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
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
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.
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
"...He commands his
cello, makes it sing with an ample bow, while the left hand
offers clear articulation to the musical discourse."
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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