MARCH 15, 2020 2 PM


Paul Merkelo, trumpet and Serhiy Salov, piano


Concert Program

MERKELO & SALOV From Russia With Love

Trumpet Concerto in D major Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) I. Adagio

Flight of the Bumblebee Nikolaï Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)

Liebeslied, Op. 22 No. 2 Oskar Böhme (1870-1938)

Nocturne in D flat major Op. 27 No. 2 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Concerto for coloratura soprano Reinhold Glière (1875-1956) (arrangement by Timofei Dokshizer) I. Andante

Folk Festival (No. 3 from The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a) Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)

Étude in B-flat minor, Op. 8 No. 11 Alexander Scriabin (1871-1915) Étude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8 No. 12

Meditation Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891)*

Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major Alexander Arutunian (1920–2012)


JUNO nominated artist Paul Merkelo is recognized as “a spectacular soloist ...a most impressive master of his instrument” (Montreal Gazette) who “knows no limits” (Der Spiegel online - Germany) with “unusual lyrical gifts’’ (Gramophone). Principal trumpet with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1995, he has been featured frequently with the OSM, including tours to South America and at the Lincoln Center in New York, and is the first member of the orchestra to be invited to record a debut solo album with the orchestra (French concertos - Kent Nagano).

In 1999, he was appointed Canadian musical ambassador to China for the inauguration of the Montreal Park in Shanghai, and as soloist with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in a national telecast. Mr. Merkelo made his New York debut at Lincoln Center with the New World Symphony Orchestra and

Michael Tilson Thomas in 1998. He has worked with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Sir Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta and Valery Gergiev, and has been invited as guest principal trumpet in the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra and New York Philharmonic.

Paul is on the faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and McGill University in Montreal. He is on the board of directors for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (Canada), and is the founder of the Paul Merkelo Scholarship, which helps young, gifted brass players with financial aid and career guidance. Paul Merkelo is a Yamaha artist.

Serhiy Salov is recognized as an outstanding pianist, whose playing is both energetic and imbued with sensitivity. He is known for his remarkable technique, exacting rigour, and virtuosity, qualities that

unwaveringly serve the poetry inherent in the music. Public enthusiasm and critical acclaim have amply confirmed his prominent status on the international music scene as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition, Salov has achieved distinction for his piano transcriptions of symphonic works such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Debussy’s Nocturnes, Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bald Mountain, and many others.

After initially learning music in Ukraine, Serhiy Salov pursued his studies in London, obtaining a Master’s degree from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, followed by a Doctor of Music degree from the Université de Montréal. His gifts extend far beyond the mastery of piano technique: the disciplines of improvisation, musicology, and the study of languages complement his training and enable him to deploy a highly expressive individual approach.

A superlative concert performer, Serhiy Salov has collaborated with renowned conductors and numerous orchestras around the world. He is regularly featured at the foremost international music festivals, and has been awarded many prizes in competitions worldwide.


The last program of the 2019-2020 season, the William Marshall Bishop Memorial concert:

May 3 Bouey-Doucet duo, violin and piano