Sunday, October 16, 2022 – 2:30 pm
Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet
Marina Thibeault, viola
David Fung, piano
Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet, Marina Thibeault, viola & David Fung, piano
“a musical trifecta”
The multi-award-winning Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester (FrAHnk Bai-yess-TAIR) is considered one of the finest classical soloists and chamber music artists of his generation. He has been hailed for his “technical wizardry and tireless enthusiasm” (The New York Times), his “rich, resonant tone” (Birmingham News), and his “subtle and consummate artistry” (Santa Barbara Independent). The recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, and winner of both the Young Concert Artists and Astral Artists auditions, he is a solo artist and chamber musician in great demand.
Violist Marina Thibeault has delighted audiences across Canada, the United States, and Europe with her elegant, spellbinding performances and engaging presence. Her 2020 JUNO award-nominated album ELLES honours groundbreaking women composers from Clara Schumann to the present day. Thibeault holds numerous honours and distinctions, including prizes from the Père-Lindsay Foundation (2017), “Révélation Radio-Canada” (2016-2017), CBC’s “30 hot classical musicians under 30” (2016), and the Sylva Gelber Foundation (2016).
Praised by The Washington Post for his “ravishing and simply gorgeous” performances, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for interpretations that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. Mr. Fung regularly appears with the world’s premier ensembles, as a recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Fung garnered international attention as a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv. Fung is a Steinway Artist; he performed previously for the CRS in March 2022.