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Angela Cheng

Angela Cheng is one of Canada’s best-known classical pianists. She performs around the world and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Standout recordings include Shostakovich concertos with the CBC Radio Orchestra, Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Calgary Philharmonic, and a Chopin recital disc on Universal Music Canada. In 1988, she became the first Canadian to win first prize at the Montreal International Music Competition. She is currently associate professor of piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

Jan Lisiecki

At the age of 16, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki was signed to Deutsche Grammophon. Now, at 20, with two major releases under his belt, he’s one of the world’s hottest piano soloists. New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini calls him “a detail-oriented pianist who makes every note count and plays with utter rhythmic integrity;” the Guardian describes him as “an artist of remarkable refinement.” Lisiecki makes his Carnegie Hall debut in January 2016 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Conductor and pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin was recently named 2016 artist of the year by Musical America, in addition to receiving the medal of honour from Quebec’s national assembly. He is music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic and is artistic director and principal conductor of Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain. Nézet-Séguin is also a frequent guest conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Metropolitan Opera.

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