Mark Chambers & Christina Petrowska Quilico team up for York U Faculty Concert Series

January 24, 2008

Mark Chambers & Christina Petrowska Quilico team up for York U Faculty Concert Series

Cellist Mark Chambers headlines the Faculty Concert Series of York University’s Music Department on February 7 with a wide-ranging program of duets for cello and piano, partnered by his department colleague and frequent collaborator, Christina Petrowska Quilico. The concert takes place at 7:30pm in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall at York.

The artists will showcase their versatility and musicianship in selections from the classical repertoire spanning two centuries and a variety of stylistic idioms, including romantic, popular and modern music.

The diverse program features Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in A major for Cello and Piano, op. 69; Robert Schumann’s romantic, lyrical Fantasy Pieces; Arvo Part’s minimalist Fratres for violoncello and piano; and Astor Piazzolla’s jazz-influenced Libertango.

Chambers, who serves as associate Chair and coordinator of the York’s classical music area, is a performer, conductor and early music specialist. He studied cello with Martha Gerschefski, Lubomir Georgiev and David Miller and has performed extensively throughout the United States and Ontario as both a chamber musician and orchestral player. He currently plays in a piano trio with Petrowska Quilico and his wife Heather Chambers, and is also active as a clinician and adjudicator. He directs the York University Symphony Orchestra and the Baroque Ensemble in York’s music department.

A former Theodore Presser Foundation Fellow, Chambers’ research interests include Baroque music, period instrument performance practice, the ‘Tartini Tone’, and scordatura, altered tunings for strings. He has authored several articles for the American String Teachers Journal and is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He joined York’s music department in 2005.

An internationally known pianist and recording artist, Petrowska Quilico has devoted her career to bridging the gulf between traditional and contemporary classical keyboard music. Widely recognized as a champion of Canadian and new music, she is equally at home in 19th century European romantic repertoire. She has appeared in solo recitals, chamber settings and with orchestra on four continents, and collaborates frequently in live and recorded performances with her faculty colleagues at York, where she has taught piano performance and musicology since 1987.


York University Faculty Concert Series featuring Mark Chambers, cello, with Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano
When: Thurs. Feb 7 at 7:30pm
Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St.
Admission: $15, students $5.
Box Office: 416.736.5888 |

This is the fifth of seven performances in the Faculty Concert Series spotlighting faculty artists in the Department of Music at York University. Upcoming concerts will feature mezzo soprano Catherine Robbin and jazz drummer Barry Elmes.


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Amy Stewart, Communications, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University
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