Magisterra Soloists is a vibrant Canadian classical music ensemble dedicated to programming innovative and venturesome chamber works in juxtaposition with traditional staples of the classical repertoire. The ensemble brings together estab-lished professional musicians and young emerging artists from across the globe to create something fresh, engaging and gutsy. In the context of its varied pro-gramming, Magisterra is delighted to collaborate with esteemed guest singers and instrumentalists. Magisterra is proud to offer its mentorship program, “Magisterra Fellows”, for select young artists who are invited to perform with the group. In the Spring of 2016, Magisterra launched its “Salon Series”, which is designed to offer music to more intimate audiences by way of in-home concerts. Outside of its regular concert schedule, the ensemble presents concerts in schools across the province through its educational outreach program, “Magisterra in Schools”. In an effort to bring their music to as broad an audience as possible, Magisterra Soloists maintains an active touring schedule presenting both concert- style performances and educational outreach programs.
Founded in the fall of 2015 by internationally-acclaimed German violinist, Annette-Barbara Vogel, Magisterra Soloists is currently based in London, Ontario. Within its first year of concertizing, the ensemble has performed to critical acclaim in over a dozen venues across Ontario, including Kingston’s Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The ensemble has also succeeded in designing an educa-tional outreach program which provides interactive exposure to the arts for young children, and which has been presented to captive audiences of both students and teachers in a number of schools across the Ontario.
In May of 2016, Magisterra Soloists gave the Canadian premiere of the ensemble’s first commissioned arrangement, Sapling, by award-winning Canadian composer, Emily Doolittle (originally commissioned by Canada Council for the Arts for the Victoria Symphony). It subsequently premiered this work internationally in August during its inaugural international six-city tour to Brazil which included performances with the support of the Canadian Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Campinas and Florianopolis. While concertizing in Brazil, the ensemble had the privilege of presenting to the young students of the Baccarelli Institute in Sao Paolo.
Magisterra Soloists launched its first multi-province tour in May of 2017 and is pleased to announce its local concert series, “Magisterra at the Museum”, consisting of six performances to be held at the inspiring Museum London.