On Thursday, January 17th, 2013, Music at the Institute (MATI) presented Canada’s Award-Winning Gryphon Trio with Robert Pomakov, bass.
Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin
Roman Borys, cello
Jamie Parker, piano
Since coming together in Toronto in 1993, the Gryphon Trio has established itself as one of the world’s leading piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to New World jazz and popular song, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.
As Canada’s pre-eminent chamber ensemble, the Gryphon Trio tours throughout North America and Europe, and their sixteen recordings are an encyclopedia of works for the genre. The Trio has commissioned over 75 new works and frequently collaborates on special projects with other instrumentalists, actors, dancers, and visual artists.
Deeply committed to the education of the next generations of audiences and performers alike, the Gryphons frequently conduct master classes and workshops at universities and conservatories, are Artists-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, and have developed several groundbreaking educational initiatives.
The Trio’s fifteen highly acclaimed recordings are an encyclopedia of works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Lalo, Shostakovich, and Piazzolla. Their most recent recording of piano trios by Ludwig van Beethoven was acknowledged with a 2011 Juno Award from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the Best Classical Album: Solo and Chamber Music category. This was the Trio’s second Juno Award, having previously won for their 2004 release Canadian Premieres, featuring new works by leading Canadian composers.
Gryphon cellist Roman Borys is Artistic Director of Ottawa’s Chamberfest, the largest festival of chamber music in North America. Annalee Patipatanakoon and Jamie Parker serve as the festival’s Artistic Advisors in addition to their responsibilities at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, where Mr. Parker is the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance and Ms. Patipatanakoon is Associate Professor of Violin.
Canadian bass ROBERT POMAKOV began the 2012/2013 season with his San Francisco Opera debut as Monterone in Rigoletto under the baton of Nicola Luisotti. He then made a return to Houston Grand Opera to open the company’s season in performances of Benoit in a new production of La Boheme as well as Haly in a new production of L’italiana in Algeri. Mr. Pomakov then returned to the Metropolitan Opera, where he is singing Monterone in the Michael Mayer’s new staging of Rigoletto. In addition to his active operatic calendar, Mr. Pomakov is the bass soloist in performances of Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, and Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières. He also sings with the Calgary Philharmonic in performances of the Verdi Requiem. Highlights of past seasons include performances with the Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, among others. Mr. Pomakov’s most notable appearances include his Washington Opera debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni in a new production conducted by Plácido Domingo, his debut at the Teatro Real as Nikitich in Boris Godunov conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos and opposite Samuel Ramey, a repeat of Varlaam for his debut at the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, the role of the Chamberlain in a new production of Le Rossignol by visionary director Robert Lepage in a co-production with the Canadian Opera Company and Brooklyn Academy of Music, and a joining of the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the title role of a new production of Verdi’s Attila by Pierre Audi conducted by Riccardo Muti.