Toronto Cello School
Toronto Cello School - Oleg Volkov Toronto Cello School was founded by well-known Russian cellist Oleg Volkov to provide the highest standards of string instruments playing for students of all ages.

In Toronto Cello School you can learn to play cello at the highest level. We also teach violin and viola; give piano lessons for beginners and music theory lessons and provide our students with excellent performance opportunities.

Contact us today for further details about Toronto Cello School and to book your FIRST FREE LESSON:
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Famous Cellists: Ofra Harnoy

Ofra Harnoy has established herself as one of the greatest cellists on today's concert stage. She is one of Canada's most celebrated personalities and was recently appointed to the Order of Canada by Canada 's Governor General. By joining the international artists roster of RCA Victor Red Seal in 1987, Ms. Harnoy became the first Canadian since Glenn Gould to gain an exclusive worldwide contract with a major record label.

Ofra Harnoy was born is Israel and immigrated to Canada at age 6. She studied with William Pleeth in London, Vladimir Orloff in Toronto, and participated in master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Fournier and Jacqueline du Pre.

Ms. Harnoy has won numerous music competitions and in 1982 was the youngest first prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Award which led to her Carnegie Hall debut.


"Born to the instrument...the music seemed to sing within her as it was played. This is a rare gift indeed." The New York Times (USA)

" of the cello 'Greats'. A major new presence among the limited range of outstanding solo cellists." Gramophone (England)

"A sensational cellist...silken tone, lyrical phrasing...displayed breathtaking command of the cello and all its possibilities." Los Angeles Herald Examiner (USA)

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Famous Cellists: Joseph Johnson

One of the most exciting solo artists of his generation, JOSEPH JOHNSON is currently the principal cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and principal cellist-designate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a post he takes up at the start of the 2010-2011 season. He continues as principal cellist of the Santa Fe Opera, and, during the 2008-2009 season, served as guest principal cellist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.
... Highlights of Joseph Johnson’s current season include six performances of Brahms’s Double Concerto with violinist Frank Almond and Edo de Waart conducting the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra...

... Prior to his Milwaukee appointment, Joseph Johnson was a member of The Minnesota Orchestra cello section for eleven years...

... Mr. Johnson has a special relationship with the culture and people of Russia, dating to his 1997 tour as soloist with the American Russian Youth Orchestra, during which he played Barber’s Cello Concerto in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, St. Petersburg’s Marinsky Theatre and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall. He returned to Russia frequently, leading master classes at the Tchaikovsky School of Music and performing in recital...


Upcoming performance

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, McGegan / Johnson / Saint-Saëns, Beethoven

Roy Thomson Hall
Toronto, Ontario
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 - 6:30 PM

Presenter: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Ensemble: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
Artist: Joseph Johnson (Cello)

Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fun with Cello - Gartxot Ortiz in Ara Malikian's PAGAGNINI

Pagagnini in "Le plus grand cabaret du Monde" (TVFrance 2)

Gartxot Ortiz - Cello

Gartxot was born in Pamplona and began playing the cello as a youngster at the age of 9. Besides his musical career, he reigns in the kitchen of his own restaurant, in his hometown.

He toured around Spain for a while in a chamber-music group, until he left behind band and restaurant to start a new phase in Madrid.

He's dedicated himself to teaching music to children in various schools and working as a musician in the Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico (The National Classical Theater Company).