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Standout classical musicians grace PH Festival

Standout classical musicians grace PH Festival

nobile chThe Pender Harbour Music Society continues its celebration of its 30th Anniversary season with a concert by cellist Paul Marleyn and pianist Mauro Bertoli. These two talented musicians have packed the house when they’ve played the Coast, and with good reason. Marleyn has a broad and eclectic repertoire, ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century, and has toured the world, playing at festivals, with chamber ensembles, and symphonies. Bertoli has also played with many renowned symphonies and at major concert halls, enjoying a full solo career as well as being an accomplished chamber musician. He is the winner of many prestigious international awards and is currently piano accompanist at Conservatoire de Music du Gatineau.

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Pianist Mauro Bertoli, left, and cellist Paul Marleyn play Nov. 12 at the School of Music in Madeira Park. Photos submitted

Bertoli moved to Ottawa from his native Brescia (Italy) in 2009 because he liked its size as a smaller city and its proximity to Europe. He and Marleyn, who is originally from England, have been playing together off and on for the past six years. They are both professors at the University of Ottawa, live a couple of blocks from each other in the same Ottawa neighbourhood, and are both European soccer fans. They have much in common, including their passion for classical music. “We just have a good time together,” says Marleyn. “It’s always been very fun,” adds Bertoli. “Which is why it’s a long-lasting collaboration.” Marleyn has been playing cello since he was seven, but also plays clarinet, flute, trumpet, French horn, saxophone and piano. The cello is his instrument of choice because of it’s deep, rich sound. “People say it’s the closest instrument to the human voice,” says Marleyn. “Maybe that’s why I like it. Plus I think they look beautiful.” Bertoli has been single-minded in his study and playing of the piano. “I was never very attracted by other genres of music,” he says simply. “I like to play and share what I do with people.”

For their concert on Nov. 12, the two have chosen to focus on France, calling their repertoire Le Salon du Paris, featuring works by Franck, Debussy and Massenet. They look forward to returning to the Coast. Bertoli promises “a lovely afternoon with a good variety of works and composers.” Adds Marleyn, “We’ve always been very well treated in Pender Harbour. It’s a beautiful place and we’ve got a number of friends there.”

Paul Marleyn and Mauro Bertoli play on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2pm at the School of Music in Madeira Park. Tickets are $25 available at Harbour Insurance, Sechelt Visitor Centre and online at

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