MAGISTERRA SOLISTS INTERNATIONAL
Magisterra Soloists has become the face of visionary chamber music in Southern Ontario in London, Ontario, Magisterra Soloists has a current string roster of over 49 international musicians hailing from more than 25 countries, who have performed in over 130 concert performances and 35 school outreach visits, in collaboration with over 35 international special guest artists (piano, winds, voice).
Founded in 2016 by internationally-acclaimed violinist, Artistic Director Annette-Barbara Vogel, the ensemble is proud to call upon some of the finest chamber musicians worldwide, bringing first rate festival-style chamber music concerts to the region through its “Magisterra at the Museum” concert series and annual Christmas concert series, among others.
Magisterra Soloists plays a significant role in invigorating and enriching the local artistic experience. Its carefully crafted programs engage timeless masterworks in tandem with countless intriguing new discoveries. Performances showcase the ensemble’s boundless curiosity and total commitment to sharing gems from the string chamber music literature with the community.
The ensemble’s interactive educational “Magisterra in Schools” program has reached thousands of youth from kindergarten to high school. Magisterra Soloists is particularly passionate about bringing face-to-face exposure to the arts to underprivileged and rural school communities.
With the help of generous financial supporters, Magisterra Soloists aims to bring fully subsidized educational performances to school-aged children. To date, the ensemble has presented educational programming in both English and French to over 4000 students.
Magisterra Soloists is committed to providing invaluable professional development to young talent. Its “on the job” mentorship program, “Magisterra Fellows”, has already provided intensive artistic training to nearly two dozen deserving emerging artists, in support of their future careers as professional musicians.
To encourage the development of school-aged string players, Magisterra also hosts an annual searchlight audition: the Young Performer’s Award (YPA). Recipients of the YPA earn a small stipend and the opportunity to perform solo with the ensemble.
Magisterra Soloists is proud to serve both our local and national artistic community. As champions of Canadian art and artists (with commissioned works by Canadian composers Kevin Morse, Emily Doolittle, Edgar Suski, and Abby Richardson-Schulte), the ensemble has already successfully completed five multicity tours through both Canada and Brazil.
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