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Ensemble Vivant, hailed as ‘Canada’s Chamber Music Treasure” (Toronto Star) is enthusiastically received wherever they perform. They are a pioneer among piano chamber ensembles, having championed a rich, imaginative genre-diverse repertoire since bursting onto the international concert and recording scene.
Comprised of artists of the highest caliber, they are available in exciting configurations, such as Catherine Wilson, piano with jazz legend Don Thompson, O.C., vibes & bass, and Sybil Shanahan, cello; to the core of piano, violin and cello, that can expand to a septet, with trumpet, including renowned bassist Dave Young, C.M. The group’s live and recorded performances receive accolades internationally in both the classical and jazz worlds. ”No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant’s music making”. (Rick Wilkins, C.M.); “The overall effect is joyous and compelling” (Music Magazine).
Ensemble Vivant’s extensive genre-diverse repertoire is a signature trademark, allowing them to offer a variety of programs tailored to your audience preferences, including standard classical; a mix of classical standards, light classical and Pops favourites; a mix of classical, Latin and Pops favourites, or any combination thereof.
"... your rendition of ‘Oblivion’ is the most touching I have ever heard. Bravo!” - François Paré, Radio Classique, Montréal
“thoroughly enjoyable ...” - Boston Herald, USA
“Beautiful, poised performances...reveal the deep musicianship and light interpretive touch of these Toronto-based musicians... [they do] a fantastic job with the nuevo tango of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla...[they] capture the passion as well as the verve.” - John Terauds, Toronto Star