Tue Apr 2 19:00

Ema Nikolovska, mezzo-soprano, and Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

“The future of this voice seems to have no limits.”
– Schubertiada Vilabertran, Opera Actual

Macedonian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska makes her Chamberfest debut with a recital program including works by Schubert, R. Schumann, and Debussy, with Charles Richard-Hamelin at the piano.

Raised in Toronto, Nikolovska has performed with acclaimed international orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Berlin, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur, conducted by Barbara Hannigan. She is a current BBC New Generation Artist who won first prize at the International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize (Kathleen Ferrier Awards), and was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) International Auditions. In 2022, she became a recipient of the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman Prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin stands out as one of the most important musicians of his generation. In 2014, he also won the second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the third prize at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea. “Charles Richard-Hamelin is clearly a musician-pianist: fluent, multi-faceted and tonally seductive.” (BBC Music Magazine)


FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828)
Im Frühling, D. 882
Dass sie hier gewesen, D. 775
Herbst, D. 945
Der Unglückliche, D. 713

The Seasons, Op. 37b, excerpt
VI. June

MARGARET BONDS (1913 – 1972)
Songs of the Seasons
I. Poème d’Automne
II. Winter Moon
III. Young Love in Spring
IV. Summer Storm


CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918)
Images oubliées, L.87, excerpt
I. Lent

Ariettes oubliées, L. 60
I. C’est l’extase
II. Il Pleure dans mon Coeur
III. L’ombre des arbres
IV. Chevaux de bois
V. Green (Aquarelle I)
VI. Spleen (Aquarelle II)

NIKOLAY MEDTNER (1880 – 1951)
Twilight, Op. 24, No. 4
Sleeplessness, Op. 37, No. 1

Five Advertising Songs
I. Utica Sheets and Pillowcases
II. Pillsbury Bran Muffins
III. Vauv Nose Powder
IV. Children Cry for Castoria
V. Make This a Day of Pepsodent

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This concert is presented with support from Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa.

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