With three Grammy nominations, the ARC Ensemble, consisting of senior faculty of the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, has built an international reputation for the research and recovery of music lost to political suppression. Its “Music in Exile” series, dedicated to composers expelled by the Third Reich, has brought a growing number of 20th century masterworks to today’s chamber repertoire. Davóne Tines, a graduate of Harvard and the Juilliard School, was hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “the find of the season,” after his performances at the Ojai Festival.
The Arc Ensemble
Marie Berard, violin | Steven Dann, viola | Thomas Wiebe, cello | David Louie, piano |Erika Raum, violin | Dianne Werner, piano
Nominated for its third Grammy in 2016, the ARC Ensemble is one of Canada’s most distinguished cultural ambassadors. The ensemble has appeared at major festivals and series including the Budapest Spring Festival, Enescu Festival (Bucharest), New York’s Lincoln Center Festival, Canada’s Stratford Festival, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore and Cadogan Halls and Washington’s Kennedy Center.
Comprised of the senior faculty of the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, with special guests drawn from the organization’s most accomplished students and alumni, the ARC Ensemble’s performances and recordings (on Sony and Chandos) are broadcast around the world and have earned unanimous critical acclaim. The ensemble has built an international reputation for the research and recovery of a vast corpus of suppressed music, and its “Music in Exile” series has been presented in Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Rome, Toronto, New York and London. A growing number of 20th century masterworks are rejoining the repertoire as a result of the ARC Ensemble’s pioneering recordings and performances. Its work is explored in EXIT: MUSIC, a documentary premiered in November 2016 which recently acquired global distribution. The ARC Ensemble’s most recent release is devoted to the music of the Auschwitz survivor and onetime conductor of the camp’s orchestra, Szymon Laks.
“Passion, polish and vitality” – The New York Times