Rachel Mercer, cello
Angela Park, piano
“These two very talented young ladies...played superbly.”
Judith Caldwell, Ontario Arts Review
Since their debut recital in 2006 Angela and Rachel have performed together in Canada and the United States in combinations ranging from duo recitals to trio concerts to appearances with their piano quartet, Ensemble Made In Canada. Both versatile musicians and highly experienced chamber players, Angela and Rachel present programs that they love, chosen to communicate directly to the audience, along with personal and informative introductions designed to encourage more complete involvement of their audience. With music from Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, to Shostakovich and contemporary Canadian composers, the duo tells a story from the stage. As well as extensive performance worldwide as soloists and chamber musicians, both have been involved with concerts in small communities, outreach presentations for schools and other learning centres, masterclasses and workshops in communities and universities, and idea-sharing forums such as Contact or TED. Most recently, the Mercer-Park Duo has recorded their second disc of all Canadian composers of their generation. They are grateful to have been funded by the Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR.