Saturday April 28, 2018- 8 PM

Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave., Toronto

JOYCE LAI, violin



W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

Sonata for violin and piano in B-flat major, K. 454




Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano in G major, Op. 78

Vivace ma non troppo


Allegro molto moderato


Michael Pepa (b.1939)

Telemanna for violin and piano



Largo con espressione




Healey Willan (1880-1968)

Sonata No. 2 in E minor for violin and piano

Lento- Allegro


Allegro molto

JOYCE LAI, violin

Currently concertmaster and artistic director of the Canadian Sinfonietta, violinist Joyce Lai enjoys a career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has been featured as a guest artist with orchestras around the world, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Szeged Symphony Orchestra of Hungary, the Canadian Chamber Academy, and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. As an avid chamber musician, Joyce performs regularly in chamber settings and has been featured at various festivals including the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival in Manitoba, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Festival and the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival in B.C. Joyce is also first violinist in the Riverdale Ensemble, a chamber group that specializes in performing rare and unique works, as well as premiering new Canadian works. The Riverdale Ensemble’s highly praised CD, Twelve by the Moon-dial, was released in 2008. In addition to her performing career, Joyce is also an enthusiastic educator as well as a pianist and has a private studio of violin and piano students ranging from ages 3 to 73. She has taught at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Baptist University, in addition to giving violin clinics in the Ontario area. She is currently the conductor for the Canadian Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra (CSYO) Junior Strings. Joyce holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters of Music Degree and Performer Diploma from the Indiana University.


Italian pianist Erika Crinò is very active as a chamber musician and a soloist in Europe as well as North America.

Erika has appeared in solo recitals at prestigious venues both in Canada and abroad, such as La Chapelle du Bon Pasteur in Montreal, Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, the George Enescu Hall in Bucharest (Romania), the Lviv State Academy (Ukraine), Art Centre Guarnerius in Belgrade (Serbia), FUGA Budapest (Hungary), Rektor’s Palace in Zadar (Croatia), Sala Tripcovich in Trieste, Istituto Mario Negri in Milano, and Palazzo Sacchetti and Teatro Marcello in Rome (Italy). In 2014, she was invited by the Canadian Embassy in Zagreb to celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Canada and Croatia with a performance attended by the Croatian President Ivo Josipović. In 2017, Erika was invited back to Zagreb to perform with the Croatian Cantus Ensemble to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Canada.

Erika also appeared as guest soloist in several performances of Bach’s D Minor Concerto with the Lviv Virtuosi (Ukraine) conducted by Irina Vakulina and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Bulgaria, with conductor Raitcho Hristov.

After obtaining the Diploma in Piano at the conservatory in her hometown of Trieste (Italy), and the Diploma in Chamber Music with the Trio di Trieste, Erika studied with M. Bruno Canino in Milan. Shortly after, she moved to Canada where she completed her Bachelor in Piano Performance with Bruce Vogt at the University of Victoria, followed by her Master’s and Doctorate in Piano Performance with Dr. Robert
Silverman at the University of British Columbia. Erika is currently on the faculty at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music in Toronto and is chamber music instructor at the University of Toronto, as well as member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory.