Founders Message

It is with immense pride and gratitude that we reflect on the incredible success of ChamberFest West’s first season. Chamber music has always been central to our lives and our inaugural Calgary chamber festival was a dream come true. Summer festivals make it easy to fall in love with music. The close contact between the musicians and the audience, the total immersion in the art, the parties, and the community that develops around music all create a unique experience. We were delighted to bring this to our beloved home of Calgary.

Each of our summer festivals will have an overarching theme, framing the diverse and incredible chamber music literature in an enlightening way. Our inaugural festival, launched ChamberFest West with the celebratory, dynamic, and explosive aspects of birth, youth, and new beginnings. 

and be the first to hear about the incredible and talented musicians coming to perform at ChamberFest West’s 2023 summer festival.

Warmly,
Diana Cohen and Roman Rabinovich, Artistic Directors

History

Ten years ago, Diana Cohen founded ChamberFest Cleveland alongside her father, lauded clarinetist Franklin Cohen. ChamberFest Cleveland is now one of the pre-eminent chamber music festivals in North America, bringing amazing musicians to Cleveland and creating what has lovingly been dubbed the “chamberhood.” Diana’s husband, concert pianist Roman Rabinovich has performed in the world’s greatest halls and with some of the most exciting musicians on the scene.  Roman and Diana now make their home in Calgary, where Diana serves as Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic, and Roman uses Calgary as a base from which to travel. 

ChamberFest West was founded as a charitable society in Calgary 2021. An engaged Board of Directors with diverse skills governs the organization.

What is Chamber Music

Chamber music is composed for performance by a small group of instruments—traditionally a group that could fit inside a palace chamber. There is usually one performer per part and chamber compositions frequently resemble a conversation among the musicians. As a result, playing chamber music requires special skills, both musical and social, that differ from the skills required for playing solo or symphonic works. Performances become a personal experience between the artists and the audience.

International Musicians

ChamberFest West brings internationally acclaimed classical musicians to perform with some of Canada’s best and together they create a unique fusion of styles and interpretations.

Mission, Vision & Values

Artistic excellence is the foundation of our Festival. 

ChamberFest West’s VISION is that Calgary and Alberta are internationally recognized for chamber music. We aspire to add to the richness of Calgary and continue to put our city on the map as a cultural destination.  Our MISSION is to present an intensive summer chamber music festival that features internationally renowned musicians, explores unique and immersive thematic programming, and creates original, engaging musical experiences for its audiences. This festival will nurture a deep family-like connection between musicians and audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

PROGRAMMING
ChamberFest West is devoted to creating original, engaging musical experiences for its audiences. Each summer the festival will have a theme; this overarching idea will connect each of the festival programs. Our commitment is to explore the great gems of the chamber music literature, cutting edge works of our time, and world music that has informed these genres.

ARTISTS
ChamberFest West will present globally recognized musicians; a multi-generational cast that will include great artists who have made their reputations over decades alongside the most extraordinary and established young stars.

RISING STAR PROGRAM
Our “Rising Star” program will provide invaluable study and outreach opportunities to exceptional university students.  

CULTURAL EQUITY STATEMENT
ChamberFest West is mindful of the myriad and long-lasting benefits the arts bring to individuals and communities; at the same time CFW is aware these benefits are not enjoyed equally.

ChamberFest West is committed to creating a culture that celebrates chamber music in ways that foster and promote enhanced individual and community access and engagement, especially among those segments of the community historically underrepresented in the chamber music world.

ChamberFest West is committed to intentionally investing time and resources to develop and sustain policies, procedures, practices, and programming that mitigate traditional barriers to involvement in chamber music.

ChamberFest West is committed to including diversity, equity and inclusion as guiding principles in its decision making and strategic planning, while remaining true to its artistic vision.

ChamberFest West recognizes that achieving cultural equity takes time, commitment, resources, on-going learning, and openness to change.

Extraordinary Performances

Board of Directors

ChamberFest West Society’s Board members have been recruited for their strong financial and managerial stewardship.

 
  • Heather Bourne
    Chair

  • Diana Cohen
    Co-Founder

  • Brenda Erskine
    Director

  • Peter Feldstein
    Director

  • Robyn Gurofsky
    Vice Chair and Secretary

  • Veronica McDermott
    Director

  • Roslyn Mendelson
    Director

  • Rick Osuna
    Treasurer

  • Roman Rabinovich
    Co-Founder

  • Dale Meister
    Past Board Member

  • Joan Meister
    Past Board Member

  • Glen Taylor
    Past Board Member

Staff

  • Diana Cohen
    Co-Artistic Director

  • Roman Rabinovich
    Co-Artistic Director

  • Steven Gallant
    General Manager

  • Mark Scholz
    Festival Manager