Praised for “…his luscious tone and technical prowess…” (Vancouver Sun), Ariel Barnes is one of Canada’s acclaimed cellists. Equally comfortable in musical languages from the Baroque to music of our modern times, Ariel’s performances range from evenings of period style interpretations of Baroque classics to World Premiers of contemporary art music. His solo and chamber music recordings have been received with critical acclaim, having been nominated for a Juno Award and two Western Canadian Music Awards. Recently selected as one of 6 cellists across the nation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ariel has recorded J.S. Bach’s d minor suite for CBCs new online streaming project, The Portal. Actively involved in the creation of 21st century art music, his new project Couloir, with harpist Heidi Krutzen, focuses on the development of new works and interdisdiplinary collaboration (www.couloir.ca). Pieces commissioned and to be premiered by Couloir in the 2011/12 season include music by Canadians Jocelyn Morlock and Glenn Buhrr, and US based Baljinder Sekhon. Couloir is scheduled to tour in the United States and Canada, notably for the Piatigorsky Foundation in the 2011/12 season and for Prairie Debut in the 2012/13 season.
An ardent chamber musician, Ariel is a former member of the Borealis String Quartet, Trio Accord and has collaborated with many fine artists such as The St. Lawrence String Quartet, Musica Intima, Trio Verlaine, Jonathan Crow, Dale Barltrop, Barry Schiffman, Andrew Dawes, Martin Chalifor, Arthur Rowe, Ian Parker and Daniel Bolshoy, among many others. Memorable appearances at chamber music festivals include the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Musicfest Vancouver, Mendocino Music Festival, Victoria Summer Music Festival, B.C. Scene, Elora Festival, Centre D’Arts at Mount Orford, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He is a founding member, and regular guest, of the Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival in Ajijic, Mexico.
In addition to his solo and chamber music performances, Ariel is principal cellist of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, a member of the Turning Point Ensemble, on faculty at the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific and the Courtenay Youth Music Camp. His recordings can be heard on Atma Classiques, Skylark Records, Universal Music and Centrediscs, as well as many live concerts recorded and broadcast on CBC Radio.
“…played passionately by Ariel Barnes…”
BBC Music Magazine
“Cellist Ariel Barnes, gave the night’s most mesmerizing musical
experience… The epic nature of this composition was expressed ideally by Ariel’s dazzling technique and personal connection.”
The Live Music Report, Toronto, Ontario
“…on his own for two works by his father, the late Milton Barnes..he proved an impressive addition to the program…his luscious tone and technical prowess marks him as a musician of real stature.”