The Visiting Artists & Scholars program at U of T Music provides our community with rich opportunities for interaction with the world's leading scholars, composers, and performers.
Students, faculty, the university community, and the general public look forward to exchanging ideas and sounds with visitors brought to U of T Music through one of our funded Distinguished Visitors programs.
The Louis Applebaum Distinguished Visitor in Composition was established by Sandra and Joseph Rotman to honour the memory of the Canadian film composer Louis Applebaum (1918-2000). The inaugural visitor was U of T alumnus and 2013 Oscar winner Mychael Danna. Subsequent visitors included Paul Chirara, Richard Bellis, Lawrence Shragge, Richard Bronskill, Howard Shore and James K. Wright.
Established by Roger Moore, one of Toronto’s most ubiquitous supporters of new music projects, Moore Visitors have included Steve Reich, Krzystof Penderecki, Maria Schneider, Gabriel Prokofiev, Salvatore Sciarrino, Nicole Lizée, Toshio Hosokawa and André Mehmari. Due to travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 U of T New Music Festival was held virtually and did not feature a single Moore Visitor. However, we were very pleased to host four distinguished artists at virtual Composers' Forums throughout the 2020-21 season: Tania León, Cris Derksen, Michael Arnowitt and Ana Sokolovic.
Established by the family of Wilma and Clifford Smith on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, the Smith Visitor provides annual funding for visits from international scholars and performers. Visitors have included percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, composer David Maslanka, conductor Victor Feldbrill, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and writer Paul Griffiths. For the Faculty's 2019-20 season, composer and famed music educator Rob Kapilow presented his signature What Makes it Great® series over three events.
Named for a great collector of vocal music and historical recorded sound whose collection and trust is stewarded today by an even greater connoisseur Stephen Clarke, the Stratton Visitor brings distinguished specialists in the field of voice and collaborative piano, recent among them Dawn Upshaw, Warren Jones, Stephanie Blythe, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Barbara Hannigan, Stephen Wadsworth, Judith Forst, the late Jessye Norman and Eric Owens. Throughout the 2020-21 season, we were pleased to host five distinguished artists for a series of virtual residencies: Lawrence Brownlee, Graham Johnson, Denyce Graves, Steven Blier and Joyce DiDonato.
Established in 2014 by arts philanthropists John and Claudine Bailey, this visitorship brings a jazz performer/arranger to the Faculty. Bailey Visitors have included Mike Holober, Dave Liebman, Norma Winstone, Renee Rosnes and Tim Hagans. In the 2020-21 season, U of T Jazz was pleased to welcome Juno Award winning pianist and composer Andy Milne.
This program, still seeking sustaining sponsorship, allows for a superb artist of international repute to spend one term with the Faculty's leading ethnomusicology graduate program. Past artists-in-residence include Pedram Khavarzamini, Raigelee Alorut, Vaughan Hatch & Putu Evie Suyadnyani, Henrique Cazes, Pura Fé, Dong Won-Kim, I Wayan Sinti and Ilmas Husain Khan. Inspired interactions include teaching our students by leading ensembles, giving workshops, participating in our classes, giving talks, helping with our research, and performing for the University and wider Toronto communities. We welcome any expressions of interest in sponsoring this; please contact our Interim Director of Advancement Jennifer Bremner.
Established through a bequest from Canadian ethnomusicologist, composer, and pianist Kenneth Peacock (1922-2000), the Peacock Lecturers are distinguished scholars in humanities-based research in music, such as Carl Schachter, Peter Williams, Kerala J. Snyder, Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Alexander Rehding, Scott Burnham, Suzanne Cusick, George E. Lewis, and Ellie M. Hisama. The Peacock Lecturer in 2019-20 was Jarrett Martineau, a leading voice in Indigenous media and cultural production.
Established to honour Herman Geiger-Torel (1913-1976), longtime General Director of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) and major influence on the development of the Faculty of Music's Opera Division. The annual lecture brings a distinguished figure in the opera world such as former COC General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, as well as John Adams, Sir Andrew Davis, Tim Albery, Sir Thomas Allen, Joel Ivany, and Stephen Clarke. The 2019-20 lecture was given by Linda and Michael Hutcheon.
Lorand Fenyves (1918-2004) was a world-leading violin pedagogue who taught for many years at U of T Music. The Residency was established by his colleagues, friends, and students and honours his legacy by bringing distinguished artists and teachers to U of T Music biannually. Visitors have included Peter Frankl, Steven Isserlis, Miriam Fried, Menahem Pressler, Atar Arad, and Laurence Lesser.
Supported annually by distinguished Canadian soprano and U of T alumna Riki Turofsky, past visitors include Michael Schade, John Fanning, Sondra Radvanovsky, Adrienne Pieczonka, Stephen Lord, Johannes Debus, Ben Heppner, Thomas Hampson and Tamara Wilson. In 2020-21, acclaimed soprano Joyce El-Khoury conducted a virtual masterclass for our U of T Opera and Voice Studies students.
U of T Music is the privileged host of many Resident & Visiting Ensembles. Hosting ensembles is another way we provide rich experiences for our community. The ensembles bring scholarship, performance, and mentorship to our stages and classrooms - we bring the opportunity to work with students.
Our partnerships extend to all of the major performing ensembles and arts organizations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Resident Ensemble the Gryphon Trio, one of the world's preeminent piano trios, includes U of T Music faculty violinist Annalee Patipatinakoon and pianist James Parker. Together with cellist Roman Borys, the Gryphons mentor the next generation of chamber musicians including the Bedford Trio, the inaugural Irene R. Miller Piano Trio in Residence.