Cellist Christophe Coin Makes Tafelmusik Debut as Guest Director, The Eloquent Cello, Oct 5–9, 2016

Sep 14, 2016

Cellist Christophe Coin Makes Tafelmusik Debut as Guest Director, The Eloquent Cello, Oct 5–9, 2016

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“The integrity and musicianly character of these performances is in no small measure heightened by the presence of Christophe Coin.” Gramophone

Toronto, Canada, September 14, 2016 … One of the world’s foremost period cellists, Christophe Coin makes his Tafelmusik debut in The Eloquent Cello, October 5 to 9, 2016, at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Designed as a showcase for early classical cello repertoire, the program includes music by CPE Bach, Boccherini, Dittersdorf, and Haydn.

“We are very excited to be working with Christophe Coin,” says Tafelmusik cellist Allen Whear. “He has done so much for the reputation of the historic cello as a soloist, chamber music collaborator, and influential teacher. I am eager not only to hear him play with us, but to have him share his musical insights and considerable experience. Vive le violoncelle!”

The Eloquent Cello opens with Coin leading Tafelmusik’s first-ever performances of the atmospheric Symphony no. 4 in F Major by Dittersdorf—a workinspired by Ovid’sMetamorphoses, specifically the story of Andromeda’s rescue by Perseus.

Coin will be featured as soloist in Haydn’s Cello concerto in C Major, a cornerstone of the cello repertoire that dynamically demonstrates the instrument’s many facets. The work is considered among the best concertos for any instrument from the early classical period. Coin’s "immense talent, meticulousness, and virtuosity" (Infoculture.biz) will be front and centre in the Cello concerto in D Major by Boccherini, the Italian composer often cited as the first cello virtuoso.  

The program includes CPE Bach’s Symphony for strings in B Minor, characterized by“strong themes, sensitive melodies, and startling harmonies set in unconventional structures” (Allmusic.com).


Acclaimed French cellist, gambist, and orchestral director Christophe Coin specializes in baroque and classical repertoire. After studies with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Vienna and Jordi Savall in Basel, he quickly established a solo career, and in 1987 formed le Quatuor Mosaïques, a renowned period-instrument quartet whose impressive discography includes works by Haydn, Mozart, Arriaga, Boccherini, Jadin, Beethoven, Schubert, and Mendelssohn. Coin’s own discography encompasses solo and ensemble repertoire, and includes a recording of the Haydn cello concertos with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music. He teaches baroque cello and viola da gamba at his alma maters, the Conservatoire de Paris, and the Schola Cantorum in Basel.

Audience members are invited to join Tafelmusik orchestra members and cellists Allen Whear and Christina Mahler for a pre-concert chat one hour before each performance.

Christophe Coin offers a Guest Artist Masterclass on Saturday, October 8 from 1 to 3pm at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Tafelmusik’s Guest Artist Masterclasses are open to the public and admission is free.

Christophe Coin’s appearance is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Foundation.


Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra presents The Eloquent Cello with cellist and guest director Christophe Coin in his Tafelmusik debut

Dates + Times:

Wed Oct 5 at 7pm
Thu Oct 6, Fri Oct 7, Sat Oct 8 at 8pm
Sun Oct 9 at 3:30pm

Full Program:

Dittersdorf            Symphony no. 4 in F Major
Boccherini             Cello concerto in D Major, G.483
CPE Bach               Symphony for strings in B Minor
Haydn                   Cello concerto in C Major

Ticket Prices:

Regular: Start at $39| 65+: Start at $31 | 35 & Under: $15 - $81


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

Box Office:

Tafelmusik Box Office: (416) 964-6337


Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979, 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. 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 discography of 80-plus CDs has been 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 annual artist training programs, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute. Tafelmusik has been led by Jeanne Lamon since 1981, with Managing Director William Norris joining the team in 2015. In June 2014, Ms. Lamon stepped down as Music Director and continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita.


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

Media contact:
Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, 416 456-0499 | ltrisi@sympatico.ca
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7

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