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David Gillham and Chiharu Iinuma in Concert

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Langley Concert, Coffee and Commentary with Internationally-Acclaimed Violin-Piano Duo, Gillham-Iinuma

World-renowned violinist David Gillham and pianist Chiharu Iinuma are set to perform as part of Langley Community Music School’s (LCMS) Concerts Café Classico series, with coffee and commentary, at 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon, February 26, 2017.

The concert will feature two great masterpieces for violin and piano: early 20th century Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s sonorous Violin Sonata; and early 19th century German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s romantic F Major Sonata. “Respighi is a composer who writes with rich and evocative harmonies and melodies. His violin sonata is very Brahmsian in character and mood,” says LCMS artistic director Elizabeth Bergmann. “And the Mendelssohn sonata is a virtuosic work with concerto-like elements for both the violin and the piano.”

The Gillham-Iinuma Duo has achieved critical acclaim across three continents and is renowned for their “stellar” talent and their “must purchase” CD recordings, such as their Edvard Grieg Sonatas CD produced by Centaur Records. In addition to touring the world, their concerts have been broadcast on Canada’s CBC and the USA’s National Public Radio (NPR) networks. Formerly appointed Duo-in-Residence at the University of Central Arkansas in 2003, the Gillham-Iinuma Duo now reside in Vancouver.

Canadian violinist David Gillham is an internationally sought-after soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Playing a Carlo Tononi violin made in 1725 Venice, Gillham is described as a “violinist with a lean tone, a supple technique, and an amazing talent for sustaining a long line,” according to All Music Guide Magazine. Winner of multiple awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in honor of his contributions to the arts in Canada, Gillham has performed with orchestras and as a soloist throughout North America, Europe and Asia, with national radio broadcasts across Japan, Canada and the USA. Gillham is currently an assistant professor of violin at the University of British Columbia and continues to perform and conduct masterclasses at universities and conservatories around the world. Learn more at

Japanese pianist Chiharu Iinuma is equally in high demand as a teacher, coach and ensemble pianist. She has performed throughout the world, most recently in Germany, Sweden, Scotland, China, Taiwan, Japan, as well as across the USA and Canada, and has been broadcast on NHK and CBC radio networks. She is active in the production of multiple CDs with Gillham and other artists. And she has been sought-after as a collaborator at the world’s most prestigious music competitions, including the Tchaikovsky and Queen Elizabeth, Leonard Rose Competitions, as well as the inaugural Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in New York. Iinuma is currently on the piano faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music. Learn more at

“We are honoured to welcome these two distinguished musicians to our concert hall,” says LCMS artistic director Elizabeth Bergmann. “The Gillham-Iinuma Duo are wonderful and sensitive performers, and the audience is in for a real treat.”

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Call the box office at 604-534-2848 or visit purchase tickets. The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 Street, Langley, BC.

Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is a non-profit organization and registered charity that is committed to providing the highest quality of musical education to students of all ages and levels, from early learning to pre-professional and adult programs. With the support of the community, LCMS has become one of the largest non-profit music schools in the province, earning both national and international acclaim for their comprehensive and innovative programs. Learn more about LCMS programs, scholarships and bursaries.

The Langley Community Music School hosts multiple musical concerts from October to May, including the Rose Gellert Hall Series, a Saturday evening concert featuring renowned Canadian and international musicians, as well as the Concerts Café Classico Series, a Sunday afternoon concert series featuring stellar local and touring musicians playing classical, jazz or contemporary works.

Visit or call 604-534-2848.