Yegor Dyachkov

Whether proffering "an interpretation of the most beautiful romanticism of Tchaikovsky's Rococo variations" (M. Samson, Le Soleil, Québec), or caressing the ear with a round velvety sound in Debussy's cello sonata" (L.M. Koldau, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Yegor Dyachkov has impressed critics, public, and composers alike with his mature grasp of a rich and eclectic repertoire.

Born in Moscow in 1974, Mr. Dyachkov started his music studies at the age of eight with Alexander Fedorchenko. After moving to Montreal in 1988, he pursued his training with Yuli Turovsky, and he graduated from l'Université de Montreal. He was then able to enjoy the rare privilege of studying with Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne for more than three years.

The accomplishments of this young cellist attest to his extraordinary talent. He won the first International Music Competition of the Orford Arts Centre and the International Stepping Stone Competition (Canadian Music Competitions). Mr. Dyachkov has been invited to perform as guest soloist with orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the National Art Center Orchestra (Ottawa).

Mr. Dyachkov is a recitalist and an accomplished chamber musician. He has performed and toured in the former Soviet Union, Italy, Germany, France, Latin America, Taiwan, the United States, and Canada. In 1996 he founded the Trio Voltaire with violinist Scott St. John and pianist Audrey Andrist. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Suisse romande, and Deutsche Welle have recorded his concerts, and Radio Canada Television has made a documentary film about him.

In 2000 Mr. Dyachkov was named “Young Canadian Musician of the Year” and has recently been selected by Yo Yo Ma to be part of the Silk Road Project.

Henri Brassard

A native of Quebec, Henri Brassard began his studies in Montreal under the direction of Lucille Brassard and Yvonne Hubert. He then pursued his training with Nadia Reisenberg in New York and Dieter Weber in Vienna. Wilhelm Kempff, Rudolph Serkin and Karl Engel are among the masters with whom he has also worked.

Mr. Brassard received the Grand Prize of the Festival du Musique de Quebec and the Chalmers Foundation. He has performed as a soloist with numerous Canadian orchestras that include Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, and his concert schedule has taken him to France, England, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Caraibes, the former Soviet Union, and throughout Canada.

Praised as a soloist, Mr. Brassard has a particular fondness for chamber music and is the founder of the Trio Haydn de Montreal. Among the conductors with whom he has worked are Charles Dutoit, Agnes Grossmann, Raffi Armenian, and Yahushi Akiyama.

Mr. Brassard is also known for his work as a chronicler for musical programs on radio and television, and as director of numerous musical series. He is a professor at the Université du Québec a Montréal and is frequently invited to give master classes abroad.

"...He commands his cello, makes it sing with an ample bow, while the left hand offers clear articulation to the musical discourse." (BR117)
Jean-Jaxques van Vlasselaer, Le Droit, Ottawa-Hull

"Russian-born, Montreal-based cellist Yegor Dyachkov...has a rich full tone and big technique, and interprets these works with a fine sense to capture their romantic heart, while negotiating the virtuostic hurdles with relative ease. Veteran Canadian pianist Henri Brassard partners him with great sensitivity and technical panache."
Robert Cummings, Classics@Cosmik

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