VC2 – Cello Duo
February 9 – 25, 2018
VC2 is an innovative cello duo able to captivate audiences through their performances of classical masterworks, unknown gems and boundary pushing music. Comprised of cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, the Toronto-based duo presents artistically challenging yet accessible programs and has performed in venues ranging from intimate pubs to Roy Thompson Hall.
Formed in 2015, the pair met in 2008 while at the University of Toronto where they both studied under Shauna Rolston. They chose to continue their studies at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University where they completed their Master’s Degrees with Matt Haimovitz. As luck would have it, they both found themselves back in Toronto and a musical partnership was born.
Both Mr. Holt and Mr. Arulanandam wear many musical hats as orchestral, chamber and session musicians in the Greater Toronto Area. They have appeared with organizations such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Soundstreams, The Art of Time Ensemble and Continuum Contemporary Music, Pocket Concerts and Tapestry Opera. They are also both members of Haimovitz’s ensemble, Uccello, and were semi-finalists in the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatte competition.
Though new to the scene, VC2 seek to take a place at the forefront of the Canadian chamber music world, bringing their unique brand of cello-fueled music coast-to-coast.
For their Debut Atlantic tour, the duo’s unique, concept program is focused on the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven, but with an unusual twist! This program will showcase five new commissions, by five young Canadian cellists, all based on Beethoven’s own sonatas. In addition, the duo will bring to light some influential yet mysterious works tied to Beethoven’s life. A musically and historically rich presentation and a truly Canadian experience! One might even be tempted to say that if Be-Eh-thoven had been a Canadian he might have sounded like this!