Incontri di Canna International Chamber Music Festival

 

 
 

 

 

Biographies of the Artistic Directors

Jeremy Findlay

Jeremy Findlay's passion for the cello began at an early age. He was born in Toronto into a family of musicians and enthusiastically pursued his own interest in both solo and chamber music performance. Findlay has appeared internationally as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in many prestigious venues including the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Rudolfinum Hall in Prague, Warsaw Philharmonic, Metropolitan Hall in Tokyo, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Coliseo in Buenos Aires, Municipal Theatre of São Paulo, Roy Thn Center, New York.

Featured as a soloist, Findlay has performed with orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Prague Philharmonia, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cracow Philharmonic, Wroclaw Philharmonic, Lodz Philharmonic, Poznan Philharmonic, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Malta, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra in Moscow, Oratorio Sinfonica Japan, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra in China, Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro Brasilia and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Municipal Theatre of São Paulo. In March 2010, Findlay gave the premiere performance of a cello concerto written for him by the Czech composer Jiri Gemrot with the North Czech Philharmonic conducted by Charles Olivieri-Munroe. Findlay also recently gave the Polish premiere of Victor Herbert's second cello concerto (composed in 1894).

 

His CD recording of the Saint-Saëns cello concertos nos. 1 & 2 with the Poznan Philharmonic was praised by Sir Roger Norrington: “This is superb playing by a fine young cellist who deserves to be heard worldwide”. 

Findlay has been a guest at festivals including the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in France,  “Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival” in Cracow, Maribor Festival in Slovenia, the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall England,  Festival of “Music in Old Cracow”, International Chopin Festival in Poland, Villach Festival in Austria, "Pietre che cantano" Festival in Italy, the "Festival Pontino" in Italy, the 'Incontri di Canna' in Italy and co-founded the the annual "Felix Mendelssohn Music Days in Cracow". Findlay has made numerous CD recordings of both solo and chamber music repertoire and has also been featured on radio and television networks including the ORF in Austria, Czech National Radio, the Polish Radio, NHK in Japan, the CBC in Canada and the National Public Radio in the USA.

Findlay's cello lessons began with his father, William Findlay, as a scholarship student at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He continued his studies with Daniel Domb at the University of Toronto where he graduated in 1992. Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants provided the opportunity for further studies with Christoph Richter in Germany and with Josef Chuchro at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Findlay also took part in the masterclasses of Boris Pergamenschikow and Yo-Yo Ma. 

Jeremy Findlay is a citizen of both Canada and of the United States. He has performed in over forty countries worldwide appearing in North America, South America, Europe, Russia, Middle East, Asia and Australia.

 

William A. Findlay, Cellist

Born in Toronto, Mr. Findlay was trained via numerous scholarships and awards at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. His first fully professional job was with the Quebec Symphony, although he had performed as a Toronto freelance musician in the Hamilton Philharmonic since he was sixteen years old.

The following year he won a position in the Toronto Symphony (under Walter Susskind), becoming its youngest member. During that year he was awarded a four-year tuition scholarship to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and so he left the orchestra to move to Rochester. He had spent his TSO year commuting every two weeks to the Eastman School for cello lessons.

His teachers include Donald Whitton and Isaac Mamott of Toronto, Ronald Leonard and Josef Gingold in the USA. Subsequently he became Principal Cellist of the orchestra of the National Ballet of Canada, the CJRT Radio Orchestra of Toronto, the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and various other groups.

In 1969, at the invitation of conductor Seiji Ozawa, he rejoined the Toronto Symphony where he remained for the next forty years, often serving as Principal Cellist.

As a soloist and chamber musician--and also as a founding member of the Voirin Ensemble--many of his performances were recorded and have been broadcast both on radio and on television by the CBC®.

As a teacher, he has served on the faculties of music at the University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, George Brown College and at numerous summer schools. His students are legion; one is an international soloist, two hold Principal positions in the Toronto Symphony and the National Ballet Orchestra.

William A. Findlay, Chamber Music Festival in Toronto, ON

Others are in significant positions all over Canada and in the USA. Recently he has become a founding member of the Incontri di Canna Piano Trio, which is active both in Europe and in Canada. His current passion is for a summer chamber music festival in Canna, Italy, which he has been running with his son, a prominent solo cellist based in Europe, for the last fifteen years. This festival was featured in a one-hour documentary made both in Toronto and in Italy, and which is shown at intervals on BRAVO® under the title "Concert in Canna".

The following newspaper reviews are testimonials to his artistry:
"...an artist who is at once perceptive and penetrating, thoughtful, and endowed with a relatively rare depth of feeling. I suspect that Mr. Findlay would be regarded as a cellist's cellist, so close a union did the instrument and he form."

~R. Alexander Inglis, The Onion

"...these choices (program) were an index to his playing which is eclectic and forthright Findlay gave the best of his full tone and long phrasing."
~R. Hambleton, Toronto Star

"...cellist William Findlay, the evening's soloist, (C. P. E. Bach concerto with Boyd Neel conducting) also put on an excellent show...an excellent cadenza in the first movement gave way to an even more lyrical and expressive solo part in the Largo."
~John Kraglund, The Globe and Mail

"... the adagio (Boccherini concerto with Elmer Iseler conducting) was not only securely pitched and well balanced but it also provided some gently expressive moments. The finale ... had a touch of dramatic tension"
~John Kraglund, The Globe and Mail

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