Rachmaninoff and His Heir

ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

April 30 & May 1, 2021

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

Alain Trudel, conductor
Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, piano

Mathieu - Piano Concerto No. 4
Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninoff once said of André Mathieu that he was "the only one who can pretend to be my successor." Hear Mathieu's romantic and passionate Piano Concerto No. 4 alongside Rachmaninoff's flashy and dramatic Second Symphony.

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Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA), conductor Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He is also Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009 in Mozart’s Magic Flute and conducted the live recording of their 30th anniversary gala. He has been a regular guest since and in March 2017 he conducted to great acclaim (“The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting “wow” and “bravo.” Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Wall Triumphs in Montréal.”  Le Figaro, Paris) the world premiere operatic version of “The Wall”. Trudel will also lead the american premiere at the Cincinnati Opera in July 2018.

Always committed to upcoming generations of musicians, Trudel was Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2014 and has regularly been invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. From 2011 to 2015 Trudel was Professor and conductor of the orchestra and opera orchestra at the University of Western and is now guess professor for orchestra and opera at the University of Ottawa.

First known to the public as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le monde de la musique), Alain Trudel has been a guest soloist with orchestras worldwide including Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Orchestra, Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan). Alain is also a respected composer with performances across America and in Asia.

Alain Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Parker, Charles Cros (France), Opus prize and Heinz Unger prizes. He has been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012.

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Jean-Philippe Sylvestre is the laureate of the prestigious Virginia Parker Prize 2008, the highest distinction from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2000 at the age of 17, pianist Jean-Philippe Sylvestre won first prize at the prestigious Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, as well as the People’s Choice Award at the same competition. He is also laureate of the Young Performer Competition and Concertino Praga International Competition. He was three times recipient of the 1st prize at the Canadian music competition, and at one of these occasion, was the recipient of the highest score of the entire competition. He performs regularly as a soloist and recitalist across Canada, United States, South America and Europe. In 2014, he was pianist for the the Grands Ballets Canadien in Montreal. He his the recipient of the studio-prize residency in Paris 2016 from the Quebec Council for the art . This past June 1st, M.Sylvestre recorded with Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Alain Trudel, a live perfomance of André Mathieu's Québec concerto and 2nd concerto by Rachmaninov. The CD under ATMA label was relased on august 25th and received numerous great reviews. During the past few months, M. Sylvestre was also performing with Quebec Symphonic Orchestra, at Bourgie hall and Place des Arts in Montreal, at Iles de la Madeleine, at St-Pierre des cuisines auditorium in Toulouse, Cortot hall in Paris and Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. Famous conductor Yannick Nézet Séguin qualifies Jean-Philippe Sylvestre as a poet of the piano.

Mr. Sylvestre has appeared at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, the Salle Wilfrid Pelletier and Salle Pierre-Mercure in Montreal, the Glenn Gould Studio and the Georges Weston Hall in Toronto, the Fundação de Educação Artística in Belo Horizonte, Brasil, and the National Art Centre of Ottawa. In summer 2016, he was invited by Kent Nagano to perform in his «Virée classique» hosted by Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, he performs Rachmaninov 3rd piano concerto with Longueuil Symphony Orchestra as well as two recitals at the Montreal Conservatory of Music. In July 2011, he performed two concerts with the Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Yannick Nézet Séguin to critical acclaim by both the public and critics alike. In 2009, he gave concerts in Santa Barbara, in Berlin as well as in Toronto where he perfomed a private recital for the honorable Adrienne Clarckson, general governor of Canada. More recently, he performed two recitals at La Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur in Montreal and in Berlin in November 2011.

He has performed as a soloist with Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Orchestra, Laval Symphony Orchestra, Longueuil Symphony Orchestra, Trois-Rivière Symphony Orchestra and Royal Conservatory of Toronto’s Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Yannick Nézet Séguin, Richard Bradshaw, Simon Streatfeild, Fabien Gabel, Alain Trudel, Rolf Bertsch, Stéfane Laforest and Marc David. Mr. Sylvestre performed his own Wagnerian compositions of 23 paraphrases as well as Wagner\Gould transcriptions in conjunction with the Wagner Ring Cycle productions. In summers 2007-2008, he is giving recitals at the Orford Arts Centre as well as at the International Chamber Music Festival of Ottawa. He is then invited for the second time by Eric Friesen to his live show “Studio Sparks”. In spring 2008, M. Sylvestre goes on a tour of 20 concerts throughout Quebec, New-Brunswick and Nova-Scotia organized by “Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada”. Jean-Philippe has taken part in several radio and television broadcasts, including Bravo TV, CBC and SRC.

M.Sylvestre won first prize at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, as well as the People’s Choice Award at the same competition. The following year, at the CBC Young Performer Competition, he won second prize, the National Arts Centre People’s Choice Award, the prize for the best interpretation of the contemporary work and a scholarship to attend the International Holland Music Sessions. In 2007, he wins the ‘’John Newmark’’ award at the Prix d’Europe competition in Montreal. Jean-Philippe has also won first prizes at the Canadian Music Competitions and many concerto competitions, such as the Orchestre Symphonique de la Montérégie, the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières and the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Concerto Competition. Recently, Mr. Sylvestre won first prize at the Concours des Journées de la Musique Française, organized by Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20, in Montreal. His international prizes include the Concertino Praga Competition in 1997.

Born in Ste-Julie, Québec, M.Sylvestre started his musical studies at the age of four. He is graduate of the École de musique Vincent-d’Indy and the University of Montreal where he obtained a bachelor with Marc Durand. In 2005, he obtained an Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould Professional School of The Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto under the tutelage of John Perry. After having studied many years in Italy at the International Accademia Pianistica ‘’Incontri col Maestro’’ and in Germany under the direction of Louis Lortie, he now lives in Berlin. Following intensive coachings with Michel Dalberto, Jacques Rouvier, Gerhard Oppitz and Jerome Lowenthal, M.Sylvestre possesses a vast musical expertise. He has also played in master class for artist such as Leon Fleisher, Mikhail Voskresensky, Jan Marisse Huizing, Marie-Françoise Bucquet and Menahem Pressler.

Jean-Philippe Sylvestre is a Fellowship Recipient of the 2009 Music Academy of the West. He is also a 2006 RBC Youth Excellence Scholarship Recipient for The Banff Centre Music Festival as well as a Fellowship Recipient of the 2004 Aspen Music Festival and School. M.Sylvestre has been several times recipient of perfectionnement scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts and from the Québec Council for the Arts.

Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA), conductor Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He is also Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009 in Mozart’s Magic Flute and conducted the live recording of their 30th anniversary gala. He has been a regular guest since and in March 2017 he conducted to great acclaim (“The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting “wow” and “bravo.” Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Wall Triumphs in Montréal.”  Le Figaro, Paris) the world premiere operatic version of “The Wall”. Trudel will also lead the american premiere at the Cincinnati Opera in July 2018.

Always committed to upcoming generations of musicians, Trudel was Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2014 and has regularly been invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. From 2011 to 2015 Trudel was Professor and conductor of the orchestra and opera orchestra at the University of Western and is now guess professor for orchestra and opera at the University of Ottawa.

First known to the public as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le monde de la musique), Alain Trudel has been a guest soloist with orchestras worldwide including Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Orchestra, Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan). Alain is also a respected composer with performances across America and in Asia.

Alain Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Parker, Charles Cros (France), Opus prize and Heinz Unger prizes. He has been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012.

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