Golden Violin Prize winner Joshua Peters will headline a 2016/2017 Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre performance at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on November 29. Peters, who won the prestigious award in 2015, will perform a noon recital at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre accompanied by pianist Philip Chiu, consisting of two major works: Arnold Schoenberg’s Phantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 47 and Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47.
“The Golden Violin Award has been a huge honour to receive,” said Peters in a statement. “The performance opportunities associated with it, both in Montreal and in Toronto, have allowed me to capitalize on the prestige of the award by establishing myself as an emerging artist in Canada’s music scene.
“But while receiving the Golden Violin Award has been extremely significant to me personally, the larger contribution Seymour Schulich gave to the school has had an even bigger impact on me and the lives of many other music students. It was thanks to a Schulich Scholarship that I was able to attend McGill University, and this ultimately has had the biggest impact on my career.”
The Winnipeg-born Peters’ star has been rapidly ascending, as he’s recently won a slew of awards ranging from the 2015 Eckhardt Gramatte National Music Competition, the 2014 WMC Doris McClellan Competition, a Sylva Gelber Foundation Award, and support from the Manitoba Arts Council.
But his most prestigious award yet occurred in 2015, when Peters was named the 10th recipient of the Golden Violin Award, a competition first established in 2006 by Schulich School of Music benefactor Seymour Schulich. Its recipient, chosen by jury and a rigorous selection process, receives a generous scholarship, valued at $25,000.
In his young career, Peters has appeared as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; concert master of the McGill Symphony Orchestra and is asked regularly to substitute with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Currently studying with Ian Swensen at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Peters performs on a ca. 1869 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin (with Vuillaume model bow) collectively valued at $284,000, on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.
Joshua Peters’ performance at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is the second of four concerts, running from November 22 through December 1, presented by the Schulich School of Music as part of the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series. They are programmed to spotlighting prize-winning performers, inspiring ensembles and some of the most promising Canadian classical and jazz stars of the future.
The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is a 10-month long series that runs from September to June.