Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 7:30 pm
A co-presentation of the Prairie Cello Institute and the Regina Musical Club
No strangers to Regina, cellist Cameron Crozman and pianist Meagan Milatz are joining forces to present a programme featuring works by Popper, Brahms, Dvorak, De Falla, and Fazil Say. Crozman was named “Canada’s next big cello star” by CBC Music and was selected as the 2019/2020 Classical Révélation Artist of ICI-Musique Radio-Canada. Meagan Milatz, a top prize winner in many competitions was chosen as one of CBC’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30” and is quickly emerging as one of the most sought-after-collaborative artists in the country.
Canadian pianist Meagan Milatz is quickly emerging as one of the most sought-after collaborative artists in the country. She regularly shares the stage with top international musicians including Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Stefan Dohr, Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic; and cellist Matt Haimovitz with whom she was featured in two concerts in 2021 for the Ladies Morning Musical Club series in Montreal. Her chamber music experiences are far-reaching: in May 2022, she appeared in concert in Spain with Kai Gleusteen, concertmaster of the Orchestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, and in 2021 she was named pianist of Trio Fibonacci, a long-standing Montreal-based trio internationally recognized for its brilliant interpretations of the entire piano trio repertoire. Her duo “meagan&amy” with violinist Amy Hillis launched onto the scene with their debut album Roots in 2019 before embarking on a 50-concert, Canada-wide tour as winners of the first-ever Pan-Canadian Partnership Recital Tour offered by Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Debut Atlantic, and Prairie Debut. Meagan’s collaborative performances are regularly broadcast on CBC/Radio-Canada.
Chosen as one of CBC’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30,” Meagan has appeared as a soloist alongside orchestras such as the Edmonton, Regina, Sherbrooke, and McGill Symphonies. She was top prize winner in the Shean Piano Competition, CFMTA National Piano Competition, and Canadian Music Competition as well as a recipient of a Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award. She is also grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Meagan began her studies in Saskatchewan with Cherith Alexander and holds a master’s degree from McGill University studying piano with Ilya Poletaev and fortepiano with Tom Beghin. She has also studied collaborative repertoire under the tutelage of Philip Chiu. Enthusiastic about helping the next generation of young musicians, she has been on faculty as a collaborative pianist at Domaine Forget and frequently coaches students at McGill.
Meagan lives in Montreal where she loves biking, visiting the city’s numerous libraries, and enjoying the occasional tasty pastry.
A cellist “with a rich imagination and a keen mind” (Diapason), Cameron Crozman is recognized as one of Canada’s rising stars. Winner of the 2021 $25,000 Virgnia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, he is a Radio-Canada Classical Revelation artist and regularly appears in recital and as soloist with major orchestras in North America and Europe. An avid collaborator and chamber musician, Cameron regularly shares the stage with world-renowed artists including James Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich, André Lapante, and James Campbell.
After studies with Paul Pulford in Canada, Cameron attended the Paris Conservatory in the class of Michel Strauss, where he received his “Prix de Violoncelle” with highest honours. He was also a laureate of Gautier Capuçon’s 2016-17 Classe d’Excellence at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. His debut recording for ATMA Classique, Cavatine, recorded on the ca. 1696 “Bonjour” Stradivarius cello, was released to critical acclaim in 2019.
Cameron is extremely grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Sylva Gelber Foundation for their support of his projects. He currently plays the Spanish cello “El Tiburon” attributed to Joannes Guillami ca. 1769 generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank. Cameron is founder and artistic director of ClassicalValley – a festival of music and wine in the Okanagan Valley – and the Edeta Arts International Chamber Music Festival in the UNESCO city of music Llíria in Spain. When he isn’t touring, Cameron makes his home in Montreal, where he loves exploring the city’s many eclectic neighbourhoods, even in the freezing cold winter!