About Ottawa Chamberfest
Celebrating its 25th anniversary during the 2018-19 season, Ottawa Chamberfest brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance for musical celebration in the nation’s capital, through its concert series, community engagement and education (CEE), and its summer festival. The world’s largest festival of its kind, Ottawa Chamberfest is a 2017 Festivals and Events (FEO) Ontario “Top 100” and winner of seven consecutive Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for the Arts.
Noontime concert series
Ottawa Chamberfest's annual free noontime concert series at City Hall begins April 26 with a performance by sisters, string musicians, and rising stars Yolanda and Carmen Bruno. Featuring regional artists both amateur and professional, the City Series brings artists and audiences together to celebrate and showcase performers with ties to the National Capital Region.
Yolanda & Carmen Bruno
Thursday, April 26 at noon.
One of CBC’s Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30, Ottawa’s Yolanda Bruno and sister Carmen Bruno keep it in the family, with a programme that puts the spotlight on the dynamic relationship between the violin and the cello. Beginning with Ravel’s pensive Sonata for Violin and Cello, the Brunos’ programme continues eastward, exploring diverse duets from contemporary Eastern European composers.
Ensembles vocaux De la Salle
Tuesday, May 1 at noon.
Recognized across Canada for his reputation for drawing excellence and emotion from young artists, choral director Robert Filion leads two student choirs from École secondaire publique De La Salle: L’Ensemble vocal senior De La Salle and Chorale De La Salle. Their wide-ranging vocal program is unlimited by time and place, including pieces from the Renaissance to world music.
Dr. Vinay Bhide
Thursday, May 10 at noon.
“To walk in dancing steps so as to make the ankle-bells tinkle.” Carleton University’s Vinay Bhide explores the cultural array of Indian vocal music – from classical to folk, from the sensuous to the mesmerizing. Bhide is joined by his students from Carleton University.
Monday, May 14 at noon.
Comprised of three award-winning rising stars from Toronto’s classical music scene, the Bedford Trio is already inspiring learners of all ages with its thoughtful and thrilling programs. Meet Chamberfest’s 2018 Career Development Residency ensemble in this preview of our summer festival.
Thursday, May 24 at noon.
Pianist John Dapaah follows his Chamberfest debut, at the Chamber Pints bar series for 35-and-unders, by closing our City Series with works by two of piano’s best-loved Romantic composers: Schubert and Chopin. Featuring pieces as familiar and fluid under his fingertips as water, Dapaah’s programme includes Chopin’s rippling and passionate Ballade No. 3 in A flat major.