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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

Sun, Oct. 14

2:30 - 4:30 PM

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$18.00 (Includes GST)

Soprano Anne Grimm and Bruce Vogt, piano


A native of the Netherlands and current University of Victoria Voice Faculty member, Ms. Grimm is known for her “expressive technique” and “dramatic presence” and has performed throughout Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand in concert, opera and recital.  She is joined today by UVic Piano faculty member and internationally acclaimed pianist Mr. Vogt in  what is certain to be a delightfully diverse and engaging afternoon of song.

 

“Anne Grimm was brilliant...” (Globe and Mail) and has a “... captivating voice...”
(Times Colonist) - “... a wonderful singer, with a lovely, warm voice, accurate intonation and an expressive technique...”(Classics Today).
Dutch Soprano Anne Grimm received her early training in violin and voice at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Upon graduation she was invited to become a member of the Netherlands Opera Center touring to the USA and later receiving funding from the Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten to further her voice studies in London. She was also in residence at the Stean’s Institute of Vocal Arts at the Ravinia Festival in the USA where her teachers included Sir Thomas Allen, Margot Garret, Rudolph Piernay, Roger Vignoles and Noelle Barker.
Ms. Grimm has performed regularly throughout Europe and North America as well as south to New Zealand and Australia. She has been recognized for her musical performances and engaging dramatic commitment in music from the baroque to the present day. Being equally at home in concert and opera,
Anne’s most recent work has included performing the title role of Marilyn Monroe in Gavin Bryars’ new chamber opera, “Marilyn Forever” for the opening of the Adelaide Festival, touring with the Aventa Ensemble performing music by Saariaho, Gonneville and Steen-Andersen in New York and Montreal as well as performing in Bach’s “B minor Mass” with Vancouver Voices and the Victoria Philharmonic Choir. She also recently returned from recitals in Holland with pianist David Bollen performing Berg’s “Seven Early Songs”, Poulenc’s “Banalités” and “Drei Lieder der Ophelia” by Strauss.
Other recent performances have included Christopher Butterfield’s “Contes pour enfants pas sage” with David Fallis and Continuum Contemporary Music in Toronto as well as Purcell’s “Fairy Queen” and “King Arthur” with Toronto Masque Theater under Larry Beckwith. She debuted the role of Iris in “Semele” with Pacific Opera Victoria under Timothy Vernon and performed in Victoria and Vancouver with Pacific Music Works of Seattle under Stephen Stubbs. Ms. Grimm was also invited as a special guest to perform at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Opera Center as well as presenting a solo recital of works by Purcell and Handel at the Concertgebouw with the Leupold Trio, which was recorded live for Netherlands Radio.
Past seasons have included performing at the Black and White Opera Gala with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Opera Lyra under Pinchas Zuckerman, “Messiah” with Tafelmusik, the Elora Festival Singers and Symphony Nova Scotia, Dvorak’s “The Specter’s Bride” with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir as well as performances with the Prince George Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Chamber Music San Juans and performing works of Buxtehude with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra under Marc Destrubé in Victoria. In Europe Anne toured with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra appearing at such festivals as Ambronay and Salzburg as well as appearing with the Nederlandse
Bachvereniging under Jos van Veldhoven, the Combattimento Consort with Jan Willem de Vriend and with the Amsterdamse Bachsolisten under Roy Goodman. She performed for the Royal Household of the Netherlands and Belgium in Mozart’s “Exultate Jubilate” under Massimo Zanetti with the Orchestra of Flanders and was invited by members of the Concertgebouw Orkest to perform works by Martin and Roussell at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. Other concerts have included Britten’s “Spring Symphony” in New Zealand under Brian Law, “B minor Mass” at Tanglewood under Paul Halley and the “St. John Passion” with the Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland and at the Ojai Festival in California. Return engagements have included “The Creation” with the Victoria Symphony under Tania Miller, “Christmas Oratorio” with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Schumann’s “Liederkries Op. 39” at the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa with pianist Steven Philcox.
In opera Ms. Grimm has toured to Italy, Poland and the Netherlands in Rameau’s “Les Indes Galantes” under Frans Bruggen with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, sang the role of Dalila in Handel’s “Samson” under Ton Koopman and participated in Purcell’s “King Arthur” at the Holland Festival. She also appeared in Handel’s “Rinaldo” with Christophe Rousset in France and in rare stage works of Handel at the Halle Handel Festspiele and the Pottsdam Festival Sans Souci. Other roles have included Xenia in “Boris Godunov” under Rozhdestvensky with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Concertgebouw, Euridice in Gluck’s “L’Orfeo” with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under Christian Zacharias, Montemezzi’s “L’Amore Dei Tre Re” with the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands under Giuliano Carella and “Die Zauberflöte” for the National Reisopera.
An avid recital singer, Anne Grimm has appeared in many of European Festivals while in Canada she has presented programs for the Elora Festival, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Edmonton Opera, Off Centre Music Salon in Toronto at the Glenn Gould Studio, University of Victoria with Colin Tilney as well as in Music from Montreal on CBC Radio with pianist Michael McMahon. Recently she has been touring throughout British Columbia with Vancouver based pianist Sarah Hagen performing works by Berg, Bernstein, Poulenc, Barber and Weill.
Also a prolific recording artist, Ms. Grimm has made CD’s for Erato, Harmonia Mundi, NM Classics, Vanguard Classics, Troubadisc and Sony as well as being heard on CBC Radio, AVRO, ZDF and Radio France. Anne is currently on faculty at the School of Music at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and is also in demand as a clinician and voice teacher.

Among the elite of Canadian pianists, Bruce Vogt is a unique and dynamic performer. He appears regularly in concert within Canada, but has also inspired audiences in England, the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, China, and Japan.

Born in Southern Ontario, Bruce completed his initial musical studies with Damjana Bratuz and Anton Kuerti. Later he studied in the United States, England, Switzerland, and Italy, working with a number of celebrated musicians including Gyorgy Sebok, Louis Kentner, Fou Ts'Ong, and Dario de Rosa.

In 1999, Bruce Vogt and the celebrated Japanese violist, Yumiko Yamamoto, were awarded the Kyoto Baroque Hall Award of Excellence and a substantial cash prize for the Best Concert of 1998. The Kyoto Daily spoke of their “wonderful sympathetic music making, exquisite technical polish.” Bruce and Yumiko later released a collaborative CD entitled Centre of Harmony: Music for Viola and Piano.

During a tour of Germany, Bruce’s performance was reviewed as “technical perfection paired with emotional expressiveness ... compositions from Mozart, Chopin, Liszt resounded with seldom-heard perfection ... What is apparent in his playing is the joy he takes in giving to others what he has so dazzlingly mastered” (Usinger Anzeiger, Altweilnau, Germany). Bruce has continued to perform throughout Canada, China, Japan, and Europe.

Bruce Vogt's repertoire is extremely diverse, encompassing music from the sixteenth century to the present. He has consistently championed the music of contemporary composers, and has commissioned and premiered a number of new works by such Canadian luminaries as Murray Adaskin and Alfred Fisher. He is also an enthusiastic and dedicated performer on period instruments; one of his recordings, released in the fall of 2003, features music of Robert Schumann performed on a restored 1864 Erard. His other recordings include two volumes of the music of Franz Liszt, which have established for him an enviable reputation as a Liszt interpreter. Two new recordings of the music of Liszt were released in 2011 in honour of the bicentenary of this great composer.