Valerie Tryon has performed a Valentine’s Day recital at the Conservatory for many years and despite playing all over the world in many different concert halls, she particularly enjoys the Black Box Theatre and the warm Hamilton audience. In the first of its kind, this recital will take place with a live, in-person audience in the Black Box Theatre while simultaneously being live-streamed to ticket-holders at home.
The afternoon’s thrilling program will feature repertoire that showcases Ms. Tryon’s reputation for her interpretation of the Romantics, and also highlights her lifelong and enduring passion for Debussy and more, a love she credits to receiving a scholarship to Paris as a young student to study with the distinguished French professor, Jacques Février.
Born in England, the youngest student to be admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in London, Ms. Tryon still travels to Europe annually to perform and manages an extraordinary schedule of recitals, recordings, masterclasses, and teaching.
Ms. Tryon holds an honorary doctorate from McMaster University and continues as Artist-in-Residence and teacher at Redeemer University in between her many concerts and recitals worldwide. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, a Juno Award winner, a Gallery of Distinction Inductee, holds the Harriet Cohen Award for Distinguished Services to Music, and the Franz Liszt Medal from the Hungarian Ministry of Culture for her lifelong commitment to and promotion of Liszt’s music. In December 2017 she was awarded Canada’s highest honour, The Order of Canada, performing at the Awards dinner for Governor General Julie Payette, at her request.
Ms. Tryon has made innumerable albums for many recording companies over the years, some of which are now regarded as collector’s items. The most recent series of discs are from Somm Recordings and include de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, Cesar Franck’s Symphonic Variations released in 2013, the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto #1 in 2014, a Ravel/Debussy disc in 2015, and a Mozart concertos disc in 2018, all with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Valerie’s archives to date reside at McMaster University.
Tickets are available online at hcarts.ca/PASS or by calling 905-528-4020.