For over 30 years, Ensemble Vivant, “Canada’s Chamber Music Treasure” (Toronto Star), has been a pioneer in the piano chamber music world, championing exciting, innovative programming including classical, ragtime, Latin and jazz. “No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant’s music-making” (Rick Wilkins, CM). Receiving accolades nationally and internationally, EV has 14 recordings (available at www.OpeningDay.com) that are heard on radio around the world. Through EUTERPE (www.euterpemusicarts.com), Ensemble Vivant is known for fostering a love of great music among our youth. Core quintet: Catherine Wilson, piano/artistic director; Corey Gemmell, violin; Norman Hathaway, viola; Sybil Shanahan, cello; Jim Vivian, bass. Regular guests: Mike Murley, sax; Kevin Turcotte, trumpet; Don Thompson, vibes; Guido Basso, trumpet/flugelhorn; Nick Fraser, drums; Juan Carlos Medrano, Latin percussion.
“…absolute magic…” - The WholeNote magazine
“…beautiful, poised performances...capture the passion and verve…Wilson’s piano gives this music unerring drive and plenty of sparkle.” - Toronto Star
“To my heart, your rendition of ‘Oblivion’ is the most touching I have ever heard: Bravo!” - Radio Classique, Montréal.