The Art Of Time Ensemble was formed in 1997 by artistic director Andrew Burashko, a renowned, Toronto-based concert pianist, as an outlet for his vision of presenting classical music both old and new in settings relevant to the modern participant in popular culture. With the support of a small group of like-minded musicians, as well as prominent figures in other art forms such as dance and theatre, Andrew presented one-off concerts to small but enthusiastic audiences. Word of the Art of Time began to spread through Toronto’s cultural scene, and the company has become a beacon of the integration, dissemination and celebration of the artistry that underscores our artistic community’s values.
In its sixteen years of existence, the Art Of Time Ensemble has grown from a formative vision into a leader among ground-breaking not-for-profit performing arts organizations, presenting concerts at the Royal Conservatory Of Music’s prestigious Koerner Hall, and an annual, fully-curated subscription season at Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre, with a growing subscription and single ticket patron base numbering in the thousands.
Some highlights of the Art Of Time Ensemble’s history include:
• A 2004 performance at Massey Hall opening for K.D. Lang
• A tour of Russia in 2006
• The release of three Art Of Time Ensemble records: Live In Toronto (2006), Black Flowers (a collaboration with Sarah Slean) (2009) and A Singer Must Die (a collaboration with Steven Page) (2010).
• Mayor’s Arts Awards Finalist in 2010
• Toronto Musicians’ Association Musician of the Year Award for Andrew Burashko in 2010
• Top 11 of 2011 citation from the Globe & Mail for I Send You This Cadmium Red, a co-production with Canadian Stage
• The presentation of a classically-infused interpretation of The Beatles’ landmark Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, performing three sold-out concerts at the Enwave Theatre
• The 2013 presentation of Songbook 7: Madeleine Peyroux with Decca Records recording artist and jazz-pop superstar Madeleine Peyroux.