3:00pm Sunday April 5, 2020
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto
Marc Djokic violin, Valerie Dueck piano, Thorwald Jorgensen theremin
The AIR, STRINGS AND KEYS Trio is a rare ensemble with the haunting and melodic sounds of the theremin and violin with piano. The group began from a wonderful collaboration during a summer music festival in Canada. This is a cross-continental group, with Marc from Montreal Canada, Thorwald the Netherlands and Valerie currently residing in Geneva. Together they bring together a rare blend of instruments to the stage.
Marc Djokic is a Canadian violinist and winner of the 2017-2018 Prix Goyer. Among other distinctions, he is a Prix Opus laureate and former Canada Council Instrument Bank recipient. Djokic is concertmaster of l’Orchestre classique de Montreal. His debut album, Solo Seven, garnered glowing reviews upon its release in 2018. His next two collaborative albums were released on the ATMA Classique and Analekta labels in 2019. Last summer, Marc embarked on his second European tour with solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and masterclasses. From BC Contact to Jeunesses Musicales and Debut Atlantic, Djokic has toured several times throughout Canada as an accomplished chamber musician. As a soloist, Marc Djokic has performed with such prestigious orchestras as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Quebec Symphony Orchestra.
Valerie Dueck, noted for her creativity, sensitivity and curiosity, has distinguished herself as a solo and collaborative pianist on three continents. Her performances have been broadcast on Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Kazakh National Television, and she has performed at the Musikverein and Brahms-Saal in Vienna, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and state-of-the-art venues across China on three tours of that country. She has been an invited performer at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Music and Beyond festival in Ottawa and the Five Boroughs Music Festival in New York.
Thorwald Jørgensen is known as one of the leading classical theremin players in the world. After graduating from the conservatory he quickly established himself as one of the most prominent players of the instrument and made full time career of playing the instrument. Since the playing technique also resembles that of a string instrument, Thorwald was coached by Saskia Boon, former cellist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Having a busy concert schedule, Thorwald has played to great reviews as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral thereminist in Europe, both North and South America, Asia, Canada and Russia.