he will be the Keynote Performer at McGill University's Music Graduate Symposium, an international gathering of musicologists, and in June, he will be making his solo debut with the world's first queer orchestra, Toronto's own Counterpoint Community Orchestra.

Having grown up in Senegal, West Africa, Darren draws on his cross-cultural background to inform his interdisciplinary and unconventional approach to the stage. He holds a Master of Music in piano performance from Université de Montréal and an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University. He currently lives in Toronto.


Tanna Schulich Hall is named after music lover and amateur violinist, Tanna Schulich, wife of Seymour Schulich. It is an intimate 185 seat recital and lecture hall that features wood panels shaped to enhance sound creating amazing acoustics. The ambiance of Tanna enhances both learning and the joy of either making or listening to music the way it should be heard.

Photo by Adam Moco

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