ONTARIO PHILHARMONIC - DVORAK CELLO CONCERTO
PROGRAM THREE – MASTERS SERIES
ANNOUNCEMENT: Please note that our original guest soloist, William Molina-Cestari, for Dvorak Cello Concerto, is unfortunately unable to be with us. We are very pleased to announce Santiago Cañón Valencia, the exciting young international CELLO star, will perform.
This evening consists of two pieces by Hungarian and Bohemian composers Franz Liszt and Antonin Dvorak. Although Liszt was well-known and loved as a pianist, his place as a serious composer was more difficult to secure; however, the metaphysical and spiritual leanings that shaped his later life and contributed to his acceptance as a composer are found in his mid-career composition Les Preludes (Symphonic Poem 3). For the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1, Liszt turned to his native Hungary for inspiration. An innovator, Liszt is credited with inventing the symphonic poem and the use of the word rhapsody in a musical way to define a narrative, story-like quality he insisted he found in the original folk songs that form the basis of his Hungarian Rhapsodies. Bohemia’s most famous musical son, Antonin Dvorak, rounds out the program with his well-known Slavonic Dance No. 2 and the Cello Concerto in E minor - works that owe their genesis to the rhythms of the Slavonic language and Dvorak’s fierce national pride.
Age Requirement: 7+
Born in Bogota in 1995, Santiago Cañón – Valencia has been praised as one of the most promising young cellist of his generation. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. Santiago is a First Prize winner of the Carlos Prieto (2016), Beijing (2010), Gisborne (2011) and Lennox (2014) International Cello Competitions, and is a major prizewinner of the Casals (2014), Adam (2009), Johansen (2012) and Cassadó (2013) Competitions.
He has performed in recital and as a soloist with orchestras throughout Australasia, South America, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Europe, China, Japan, Mexico and Russia and has played as a soloist with Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists and with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.