Mar 14, 2014

Cecilia Bernardini makes Tafelmusik debut with A Night in Paris: Le Concert Spirituel, March 27 to 30, 2014

Toronto, March 12, 2014 … The Dutch-Italian violinist Cecilia Bernardini makes her Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir debut March 27 to 30, 2014, directing the instrumental portion of the programme A Night in Paris: Le Concert Spirituel at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. Bernardini will share the stage with Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins, who will direct the choral selections of this programme. A public Guest Artist Masterclass with Cecilia Bernardini will be offered on Saturday March 29, 1 to 3 PM.
A Night in Paris is inspired by one of Europe’s first public concert series, Le Concert Spirituel, which was presented in the lavishly decorated Salle des Cent Suisses in the Tuileries Palace from 1725 to 1790. The programme features Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir performing music that would have been featured on the original concert series in Paris — a combination of virtuosic suites, concertos, and sacred choral works by Telemann, Leclair, Mondonville, Vivaldi, and Lalande. 
Born into a musical family in 1984, Cecilia Bernardini has won first prizes at various national competitions and was a finalist at the Andrea Postacchini international violin competition. In 2004 she was awarded the prestigious Dutch Anton Kersjes scholarship, and in May 2005, she won the second prize at the Oskar Back national violin competition where she also made her debut in the main hall of the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. Additionally, she won a prize for her interpretation of Bach at the Leopold Mozart competition in Augsburg in 2006. 
As a baroque violinist, she is the leader of the Edinburgh-based Dunedin Consort directed by John Butt, with whom she recently recorded Bach's St. John Passion and Brandenburg Concertos, which Gramophone Magazine praised for being “expertly stylish recordings … nothing short of sensational.” Bernardini frequently plays with ensembles such as Zefiro, La Serenissima, Collegium Marianum and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as in a duo with fortepianist Shuann Chai. Her many recordings include Mozart Divertimenti with the ensemble Zefiro for Sony Classics.
As part of Tafelmusik’s Baroque Mentors series, a public Guest Artist Masterclass with Cecilia Bernardini will be offered on Saturday March 29  from 1 to 3 PM. Participants have the opportunity to work with these mentors in public masterclasses and to see them in performance. Tickets for auditors are only $10 and are available at the door. For more information, contact
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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979 and led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon since 1981, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The orchestra performs more than 50 concerts each year at home in Toronto, and travels extensively around the world to such places as this season's tour destinations: Japan and South Korea, Carnegie Hall in New York City, BachFest Leipzig in Germany, cities across Ontario, and a tour with Opera Atelier to Versailles, France. The choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label Tafelmusik Media was launched in January 2012, along with the Watch and Listen site, Tafelmusik‘s digital concert hall. Tafelmusik has a rich discography of more than 80 CDs recorded on the Sony Classical, CBC Records, Analekta and Tafelmusik Media labels. Since 1991, Tafelmusik has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual artist training programmes, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute.