ARC Ensemble
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Arc EnsembleOver the last ten years the ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) has become one of Canada's pre-eminent cultural ambassadors, raising international appreciation of the Royal Conservatory and Canada's rich musical life. Its members are all senior faculty of The Glenn Gould School with guest artists drawn from its most exceptional students and graduates. The ARC Ensemble has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Its first two CDs, On the Threshold of Hope and Right Through the Bone (devoted respectively to the music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Julius Röntgen) were both nominated for Grammy Awards in the "Best Chamber Music Recording" category.

The ARC Ensemble has collaborated with a range of artists: the pianist Leon Fleisher, the novelist Yann Martel, actors Saul Rubinek and R.H.Thompson, and composers Omar Daniel and Vincent Ho. It is playing a leading role in unearthing repertoire ignored due to political changes or shifts in musical fashion; its work has received unanimous acclaim from the world's cultural press. Its concerts and recordings are meticulously researched and assembled with rich supporting materials and are often augmented by lectures on their musical, political and social context, or included as part of larger-themed festivals.

The acclaimed "Music in Exile" series, which explores the music of composers forced to flee Europe during the 1930s, has been presented to huge critical acclaim in Tel Aviv, New York, London, Budapest, and Toronto. The ensemble's recordings enjoy regular airplay on networks around the world and its concerts have been broadcast on CBC Radio, National Public Radio in the US and on public radio throughout Europe.

ARC's most recent release is dedicated to the chamber music of another émigré, the Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim (née Frankenburger) who left Germany in 1933. The recording features his Quintet for clarinet and strings and an unpublished Piano Quartet last performed in 1932.

Following performances at London's Wigmore Hall and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the premiere of R. Murray Schafer's Piano Quintet and concerts at Canada's Stratford Festival, highlights of the ARC Ensemble's 2013 / 2014 season include the first of a three year series at the Bijloke Music Centre in Ghent and performances at the Budapest Spring Festival, the Lincoln Center Festival and a return series at the Stratford Festival with concerts to commemorate the anniversary of the start of WW1.

James Conlon, Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera and the Ravinia Festival and a major force in the recovery of lost twentieth century repertoire, is the ARC Ensemble's Honorary Chairman. The ARC Ensemble's Artistic Director is Simon Wynberg.

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