3:00pm    December 1, 2019
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto

Jean-Luc Therrien-piano, Mai Tategami-violin, Zlatomir Fung-cello

Originally from Repentigny, Quebec, Canadian pianist Jean-Luc Therrien has been actively performing in Canada and abroad. In 2016, he toured across Quebec and the Maritimes as part of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada’s Emerging Artists Concerts on tour, with a program which included his own transcription of Franz Liszt’s symphonic poem Les Préludes. A few months later, he also made his orchestral debut in Asia with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Over the years, Jean-Luc  has stood out in many competitions such as the Luigi Zanuccoli International Music Competition (Chamber Music Prize), the Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize International Piano Competition, (3rd prize and audience prize), the Canadian Music Competition’s Stepping Stone (3rd prize), etc. Moreover, he won the Soloists Competition of the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory four times and consequently performed several concerts with the conservatory’s orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières. Jean-Luc was also awarded several prizes, including the Gilles-Gauthier Excellence Award, the Wilfrid-Pelletier Excellence Award and the Governor General of Canada’s Academic medal, as well as a grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts, which allowed him to pursue postgraduate studies in Austria in 2016-17.

 A graduate of the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory, Jean-Luc received his Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

Mai Tategami made her Orchestra debut performing with Maestro Yutaka Sado when she was 14.  She has won prizes at numerous competitions, winning the ABC Music Audition, 1st Prize at the Children Violin Competition (Japan), 3rd prize at the SMF International Music Competition (U.S), Special Prize at the Japan Mozart International Competition, and 2nd Prize at the Matsukata Music Award. She received the “Dosekai Award” from the Tokyo University of the Arts when she graduated there in 2011. 

      More recently, she won the first edition of the “Orford Music Prize” and the “Fondation Yehudi Menuhin Prize” in Canada, and also, she is a prizewinner of the Johannes Brahms International Competition, Ibolyka-Gyarfas Violin Competition (Germany) and the International Violin Competition “Andrea Postacchini”. Those prizes made her travel internationally, performing recitals and chamber music concerts in many major cities, most notably Tokyo, Osaka, Berlin, Salzburg, Hamburg and Toronto.

      As a chamber music player, Mai Tategami is invited to some international music festivals such as the Musique de Chambre à Giverny in France, Orford Music Festival in Canada. She also received the Best Chamber Music Award at the Pablo Casals Music Festival (France).  She has a great interest in orchestras too.  She was a concertmistress of the Seiji Ozawa Ongakujyuku Orchestra, when she started studying in Germany, she played in the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (2012-2015) and the Beethoven Orchester Bonn (2015/16).  Since the 2016 season, she has been a member of the Saito Kinen Orchestra (Director: Seiji Ozawa), and from the 2019 spring, she started playing in the London Philharmonic Orchestra as an assistant concertmaster.

      Mai Tategami graduated from the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” (2012) and obtained her Master’s from the University of the Arts Berlin as the top student (2015), she is currently participating in the postgraduate program at the University of the Arts Vienna under Prof. Michael Frischenschlager.  She has studied with Prof. Koichiro Harada, Prof. Aaron Rosand, Prof. Gerard Poulet, Prof. Takashi Shimizu and Prof. Axel Gerhardt.

       American cellist Zlatomir Fung has just won First Prize at the prestigious 2019 Tchaikovsky Cello Competition!!! Zlatomir, who is of Bulgarian-Chinese parentage, also recently captured First Prize at the 2018 Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition. Zlatomir began his studies of the cello at the age of three. He was the first prize winner at the 2016 George Enescu International Cello Competition, the 2015 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, the 2014 Stulberg International String Competition, and the 2014 Irving Klein International Competition. He was selected as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar for the Arts and was awarded the 2016 Landgrave von Hesse Prize at the Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses. He is a winner of the 2017 Astral National Auditions and the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

He is a regular member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players for their 2018-2019 season, and has been featured on NPR’s radio show From the Top six times, as well as on Performance Today. 

Zlatomir has been a soloist with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Cruz Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Lausanne Sinfonietta, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the State Philharmonic of Sibiu, and the New England Philharmonic, among others.

Zlatomir has studied at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Heifetz International Music Institute, MusicAlp, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Currently, Zlatomir is studying at The Juilliard School with Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy, where he is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship.  

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