Piano Ecstasy

“There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them.”

The Guardian (London)

Nine pianists, six grand pianos, works by Reich, Cage, and Shostakovich, and a world premiere.

Piano Ecstasy is an unforgettable sound and spectacle celebrating music for multiple pianos. Nine Canadian virtuosi joined us for an eclectically entertaining program that ranged from hypnotically minimalist to downright funky. Also highlighted is the world premiere of Two Pieces for Three Pianos, a new work by acclaimed Canadian composer Glenn Buhr.

Glenn Buhr, piano
Simon Docking, piano
Chris Donnelly, piano
Tania Gill, piano
Russell Hartenberger, piano
Serouj Kradjian, piano
Gregory Oh, piano
James Parker, piano
Christina Petrowska-Quilico, piano


John Cage: The Beatles 1962-1970
Dmitri Shostakovich: Concertino
Witold Lutoslawski: Variation on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos
Colin McPhee: Balinese Ceremonial Music
Glenn Buhr: Two Pieces for Three Pianos (world Premiere)
Steve Reich: Six Pianos

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