About the Art of Time Ensemble
“Some of the best
evenings that I have witnessed in Toronto have been performances
by Andrew Burashko's Art of Time Ensemble—a caravan
of classical and popular musicians. Art
of Time leaps over the usual barriers of culture.
So Schumann and Tolstoy can rub shoulders with Ginsberg
and our best contemporary musicians. The result is entertainment
that is often thrilling,
often full of insights—as in the old values
of art that delight and instruct.”
- Michael Ondaatje
Art of Time Ensemble is the creation of renowned classical pianist and Artistic Director Andrew Burashko. Not content to rehash basic classical repertoire, Burashko and Art of Time Ensemble have become known for their daring interaction with the Toronto cultural scene.
Now in its twelfth season, Art of Time Ensemble is one of Canada’s most innovative and artistically accomplished music ensembles. Their mandate is to give classical music the contemporary relevance and context it needs to maintain a broader audience to survive. Since its inception, Art of Time has steadily grown in reputation as an ensemble that undertakes and delivers programs that are at once thought provoking and compelling. Committed to finding new ways of blending classical music with other genres as well as other art forms, each Art of Time program is uniquely different in theme and content.
Over the years, Canada’s highest profile artists have performed with Art of Time including Peggy Baker, Sarah Slean, Tom McCamus, Shauna Rolston, Ted Dykstra, Phil Dwyer, Michael Ondaatje and Steven Page (formerly of the Barenaked Ladies), among many others.
In addition, Art of Time's core ensemble members include some of the most superb musicians in the country: violinist Stephen Sitarski (concertmaster of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony); violist Steven Dann (soloist and former principal violist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony and the National Arts Centre orchestra; cellist Thomas Wiebe (soloist, member of the Duke Trio and Professor at the University of Western Ontario); Joel Quarrington (principal bassist for the Toronto Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra); Phil Dwyer (renowned composer, arranger and saxophonist); Rob Piltch (the great Canadian guitarist and former member of the band Blood Sweat and Tears); and Jonathan Goldsmith (composer, arranger, producer and brilliant pianist).
In 2004, Art of Time’s collaboration with Volcano Theatre of German/Argentinean composer Mauricio Kagel's Variété led to five Dora Nominations, winning the award for Outstanding Music. This show was hailed as "a landmark interdisciplinary collaboration" by Tamara Bernstein of the National Post.
Art of Time Ensemble has performed throughout Canada and abroad.