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Leaf Music and Maryse Legault Present “Around Baermann”

Maryse Legault is thrilled to present her debut album, Around Baermann, featuring works written by and for the nineteenth-century virtuoso Heinrich Baermann, including masterpieces dedicated to him by his friend and collaborator Carl Maria von Weber. Performed alongside her accomplice Gili Loftus on fortepiano, Around Baermann is Legault’s love letter to one of the most formative players and developers of early clarinet technique and repertoire

Speaking on the creation of the album, Legault says, “By choosing to make my recording debut with a project around one of the most important and influential clarinet virtuosi, I wanted to make a strong impression as a daring and imaginative performer. The repertoire chosen for this recording is particularly colourful and challenging, especially when played on historical clarinet. My goal was also to program some pieces that have never been recorded before, or never on period instruments, to be able to make a relevant contribution to the historical clarinet catalogue of albums available today.” 

Known for his generosity and kind demeanour, Baermann built his reputation throughout Europe by touring extensively, performing Weber’s works as well as his own compositions. Considered an accomplished composer, he conceived works featuring the clarinet in various orchestrations. He developed a particularly lyrical clarinet language, obviously influenced by his accomplice Weber but also by his wife, the opera singer Helen Harlas. 

Maryse Legault received her master’s degree at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag in June 2017, specializing in historical clarinet performance in the studio of Eric Hoeprich. Maryse had the opportunity to perform with many ensembles and under the direction of many conductors, including Alexander Weimann, John Butt, Teodor Currentzis and François-Xavier Roth. 

Maryse Legault 

Release Date: June 2, 2023 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Brown | 

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ICOT to Release “Recurrence” on October 13

Leaf Music and ICOT (formerly known as The Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto) are delighted to announce their forthcoming album Recurrence, to be recorded in May at Humbercrest United Church in Toronto.  

Recurrence had its genesis at the beginning of the pandemic, when the notion of repetition assumed a novel and unsettling meaning for many people. The album explores the idea of repetition through different iterations in the natural and artificial worlds. Over the course of five new, far-reaching compositions, the concept of repetition and its consequences are teased apart in myriad ways through the unique lens of each composer, each of whom was tasked with examining an aspect of repetition and finding ways to express its manifestations musically. The result is five exceptional artistic works, each unique in its aesthetic and sonic exploration into the vortex of repetition.  

Speaking about the album, ICOT executive director Saman Shahi says, “This album is one of ICOT’s most ambitious projects both in scale and concept. Some of Canada’s best and brightest composers and performers are paired with a powerful core concept that truly elevates our artistic practice as a group and also as individual composers and musicians. This project gave us total creative freedom to pursue what repetition meant to each of us as individual creators, in turn creating a set of fresh and compelling works.”  

Recurrence features the compositions of renowned composers Maziar Heidari (also a conductor), Saman Shahi (also a pianist), Keyan Emami, Jordan Nobles, and Nicole Lizée and will be available everywhere on October 13.  

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ICOT is a non-profit arts organization founded in 2011 by five Toronto-based composers and musicians with the mission of creating new works that bridge Canadian and Iranian culture through music and art. ICOT’s current members are Saman Shahi (executive director), Keyan Emami (artistic director), and Maziar Heidari (music director). ICOT has produced two operas, two ballets, twelve orchestral works, dozens of chamber and vocal works, as well as three calls for scores that allowed ICOT to collaborate with over twenty composers from eight different countries. ICOT’s music has been performed by Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, Symphony on the Bay, Soundstreams, and Ton Beau String Quartet and has taken part in Toronto Symphony’s 2022 Open House, Tirgan Festival, 2017 Ottawa Chamberfest, and Hamilton Philharmonic’s 2014 “What Next” Festival. ICOT’s first commercial recording, Persian Piano Night, was released in 2018 by Pardis Records, and their second commercial album, Recurrence, is slated for release in fall of 2023. 



Release Date: October 13, 2023 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Brown | 

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Leaf Music and Rezonance Baroque Ensemble Present

James Oswald: Airs for the Seasons 

Rezonance Baroque Ensemble is thrilled to present James Oswald: Airs for the Seasons, their first record on Leaf Music set to be released on May 5, 2023. James Oswald: Airs for the Seasons is Rezonance Baroque Ensemble’s rendition of a 16-piece selection from Scottish composer James Oswald. Each air includes two to four separate movements in different time signatures and tempos. Airs for the Seasons showcases Rezonance Baroque Ensemble at their most delicate and subtle, deftly combining Scottish charm and classical elegance in a languidly metaphorical depiction of the countryside’s seasonal bloom. 

The sonatas of Airs for the Seasons reflect a composer whose control of both the macro and micro are complete. Oswald demonstrates a unique penchant for combining style-galant chamber music and Scottish air, along with a generous offering to those who prefer their metaphors served seasonally. Combined with Rezonance Baroque Ensemble’s control of tone and mood, Airs for the Seasons is a powerfully resonant album that encapsulates the seasons of our lives.  

Violinist Rezan Onen-Lapointe says the group was initially drawn to Airs for the Seasons for its commitment to the use of floral imagery, but they soon discovered that the imagery belied real depth to the compositions. “As we played more and more of the Airs, we realized that while they may have been intended as light entertainment, they have a wealth of creativity and emotional depth and are incredibly charming, gorgeous pieces. Although they seem straightforward initially, they are remarkably complex, expressive, and nuanced works of art.” 

Speaking on what she finds particularly special about Airs for The Seasons, Onen-Lapointe says, “Oswald’s use of Scottish folk elements is quite uncommon and really fascinating. These pieces are petite, even by the standards of most Baroque “character” pieces. Oswald packs an entire world into a few lines of music that look deceptively simple. They are not programmatic pieces, but I love that with certain airs I get a very vivid image or feeling of that season, or the appearance of the flower it’s named after.” 

Airs for the Seasons is available on all major streaming platforms.


Active among early music performers since 2012, Rezonance Baroque Ensemble is one of the most exciting groups on Toronto’s classical music scene. Unafraid of improvisation and experimenting with new concert formats, and already known for giving entrancing performances that resonate with today’s audiences, Rezonance is well on its way to becoming one of the foremost chamber music interpreters in Toronto. Inspired by history and informed by the present, Rezonance leads audiences through the discovery of under-appreciated and unusual works, and new ways of hearing the classics, in a manner that is intimate, accessible, and fun, while maintaining the highest possible artistry. 


Rezonance Baroque Ensemble ~ Airs for the Seasons 

Release Date: May 5, 2023 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Brown | 

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Leaf Music, Peter Takács, and Sibbi Bernhardsson Present: Schubert: Three Sonatas for Piano and Violin, Op. 137

American Pianist Peter Takács and Icelandic Violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson are excited to present “Schubert: Violin Sonatas”, their first collaboration together, and their first release on Leaf Music. Recorded in the spring of 2020 at the Oblerlin Conservatory of Music, Schubert: Three Sonatas for Piano and Violin, Op. 137 is a rousing rendition of some of Schubert’s most lively yet least known compositions. Largely unknown at the time of Schubert’s death, the Sonatas for violin and piano were composed during a prolific two-month span in March–April of 1816.  

In addition to completing his Fourth Symphony (“Tragic”) during this creative outpouring, the nineteen-year-old penned some two dozen songs and a twelve-movement Stabat Mater (D. 383) for choir and orchestra. Schubert himself was a capable violinist (and violist) and had already written a significant body of work for strings, but this was his first foray into the violin sonata proper. 

Regarding the album and his collaborator, Takács says, “It was a delight working with Sibbi on this album. He is a master of his craft and a consummate professional. I think we’ve captured the essence of Schubert’s violin sonatas on this recording, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with those who will appreciate its depth and breadth.” 

Hailed as “a marvelous pianist” by the New York Times, Peter Takács has established himself as a distinguished performer, teacher, and lecturer. Winner of the William Kapell International Competition, he has appeared in recital, chamber music, and with orchestra in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has given master classes throughout the world and has been an adjudicator in many prestigious international competitions. In 2015-16, he inaugurated a new recital series entitled “Key Pianists”, performing three all-Beethoven programs at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. His recording of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas was released on the Cambria label in July 2011 to critical acclaim. He is Professor of Piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he has been teaching since 1976. In the Beethoven 250th anniversary year 2020, in recognition of Mr. Takács’s achievements, Oberlin Conservatory received a generous gift to establish a Peter Takács/Beethoven Piano Sonata Prize, to be awarded annually to a piano student selected for outstanding Beethoven interpretation. His 2022 release of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas on the high-resolution platform nativeDSD was voted Album of the Year. 

Icelandic violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson joined the Oberlin Conservatory faculty in 2017 after performing for the previous 17 years with the Pacifica Quartet, with which he won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance, Musical America Ensemble of the Year honors, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet, Bernhardsson appeared in more than 90 concerts worldwide each year, including engagements in Wigmore Hall (London), the Vienna Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall (New York), and other major venues. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, and the Reykjavík Arts Festival, and has collaborated with Menahem Pressler, Yo-Yo Ma, Jörg Widmann, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, the Emerson String Quartet, Johannes Moser, and members of the Guarneri and Cleveland quartets.  


Release Date: April 21, 2023 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Brown | 

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Jaap Nico Hamburger & Leaf Music Present: Concerto Antico: à travers un miroir fumé

‘Concerto Antico: à travers un miroir fumé’ from celebrated composer Jaap Nico Hamburger – featuring Matthias Maute conducting Orchestre classique de Montreal and Ensemble Caprice –  is set to be released April 7, 2023, through Leaf Music. Produced by Jeremy VanSlyke, this multi-faceted concerto was recorded at Salle Claude Champagne in Montreal, Quebec. ’Concerto Antico’ was commissioned by the OCM, Ensemble Caprice, and supported by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Reflecting on the historical relevance of music Hamburger says, “What makes a work a distinct reflection of its own time? In the early 18th century, music made much use of dance forms, and was often created to be entertainment for ‘the privileged’ in society. So how are we different from people in the eighteenth century? If anything, the socio-economic developments of the past two hundred years have significantly widened not just the circle of listeners to music but, as the recent pandemic has shown, the mass participation of the entire society in the dominant conversations of the day.” 

“Concerto Antico is written in five short movements that start in the here and now, then return to the style of the 18th century, and gradually work their way back to the future. The music ends where it started but is transformed. History may repeat itself, but we as an audience, affected by our shared experiences, have changed.”   

‘Concerto Antico: à travers un miroir fumé’ is dedicated to the memory of Maestro Boris Brott and the first single from Hamburger’s forthcoming album ‘Tzimtzum’, arriving on Leaf Music in September 2023. 


Jaap Nico Hamburger is the current Composer in Residence with Mécénat Musica in Montréal. His compositions include commissions for orchestra, opera, chamber music and solo works. His music has been performed and recorded in Canada, The Netherlands and Israel. In 2021, he was commissioned by the United Nations and the Government of the Netherlands to compose a new concerto on occasion of the 75th anniversary of the International Court of Justice.  Other commissions include works for Discovery Channel as well as European broadcasting companies. He is a Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer. His Chamber Symphony No. 2 ‘Children’s War Diaries’ was nominated for the Matthijs Vermeulen Award (2021) and received a JUNO nomination for classical composition of the year (2022).  

Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, he started his musical education at the age of 3, and studied piano with Ruben Lifschitz, Alexandre Hrisanide and Youri Egorov. He graduated from the Royal Sweelinck Conservatorium of Music in Amsterdam, with a soloist degree in piano. He has lived in Canada since August 2000.   

Release Date: April 7, 2023 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Brown | 


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Duo Oriana and Leaf Music Present: How Like a Golden Dream

Duo Oriana is thrilled to present How Like a Golden Dream, their first record on Leaf Music set to be released on March 17, 2023. Recorded at Humbercrest United Church in Toronto of October of 2022, How Like a Golden Dream is a reflection on the ways people have communed with the night-time throughout history. Soprano Sinéad White and lutenist Jonathan Stuchbery lead the listener through old Irish meditations and English Renaissance melodies, lingering on the nature of night, darkness, and the stories and rituals that have emerged out of the human’s relationship with night-time.

Our modern world makes it easy to forget the importance night-time once held, both as a practical, sensory depriving event, as well as the symbolism and connotations that attached themselves to it for millennia. On this record, White and Stuchbery endeavour to rest in the perspectives of these early people and to inhabit the daily descent into fear, hope, and prayer as the light fades away.  

Part of the inspiration for this record comes from the duo’s desire to inject previously unearthed or largely disregarded material into the modern spotlight. Speaking on the ways in which this music is still relevant today, Stuchbery says, “Part of the wonder of approaching these old folk songs is that the composer, arranger, and performer at any point in the song’s existence could be any and all of the people who have ever sung it—including ourselves”.  

Soprano Sinéad White and lutenist Jonathan Stuchbery are a Toronto based duo breathing life into song traditions that span centuries and evolve in the present day. Both are specialists in the performance of renaissance and baroque music and first started working together in the early music scene in Toronto. The desire to keep making music during the most restricted days of the COVID-19 pandemic brought them together as a duo for the first time to collaborate virtually for a recording and video of an old Irish lullaby. This led them to assemble a program of music from Ireland, Scotland, and England, which reflected their own respective heritages. A film version of this concert is available online presented by Humbercrest United Church as part of their 2021 summer concert series. They are 2022-23 Artists in Residence at St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto, where they will be presenting concerts, workshops, and integrating their music into cathedral worship.  

White and Stuchbery both have extensive experience in the discipline of historical performance. White is currently a DMA student at the University of Toronto and Stuchbery a recent graduate of the Masters in Interpretation of Early Music at ESMUC in Barcelona. Their formation in this field grounds them in performance practice, yet also inspires them to creativity with new arrangements and compositions. The duo are also actively working to expand the repertoire for lute and voice, through research of little known historical sources and in the composition of new music. They can also be heard together in larger ensemble contexts, such as with the indie early music company Aureas Voces, Tafelmusik, or Theatre of Early Music. 

Duo Oriana ~ How Like a Golden Dream 

Release Date: March 17, 2023 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Brown | 

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David Rogosin and Leaf Music Proudly Present

Theme : Variation 

David Rogosin is thrilled to present Theme : Variation, his third record on Leaf Music set to be released on March 3, 2023. Theme : Variation is an exploration of the many ways in which a musical theme or idea can be varied and transformed. The idea for this album was born out of Rogosin’s fascination with variation and his desire to chronicle specific keyboard works in variation form.  

Theme : Variation traces an arc spanning 400 years of composition, beginning with Orlando Gibbons’ The Italian Ground ca. 1605 and culminating in Variations on a Fantasia of J.S. Bach (2017), an original work from Rogosin’s colleague and friend Kevin Morse. The result is an album whose explorative zeal is matched by its sweeping scope.  

Theme : Variation sees Rogosin navigate through hundreds of years of compositional variation with aplomb. The liner notes, found in the accompanying booklet and written by Rogosin, are an indispensable companion as you listen through the record. Rogosin meticulously explains the variations and technical underpinnings of each track while highlighting important or noteworthy morsels for the discerning listener to catch. Interspersed with technical explanations are personal asides, offering insights and anecdotes surrounding his relationships with the compositions. 

Pianist David Rogosin has performed across Canada, the American Midwest, the Caribbean, and France. Praised for the brilliance, clarity, and passion of his playing, he is highly regarded for his solo recitals and his chamber music collaborations. He has a particular passion for the two-piano repertoire. Rogosin has two previous solo recordings: Incandescence, featuring the music of Messiaen, Dallapicolla, Bartók, and Brahms, and Evocation, featuring the music of Scarlatti, Haydn, Albéniz, Mompou, Ravel, and the Canadian composers François Morel and Ann Southam. David Rogosin is Professor of Music at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, where he has taught since 2001. Aside from teaching piano and related classical topics, he also teaches World Music and Jazz Improvisation. 

David Rogosin  


Theme : Variation  

Release Date: March 3, 2023 

MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Brown | 

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VC2 Releases new album, I and Thou

VC2 cello duo are thrilled to announce the release of their new album, I and Thou, set for release on February 10, 2023. I and Thou is the duo’s second full-length album, and the first to feature a host of special guests, both in performance and composition, with each delivering a special contribution to the record. I and Thou’s central themes are our relationships with each other and the world around us. Derived from a central tenant of Martin Buber’s philosophy, the expression “I and Thou” refers to the idea that human being’s primary source of meaning is found in relationships. The composers and performers on I and Thou are those with whom VC2 share a special relationship.

I and Thou feature a number of guest composers, including Jocelyn Morlock (The Violet Hour), Vincent Ho (Heist 2), Laura Sgroi (Discord), Chris Paul Harman (Suite for Two Cellos), Youell Domenico (Duet for Two Cellos), Kelly-Marie Murphy (Final Glimpse), and Kati Agócs (violoncello Duet  “I and Thou” 1. With dignified elegance 2. With great tenderness).  

Speaking on the themes of the album, cellist Bryan Holt says, “Since the album deals with relationships, we decided to feature several composers who have played a pivotal role in our development as VC2.” Cellist Amahl Arulanandam adds, “There are so many different sound worlds you’re going to hear, all of these composers have a very unique voice. But, the one thing you can expect to hear is a lot of cello!” 

VC2 cello duo is an innovative cello duo ensemble that captivates audiences through their performances of classical masterworks, unknown gems and boundary pushing music. Comprised of cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, CBC Radio says VC2 is “a tight unit, with excellent intonation and expression.” They present artistically challenging, yet accessible programs in venues ranging from intimate cabarets to Roy Thomson Hall. 

VC2 ~ I and Thou 

Release Date: February 10, 2023 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Brown | 

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Durme, Durme: Four Ladino Folk Songs Released by Leaf Music

(Halifax, NS) Halifax’s Leaf Music is releasing Durme, Durme: Four Ladino Folk Songs, with award-winning soprano Maureen Batt and collaborative pianist, Tara Scott. This new work is an exploration of Judeo-Spanish poetry and song. Composer Elisha Denberg ( notes that Sephardic traditions were shared in his family through the teachings and performances of his uncle, Moshe Denburg and grandmother, Miriam Ben-Ezra Denburg, and he’s used “the poems’ traditional melodies as springboards to a newly rendered work, in the Jewish tradition of ‘renewing days as of old.’” The work was supported by a commission from the Ontario Arts Council. Texts and translations are edited by Daisy Sadaka Braverman.

The four songs range from a simple lullaby (Durme, durme, or Sleep, sleep), to the intense solo vocal, liturgical/cantorial chant of Ir me kero, madre, a Yerushalayim (I want to go, mother, to Jerusalem). Inspired by the Hineni (Here I am), a synagogue prayer chanted on Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), this prayer is sung by the cantor asking God to accept both personal and communal prayers on behalf of the entire congregation. The traditional melody is used in the refrain, En El me arimo Yo (In Him I place my trust).
Elisha Denburg has composed vocal music and chamber works for ensembles such as Access Contemporary Music, TorQ Percussion Quartet, Halifax Camerata Singers, The Array Ensemble and Essential Opera, who commissioned his one-act opera about the first female rabbi, Regina. His music can be heard on CBC Radio 2’s The Signal with Laurie Brown, About Time with Tom Allen, and Tempo with Julie Nesrallah. His three-movement work Sonatina for Vibraphone & Harp is featured on Angela Schwarzkopf’s JUNO-winning album detach.

Soprano Maureen Batt ( focuses on celebrating Canadian classical contemporary music and is an ECMA and JUNO nominee and winner for her discography. She’s the co-artistic director of Essential Opera, and founded Crossing Borders, a contemporary Western classical music recital series that has toured programs in the United States, Canada and Colombia and produced digital broadcasts. Maureen is a frequent festival adjudicator and has been regularly on the faculty of the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Having premiered many new opera roles by Canadian composers, she most recently won the Classical Recording of the Year at the 2022 ECMAs for her Lighthouse project with Grej.

Tara Scott (piano) is one of Atlantic Canada’s most renowned collaborative pianists. She’s worked across Canada with singers, instrumentalists and choirs, and co-founded Halifax Summer Opera Festival, now in its sixteenth season. She’s been Music Director for shows with Neptune Theatre, Eastern Front and Essential Opera, and has performed with Opera Nova Scotia, Opera New Brunswick and Halifax Theatre for Young People. Tara maintains a busy private piano study and teaches at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. This EP is Tara’s second commercial release, her first being the JUNO-nominated Breathing in the Shadows with song cycles by Saman Shahi.
The album was recorded at St. Andrew’s United Church in Halifax in October of 2022.  
This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, with support from Music Nova Scotia and Arts Nova Scotia. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.
Release Date:  February 3, 2023
UPC 3191684102160
Catalog Number LM2032 

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The Rosebud String Quartet and Leaf Music Proudly Present: Haydn Op. 77 & Mozart K. 614

Haydn Op. 77 & Mozart K. 614

The Rosebud String Quartet is thrilled to present Haydn Op. 77 & Mozart K. 614, their first record on Leaf Music, set to be released on January 13, 2023. The album is comprised of three works, one from Mozart and two from Haydn. Both works are characterized by their late appearance in their composer’s creative life. Recorded at the Domaine Forget International Music Festival in Saint-Irénée, Charlevoix, Quebec, Haydn Op. 77 & Mozart K. 614 sees the Rosebud String Quartet imparting its nuanced and careful dynamism to these two special works.

The quartets of Haydn have played, and continue to hold a seminal role in the creative expression of Rosebud String Quartet. Violist Keith Hamm says, “The Quartet Music of Joseph Haydn has always been extremely important to us. It provides an infinite set of expressive possibilities. I always feel like the music possesses the full range of human emotion strung together by playfulness and humour.” 

The Rosebud String Quartet was formed in 2013 at the inaugural Rosebud Chamber Music Festival, an annual summer chamber music showcase in rural Alberta. Comprised of principal players from the Edmonton Symphony and the orchestras of the Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet of Canada, the RSQ is one of Canada’s most dynamic ensembles with a unique voice and a deep love for the music of Haydn.  

The RSQ performs regularly across Canada at festivals such as Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Stratford Summer Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Music By The Sea, and in concert series that include Chatter ABQ, Stereo Live, Echo Chamber, Xenia Concerts, Off Centre Music Salon, and Music Mondays where they were featured on CBC Radio’s In Concert. 

Rosebud String Quartet will host an album launch show for Haydn Op. 77 & Mozart K. 614 on January 13, 2023 at the Campbell House Museum.  

Rosebud String Quartet ~ Haydn Op. 77 & Mozart K. 614 

Release Date: January 13, 2023 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Brown |