The TSO Chamber Soloists

Intimate pre-concert performances

Founded in 2014, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chamber Soloists came together with the mission to create programming featuring a diverse and varied range of instruments. Acclaimed as an ensemble of distinguished virtuosi, The TSO Chamber Soloists’ unique combination of winds, strings, keyboard, and percussion gives it the flexibility to present a wide range of unusual and infrequently performed repertoire, along with some of the best-loved works in the chamber music literature.

The TSO Chamber Soloists perform inside the Roy Thomson Hall auditorium. Doors for the pre-concert performance open 30 minutes before the performance begins. Admission is included in the price of your TSO concert ticket. Seating is limited, and latecomers will not be admitted after the performance start time.

Programs are subject to change.

2019/20 Season

Upcoming Performances

All Beethoven
Sat, June 13, 2020 at 6:45pm
Doors open at 6:15
No seating after 6:45pm

Beethoven: Septet

James Ehnes, violin (special guest)
Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola
Joseph Johnson, cello
Jeffrey Beecher, bass
Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet
Neil Deland, horn
Michael Sweeney, bassoon

Past Performances

Gimeno Conducts Daphnis et Chloé
Wed, October 9, 2019 at 6:45pm

Ravel/arr. Skaila Kanga: Sonatine en Trio – Mvt. II
Fauré: Après un Reve
Fauré: En Prière
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp

Kelly Zimba, flute
Theresa Rudolph, viola
Heidi Elise Bearcroft, harp

All Tchaikovsky
Sun, December 1, 2019 at 1:45pm
Doors open at 1:15pm

Arensky: String Quartet No. 2

Jonathan Crow, violin
Remi Pelletier, viola
Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron, cello
Winona Zelenka, cello

Majestic Bruckner
Thu, February 20, 2020 at 6:45pm
Doors open at 6:15pm
No seating after 6:45pm

Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder
With special guests Krisztina Szabό, mezzo-soprano, and Donald Runnicles, piano

Oundjian Conducts Mahler—cancelled
Fri, May 1, 2020 at 6:15pm
Doors open at 5:45pm
No seating after 6:15pm

Vivier: Cinq chansons pour percussion

Charles Settle, percussion
Joe Kelly, percussion
John Rudolph, percussion

2020/21 Season

Upcoming Performances

Gimeno Conducts Beethoven
Fri, October 16, 2020 at 6:15pm
Doors open at 5:45pm
No seating after 6:15pm

Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock
Beethoven: Scottish Folk Songs

Karina Gauvin, soprano (special guest)
Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet
Jonathan Crow, violin
Joseph Johnson, cello
Rachael Kerr, piano

Víkingur Ólafsson Plays Mozart
Wed, November 4, 2020 at 6:45pm
Doors open at 6:15pm
No seating after 6:45pm

Mozart: Flute Quartet No. 3, K. 285b
Barbara Croall: Lullaby for Pipigwan and String Quartet

Barbara Croall, composer & pipigwan (special guest)
Kelly Zimba, flute 
Yolanda Bruno, violin
Rémi Pelletier, viola
Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron, cello

Dvořák New World
Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 1:45pm
Doors open at 1:15pm
No seating after 1:45pm

Beethoven: Trio in B-flat Major

Featuring Eric Abramovitz, clarinet

Romeo & Juliet
Thu, February 11, 2021 at 6:45pm
Doors open at 6:15pm
No seating after 6:45pm

Brahms: String Sextet No. 2

Jonathan Crow, violin
Victor Li, violin 
Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola 
Rémi Pelletier, viola 
Joseph Johnson, cello 
Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron, cello 

Gimeno + The Rite of Spring
Wed, April 7, 2021 at 6:45pm
Doors open at 6:15pm
No seating after 6:45pm

Stravinsky: Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet
Stravinsky: Pour Pablo Picasso for Solo Clarinet
Stravinsky: Lied ohne Name for Two Bassoons
Stravinsky: Octet for Wind Instruments

Kelly Zimba, flute 
Eric Abramovitz, clarinet
Michael Sweeney, bassoon
Darren Hicks, bassoon
Andrew McCandless, trumpet
Steve Woomert, trumpet
Gordon Wolfe, tenor trombone 
Jeffrey Hall, bass trombone

Moussa Conducts Moussa & Dvořák
Sat, April 24, 2021 at 6:45pm
Doors open at 6:15pm
No seating after 6:45pm

Samy Moussa: Frammenti dolorosi et amorosi: Eight Songs for Voice and Piano (Text: Michelangelo)
Dvořák: Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola

Artists to be announced

Sir Andrew + Symphonie Fantastique
Sun, June 20, 2021 at 1:45pm
Doors open at 1:15pm
No seating after 1:45pm

Martinů: La revue de cuisine

Eric Abramovitz, clarinet
Michael Sweeney, bassoon
Andrew McCandless, trumpet
Jonathan Crow, violin
Joseph Johnson, cello
Rachael Kerr, piano

Comprising principal players from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The TSO Chamber Soloists have already performed around the world, from Roy Thomson Hall to the iconic Harpa Hall in Iceland, with such distinguished guest artists as Emanuel Ax, James Ehnes, Barbara Hannigan, and John Storgårds. Curated by TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow, The TSO Chamber Soloists seek to bring audiences closer to the musicians of the Orchestra—personally and musically. As the chamber ensemble could be seen as a microcosm of the symphony orchestra, the intimate nature of chamber music invites the audience to a close encounter with the distinct personalities and talents of the TSO’s individual musicians, while the works performed offer a different perspective into a particular composer’s craft.

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