Canada Day is almost here, and all of our hosts took a moment to celebrate and toast some of Canada’s most memorable classical musicians. On July 1 all day, we’ll be broadcasting the best of Canada’s performers, conductors, and composers. All week, I’ll post a favourite artist in the words of our on-air hosts. Enjoy, and have a great Canada Day long weekend coming up!
Kathleen Kajioka, host “A Little Night Music”, weekdays 7 PM – 11 PM
Sunday Nights with the TSO 8 PM – 9 PM
Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin
As far as Canadian exports go, it’s a familiar fact that we do well with hockey players and comedians – but we also produce some great pianists. While Glenn Gould comes immediately to mind, of course, he is not the only one by far. Case in point: Marc-Andre Hamelin. The 56-year-old Montrealer keeps up a full international schedule, with concerts in Joliette, QC, and Japan, and everywhere in between! A young winner of the Carnegie Hall International competition, he is now an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Quebec. Alex Ross of The New Yorker pointed out “his monstrously brilliant technique and his questing, deep thinking approach” as reasons why he is admired by piano connoisseurs!