We are thrilled to announce that our Friday, July 28th concert will be in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre BC. It is located at 837 Davie Street, between Howe and Hornby.
The concert will start 19:00 sharp. It features two very promising young musicians – Michael Noble (a Doctoral student in piano from Yale University) and Oskar Falta (a Doctoral student in cello from UBC.) Their concert will include two prominent Canadian composers: Oskar Morawetz and Jocelyn Morlock.
Jocelyn Morlock (1969 – ) – Halcyon (2003)
Ludwig v. Beethoven (1770-1827) – Sonata for cello + piano, no. 3, A Major, op. 69 (1808)
Oskar Morawetz (1917- 2007) – Fantasy No. 1 for cello + piano (1970)
Claude Debussy (1862- 1918) – Sonata for cello + piano in d minor, L. 135 (1915)
Born in Prague, Oskar is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was a recepient of the Vivian Joseph Scholarship, studying with Christoph Richter and Guy Johnston. He has previously attended the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf in the class of Gregor Horsch, principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Oskar has further broadened his studies at masterclasses of Alexander Ivashkin, Robert Cohen, Colin Carr or Steven Doane and by studying privately with Michel Strauss in Paris. He was the principal cellist of Académie d’Orchestre Régis Pasquier and participated in projects of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and the Stockhausen co-project of the Manson Ensemble and London Sinfonietta. He has performed solo and chamber music recitals at venues such as St. James’s Piccadilly or Abbaye de Fontenay and has taken part at different festivals across Europe, e.g. Musica Reservata, Musique en Morvan or Rencontres Musicales Alberto Lysy. Oskar is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the UBC with Prof. Eric Wilson.
Michael Noble has developed an international reputation as an “astonishing” (Het Nieuwsblad) pianist of a multifarious repertoire. After giving his first recital at the age of six, he has gone on to perform across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
A prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the Grand Prize at the Carmel Music Society Competition, Gold Medal at the Crescendo Music Awards (Tulsa, OK), and laureate of the Chopin International Competition of the 1000 Islands, Mr. Noble has been called “a pianist to remember” by Het Nieuwsblad, and his playing has been hailed as “elegant, stylish, and powerful” (Peninsula News), “poetic” (Het Nieuwsblad), and “excellent” (Tulsa World).
He has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Carmel’s Sunset Center, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the National Academy for the Performing Arts of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Royal Dublin Society, and has been a guest artist at festivals including the Gentsche Festspiele, the Lake George Music Festival, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Summer Festival.
Mr. Noble has been featured as soloist with the Monterey and Tulsa Symphonies, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Alumni Orchestra, among others, and has had the privilege of working with eminent conductors including Ransom Wilson, Gisele Ben-Dor, and Peter Askim. Additionally, he has worked with the most renowned artists in the field including Gary Graffman, the late Claude Frank, Christopher Elton, Ursula Oppens, John Perry, Boris Berman, Hung-Kuan Chen, Robert McDonald, and members of the Brentano and Tokyo Quartets.
In 2008, Mr. Noble attended the Paris Conservatoire. Following this, he obtained his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature cum laude from the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester respectively. He received his Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts at the Yale School of Music and is now a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts there. Subsequently, Mr. Noble completed a one-year residency in Ghent, Belgium as a fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation where he focused on contemporary music. His principal teachers include Peter Frankl, Nelita True, Melvin Chen, Nicholas Angelich, and Nelms McKelvain, while significant mentors include Daan Vandewalle, Marc Durand, John O’Conor, Martin Bresnick, and Ani Kavafian.
In addition to his activities as a performer, Mr. Noble is the co-founder and director of the Brussels-based “Music of Changes,” a concert series that presents dynamic programs juxtaposing contemporary music with that of the past.
Highlights of the current season include performances with the Monterey Symphony and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Alumni Orchestra, overseeing the second annual Music of Changes Festival in Brussels, an artist residency at the Thailand International Composition Festival, concerts as a member of the piano-harp Duo Aeterna, and solo and chamber performances throughout Belgium, Canada, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.