9 May – 1 June 2013
Montreal is the premier French city in North America and one of the most vibrant, innovative cultural centres in the world. Located only a few hours from New York, Boston and Toronto, Montreal is a cultural capital known the world over for innovation, originality and outstanding musical performances.
The Montreal Chamber Music Festival is Montreal’s premier chamber music event and, for 18 years, has been presenting concerts to listeners all over the world. We continue to be broadcast throughout the United States on American Public Media and have been heard throughout the world on Medici.TV and the European Broadcast Union. But nothing beats a live performance and we invite you to visit Montreal and the Montreal Chamber Music Festival.
Our season starts on May 9th 2013 and runs to June 1st. All performances take place at St. George’s Church, a magnificently beautiful example of neo-gothic architecture with an outstanding acoustic and cushioned seats.
This season will be exceptional and your visit to our fair city won’t be complete until you’ve listened to the Fine Arts String Quartet or the extraordinary violin performances of Rachel Barton Pine and Elizabeth Wallfisch. The Emerson String Quartet will be performing their first official concert with Paul Watkins, their new cellist. He is the first change to this illustrious quartet in 34 years. Pianist, Jean-Philippe Collard will be on our stage for two performances and the Swingle Singers will offer us their amazing 50th anniversary concert. 16 musicians performing on instruments belonging to the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank, including Stradivarius and Guarneri del Gésu, will be featured prominently during an entire week dedicated to the music of Bach where we’ll be hearing Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, his works for solo string instruments and all of his violin concertos. Tchaikovsky’s music will be featured in our closing day four hour marathon concert.
Our TD Jazz series will feature pianist Eldar Djangirov who has been called the next Oscar Peterson, the music of Brazil with Chico Pinheiro, the Latin sounds of Paquito D’Rivera with the Assad Brothers and the iconic Oliver Jones. What a magnificent way to enjoy Montreal! What a fabulous reason to come to Montreal!
St. George’s Church is located on the corner of Peel and de la Gauchetière, just across the street from the Marriott Château Champlain Hotel and easily accessible by car, foot or metro.
Montreal is a great place to be and May is the perfect month to visit us. Not too hot, not too cold. The Montreal Chamber Music Festival invites you to an outstanding musical experience, the first festival of Montreal’s amazing summer!