The orchestra

Appassionata is :

Appassionata is a chamber orchestra of talent conducted with passion for 12 years by its founder Daniel Myssyk. Composed of 20 musicians, the orchestra presents every year about fifteen high quality concerts in Quebec and more recently in the United States. A specialist of the classical period, Appassionata is driven by the desire to bring music to the greatest number, while offering a fresh concert experience. Aware of the artistic and social role that can be played by an orchestra in its community, Appassionata supports the creation of Canadian compositions and the emergence of new talent through original artistic associations. In addition, it produces each year a large youth series which is addressed to elementary students in disadvantaged areas.

Background

Since 2000, Appassionata has succeeded in carving out a place in Québec as part of Montréal’s artistic and cultural communities, approaching new audiences through various channels of distribution. In order to achieve its goals, the orchestra has been able to count on the support of the City of Montréal and its network of cultural centres so that it can also present concerts in non-traditional locations outside the circuit of large concert halls. Over the past few years, the assistance provided by CALQ (Québec’s arts and literature council) and Québec’s Ministère de la culture et des communications has enabled the group to develop special projects and work with the teaching community for the benefit of high school students. Since 2002, Appassionata has kept the pace of some four productions a year. It also completed its first tour with an all-Mozart program, bringing the number of concerts in its 2005-2006 broadcast performance to a total of eleven. Heard annually on Radio-Canada’s Espace musique radio show, the orchestra has accompanied internationally acclaimed soloists, including guitarists Bill Kanengiser (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) and Dimitri lllarionov, French horn player John Zirbel and violinist Yehonatan Berick. The orchestra’s participation in several international festivals, including the Arab World Festival and the Guitar Foundation of America, and its collaboration in the creation of contemporary Canadian works solidifies Appassionata’s position as a high-quality and highly versatile chamber orchestra. In 2008-2009, the release of its first CD, Idyla, was well received by Canadian and American critics. 2009-2010 reinforced the organization, which was readmitted by Placements Culture and had the honour of seeing Bernard Landry accept the presidency for Appassionata’s 10th anniversary. Appassionata will perform in the United States for the first time in January 2012.