Guelph Musicfest 2021

Season 15 — September 17 to November 19, 2021
Saturday September 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Guelph Youth Music Centre Recital Hall
75 Cardigan Street, Guelph, ON
Reserved Seating is now SOLD OUT (standby seating only).

You can also enjoy online with DIGITAL MUSICFEST streamed live! HD video replay available for one week beginning Sunday September 26. Digital tickets are now available for FREE (or pay what you can afford).

Valerie Tryon (piano)


After the performance, Valerie Tryon will talk about the Preludes and interpretative possibilities. She will also perform a selection of music that matches the spirit of the Chopin, including works by Debussy.
Tryon's art is one of proportion and taste, deriving its strength from understatement. Her extensive technical resources are used with enormous restraint in a style which, clearly by choice, avoids both brilliance and flamboyance. She possesses virtuosic control, particularly over the lower end of the dynamic scale. Her ability to play passages of intricate fingerwork with lightness and rapidity is truly magical. She never strains - even the most fiendish sections seem simple in her hands.
The Guardian (Manchester, UK)
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Valerie Tryon is a world-renowned concert pianist. Born in England, the youngest student to be admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in London, she still travels to Europe annually to perform, and manages an extraordinary schedule, in North America and abroad, of recitals, recordings, master classes and teaching.

Valerie’s repertoire is vast and diverse and although her particular reputation is for her interpretation of the Romantics - Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov and others, she retains a lifelong and enduring passion for Debussy and Ravel, initiated by her prizewinning scholarship to Paris as a young student, to study with the distinguished French professor, Jacques Février.

Retiring with an honorary doctorate from McMaster University, where she was Artist-in-Residence and Associate Professor for many years, Valerie continues as Artist-in-Residence and teacher at Redeemer University in between her many concerts and recitals worldwide. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, a Juno Award winner, a Gallery of Distinction Inductee, holds the Harriet Cohen Award for Distinguished Services to Music, and the Franz Liszt Medal, from the Hungarian Ministry of Culture, for her lifelong commitment to and promotion of Liszt’s music. In December of 2017 she was awarded Canada’s highest honour, The Order of Canada, performing at the Awards dinner for Governor General Julie Payette, at her request.

Valerie has made innumerable albums for many recording companies over the years, some of which are now regarded as collector’s items. The most recent series of discs are from Somm Recordings and include de Falla’s ’Nights in the Gardens of Spain’, César Franck’s Symphonic Variations released in 2013, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in 2014, a Ravel/Debussy disc in 2015, and a Mozart concertos disc in 2018. all with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She is presently preparing for a double disc recording of her favourite solo pieces for Somm.

Valerie’s Archives to date reside at McMaster University.
NOTE: Seating is available only to fully vaccinated patrons and accompanied children who are not eligible to be vaccinated. Tickets will be mailed in advance and will not be required for admission as your name will be on a reserved seat list. Your reserved seat will be assigned the week before the concert, following Public Health regulations, and the information emailed to you. Masks may be required.(Note: There is a coupon on the back of the ticket with a $10 food discount at The Wooly Pub, Park Grocery, Miijidaa Cafe or Borealis Guelph)

Guelph Musicfest 2021 is grateful for the amazing support of an Anonymous Donor

Guelph Musicfest is generously supported by the Neighbourhood Group

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Each ticket for concerts in the GYMC Recital Hall includes a $10 discount voucher for food at any of the above Neighbourhood Group pubs and restaurants. If you have purchased a ticket but are unable to attend the concert in person, you will still get a ”paper” ticket with the discount voucher on the back.

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