Featuring: Andrew Sords (violin), Cheryl Duvall (piano), Jospeh Johnson (cello)
American violinist Andrew Sords has a celebrated career as a soloist on 4 continents and in performances with his trio. Having appeared with nearly 300 orchestras, Sords has been cited for combining visceral virtuosity with a ravishing tone, while international critics endorse Sords as “a fully formed artist” (Kalisz-Poland News), “utterly radiant” (Canada’s Arts Forum), and “exceptionally heartfelt and soulful” (St. Maarten’s Daily Herald).
Cheryl Duvall has established herself as one of Canada's foremost contemporary music interpreters, immersing herself in a wide variety of compositional aesthetics and collaborative endeavours. Besides performing, she maintains a full private piano studio, is a member of the College of Examiners with The Royal Conservatory of Music, adjudicates piano competitions across Canada and appears as guest speaker in university classroom and festival panels.
Joseph Johnson has been heard throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. Highlights of Joseph Johnson's 2022/2023 season include concerto performances of the Brahms Double Concerto with Symphony Nova Scotia in the Fall, CPE Bach Concerto in a minor at U of T in January, and the Canadian Premiere of a new concerto, Devonte Hynes's: Origin - Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, with the Toronto Symphony, in May. Principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since the 2009/2010 season, Mr. Johnson previously held the same position with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Johnson performs on a magnificent Paolo Castello cello crafted in Genoa in 1780.