“On a teaching assignment at Juilliard, I attended a concert celebrating The American Songbook. How wonderful that the honouring of American Song remains a tradition of that esteemed school. I remember thinking how Canada has its own treasure trove of home-grown art song and became determined to bring this outlook home. - Leslie Fagan
Leslie recorded Thread of Winter, the first CD in the Canadian Art Song Series, with pianist Lorin Shalanko in 2015.
Lorin Shalanko is a much sought out pianist in the community, praised for his sensitive and evocative playing. Dancers, instrumentalist and singers alike collaborate with Lorin because of his musical sensibilities and his naturally ability to breath life and movement into music.
A member of the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2000, he provides instruction, accompaniment and coaching to many musicians on the way to making their mark in the next stage of their careers.
Internationally, Lorin's career has taken him to France, where he lived and worked for several years. While overseas, he taught privately and accompanied for various soloists and choirs. Lorin has been invited to perform as a solo artist in France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Lorin holds an honours degree in Piano Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Canada. After graduation he studied with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan.
In a position he finds as equally rewarding, Lorin is a committed teacher to his students at the Beckett School of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.
Leslie and Lorin are currently recording the the second CD in the Canadian Art Song Series. Thread of Winter is available on iTunes, from CDBaby, and in traditional CD format through PayPal.
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