3:00pm   April 8, 2018

Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue      

Ilya Poletaev, piano
Axel Strauss, violin 
Yegor Dyachkov, cello  



On  Sunday April 8, Syrinx will  welcome Ilya Poletaev,  Axel  Strauss and Yegor Dyachkov to the stage. They will perform a memorable  program including works by Beethoven, Ravel and Canadian composer Michael Oesterle.

Ilya Poletaev  Among the most significant pianists of his generation” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Ilya Poletaev captured First Prize at the prestigious 2010 International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig and, as the winner, appeared in recital at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Mr. Poletaev has served on the faculties of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Yale Department of Music, and the Yale School of Music, and as a lecturer in Early Music. In 2011, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.

 Axel Strauss  The first German artist to win the international Naumburg Violin Award in New York, Strauss has been equally acclaimed for his virtuosity and his musical sensitivity. At the age of seventeen he won the silver medal at the Enescu Competition in Romania and since then has won many other awards, including top prizes in the Bach, Wieniawski and Kocian competitions. Mr. Strauss maintains a busy performance schedule and serves as Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal. Before moving to Canada he was Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Yegor Dyachkov  Since being proclaimed Artist of the Year by the CBC in 2000, Mr. Dyachkov has gone on to perform throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Canada and the United States. He has appeared with major orchestras in such cities as Antwerp, Geneva, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro,Toronto and Vancouver, and has performed at numerous international festivals in Évian, Kronberg, Lanaudière,  and Tanglewood. He was invited by Yo-Yo Ma and Sony Music to take part in the Silk Road Project. Mr Dyachkov  teaches at the Schulich School of Music and at l’Université de Montréal and offers frequent masterclasses.

Michael Oesterle was born in Germany (1968) and immigrated to Canada in 1982. He first studied composition at the University of British Columbia and then earned a doctorate from Princeton University under the direction of Paul Lansky and Louis Andriessen. His music has been played throughout North America, Europe and Eastern Europe. Oesterle has been the recipient of the BMI William Schuman Award (1993-1994, New York), the Prix Gaudeamus (1995, Amsterdam), the grand prize in the CBC National Radio Competition for Young Composers (1997), the Canada Council’s Robert Fleming Prize (1997) and the Jules Léger Prize (1998).


Beethoven: Op. 1 no.3 

Michael Oesterle*: Centennials ( I, II, III)

Ravel: Piano Trio

@ the Heliconian Hall

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