Violin Sonatas of Three Centuries

Image of a piano's keyboard inside a violinViolin Sonatas of Three Centuries
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 19:30

Violin Sonatas of Three Centuries

Michael Adamson, violin

Philip Adamson, piano

Friday, March 3, 7:30 pm

Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 Huron Church Rd.

Tickets: Adults $20; Students (with ID) $5

Tickets available at the door this evening. Cash purchases only at the door please.



Sonata in D Major, Op.9, No.3    Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
    Adagio molto maestoso
    Sarabanda: Largo
    Tambourin: Allegro vivace
Sonata in B Flat Major, K.454    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Largo – Allegro
Sonata in G Minor    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Allegro vivo
    Intermède: Fantasque et léger
    Finale: Très animé
Sonata in G Major, Op.78    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Vivace ma non troppo
    Allegro molto moderato
Violinist, Michael AdamsonMichael Adamson, violin
Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Michael Adamson attained his B.Mus. at Boston University and subsequently attended the Royal Academy of Music in London for further work in violin performance and chamber music.  While in England, he studied with members of leading string quartets: Griller, Tatrai, Kolisch, Hungarian and Amadeus.  After a concert career of several years in Europe, he returned to Canada in the mid-seventies to work in the computer industry as a software developer and consultant.  Simultaneously, he maintained solo, chamber music and orchestral activities including serving as concertmaster for the York Symphony and artistic director for the Apollo Chamber Orchestra. 
Since retirement from the business world in 2006, his musical pursuits have not ceased, as he currently performs solo, serves as concertmaster of the Orpheus Symphonietta and contributes his skills to the York Chamber Ensemble.  He was the founder and violinist of the Amity Piano Trio for 15 years until it disbanded after their final performance in September 2015.  In addition to performing, he presently teaches violin and viola, and coaches chamber music privately in the Barrie area.
Pianist, Philip AdamsonPhilip Adamson, piano
Canadian pianist Philip Adamson has performed across Canada and in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, and has been heard frequently on CBC radio. His solo recitals often explore less familiar areas of the repertoire, and he has given first North American performances of several works from the twentieth century British and French piano repertoire.  An album of piano music by the French composer André Jolivet appeared in 2004 on the Centaur label, eliciting such comments as “formidable technical prowess” and “powerful performance” from the international press. A disc of English piano music, also from Centaur, was released in 2011; American Record Guide described it as "a mandatory acquisition."
A student of, and assistant to Marion Hall at Indiana University, Philip Adamson’s approach to the pedagogy of piano technique has been highly successful. He has lectured and performed several times at conferences of the Canadian University Music Society, of which he is an honorary life member, and at the North American British Music Studies Association, the World Piano Conference, and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference. Formerly a faculty member of Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and the University of Manitoba, Dr. Adamson has taught for many years at the University of Windsor.


Susan McKee