Corey Cerovsek, violin; Adrian Brendel, cello; Michelle Mares, piano

Date: Feb. 23, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Phoenix Auditorium, The Haven

More Info: http://www.luluperformingarts.ca
Contact: LIz Lutz
Tickets: $20 in Advance at North Road Sports, $25 at the door, $5 Youth 16 & under


Michelle Mares and Corey Cerovsek have known each other since they were 10, yet this is the first time they will play together. When they were children Corey always played with his sister Katja.  The three children spent a lot of time in the car together driving to Seattle every second Saturday for lessons with Randolph Hokanson.  Michelle lost track of Corey in her adult years. The seed for this concert was planted when Adrian came to play on Gabriola four years ago.   He said he had just played with Corey in Europe and wouldn’t it be great if he and Michelle and Corey could play together someday.   So here we are!

Corey Cerovsek: Born in Vancouver, Canada, Corey Cerovsek began playing the violin at the age of five. After early studies with Charmian Gadd and Richard Goldner he graduated at age 12 from the University of Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music with a gold medal for the highest marks in strings. That same year, he was accepted as a student by Josef Gingold and enrolled at Indiana University, where he received bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and music at age 15, master’s degrees in both at 16, and completed his doctoral course work in mathematics and music at age 18. Concurrently he studied piano with Enrica Cavallo, frequently appearing in concert performing on both instruments.

Adrian Brendel: One of the most versatile and original Cellists of his generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher.  His early immersion in the core classical repertoire inspired an enduring fascination that has led to encounters with many fine musicians at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls.  Hi discovery of contemporary music through the works of Kurtag, Kagel and Ligeti in his teenage years opened a new and vital avenue that he continues to explore with huge enthusiasm alongside his passion for jazz and world music.

Michelle Mares: A native of Vancouver, Canada, Michelle Mares began her musical studies at the age of 4 as a student of the Suzuki Piano Method when the Vancouver Academy of Music was in its infancy.  She amassed a great deal of performing experience as a child prodigy and drew the attention of many notable musicians, including Andras Schiff, Ivan Moravec and Gaby Casadesus.  As a young pianist, she routinely won top prizes in national and international piano competitions including, the Geneva International, the CBC Young Performer’s Competition (twice), the Montreal Symphony competition, the Hamburg Steinway Competition and the Robert Casadesus International. Michelle Mares is now teaching on the piano faculty at the University of Victoria and at the VCM.

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