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Cellist presents pro series recital

November 9, 2006

BRANDON, MB – As in previous years, Brandon is one of the stops on the Eckhardt-Gramatté (E-gré) National Music Competition first place winner’s tour. After a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, ‘cellist David Eggert has given performances thus far in Kelowna, Lethbridge, Sackville, Halifax, Lunenberg, Montreal, Charlottetown, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg. Following his recital on the Lorne Watson Recital Hall stage, where he won the 29th edition of the E-gré Competition in May 2005, Eggert will conclude the tour with stops in five other Canadian cities. Pianist Walter Delahunt is accompanying him in these concerts.

The 21 year old Edmonton-born ‘cellist, who also received a cash prize for his E-gré win, has studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and is currently studying at McGill University with Matt Haimovitz. Eggert has also won the National Music Festival and the Canadian Music Competition for chamber music. He has participated in the National Art Centre’s Young Artist program, the Banff Centre’s masterclass program, the Sarasota Music Festival and has played at the Orford Centre. A recipient of many grants and scholarships, Eggert is also a former principal ‘cellist with the National Youth Orchestra.

"The Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition has had an enviable track-record identifying and make more widely known outstanding young Canadian musicians," says Dr. Glen Carruthers, the Dean of Music at Brandon University. "David Eggert is a brilliant cellist whose artistry and commitment new and challenging repertoire represent the Competition well."

Pianist Walter Delahunt has enjoyed a busy career as a solo and chamber musician, in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Other musicians with whom he has collaborated include Martha Argerich, Zara Nelsova, Ida Haendel and Gidon Kremer. He has six recordings to his credit.

This recital will feature the work commissioned for the 2006 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition entitled Sonia’s Letters by Frederic Schipizky as well as the Duo Concertante by Eckhardt-Gramatté, a work premiered by Peggie Sampson and Lorne Watson in 1959. The program also includes the ‘cello sonatas of Debussy and Chopin.

‘Cellist David Eggert and pianist Walter Delahunt appear Tuesday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m., in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall at Brandon University.

Tickets for all pro series concerts are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, alumni and students, and $6 for Conservatory students. Tickets can be bought at the door or in advance at the School of Music. Seating is limited. Programmes are subject to change.

The pro series and the School of Music gratefully acknowledge the generous support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and of the Province of Manitoba, through a Consolidated Arts Programming Grant from Culture, Heritage and Tourism.

For more information, please contact:

School of Music Brandon University (204) 727-9631

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