St. Paul’s Anglican Church is proud to announce a new series of chamber music concerts featuring an impressive lineup of internationally acclaimed musicians. Concerts will take place on: November 17, 2019, January 12, March 8, and a fourth date in 2020 to be determined.
Chamber Music at St. Paul’s Presents: Beethoven and Beyond, works by Beethoven, Copland, Bloch, and Kreisler, featuring Nancy DiNovo, violin and Monica Pfau, piano. November 17 at 2:00 PM.
The program features the Sonata Op. 12, No. 1 for Violin and Piano by Ludwig Van Beethoven and the Violin Sonata by Aaron Copland, performed by violinist Nancy DiNovo and pianist Monica Pfau. The duo will also present works by Ernest Bloch and Fritz Kreisler.
A former member of the St. Louis, Toronto and Boston Symphony Orchestras and founding concertmaster of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, violinist Nancy DiNovo is comfortable in styles ranging from period to contemporary. Her playing has been described as “stunning – a superlative mix of virtuosity and earthy vigour” (Victoria Times Colonist), and “simply astonishing……her sheer joy of revelling in the music left me dazzled.” (Hamilton Spectator- Brott Festival, June, 2015)
In a career spanning decades, Nancy has performed in the world’s major concert halls on three continents, working with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Karel Ancerl, James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, and Christopher Hogwood.
Concerto credits include the Banff and Victoria premières of the Kurt Weill Concerto, and she has premièred a number of Canadian works written especially for her, including the Barnes Violin Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner conducting, Walter Buczynski’s Sonata (1975) for CBC Arts National, and Frykberg’s “Astonishing Sense….” (1998) for solo violin and tape. In 2015, she made her debut at the Brott Festival to critical acclaim.
As guest concertmaster, she has appeared with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kitchener-Waterloo, Edmonton and Victoria Symphonies, CBC Radio Orchestra, “Music of the Night” cross-Canada tour, and Pacific Opera Victoria where she has led operas in styles ranging from period instrument Handel to Berg’s “Wozzeck”. As a Baroque violinist, she is a popular leader with several of BC’s finest choral conductors.
In demand as a pedagogue, Nancy has taught at Tanglewood, the Marrowstone Festival, Western Washington University, UBC, U Vic, Capilano University, and for the National Academy Orchestra .Her many recording credits include work for CBC Radio, Earsay Records, the Elektra Women’s Choir, Disney Films, and the 2010 Olympics.
An iconic photo of Nancy can be seen on The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience.
She plays on a beautiful J. B. Guadagnini violin dated 1770.
MONICA PFAU has achieved considerable recognition in her career as a concert pianist, adjudicator, teacher and chamber musician, performing in recitals throughout Canada, the USA and Europe. In her early competitive career she won numerous top awards including the Gold Medal for the highest marks in Canada on the ARCT Performance Diploma, First Place in the UBC Concerto Competition, and a German Academic Exchange Scholarship to the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany. A student of Dr. Robin Wood, she graduated top of the UVic Fine Arts class and was awarded the prestigious “Victoria Medal”. She accepted a Graduate Teaching Assistantship from the University of Western Ontario and later became accompanist-inresidence at the Banff International School of the Arts, where she performed in recital with internationally recognized artists such as Janos Starker and the Fine Arts Quartet. Upon completion of her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance at UBC, Monica was awarded a Fellowship for Doctoral Studies under the mentorship of Jane Coop. Ms. Pfau has performed as soloist with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra under Mario Bernardi, as concerto soloist under Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama as well as orchestral pianist for the Vancouver Symphony; she has recorded for the National Film Board of Canada as well as for a new Australian feature film called “Bloodshot Heart”, and many of her performances have been featured on CBC Radio’s “Westcoast Performance”.
Admission is by donation. St. Paul’s Church is wheelchair accessible.