James Campbell, Arnold Choi & Glen Montgomery

Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

7:30 p.m.

Bella Concert Hall

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James Campbell, Clarinetist

James Campbell has been called “Canada’s pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist, by the Toronto Star, "Canada's premiere clarinetist" by the Ottawa Citizen and “a national treasure” by the CBC. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in over 35 countries with over 60 orchestras including the Boston Pops, Montreal Symphony and the London Symphony. He has collaborated with Glenn Gould and Aaron Copland and toured with over 35 string quartets, including the Guarneri, Amadeus(when he replaced an ailing Benny Goodman on a tour of California) and Vermeer. Of his over 40 recordings, the BBC and The Times of London rated his recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet as the best available and his CD “Stolen Gems”(Marquis Records) won a Juno.

He has been named Canada’s Artist of the Year, awarded the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Honourary Doctor of Laws, the Order of Canada and has recently been inducted into the CBC’s Classical Music Hall of Fame. James Campbell has been Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound since 1985 and has been Professor of Music at the famed Jacobs School of Music, of Indiana University since 1988. He regularly gives masterclasses throughout the world and is a Conn-Selmer Artist.

Arnold Choi, Cellist
Described by The New York Times as having a “Rich tone, and muscular style”, Canadian cellist Arnold Choi has performed to great acclaim throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He is a prize winner of Korea’s Gyeongnam (Isang Yun) International Cello Competition, and Mexico’s Carlos Prieto International cello competition. Mr. Choi has also won the grand prize at numerous competitions throughout North America including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, the Kingsville International String Competition, the Canadian National Music Festival, the CMC Stepping Stone Competition, and the Shean Competition, among others.

Mr. Choi has performed as soloist with several orchestras around the world including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Civic Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Civic Symphony, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, and the Banff Festival Orchestra. At the age of 14, he gave his first solo recital tour in Mexico. Since then, he has given several recital tours throughout North America as a soloist and chamber musician.

As a former member of the Janaki String Trio, Choi received the Grand Prize at the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2006.The trio performed and toured extensively throughout the United States playing in major chamber music venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Centre and the Kennedy Centre. The trio toured Australia and were featured at the American Academy in Rome by composer Andrew Norman.

Choi's discography includes two Janaki Trio albums with Naxos and Yarlung Records, and in 2012, six volumes of cello repertoire with pianist Peter Longworth for the Royal Conservatory of Music books published by Frederick Harris Music. These recordings are used as pedagogical tools for young beginner to advanced cellists nationwide.

Arnold began his cello studies with John Kadz at the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary before receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in 2009 from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles studying with Ronald Leonard. Following that he received his Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music as a student of Aldo Parisot. In 2017 Arnold received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Stony Brook University in New York where he was under the tutelage of Colin Carr. Arnold serves as the principal cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and is on the cello faculty at Mount Royal University. He currently performs on a cello by an unknown maker, ca. 1880 from the School of Caussin in France.

Glen Montgomery, Pianist

Glen Montgomery has led a most diverse life musically succeeding to maintain a dynamic performing career while establishing a reputation as one of Canada's most successful teachers over the past decades. From Australia to Iceland, the USA and Russia, Montgomery has played over 30 concertos with major orchestras, collaborated with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Nina Beilina, James Campbell, Joel Quarrington, Frances Ginzer, Paul Brodie, James Somerville, John de Lancie, Jose Luis Garcia and countless others, and recorded for CBC, PBS, Belarus TV and Radio and Analekta.

Professor Montgomery over the years was on faculty at the Banff Centre, University of Ottawa, and University of Lethbridge (26 years) and is now on faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Mount Royal University as Distinguished Teacher in Piano and Chamber Music. His extensive list of highly successful students includes: Magdalena von Eccher, Stephen Nguyen, Carlos Foggin, Sarah Hagen, Vivian Lou, Kyuyoung Park and Jan Lisiecki. He has coached outstanding instrumentalists: Arnold Choi, Nikki Chooi, Annalee Patipatankoon and many others. Equally, Mr. Montgomery delights in the careers of his students who continue to cherish music, while prospering in medicine, engineering, law, education, journalism, etc. His students have ranged in age from three to 87 and he continues to value teaching people of all experiences who simply seek beauty and awakening through the discovery of music.

In the past several years Glen Montgomery has also developed a fine reputation as a composer, writing works for choir, solo piano, and chamber music. His major composition, Masques of Canada, premiered at the 2017 Festival of the Sound.