Isolation Point Virtual Concert Series
The Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music Society is proud to present
our online performance project Isolation Point Virtual Concert Series.
Aria – A. Babagianian
Ave Maria -Gounod/Bach
A Chloris – Reynaldo Hahn
Vocalise – Sergei Rachmaninoff
Update: We have been able to continue to host Isolation Point Virtual Concerts for six full months now and it has been an incredibly positive experience. I would like to thank Calgary Arts Development for their recent Short Term Relief Grant that has allowed us to continue presenting projects and supporting musicians during COVID-19. I would also like to thank all the fabulous musicians who have dedicated their time and talents to this project. As Aldous Huxley said, "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
Musicians across the globe are facing a stark reality right now. Projects cancelled, incomes decimated, many are struggling financially. I believe that the International Festival of Song and Chamber Music Society (Mountain View) can provide a beacon of hope for our local artists. I started an online performance project called Isolation Point Virtual Concert Series for local Calgary area musicians where they can still perform and be paid for their online performances by our organization. In this time of intense challenge and difficulty, I see this as an opportunity to provide a helpful way forward.
These performances are incredibly intimate and a stark reminder of this intense and surreal time. We are all under a physical distancing order and cannot play together. We are alone in our performances unless we are fortunate to live with a musical partner. These musicians are at home, performing for us from their living quarters. You can access these special performances through our website, our newsletter, our new YouTube Channel on our website, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
These concerts are free for our listeners – please enjoy! But we also hope you may be able to donate. Our funds are being used at this moment to help as many local musicians as we can – your support is most appreciated for this local cause. We will have several performances over the next while featuring Alberta artists. The adventure will continue with a variety of musicians coming your way for as long as we can continue!
Kathleen van Mourik
Kathleen van Mourik, piano:
Kathleen van Mourik, a native of Alberta, is in high demand as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist, and is known for her inter-disciplinary collaborations with artists, actors and dance. Ms. van Mourik completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Calgary before moving to the Netherlands, where she studied lied and chamber music at the Hilversum Conservatory under Hans Broekman and received the Uitvoerend Musicus degree. Upon returning to Canada, she completed a master of music degree in piano performance with Vladimir Levtov at the University of Calgary. Other important teachers include the late Greta Kraus and Rudolf Jansen. She has also studied with Martin Isepp at the Banff Centre and completed a residency there with her husband, pianist Charles Foreman. As a two-piano team, they have commissioned works by various composers, and have completed a CD of French two-piano music, released on the Arktos label in May 2005. Kathleen recently completed a CD of Russian songs with soprano Michèle Cusson. In addition to her work with Mountain View, she maintains an active performing schedule, and has appeared across Canada, as well as in the United States, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her work is regularly broadcast on national and regional CBC Radio, and she has also appeared on radio and television in the Netherlands.
Olena Kilchyk, cello:
A native Ukrainian, Olena Kilchyk is a solo cellist, chamber and orchestra musician, clinician, festival adjudicator and a teacher. She is a graduate of Odessa State Music College and Odessa State Conservatory. Since age 14 she was the winner of numerous Concerto competitions. While in Ukraine, she was a principal cellist and soloist of Academia Odessa Chamber Orchestra and Odessa State Chamber Orchestra. She also worked for Odessa Philharmonic and Odessa Opera.
After immigrating to Canada, Olena received Master’s Degree in Cello Performance at the University of Calgary, where she was the winner of the Department of Music Concerto Competition and had the opportunity to perform with the U of C String Quartet.
Ms. Kilchyk had the privilege of studying with such great cellists as Shauna Rolston, George Neikrug, Tania Prochazka, Raphael Wallfisch, Aldo Parisot and Amanda Forsyth. She has performed at the Banff Summer Festival, Orford Festival, Enbridge Festival, Resound Festival in Edmonton, University of Calgary Chamber Music Festival, Bach Festival, Honens Festival and Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music.
Olena was fortunate to have an opportunity to perform with such internationally renowned musicians as Boris Belkin, Vadim Repin, Anton Kuerti and Jonathan Crow, and toured extensively throughout former Soviet Union, Europe, Canada and China.
Ms. Kilchyk is a principal cellist with Calgary Bach Society and plays regularly with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. She is also involved with the CPO, Festival Chorus Orchestra, Kensington Sinfonia and Calgary Instrumental Society.
In addition, Olena is on the cello faculty at Mount Royal University Conservatory and Amici String Program.
Many of her performances have been broadcast on CBC and other radio and television networks.