Amarok Ensemble recently completed the inaugural Career Development Residency (CDR) in the 2016 Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Through main stage appearances, numerous outreach initiatives, and workshops with "What Makes it Great" author Rob Kapilow, the trio laid a solid foundation for what is sure to become an important program for young professional ensembles for years to come.
Highlights of the residency included a featured performance in Chamberfest's Generation Next showcase (for which the trio played Dan Visconti's "Lonesome Roads"), a hugely popular children's concert "Bring the Kids! Mad, Sad, Glad" with commentator and conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poysera, and a noon-hour interactive recital "Beethoven Begins" based on Beethoven's Opus 1 piano trios and prepared in close collaboration with Rob Kapilow. Amarok Ensemble also performed a multitude of outreach events throughout their CDR, including shows at Pokrova Children's Ukrainian Arts Camp, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, and Parkdale Park.