Prize winner of nine major national and international performance competitions, seven of which are first prizes, Steve Cowan has performed throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. His critically-acclaimed debut album, Pour guitare, features exclusively Canadian music. He has commissioned several new works for guitar and given world premieres in major cities such as Paris, Toronto, and New York. 2018-2019 was a milestone season, including Steve’s concerto debut with Ensemble del Arte in Germany and the release of a new album with the EMEC discos label in Madrid.
Adam Cicchillitti was named one of CBC’s Top 30 under 30 in 2017. His other performance activities have seen him tour Eastern Canada with Jeunesses Musicales and baritone Philippe Courchesne-Leboeuf. With an artistic sensitivity for lieder, Cicchillitti also arranged 20 of Schubert’s lieder to accompany Philippe Sly for their 2013 CBC Révélations performance. The video recordings from this partnership has reached hundreds of thousands of people internationally through social media. Adam is the founder of the guitar program at Ottawa Suzuki Strings and a specialist in child pedagogy.
“How does Steve do this? first he gets us into large open spaces, with reverberating expansive harmonies, and then unrelentingly drives us into a musical saga … this set of constantly moving waves and winds, and sudden salient events never detracting the piece from the overall pulse. Steve “Eric the Red” just seems to make this all happen sonically in front of us.“
Marc L, YouTube viewer
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