October 31, 2021, 3:00pm

Westminster United Church

Celebrating Women Composers

The Mathieu-Chua Duo will pay musical homage to the many innovative women composers of various times and cultures.  The programme for violin and piano will span more than three centuries of music including compositions by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729), Amy Beach (1867-1944), Florence Price (1899-1952), Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969),  Alice Ping Yee Ho (b. 1960), and Ingrid Stolzel (b. 1971).

The live concert will run for 60 minutes without an intermission.  We will be requiring proof of full vaccination with accompanying photo ID (eg. driver’s licence) at the door and masks will be required upon entry and for the duration of the concert.

For those of you who cannot make the live event, we will be offering a recording of the performance available at 7:00pm on November 4.  To view the recorded concert, please go to the RMC Facebook page and please make a donation!   

Mathieu-Chua Duo comprises Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu and pianist Stephanie Chua. They are dynamic and compelling artists who champion contemporary music of emerging composers alongside those that are internationally established, as well as relish in re-introducing the works of forgotten composers of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods to a new audience. 

It is important to Mathieu-Chua Duo that their collaborations and performances spark new artistic and social developments. They hope to contribute to the evolution of classical music as well as forge new connections between composers and audiences –two parties that might otherwise remain isolated without committed performers and committed performances. Our aim is to inspire emerging Canadian composers to the artistic and technical possibilities of instrumental chamber writing and to inspire the next generation of performers to the potential of contemporary repertoire. 

Meeting in 2012, Mathieu-Chua Duo has quickly established themselves in Canada. They have presented recitals at Music Toronto’s Discovery Series, Sound Symposium XVII (St. John’s, NF), New Works Calgary, Ottawa New Music Creators, 5-Penny New Music Concerts (Sudbury, ON), Palais Montcalm (Quebec City), and COC’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre (Toronto); as well as at Universities of Ottawa, Western Ontario, Guelph, and Waterloo. Mathieu-Chua Duo have also presented outreach performances at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Music Champion Celebration (Peterborough, ON), Cambridge Libraries, and as part of the Canadian Music Centre’s New Music In New Places. In their short history together, Véronique and Stephanie have commissioned and premiered a number of works by emerging Canadian composers including Gabriel Dufour-Laperrière, Brian Harman, Chris Paul Harman, Emilie Lebel, Adam Scime, and Caitlin Smith, and established composers Alice Ping Yee Ho (Canada) and David Vayo (USA). They have collaborated with the composers of Spectrum Music (Toronto, ON) and Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Karen Ostrom to present ‘Patent Pending’, an installation, animated film accompanied by live music at CONTACT Photography Festival 2014 (Toronto). 

Recent highlights include recitals at 21C Festival (Toronto), Gustin House (Saskatoon), Ravna Concerts (Snow Lake, Manitoba), McGill University’s Schulich in Concert Series (Montreal), and a tour of Vancouver Island (B.C.). The duo released their debut recording ‘True North’ on the Centrediscs label in 2017. Gapplegate Classical- Modern Review notes that the duo “trip the light fantastic with a dramatic sense of expression and a remarkable sense of balance and poise”. 

Described as a violinist with “chops to burn, and rock solid musicianship” (The Whole Note, TORONTO), Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu enjoys an exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and music educator. 

Stephanie Chua is an expressive and versatile Canadian pianist devoted to presenting and performing contemporary works through musical insight and innovative programming.