Christina Petrowska-Quilico

Christina Petrowska-Quilico, piano
part of JMU's 31st Annual Contemporary Music Festival

Tuesday, October 4 @ 5 p.m., Recital Hall

Widely recognized as an innovative and adventurous artist, this Canadian pianist has made her mark as a brilliant interpreter of contemporary classical music. The program includes Rivers by Ann Southam.

One of Canada's foremost pianists, Christina Petrowska-Quilico is widely recognized as a leading champion of the music of our time. Much in demand, she has premiered more than 100 new works, many written especially for her, and premiered 16 piano concerti. A prolific recording artist, having recorded 26 CDs of classical, romantic and new music, she was awarded The 2007 Friends of Canadian Music Award by the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers. A national jury recognized Christina Petrowska-Quilico "for her dedication to Canadian contemporary classical music as well as her unwavering support of this country's composing community. Throughout her exceptional performing and recording career, Christina Petrowska-Quilico has had a profound impact on Canada's classical music community from coast to coast."

Over the course of her career, Petrowska-Quilico has collaborated with a long list of eminent international and Canadian composers, including Violet Archer, Pierre Boulez, Glenn Buhr, John Cage, Christos Hatzis, Lowell Liebermann, Gyoergy Ligeti, Alexina Louie, R. Murray Schafer, Krzysztof Penderecki, Luis de Pablo, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Claude Vivier and John Weinzweig. She has performed with most new music groups and chamber ensembles in Canada. Her concert tours, both as a soloist and with her late husband, the legendary Metropolitan Opera baritone Louis Quilico, have taken her across four continents. On the recital stage, her appearances include such prestigious New York City venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall. Tours have taken her to Taiwan, the Middle East, France, Greece, Germany and Ukraine, and throughout the United States. She is heard regularly on Canadian, American and European radio stations.

Christina Petrowska-Quilico has performed with such leading orchestras as the Toronto Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, Taipei Symphony, Esprit Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony, and the Greek Radio Orchestra, and worked with conductors John Eliot Gardiner, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Bramwell Tovey, Alex Pauk, Victor Feldbrill, Boris Brott, Geoffrey Moull, Walter Boudreau, Serge Garant, and others. She has premiered and performed concerti written for her by Steven Gellman, Heather Schmidt, Larysa Kuzmenko, Ted Dawson, David Mott and Alexina Louie, Glenn Buhr, Michael Matthews, George Fiala, Simon Bainbridge, George Koumendakis and Claudio Ambrosini. She has also performed two concerti by Violet Archer, the harpsichord concerto by Murray Schafer and the first piano concerto by Luis de Pablo who dedicated his 2nd piano concerto to her.

Ticket prices: $8–$10 Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the box office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Major credit cards, cash, checks and JACards accepted. Day of performance tickets will be sold beginning at 5 p.m. at JMU’s Convocation Center Box Office Entrance D. Major credits cards, cash, checks and JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $4 in person at Forbes Center Box Office only with student ID. One ticket per ID. Student tickets are not available online.

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