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Berick Golani Mercer String Trio


Yehonatan Berick

“The unforced purity of his playing brought tears to my eyes” Montreal Gazette

Prizewinner at the 1993 Naumburg competition and a recipient of the 1996-97 Prix Opus, Yehonatan Berick is in high demand internationally as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Performances as soloist include Quebec, Winnipeg, Windsor, Ann Arbor, Jerusalem and Haifa Symphonies, and the Israeli, Cincinnati, Montreal and Manitoba Chamber Orchestras, Thirteen Strings and Ensemble Appassionata. Recital offerings include the complete Solo Sonatas and Partitas by Bach, and the complete Paganini Caprices which he recorded on BluRay and DVD. He has appeared at Marlboro, Ravinia, Seattle, Ottawa, Great Lakes, Music@Menlo, Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. His extensive recordings appear on Acoma, Albany, Centaur, Equilibrium, XXI-21, Gasparo, Summit, and Helicon labels. As a pedagogue, Berick serves as Professor of Violin at the University of Ottawa and is regularly invited to give masterclasses. His students hold leading positions of major orchestras, ensembles, and music schools worldwide. Yehonatan Berick currently plays a 1761 violin by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi generously on loan from the University of Ottawa, as well as violin by Honoré Derazey Père from 1852, and a viola by Stanley Kiernoziak from 2003.

Rivka Golani

“…riveting, intensely physical stage presence… hurtling momentum, constant risk-taking, complete technical assurance.” Boston Herald

Rivka Golani is recognized as one of the great violists and musicians of modern times. BBC Magazine included her in its LIST OF THE 200 MOST IMPORTANT INSTRUMENTALISTS and the FIVE MOST IMPORTANT VIOLISTS currently concertizing. Her contributions to the advancement of viola technique have already given her a place in the history of the instrument and have been a source of inspiration not only to other players but also to many composers who have been motivated to write specially for the viola. More than 300 PIECES have been written for Rivka, of which MORE THAN 70 ARE CONCERTOS.

Familiar to audiences throughout the world, Rivka Golani has performed as soloist with many of the world’s most prominent orchestras: the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Montreal Symphony and many others. She has made many recordings with orchestra as well as solo recitals. Landmark concerto recordings include works by Elgar, Colgrass, Britten, Berlioz, Bloch, Bax, Martinu and others.

Rivka has recently been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and was presented with the Medal Pro Artibus by the Artijus Foundation for her contribution to the world of Hungarian contemporary music. A passionate teacher, she is professor of viola at Trinity College of Music in London.

Rachel Mercer

“Mercer strikes me as a very pure type of chamber musician. Her reading of many passages was quite personal, but did not assert the player’s will as a distinct force working upon the music. She gave herself in perfect service to whatever she made of the score, and never once resorted to a grand gesture to get our attention.” Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail

Described as a “pure chamber musician” (Globe and Mail) creating “moments of pure magic” (Toronto Star), Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across five continents. Grand prize winner of the 2001 Vriendenkrans Competition in Amsterdam, Rachel is a member of Ensemble Made In Canada, the Mercer-Park Duo, and joined the National Arts Centre Orchestra as Associate Principal Cello in January 2016. Rachel is also Artistic Director of the “5 at the First” Chamber Music Series in Hamilton and Artist-in-Residence at Western University in London ON. An advocate for new Canadian music, Rachel has commissioned and premiered many chamber and solo cello works and can be heard on the Naxos, Naxos Canadian Classics, Centrediscs, Pipistrelle, Dalia Classics and EnT-T record labels. Rachel plays the 1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello, generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank.