This Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 at 7:30pm!
We will be featuring Xavér Varnus on organ, András Weber on cello, and Ran Kim on piano playing works by J.S. Bach, Joseph Haydn and Fritz Kreisler.
All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto, and St. George’s will match donations up to $5000! Click on the DONATE link at the top of the page or the button below and specify “Daily Bread Food Bank” as the fund.
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Born in Budapest, his first piano teacher was Emma Németh, one of the last pupils of Claude Debussy. Xaver Varnus has played virtually every important organ in the world, including those in Bach’s Thomaskirche in Leipzig (2014), Berliner Dom (2013), Notre-Dame (1981), Saint-Sulpice (2006) and Saint-Eustache (1996) in Paris, National Shrine in Washington, D.C. (1985), and Canterbury Cathedral (2004), as well as the largest existing instrument in the world, the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia (1985).
His Quadruple Platinum Disc winning album From Ravel to Vangelis, released by Sony BMG in 2007, is the best-selling organ CD ever. “Put simply, Varnus is a monster talent, every bit as stimulating and individual as the late Glenn Gould” (The Globe & Mail).
András Weber received his musical training in Budapest, Hungary. His mentor, Janos Starker, has been a major influence in his work. He has been principal cellist with orchestras in Hungary, Mexico City and Canada, and has given concerts in North America, Europe and Korea.
Mr. Weber is principal cellist with Sinfonia Toronto, is the founding director of the Toronto series ‘Music Alive!’ and teaches at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is the founding member of Toronto Piano Trio and was member of the famed Arthur LeBlanc quartet.
Ran Kim is the Music Director and Organist at St. George’s on-the-Hill, and organist and accompanist at Kingsway College School. Educated in music at the Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea, she moved to Canada where she studied organ at McGill University in Montreal, and the Glenn Gould Professional School of Music (PDP), in Toronto. She has also studied learning methods in France, Sweden, and England.
Since coming to Canada, she continues to accompany other soloists, and perform organ recitals in Canada, Korea, and Europe. She has played harpsichord, violin, and oboe, and is learning to play the ukelele!