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Recital with Tawnya Popoff

  • Chilliwack Cultural Centre 9201 Corbould St Chilliwack, BC, V2P 1T9 Canada (map)

Be captivated by an utterly magical experience with our Classical Music Series. These intimate mornings of classical music will begin with complimentary coffee, tea, and delicious baked treats before patrons settle down to enjoy the joyous and uplifting sounds of fantastic classical musicians. Hosted by Sarah Hagen, the innovative and exciting Vancouver pianist, our Classical Music Series brings a collection of virtuoso musicians in to the Cultural Centre to duet with a figure that has been named “the rising star of Canadian classical music”. For this all-Canadian installment, Sarah is joined by violist Tawnya Popoff, a versatile musician that enjoys an international career as a chamber musician, soloist and coach, and who promises to bring a luxurious tone to this charming morning event.


Massenet: Meditation   

Beethoven: 12 Variations on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 66    

Brahms: Sonata in F minor, Op. 102 No. 1  

Rimsky - Korsakov: The Young Prince and Princess                       

Brahms: Scherzo from the F-A-E Sonata


About Tawyna

Canadian violist Tawnya Popoff enjoys an exciting and versatile international career. In addition to being principal violist with the Vancouver Opera since 2007, she is continuously sought after for diverse chamber music collaborations and recitals. She is a founding member of both Microcosmos {a string quartet}, and the Driftwood Duo (viola/cello), a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (TX), the Walden School Players (NH) and has ongoing collaborations with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and VisionIntoArt in New York City.

As an enthusiastic supporter of works by living composers, Ms. Popoff has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces and has recorded for the Koch, Albany, Nonsuch, CRI, SHSK'H (web label), Columbia Composers and other independent labels both as a member of the Cassatt Quartet and individually. She was a prizewinner in the 2000 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, has received two consecutive Canada Council individual artist grants and has served on the faculties of the Perlman Music Program, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and Artes no Camiño (Spain).

Tawnya Popoff studied with Gerald Stanick (Fine Arts Quartet) in Vancouver, BC and Martha Katz (Cleveland Quartet) at Rice University.

Her viola was played by Boris Kroyt of the Budapest Quartet, generously loaned to her courtesy of his grandson. Aside from musical pursuits, Ms. Popoff has a cycling company offering private and personalized adventures and creates handmade toys and games.