past seasons

In more than two decades of touring, Prairie Debut has featured over 142 artists and touched diverse communities across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Yukon.

2018-19 | Ladom Ensemble

2018-19 | Ladom Ensemble

Piano, accordion, cello and percussion combine in a distinct yet accessible sound with influences drawn from Italy, Greece, Balkan, Russia, Arabian Peninsula, and Asia.

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2018-19 | VC2

2018-19 | VC2

Discover how VC2 are pushing the boundaries of classical cello performance in their program, Beethoven’s Cellists.

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2018-19 | Avan Yu

2018-19 | Avan Yu

Share in Avan’s adventures as an award-winning pianist, including milestone pieces from his major performances.

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2017-18 | Proteus Saxophone Quartet

2017-18 | Proteus Saxophone Quartet

The Proteus Saxophone Quartet is redefining the traditional saxophone chamber music experience with their high energy, intense, and diverse performances. Named after the god of the sea, modular and versatile, the Proteus Quartet explores the numerous instrumental combinations of the saxophone family through the creation and performance of chamber music.

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2017-18 | Henderson-Kolk Duo

2017-18 | Henderson-Kolk Duo

Canada’s own Henderson-Kolk Duo has built their audience’s loyalty with their choice of repertoire, stage charisma and what Wholenote Magazine describes as “a warm and intimate sound.” Since their formation in 2004, they have quickly become one of North America’s premier guitar duos.

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2017-18 | The Chooi Brothers

2017-18 | The Chooi Brothers

Brothers Nikki and Timothy Chooi are united by a profound understanding and genuine passion for the violin, which renders their musical union extraordinarily rich. Together, they have an intrinsic musical partnership that makes their duo artistry unique and interesting. Pianist Philip Chiu is more than a summation of technical and musical abilities, he has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for communication and collaboration.

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2016-17 | Duo Milot & Bareil

2016-17 | Duo Milot & Bareil

Duo Milot & Bareil Harp & Violin "Harpist Valérie Milot and violinist Antoine Bareil offer exquisite sonority and complicity through their dynamic performances." - Journal Pioneer Duo Milot & Bareil are more than two musicians on stage, they are a couple...

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2016-17 | Flûte Alors!

2016-17 | Flûte Alors!

Dynamic and versatile, Flûte Alors! is composed of four new-generation recorder players. Since 1999, this award-winning quartet has received distinction for the audacity of their programs and the excellence of their performances.

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2016-17 | Duo Fortin-Poirier

2016-17 | Duo Fortin-Poirier

Duo Fortin-Poirier, featuring pianists Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier, has been heralded as one of the most promising of its generation.

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2015-16 | Duo Rendezvous

2015-16 | Duo Rendezvous

Duo Rendezvous unites two leading Canadian performers, violinist Jasper Wood and guitarist Daniel Bolshoy. This duo was formed as a response to great demand for a refreshing and passionate chamber ensemble with a strong dedication to outreach and education.

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2015-16 | Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban Quartet

2015-16 | Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban Quartet

This acoustic quartet features the romantic rumba, to the lively samba, the pulsating bolero to the swaying waltz and cha cha. Traditional songs like “Canto Siboney”, “La Flor De La Canela”, and “El Carbonero”, bring Cuba home.

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2015-16 | Marie-Josée Lord

2015-16 | Marie-Josée Lord

Marie-Josée Lord soprano with piano and violin In 2005, soprano Marie-Josée Lord gained national recognition when she was awarded recipient of the prestigious Prix d’Excellence de la Culture from the Fondation de l’Opéra de Québec, and in that same year, was selected...

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2014-15 | Kang-Mercer-Park

2014-15 | Kang-Mercer-Park

United by a shared love of the great classical and romantic chamber music repertoire, Judy, Rachel and Angela, three of Canada’s exciting artists, combine their broad-ranging individual knowledge and worldwide concert experience to offer dynamic and compelling performances as the Kang-Mercer-Park Trio.

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2014-15 | Ensemble Caprice

2014-15 | Ensemble Caprice

Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music, receiving national and international acclaim for more than twenty years.

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2014-15 | Fung-Chiu Duo

2014-15 | Fung-Chiu Duo

Established pianists in their own right, Janelle Fung and Philip Chiu have come together to present concerts that challenge the traditional boundaries of one piano four-hands.

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2013-14 | Yadong Guan Trio

2013-14 | Yadong Guan Trio

Hailing from Beijing, Yadong Guan is a true musical ambassador who brilliantly masters the pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument that is over 2,000 years old.

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2013-14 | musica intima

2013-14 | musica intima

Internationally renowned for their warm and engaging stage presence, impeccable musicianship, and unique perspective on ensemble singing, musica intima has earned a reputation as Canada’s most exciting vocal ensemble.

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2012-13 | Georgy Tchaidze

2012-13 | Georgy Tchaidze

Georgy Tchaidze, First Laureate of Calgary’s Honens International Piano Competition (2009), is a native of St Petersburg, Russia. His Honens win allowed him to bring his artistry beyond Russia for performances throughout Europe and North America.

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2012-13 | Cecilia String Quartet

2012-13 | Cecilia String Quartet

Praised for their “extraordinary commitment and maturity” and “talent, passion and mastery”, the Cecilia String Quartet is one of Canada’s most exciting young ensembles today.

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2012-13 | Couloir

2012-13 | Couloir

Two of the West Coast’s exceptional musicians, harpist Heidi Krutzen and cellist Ariel Barnes, have formed Couloir, a new and unexpected duo dedicated to collaboration with Canada’s leading composers, performing modern art music at the highest level of excellence, and presenting engaging new music concerts in non-traditional settings.

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2011-12 | Alexander Sevastian

2011-12 | Alexander Sevastian

With three first prize wins at the International Accordion Competition to his credit, Alexander Sevastian truly commanded the world’s attention as one of the best.

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2011-12 | Sharon Wei & Angela Park

2011-12 | Sharon Wei & Angela Park

Canadian musicians Sharon Wei and Angela Park have captivated audiences around the world through their unique interpretations of the viola and piano repertoire from Bach to new creations. 

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2011-12 | TorQ

2011-12 | TorQ

Awarded a MARTY for “Best Emerging Performing Arts Group – 2009” by the Mississauga (ON) Arts Council, TorQ was formed in 2004 by four young, enthusiastic Toronto-area percussionists looking to add new energy to percussion repertoire and performance

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2010-11 | Martha Guth, Tyler Duncan and Erika Switzer

2010-11 | Martha Guth, Tyler Duncan and Erika Switzer

Soprano Martha Guth has been acclaimed for her “’thrilling top range, rare breath control and an awesome legato. Singing along with Baritone Tyler Duncan, with “that rare mixture of elegant phrasing and resonant power’, and Erika Switzer, pianist, widely known for her brilliant, expressive, and technically confident playing.

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2010-11 | Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung

2010-11 | Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung

Not very often do two young and celebrated concert pianists get together on stage on a regular basis and build an extensive repertoire. They have performed together on many of the world’s most prestigious platforms.

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2010-11 | Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble

2010-11 | Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble

“Passion” is a word that applies to the latest work by Jorge Miguel, to the music and to his commitment to explore the roots of the tradition and to find within that depth the seeds of new possibilities for the ancient art of Flamenco.

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2009-10 | The Schumann Letters

2009-10 | The Schumann Letters

The Schumann Letters is a concert format performance presenting some of the most beautiful piano and vocal music of Robert Schumann. It is exquisitely narrated through a spectacular story of his life and love for Clara Wieck and his personal triumphs and tragedies.

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2009-10 | Quartango

2009-10 | Quartango

Comprised of four highly accomplished musicians, bound by their shared passion for the tango and driven by an unceasing desire to make a close connection with their audience, Quartango offers a performance filled with subtle nuances and a blend of colors that reflects both the classics and modernity and the effervescence of the milonga.

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2009-10 | Roy & Gaudet

2009-10 | Roy & Gaudet

Violinist Jean-Sébastien Roy was laureate of the Prix d’Europe 2006 and winner of the Prix Joseph Rouleau at the Concours International de Musique de Montreal in 2003 and 2006. Canadian pianist Mathieu Gaudet has established himself in the musical world for his passionate interpretations and virtuoso technique.

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2008-09 | Allen Harrington and David Moroz

2008-09 | Allen Harrington and David Moroz

Canada’s leading young saxophonist, Allen Harrington, teaches saxophone, bassoon, and chamber music at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Music. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Winnipeg-born pianist David Moroz enjoys a career as one of Canada’s most versatile artists.

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2008-09 | Les Boréades de Montréal

2008-09 | Les Boréades de Montréal

Founded by Francis Colpron in 1991, Les Boréades de Montréal focuses on early music. The ensemble has chosen an interpretative approach in keeping with the spirit of the Baroque era, by adhering to the rules of performance practice of the past and playing on period instruments.

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2008-09 | Bellows & Brass

2008-09 | Bellows & Brass

Bellows & Brass is a trio comprised of three of Canada’s most successful soloists. They make music that is challenging, pleasing and above all-fun. Their concerts have been described as “vividly emotional … passionate … a revelation.”

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2007-08 | Anne-Julie Caron and Akiko Tominaga

2007-08 | Anne-Julie Caron and Akiko Tominaga

Canadian percussionist Anne-Julie Caron is recognized by the greatest masters of her field as one of the most remarkable talents of her generation. Mainly recognized as a marimbist, Miss Caron’s rapidly blooming career as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician and recitalist is causing her to be sought after both in Canada and abroad. Akiko Tominaga has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Her solo and chamber performances have been broadcast on Radio-Canada and Akiko’s most recent project, the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, was recorded by the Université de Montréal. An avid chamber musician, she has taken part in numerous collaborations with instrumentalists and vocalists.

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2007-08 | Sophie Bouffard and David L. McIntyre

2007-08 | Sophie Bouffard and David L. McIntyre

Whether in recital or opera, soprano Sophie Bouffard is recognized for her great expressivity, her rich and vibrant voice, and her ability to captivate audiences. Pianist David L. McIntyre is well known throughout North America as a composer and collaborator with singers and instrumentalists.

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2007-08 | Winston Choi

2007-08 | Winston Choi

Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition and winner of France’s 2002 Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans, Canadian pianist Winston Choi is an inquisitive performer whose fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists.

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2006-07 | Montreal Guitar Trio

2006-07 | Montreal Guitar Trio

Described by the CBC as “the hottest guitar ensemble in Canada”, the MG3 has quickly established itself as a force of rejuvenation and cross-pollenization between various musical forms. Marrying passionate virtuosity with a stealthy sense of humour, guitarists charm the ears and captured the hearts of their ever-expanding audiences.

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2006-07 | Gryphon Trio with Barry Shiffman

2006-07 | Gryphon Trio with Barry Shiffman

Prairie Debut is pleased to announce that for this 10th Anniversary Celebration Tour, the Gryphon Trio is joined by PD’s alumnus Barry Shiffman, former member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet who will be taking the position of Director of Music Programs for The Banff Centre.

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apply to tour with prairie debut

Each year, we invite emerging and established Canadian musicians to showcase and tour with Prairie Debut. World-genre and classical musicians who consider music to be their professional career are invited to apply to be part of our 2020-21 season.

Applications open in January 2019.

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