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Music at Noon presents Mathieu-Chua Duo
Véronique Mathieu, violin & Stephanie Chua, piano
12:15 pm | January 31, 2023
University Recital Hall
Free admission, everyone welcome!
This program pays homage to many innovative women composers that marked history at various times. The repertoire spans centuries of music and represents women from a variety of cultures.
Mathieu-Chua Duo comprises Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu (veroniquemathieu.net) and pianist Stephanie Chua (stephaniechua.com). They are dynamic and compelling artists who champion contemporary music of emerging composers alongside those that are internationally established, as well as relish in re-introducing the works of forgotten composers of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods to a new audience.
It is important to Mathieu-Chua Duo that their collaborations and performances spark new artistic and social developments. They hope to contribute to the evolution of classical music as well as forge new connections between composers and audiences – two parties that might otherwise remain isolated without committed performers and committed performances. Our aim is to inspire emerging Canadian composers to the artistic and technical possibilities of instrumental chamber writing and to inspire the next generation of performers to the potential of contemporary repertoire.
Meeting in 2012, Mathieu-Chua Duo has quickly established themselves in Canada. They have presented recitals at Music Toronto’s Discovery Series, 21C Festival at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), Sound Symposium XVII (St. John’s, NF), New Works Calgary, Ottawa New Music Creators, 5-Penny New Music Concerts (Sudbury, ON), Palais Montcalm (Quebec City), and COC’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre (Toronto); as well as at Universities of Ottawa, Western Ontario, Guelph, and Waterloo. Mathieu-Chua Duo have also presented outreach performances at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Music Champion Celebration (Peterborough, ON), Cambridge Libraries, and as part of the Canadian Music Centre’s New Music In New Places. In their short history together, Véronique and Stephanie have commissioned and premiered a number of works by emerging Canadian composers including Gabriel Dufour-Laperrière, Brian Harman, Emilie Lebel, Adam Scime, and Caitlin Smith, and established composers Alice Ho (Canada) and David Vayo (USA). They have collaborated with the composers of Spectrum Music (Toronto, ON) and Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Karen Ostrom to present 'Patent Pending', an installation, animated film accompanied by live music at CONTACT Photography Festival 2014 (Toronto). The duo released their debut recording 'True North' on the Centrediscs label in 2017. Gapplegate Classical-Modern Review notes that the duo “trip the light fantastic with a dramatic sense of expression and a remarkable sense of balance and poise”.
Stephanie Chua is based in Toronto where she is an active music educator and a regularly collaborative artist with ensembles such as Continuum Contemporary Music and Esprit Orchestra. Véronique Mathieu holds the David L. Kaplan Chair in Music at the University of Saskatchewan where she serves as an Associate Professor of Violin.