Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 3:00pm

Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Michael Newnham

Springtime brings warmth and delight. What better way to bring in springtime’s warmth than with lush Romantic music?


Michael Newnham – Conductor
Dominic Desautels – Clarinet*

On the Program

Rossini – La gazza ladra
Carl Maria von Weber – Clarinet concerto No.1 in F minor*
Britten/Rossini – Les matinées musicales, Op.24
Respighi – The Pines of Rome


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George Weston Recital Hall
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8


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Currently the Acting Principal Clarinetist at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Dominic Desautels has been Principal Clarinetist with Symphony Nova Scotia since 2012.

Dominic enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada and beyond. He made his debut as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and has since been a featured soloist with several orchestras including the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, Orchestre de la Francophonie, Sinfonia Lanaudière, and Symphony Nova Scotia. In Halifax, he is a regular guest artist at Scotia Festival of Music, and was the Musician-in-Residence at the Cecilia Concerts series for the 2017-2018 season. Dominic is co-artistic director of the Canadian chamber ensemble The Parcival Project which has toured across Canada and South America and with which he can be heard online on YouTube.

Dominic was the Third Prize Winner of the Canadian Music Competition’s 33rd International Stepping Stone, becoming the first clarinetist since 1978 to receive a prize from Canada’s most prestigious competition. Other awards include Radio-Canada’s Jeunes Artistes Auditions, the concerto competitions of the Université de Montréal and Orchestre de la Francophonie, and in the jazz world, his band The New Bridge won the Stingray Rising Star Award at the 2015 Halifax Jazz Festival. Now in demand as an adjudicator, he was notably a judge at the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition in the summer of 2017.

His main teachers were Jean-François Normand, Robert Riseling and Joaquin Valdepeñas, and more recently James Campbell has also become a strong influence and mentor. He studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Western University, and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory, earning a Bachelor’s degree from the Université de Montréal in 2007. Upon graduation he became Principal Clarinetist of the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil, a position he held for 5 seasons until his return to Canada in 2012.

Dominic Desautels is a Backun Artist and plays on the Backun MoBa clarinets made with cocobolo wood, and crafted in Canada. He has also recently been named an Endorsing Artist for Silverstein Works ligatures as well as Légère Reeds.