Mayumi Seiler and Colin Carr
In Concert and Conversation
On Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 7:30pm Friends of Chamber Music will host two monumental artists, violinist Mayumi Seiler and cellist Colin Carr, known throughout the world for their solo appearances, recordings, and chamber collaborations, in a duo program of works by Bach, Ravel and Kodaly
See their full program HERE
Bio for Mayumi Seiler:
A violinist of impeccably tailored artistry, Mayumi Seiler is renowned for her exciting performances of concerto, recital and collaborative works both live and on disc. She has graced stages from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein and in London at Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall for The Proms. In performances of depth and delight, she has collaborated with renowned soloists and conductors, and created a distinguished series of concerts which played to sold-out houses in Toronto over 14 seasons.
Mayumi Seiler has appeared as concerto soloist with major symphonies around the globe, including the Royal Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, Moscow Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Montréal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Bournemouth Symphony, City of London Sinfonia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, among others. She has collaborated with such noted conductors as Kent Nagano, Peter Oundjian, David Atherton, Christopher Hogwood, Neville Marriner, Sandor Vegh, Hugh Wolff and Richard Hickox.
Among Ms. Seiler’s extensive list of recordings are the Beethoven Concerto, the two Mendelssohn Concertos and three of the Haydn Violin Concertos with the City of London Sinfonia and Richard Hickox conducting on the Virgin Classics label. She has recorded Stravinsky’s Le Baiser de la Fée with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and David Atherton, also on Virgin Classics. Her many recordings of chamber music, including works of Schumann, Dohnanyi, Boccherini and Mozart, appear on the Hyperion and Capriccio labels.
While nurturing a busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Japan and the Americas, Ms. Seiler founded Toronto’s Via Salzburg – acclaimed as “One of the best roads to our musical hearts” (Toronto Star). In Via Salzburg she led a string orchestra in regular performances at the Glenn Gould Studio for sold out audiences. Through 14 seasons she curated programs with renowned artists from Europe and Asia and combined varied art forms such as dance, pantomime and painting into Via Salzburg events, winning the embrace of audiences and the praise of critics citing the performer’s “combustion of creative energy – they clearly love what they are doing” (Toronto Star).
She has collaborated with many of the world’s leading soloists, including violinists Maxim Vengerov, Richard Tognetti and Ruggiero Ricci, violist Veronika Hagen, cellists Steven Isserlis and Colin Carr, pianists Menachim Pressler, André Laplante, Yael Weiss and Ikuyo Nakamichi, clarinetist David Shiffrin, and guitarist Elliot Fisk among many others.
An active and passionate teacher, Mayumi Seiler serves on the faculty at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto. She has held a professorship at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, has given masterclasses worldwide and has adjudicated at numerous international violin competitions. She began her musical upbringing in Osaka, Japan, where she was born of Japanese/German parentage. Wedded to the violin from the age of three, she received her musical education at the renowned Mozarteum during the formative years of her childhood in Salzburg.
Mayumi Seiler performs on the 1684 Croall Stradivarius.
Bio for Colin Carr:
An internationally acknowledged master of his craft, cellist Colin Carr appears throughout the world as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. Acclaimed for his “dazzling virtuosic technique, nimble bowing, [and] eloquent vibrato”(Winnipeg Free Press) he has appeared with major orchestras worldwide including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, the symphonies of Chicago, Los Angeles, Montréal, Washington, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and all the major orchestras of Australia and New Zealand. Conductors with whom he has worked include Jaap van Zweden, Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi and Gianandrea Noseda, and he has been a regular guest at the BBC Proms.
Currently, Colin Carr is on a widely celebrated tour of the Bach cello suites through Asia and North America. “His supreme technique gives him the freedom to hold together long complicated phrases that many more mortal cellists can’t manage without breaking their arcs. And with his bouncy, jig-like ebullience, Carr is better than anybody in the final Gigues” applauds the Boston Musical Intelligencer. His concerts place all six Bach Suites in one evening, and have been heard in London at Wigmore Hall, in North America for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Gardner Museum in Boston and for distinguished series in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and beyond. During the Beethoven 250th anniversary in 2020, Colin will tour the composer’s complete works for cello and piano with his collaborative partner Thomas Sauer, with whom he has appeared in innovative programs on both sides of the Atlantic.
As a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, he recorded and toured extensively for 20 years, and was a frequent guest with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets. He continues his chamber music collaborations at music festivals worldwide.
Recent CDs include the complete Bach suites on the Wigmore Live label and the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations on the MSR Classics label with Thomas Sauer. Colin has been honored with First Prize in the Naumburg Competition, the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award, and as winner of the Young Concert Artists competition. He is professor of cello at the Royal Academy of Music and at Stony Brook University in New York. In 1998, St. John’s College, Oxford created the post of “Musician in Residence” expressly for him. Colin’s cello was made by Matteo Gofriller in Venice in 1730. He makes his home in the UK.