Pocket Concerts, run by Emily and Rory, is an integral part of Toronto's culture scene that brings classical music into homes for intimate and special performances. Now you can experience one through Airbnb Experience! For this shoot, I got to enjoy their lovely home and sweet cat Mortimer and just document what nice and funny people they are.
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Due to a member change in their foursome, I was able to work with Interro Quartet again!
Formed in 2017, Interro Quartet combines passionate performances with a curiosity to explore new sounds and venues in chamber music. The group’s repertoire includes works of classical music giants as well as new compositions by emerging and established Canadian composers. Featuring award-winning graduates of University of Toronto, the Interro Quartet includes violinists Steve Koh and Eric Kim-Fujita, violist Maxime Despax, and cellist Sebastian Ostertag.
Our mission is not only to make quartet music more accessible but also to broaden audience membership through diverse programming. To this end, each of our concerts include what we call a "Compound Quartet." A programming strategy of our own design, a Compound Quartet consists of movements or pieces from four different composers to make one composite quartet. Compound Quartets allow each of our concerts to feature a variety of composers and explore the musical styles, themes, and historical contexts that bind the various movements into one cohesive work. Through this programming, we hope to diversify the chamber music concert experience and explore new and innovative ways of engaging with the audience.
Madeleine and I have shot together a few times, and I always have such a great time! She's a natural model and a joy to work with.
Here's a little bit about her:
Madeleine is a Toronto- based soprano in her fourth year of undergraduate studies at the Glenn Gould School. Madeleine is a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including First Prize and the overall title of Most Promising Singer at the National Association Teachers of Singing Competition. Recent operatic performances include Poussette in Massenet’s Manon and Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. As well, Madeleine performed as Cleopatra (excerpts) in G.F. Handel’s Giulio Cesare with period orchestra led by Daniel Taylor and Jeanne Lamon (2017).
Other recent highlights include performing as a soloist at the Arts and Letter Club lunchtime recital series, Glenn Gould School operas and recitals, Stratford Summer Music Festival, and Songfest at the Colburn School.
Apart from singing, Madeleine is an avid runner ... and espresso enthusiast 😉
Kat - a fellow photographer, medical student and accomplished, published author - and I are childhood friends having both grown up in suburban Georgia. She has blossomed into a successful and incredible writer and woman, and I have the great privilege to meet with her every now and then when we're both home for a session of photography and catching up. Something I love so much about Georgia is that it's the quintessential, cozy, warm and friendly environment the South is associated with, but it's also incredibly beautiful, lush and artistically inspired in every corner. We love taking advantage of that in our photo shoots.
Learn more about Kat at www.katzhangwriter.com!
dMeet the beautiful and delightful Priya Shah! She's new to Toronto, so if you see her around, give her a big welcome!
Priya is a Calgary-born, Toronto-based musician, music therapist, and vocal instructor. Compelled by a deeply-rooted sensitivity to the ability of music to identify and express emotions, she consciously uses a person-centered and resource-oriented approach to both teaching and music therapy. Priya has a Master of Music Therapy degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in psychology and women and gender studies from Carleton University. As a vocalist and musician, Priya draws from a diverse background of influence and experiences. From the Bollywood hits she heard as a child and years of being in a choir to the discovery and exploration of jazz, improvisation, Indian Classical, and folk music as an adult, every sound counts. She loves writing her own songs and arrangements and is currently working on an EP to be released in 2019. Priya continues to pursue a career in music through teaching, performing, music therapy, and improvisation.
The beautiful Daisy: pianist, gatekeeper of Walter Hall, personal shopper, banker.
You can find her at Holt Renfrew finding better deals than the store realized they offered, at GGS or U of T bestowing wisdom on students, or at Over Easy ordering nothing but a side of bacon. It was such a pleasure to take her headshots!
This charming piano duo consists of two very talented pianists, Kevin (who is also a composer!) and Victor!
York Region pianist, organist, and conductor, Victor Cheng has already established himself as a multifaceted musician. As a pianist, Victor has worked with esteemed organizations such as the National Ballet of Canada, the Glenn Gould School, Toronto Concert Orchestra, and the Bach’s Children’s Chorus. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto.
Described as a 'self-assured voice' (Barczablog) Kevin Lau has established himself as one of Canada’s leading young composers. Kevin’s music has been performed by major ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He recently composed the score for the National Ballet of Canada’s original full-length ballet Le Petit Prince (which premiered in June 2016).
Even if it's raining outside, Amahl knows how to make a photoshoot fun! Here's a little bit about the accomplished cellist:
With tastes ranging from baroque music to death metal, Toronto-based cellist Amahl is known for his musical versatility and ability to adapt to many different genres. Feeling at home in studios, small clubs and large concert-halls, Amahl hopes to convey that musical expression is beyond genres and labels. Amahl performs with ensembles such as Soundstreams, New Music Concerts, Tapestry Opera, FAWN Chamber Creative, Caution-Tape Sound Collective, Thin-Edge New Music Collective (TENMC), Music in the Barns and Esprit Orchestra, as well as regular appearances at the 21C Music Festival. He has toured the US with Matt Haimovitz’s all-cello ensemble, Uccello and been a featured artist at the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest and Sweetwater Music Festival. He was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition, and performed Barber’s Cello Concerto with the McGill Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2014. Mr. Arulanandam is a co-founder VC2 Cello Duo alongside friend and colleague, Bryan Holt, which just completed a tour of the Atlantic provinces under the banner of Debut Atlantic.