Aug 14, 2017

Tafelmusik Heralds Start of New Era Under Music Director Elisa Citterio

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Inaugural Concerts in Three GTA Venues

“Tafelmusik continues to provide incredibly high-quality music for audiences the world over. With Citterio at the helm from September, we have much to look forward to.” —The Wholenote

Toronto, August 14, 2017 … Tafelmusik heralds the start of a new era under its new Music Director, Elisa Citterio! The “superb” Italian violinist (The Guardian) is renowned for her stunning virtuoso performances on baroque violin and her innovative approach to period performance. Citterio makes her Tafelmusik season debut directing concerts in three different GTA venues: Koerner Hall (Sept 21-24, including a gala opening night event), Toronto Centre for the Arts (Sept 26), and Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (Oct 11-15).

“I am fascinated by the possibility of exchange between our two countries, Canada and Italy, distant in geography, but which music unites through a shared language. We will learn from each other, intertwining our cultures and music without the need for words. I also look forward to bringing Toronto audiences some of the colours and flavours of my homeland by way of its music. And of course we will journey beyond Italy to bring you some of the greatest music ever composed,” says Citterio.

A Joyous Welcome
Sept 21 to 24 at Koerner Hall
Sept 26 at Toronto Centre for the Arts

One of the fall’s most anticipated musical events is sure to be A Joyous Welcome, Tafelmusik’s gala season opener at Koerner Hall featuring Elisa Citterio as director and violin soloist. This program welcomes only the second Music Director in Tafelmusik’s history and features music that is in keeping with the celebratory theme: Handel’s festive Concerto a due cori, HWV 333 the Concerto grosso in C Major, op. 6, no. 10, an instrumental suite from Les Boréades by Rameau, and Tafelmusik’s premiere performances of the Vivaldi Concerto in F Major con molti strumenti, RV 569, with Citterio as violin soloist. In a nod to her Italian roots, movements from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons will be peppered throughout Tafelmusik’s 2017/18 concert programs, with “Summer” featured in this inaugural performance.

Elisa’s Italian Adventure
Oct 11 to 15 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St Paul’s Centre

Had a "deep cuts" survey of Italian music existed in the 17th century, it would have probably sounded something likeElisa's Italian Adventure. For her debut as Music Director in Tafelmusik’s home venue of Jeanne Lamon Hall, Citterio takes audiences on a guided tour of the fresh, vibrant, and innovative music by pioneering Italian baroque composers, hand-picked for the occasion.

Half of the works selected by Citterio for this program have never before been performed by Tafelmusik, including the Sonata XIV for two violins, dulcian, and continuo by fellow Brescia native, Giovanni Battista Fontana, a charming orchestral suite from Steffani’s Niobe, a Sinfonia and Allemanno by Biagio Marini, and the final work, Vivaldi’s Concerto for two oboes in C Major, RV 534, featuring Tafelmusik’s John Abberger and Marco Cera as soloists.

Woven into this exploration of the Italian baroque are the Suite in G Minor by Brescianello, the Sonata X for two violins, dulcian, and continuo by Castello, and “Autumn” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Citterio also joins Tafelmusik violinists Thomas Georgi, Christopher Verrette, and Cristina Zacharias as soloists in the Concerto for Four violins in F Major by Locatelli.


Elisa Citterio comes to Toronto from Milan, where she was a member of the prestigious Orchestra del Teatro della Scala. Equally at ease playing baroque and modern violin, she has performed and toured —often as leader or concertmaster — with some of the finest European period instrument groups including Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, Accordone, Zefiro, Concerto Italiano, and Il Giardino Armonico.

Citterio’s discography includes more than 35 recordings with Accademia I Filarmonici, Europa Galante, Zefiro, Accordone, Brixia Musicalis, Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, La Venexiana, Joachim Quartet, Helianthus Ensemble, and a number of opera recordings with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Edward Gardner, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Lorin Maazel, and Riccardo Muti.

From 2014–2016, together with Stefano Montanari, Elisa co-chaired the baroque violin studies program at the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado in Milan.

Audience members are invited to join a select panel of Tafelmusik musicians for a free pre-concert chat one hour before each of the September and October performances.

An informal post-concert Talk Back with Tafelmusik musicians takes place after the performances on 

Thu Sept 21, and Wed Oct 11.

Elisa Citterio offers a baroque violin/viola masterclass for emerging artists on Saturday, October 14, 1:00-3:00pm at Jeanne Lamon Hall. This class is open to the public, and admission is free.



A Joyous Welcome

Dates & Times:

Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning (KH)
Thu Sep 21, Fri Sep 22, Sat Sep 23, 2016 at 8pm
Sun Sep 24 at 3:30pm


George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts (TCA)
Tue Sep 26 at 8pm

Ticket Prices:

KH: Regular: Start at $39 | 65+: Start at $39 | 35 & Under: Start at $26
TCA: Regular: Start at $38 | 65+: Start at $33 | 35 & Under: Start at $15


Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
273 Bloor Street West, Toronto


George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street, Toronto

Box Office:

Koerner Hall, Weston Family Box Office: (416) 408-0208
George Weston Recital Hall Box Office: 1 (855) 985-2787

Elisa’s Italian Adventure

Dates & Times:

Wed Oct 11, 2016 at 7pm
Thu Oct 12, Fri Oct 13, Sat Oct 14 at 8pm
Sun Oct 15 at 3:30pm

Ticket Prices:

Regular: Start at $43 | 65+: Start at $35 | 35 & Under: Start at $19


Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Box Office:

Tafelmusik Box Office: (416) 964-6337


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Led by Music Director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir is one of the world’s leading period ensembles and Canada’s most-toured orchestra. Tafelmusik engages Toronto audiences with an annual season of more than 80 concerts in diverse venues across the city, as well as national and international audiences through an extensive schedule of tours and critically acclaimed recordings. Tafelmusik also seeks to transport audiences to the baroque and classical periods through adventurous cross-cultural collaborations, on stage with Toronto's Opera Atelier, and underground at its new Haus Musik series. The orchestra’s musicians share their knowledge and experience through artist training initiatives such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes. Tafelmusik's catalogue of award-winning recordings on the SONY, CBC Records, Analekta, and Tafelmusik Media labels have garnered nine JUNO Awards and numerous other recording prizes. Jeanne Lamon continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita.


Tafelmusik wishes to thank the following for their generous support: BMO Financial Group, TD Bank Group, RBC Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, KPMG, Great West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Blakes LLP, iA Securities, Stikeman Elliott LLP, John and Margaret Catto, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Classical 96.3 FM, and NOW Magazine. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.

Media contact:
Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, (416) 456-0499 |
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7

High‐resolution photos of Elisa Citterio and Tafelmusik are available for download here