5 to 17, December, 2018
Nancy Dahn, violin
Timothy Steeves, piano
Partners in life and music for over 15 years, Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves are Canada's premiere violin and piano duo. Their name, Duo Concertante, was taken from the inscription over Beethoven's "Kreutzer" sonata which reads, "in stilo molto concertante," implying that the two performers must be equal and dynamic voices. This notion defines Duo Concertante's artistic relationship. The "Kreutzer" sonata was the first piece the duo played when, in 1997, they burst into the performance world like "two packages of musical dynamite" (Halifax Chronicle-Herald). For almost twenty years, critics have praised their "artistry, poetry, and impeccable technique" (La Scena Musicale) and "deeply integrated performances that flow naturally as if the music were being created on the spot" (Gramophone).
南希o达恩和蒂莫西o史蒂夫斯作为合作伙伴在生活和音乐方面的超过15年，是加拿大的第一个小提琴和钢琴二重奏组合。他们的名字--协合二重奏，取自贝多芬《克莱采小提琴奏鸣曲》上的铭文，上面写着:"in stilo molto concertante"，这意味着两个表演者必须拥有平均和富有活力的声音。这个概念定义了协奏曲二重奏这一组合的艺术关系。1997年，两人组团后演出的第一首作品便是贝多芬的《克莱采小提琴奏鸣曲》，他们在表演世界里像"音乐的碰撞，产生了巨大的火花"(哈利·法克斯纪事先驱报)。近二十年来，评论家们称赞他们拥有"艺术、诗歌和完美的技术"(拉·谢拉音乐杂志)和"现场演奏的音乐流畅生动，就像在现场创作的音乐一样"(留声机)。
The Beethoven violin sonatas have remained central to Duo Concertante's repertoire, and their widely acclaimed recording of the cycle, Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano, was recently released on the Marquis Classics label as a three-CD set. Of this frequently broadcast recording, Music Toronto's John Terauds says, "these beautiful interpretations are so good right down to the tiniest of details that they deserve to be called a reference in the contemporary performance of these 10 great pieces."
In 2016 Nancy and Tim were elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, Arts Division of the Academy of Arts and Humanities. They have received the Contact East Touring Performers Award and were named Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Artists of the Year in May 2010. This fall Memorial University awarded them University Research Professorships. Of their eight acclaimed recordings, Wild Bird (Centrediscs, 2010) comprises works written especially for the duo by Canadian composers Murray Schafer, Chan Ka Nin, and Kati Agócs, and includes Schafer's Duo for Violin and Piano, which won the 2011 Juno Award in the Classical Composition of the Year category. Duo Concertante's 2009 recording, It Takes Two, features encore pieces arranged by Canadian composer Clifford Crawley and was described as "spectacular" (American Record Guide).
Duo Concertante have consistently revealed a passion for new music, commissioning a total of twenty five new works for violin and piano from many of Canada's leading composers, such as Denis Gougeon, Vincent Ho, Jocelyn Morlock, Kati Agócs, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Alice Ho, Omar Daniel, Andrew MacDonald, Rob Teehan, David Scott, Linda Bouchard, and Jean Lesage. Their CDs Wild Honey and Wild Bird consist entirely of commissioned Canadian works and in April 2017 the Duo will release Incarnation an all-Canadian album featuring works by Chan, Gougeon, Ho, Morlock and Staniland. New premieres by Alice Ho and Randolph Peters are planned for summer 2017.
Duo Concertante maintain a busy touring schedule, with frequent performances across North America, as well as in Europe and China. They have appeared at Wigmore Hall (London), Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall (New York City), Old First Church (San Francisco), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), Roy Thomson Hall and the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre (Toronto), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and the Chapelle du Bon-Pasteur (Montreal). They perform at music festivals throughout North America, including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Indian River Festival, Colours of Music Festival, and the Huntsville Festival, and have served as artists-in-residence at the Guelph Spring Festival, the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto, and Bishop's University.
Based at Memorial University in St. John's, Nancy and Tim are energetic, experienced teachers who have given hundreds of master classes and workshops across Canada, in the US, and in China. Their commitment to working with young musicians gave rise to the annual Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, which they founded in 2000 to bring together young chamber music performers with world-class artists and ensembles for an intensive two weeks of learning and performance.
In May 2015 the Duo released a new CD of double concertos by Mendelssohn and Andrew MacDonald with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra which was nominated for an ECMA award, and in early 2016 they completed a two-CD set of all six violin and keyboard sonatas by Bach. The Bach album is frequently heard on CBC radio and is receiving rave reviews in the international press. Activities in 2016 included concerts in London and Cambridge, as well as in Berlin, M?ndchengladbach, Xanten and Grimma. In 2017 the Duo will return to Europe with concerts in Mallorca, Munich, Wuppertal, Todtmoos, Bad Neunahr, Badenweiler and Cologne as well as performances in British Columbia, California, Toronto and Montreal.
NANCY DAHN, violin
Hailed as an artist "so genuinely interesting to listen to one forgets how good her technique is"(The Sunday Herald),violinist Nancy Dahn has created an international career as one half of Duo Concertante with pianist/husband Timothy Steeves. Critics have described her performances as "vigorous, passionate and red-blooded"(CBC's Sound Advice) and praised the "great mastery of her playing… her singing and poignant sound… She never sacrifices beauty for the sake of virtuosity" (La Scena Musicale). As a soloist, Nancy Dahn has performed concertos by Beethoven, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bach, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Part, Lou Harrison, and Andrew MacDonald with orchestras in Canada and the United States.The Halifax Chronicle Herald praised her "powerful musical instincts and flawless technique" in her recent performance of the Bruch Concerto. Dahn received her training at the New England Conservatory of Music with Masuko Ushioda, the Juilliard School with Glenn Dicterow, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received a doctorate in violin performance with Donald Weilerstein. She has participated in summer festivals such as the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Colorado Music Festival, the Britten Pears Festival, the Taos School of Music and the Tanglewood Music Centre. A winner of numerous competitions, including the concerto competitions of the Cleveland Institute and New England Conservatory, Dahn was a finalist in the Louise McMahon International Competition. Nancy Dahn is Professor of Violin and Viola at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland and Co-Artistic Director of the Tuckamore Festival. TIMOTHY STEEVES,
Canadian pianist Timothy Steeves has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician in both North America and Europe. His solo performances, praised for their expressiveness, beautiful sense of line and nuance, and stunning colors, have elicited comments such as: "When Steeves plays, it is only the music that counts… above all it expresses sensitivity," (Badische Zeitung) and "superb… the ethereal textures, colorful sonorities and subtle dynamic shadings were all conveyed with individuality and refinement…" (The Evening Telegram). He has performed concerti with the symphonies of Kingston, Newfoundland, Saskatoon, Niagara, PEI and Nova Sinfonia. In addition to his performing career, Timothy Steeves is also a dedicated and inspiring teacher. His students have been finalists and prize winners at the national level competitions of the CIBC, the Canadian Music Competition, the National Association of Registered Music Teachers' Competition, the Atlantic Young Artists Competition, the Petro-Canada Young Artist Competition, and featured on CBC's "Rising Stars" program. A native of Saskatoon, Steeves studied with Peter Simon and Margaret Poole. After receiving his undergraduate training at the University of Western Ontario, Steeves was awarded a three year German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship (DAAD) and continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover with David Wilde. In 1994, he graduated from the Musik Hochschule in Freiburg im Breisgau after completing the Solistenexamen. Timothy Steeves is Professor of piano at Memorial University's School of Music and Co-Artistic director of the Tuckamore Festival: Chamber Music in Newfoundland.