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Koerner Hall’s 2020-21 Concert Season

Koerner Hall’s 2020-21 Concert Season

Published on June 9, 2020


Dr. Peter Simon, Michael and Sonja Koerner President & CEO of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School, today revealed details of the diverse concerts that will make up the 12th concert season at The Royal Conservatory of Music.

“Music has been uniting us through these unprecedented times and, should the government directives on social distancing be lifted, we eagerly anticipate when we can gather once again to enjoy music collectively. The celebrated artists in our upcoming season reconfirm Koerner Hall’s reputation as one of the great concert halls of the world. We look forward to welcoming those who have already graced our stage and those who have not yet experienced the Hall’s acoustical excellence.” said Dr. Peter Simon, President & CEO.

Mervon Mehta said: “Nothing compares to the power of live music and the collective experience of sharing it together – music is enormously important to well-being and strengthening our spirits. Therefore, we are cautiously and optimistically moving forward with plans for the 2020-21 concert season in a way that is safe and responsible. Our artists are eager to return to play for you and we are planning various scenarios to bring us all back together again (details of some of our current mitigation plans are listed under ticketing information). Over the course of our 12th season, we will present 110 concerts and events. Artists from 43 countries, including those from Indonesia, Iraq, Iceland, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe, will bring their music to us and 83 Canadian artists or ensembles will headline concerts.”
“As always, but especially now during these unprecedented times, we are enormously grateful to our season sponsor, BMO Financial Group, along with all our series and individual concerts sponsors and donors for the 2020-21 season, including Michael and Sonja Koerner. We also send out heartfelt thanks to our season media sponsor, the Toronto Star and to our government funders: The Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, and the Toronto Arts Council,” he added.

Eric McCormack
Eric McCormack

Season Gala

  • FOLLIES IN CONCERT in honour of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday starring Eric McCormack, Chilina Kennedy, Cynthia Dale, and Thom Allison

Adrianne Pieczonka
Adrianne Pieczonka

Beethoven 250 Festival

  • The Royal Conservatory’s Beethoven 250 Festival, co-curated with Mervon Mehta and Canadian violinist James Ehnes, brings a range of musical perspectives and interpretations of Beethoven’s music, including solo, chamber, orchestral, jazz, and operatic works from a cavalcade of artists in 17 different concerts.
  • Ehnes himself, Stewart Goodyear, Adrianne Pieczonka, jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, the Gryphon Trio, and the Galilee Chamber Orchestra direct from Nazareth, participate in an LvB Festival like no other from November 13 to December 13, 2020.

Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet

21C Music Festival:

  • With a spotlight on the Kronos Quartet and appearances by the ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory)
  • Violinist Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà, pianists Morgan-Paige Melbourne and Eve Egoyan
  • The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble with FLIPBOOK: Music and Images program
  • Festival partner Soundstreams with Choral Splendour: The Music of Pärt and Frehner



Highlights of the 2020-21 season include:


Jazz From Around the World concert series:

Cyro Baptista
Cyro Baptista


Dianne Reeves
Dianne Reeves

Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage series include:


 World music concerts with:




Skratch Bastid
Skratch Bastid

Music Mix:



Free Sunday Interlude Series featuring:


Morgan-Paige Melbourne
Morgan-Paige Melbourne


Classical music concerts include:

James Ehnes
James Ehnes

String concerts

  • James Ehnes with Andrew Armstrong performing all 10 Beethoven violin sonatas in two concerts
  • Ehnes Quartet with the New Orford String Quartet
  • Maisky Trio
  • Beatrice Rana with Renaud Capuçon
  • Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica in a program titled Last Words
  • The Distant Voices program care of Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall
Jordi Savall

Chamber music concerts

  • Dover Quartet with baritone Davóne Tines
  • Stewart Goodyear and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
  • Anne-Marie McDermott with Rolston String Quartet
  • Galilee Chamber Orchestra with Jon Kimura Parker conducted by Saleem Abboud Ashkar
  • Gryphon Trio with Jon Kimura Parker
  • and Jeremy Denk with Les Violons du Roy

Power Corporation of Canada Vocal Concerts

  • Adrianne Pieczonka and Michael Schade with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, conducted by Johannes Debus
  • Angelika Kirchschlager with Julius Drake
  • The King’s Singers
  • Anne Sofie von Otter with Kristian Bezuidenhout
  • Joshua Hopkins with the world premiere of the piano version of Jake Heggie’s Songs for Murdered Sisters with text by Margaret Atwood

Galilee Chamber Orchestra
Galilee Chamber Orchestra

Invesco Piano Concerts:

  • Cameron Carpenter
  • Marc-André Hamelin
  • Nicholas Angelich
  • Seong-Jin Cho
  • Víkingur Ólafsson
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Royal Conservaotry Orchestra
Royal Conservatory Orchestra

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra conducted by:

  • Trevor Pinnock
  • Peter Oundjian
  • Johannes Debus
  • Gábor Takács-Nagy

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