Aug 2, 2019

Get to know Cecilia Livingston, composer

In our 2019/20 Season, we are exploring how "old" can meet "new." This theme runs across our season in many ways, including six short new works by living composers written to complement the programs.

We are delighted to introduce Cecilia Livingston, whose new work for wind sextet will premiere in Gone with the Winds this January.

Tafelmusik: Tell us a little about yourself, and how you started composing music.

Cecilia Livingston, composer. Self Limited PhotographyCecilia Livingston: I was born and raised in Toronto and when I was about five years old I started piano lessons with Valerie Weeks (who has performed with Tafelmusik many times, making this commission a beautiful coming-full-circle!) Even when I was so little, she really encouraged me to feel and respond to the music I played on the piano, and to think it was very normal to have a harpsichord in one’s living room. She was my first glimpse of a musical life.

I’ve never fit the typical “young composer” narrative: alas, no baby genius moment, composing my first masterpiece on a Fisher-Price keyboard! I really started composing in university: I was in a music education program, but realized that the composition assignments in my theory classes were what I couldn’t wait to work on. I switched degree programs and by the end of my undergrad I figured this was the direction for me.

Now I split my time between Toronto and London (UK), where I’m composer-in-residence at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. In my spare time (ha ha, a concept unknown to composers!) I like running, eating other people’s cooking, and watching dreadful reality TV that has nothing to do with classical music.

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Jun 18, 2019

Tafelmusik 2019/20 campaign showcases the work of contemporary artists

By Sarah Baumann, Marketing Director

In keeping with our 2019/20 Season theme of “old meets new” we are thrilled to share the work of some of Canada’s and the world’s most exciting contemporary artists as part of our season campaign.

These stunning images were chosen to complement both the season theme and the theme of each individual concert. Here is a bit about the featured artists, along with links to their websites if you’d like to learn more.

Jun 9, 2019

The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir goes to Edmonton!

By Richard Whittall, countertenor

There was not a little excitement when, earlier last year, word came down to members of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir that Pro Coro Canada had invited us to perform as part of the Edmonton International Choral Festival on Friday, May 31, 2019.

Jun 7, 2019

TBSI by the Numbers

TBSI participants and faculty performing in the annual Bach Bash. Photo by Lysiane Boulva.
Bach Bash from 2017. Photo by Lysiane Boulva.

May 21, 2019

Tomorrow's Talented Artists

Violinist Cristina Zacharias teaching during the 2011 Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Photo by Gary Beechey.
Violinist Cristina Zacharias teaching in Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.