The Ezra Duo
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Formed at the Glenn Gould School in 2016, the Ezra Duo (Jacob Clewell, viola and Sasha Bult-Ito, piano) quickly established itself as a performing ensemble of the highest caliber. The duo found themselves racking up a string of early performances, including Britten’s Lachrymae in a masterclass for violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and Hindemith’s rhapsodic Sonata Op. 11 no. 4 for the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and again in Mazzoleni Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Ezra gave their first performance in Koerner Hall in Toronto with the same sonata in the spring of 2017, performing in a prelude concert for the Royal Conservatory Orchestra.
Together, they have played for Leon Fleisher, James Ehnes, Richard O'Neill, James Dunham, David Louie, and John Perry. They’ve represented the Glenn Gould School in outreach recitals for members of Baycrest Hospital, and were featured in a Koerner Hall postlude recital for Nicola Benedetti and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. In summer of 2017 Ezra appeared at the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia, performing on the Young Artist recital series, and receiving acclaim from festival faculty for their interpretation of Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata. In November 2017 they made their first appearance in New York City’s esteemed Carnegie Hall, performing in Weill Recital Hall.
Most recently, Ezra was announced the first prize winners of The Great Composers Competition: The Art of Chamber Music and The Music of America, Golden Classical Music Awards, Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, and IMKA Music Competition, earning invitations to perform in New York, Vienna, and Sarajevo. In March 2018, they competed in the Città di Pinerolo e Torino – Città Metropolitana International Chamber Music Competition, in Turin, Italy.
Upcoming concerts feature works by George Rochberg, Jean Coulthard, and Robert Schumann. Highlights from the 2018-2019 season include re-engagements at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and Prime Chamber Music Society, a guest artist appearance with the Rome Symphony Orchestra (Georgia), and a tour featuring their Women in Music program through the southern United States and Ontario, Canada. www.theezraduo.com