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Patricia Tao & Robert Cohen

Showcase Pianos - Fazioli Canada

1128 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H 1G5

Presented by Müzewest Concerts

Pianist Patricia Tao leads an active life as a performer, teacher and concert organizer. She
has performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist and as a founding
member of the Guild Trio for ten years, and currently as a member of Trio Voce. As soloist,
Patricia toured the United States for Columbia Artist’s Community Concerts series and as an
“Artistic Ambassador” for the USIA. Dr. Tao’s live performances have been broadcast on
National Public Radio’s Performance Today, WNYC’s Around New York, WQXR’s The Listening
Room, the public television series Premiere Performances out of St. Louis, Chicago’s WFMT
and Our Music on CBC.

She has commissioned and premiered numerous works, including William Bolcom’s Spring
Trio, Sheila Silver’s To the Spirit Unconquered, Harvey Sollberger’s From Winter’s Frozen
Stillness, and has recorded both solo and chamber music on the CRI, Arktos, Centaur, and
Con Brio Recordings labels.

As concert organizer, Dr. Tao runs the Hear’s to Your Health Concerts held at the U of A
medical school, and is artistic director of the Edmonton Chamber Music Society’s Summer
Solstice Music Festival. Dr. Tao received her undergraduate education at Harvard University, a
master’s degree with distinction from Indiana University and her doctorate from Stony
Brook University in New York. She has given master classes at numerous schools in Canada,
the U.S., Europe and China and is a frequent adjudicator in B.C. and Alberta. She has taught
at the University of Virginia, Western Washington University and is presently Professor of
Music at the University of Alberta, where she teaches piano and chamber music.

Robert Cohen made his concerto debut at the age of twelve at the Royal Festival Hall
London and throughout the following forty years of his distinguished international career,
has been hailed as one of the foremost cellists of our time. “It is easy to hear what the fuss
is about, he plays like a God” (New York Stereo Review).

Invited to perform concertos world-wide by conductors Claudio Abbado, Kurt Masur,
Riccardo Muti, and Sir Simon Rattle, Robert Cohen has also collaborated in chamber
music with many renowned soloists and ensembles such as Yehudi Menuhin and the
Amadeus String Quartet (including their CD of Schubert Quintet on DGG).

Robert Cohen made his recording debut at age 19 with the Elgar Cello Concerto and
London Philharmonic (EMI), which earned a silver disc for sales of more than 1/4 million,
since when he has recorded extensively for BIS, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and
under long term contract to Decca.

Cohen studied with William Pleeth, Jacqueline du Pré and Mistislav Rostropovich. Cohen
became an inspirational teacher and has given masterclasses and lectures world-wide. He
is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London and Accademia Perosi, Biella, Italy.

In addition to Cohen’s solo career, he directed the Charleston Manor Festival 1989-2012,
has been Cellist of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet since 2012, has a monthly radio show
in the US on WUWM entitled 'On That Note’, is curator of Highbrow.TV and runs


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) - Suite for solo cello No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 (1717-1723)

  1. Prelude
  2. Allemande
  3. Courante
  4. Sarabande
  5. Menuet 1 and 2
  6. Gigue

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - Sonata No.3 in A major, Op. 69 (1808)

  1. Allegro ma non tanta
  2. Scherzo: Allegro molto
  3. Adagio cantabile-Allegro vivace

- - - Intermission

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) - Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 (1862-65)

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Allegretto quasi Menuetto
  3. Allegro


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Saturday Feb 3, 2018 7:30 pm
Adult   $40.00
Senior   $30.00
Teacher   $25.00
Student   $20.00