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Local cellist Heather Tuach to play at Carnegie Hall


Heather Tuach is in the midst of a busy year. The local cellist is just finishing running and performing in Wintertide here in Corner Brook and, along with the rest of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, will be performing in St. John’s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Local cellist Heather Tuach will play at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March in Musical Armenia 2015. — Star photo by Diane Crocker

Then it’s back to London, where the quartet is based, for concerts around England. At the end of the month the quartet will head to Israel for a festival in Eilat in February.

In March the quartet will make a return visit to North America as they take up residency at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. While in the States, Tuach will perform in a location that is perhaps every musician’s dream — Carnegie Hall in New York City.

It’s a venue that Tuach said never in her wildest dreams did she think she’d get to play in.

“It’s a huge honour. I guess it is very morale boosting.”

Tuach will perform with Montreal-Armenian pianist Patil Harboyan at Musical Armenia 2015. The annual concert is presented by the Armenian Prelacy and will take place in the famed concert hall’s Weill Recital Hall on March 20. This year’s concert is one of many events planned for around the world to mark the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.

How it happened

A couple of years ago Tuach and Harboyan played together at a Humber Valley Chamber Music Society event in Pasadena.

Her dad, John Tuach, later suggested the two make a CD of Armenian pieces. Through some research they found some arrangements that had never been recorded.

Recorded in Montreal, “Music From Armenia for Cello and Piano” was released in 2014.

Harboyan later submitted the CD as part of an application to Musical Armenia.

Tuach honestly never thought it would go further than the application stage, so when they were selected her reaction was a bit of disbelief.

As for what comes after Carnegie Hall, Tuach jokingly said “can’t really go up from there.”

The quartet has some performances in April in Scotland and around England and recording sessions in May and June. And, of course, Tuach plans to continue with Wintertide — growing the Twitter: WS_DianeCrocker

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