Founder and Artistic Director of the Quadra Island Festival of Chamber Music, Phil oversees innovative programs of classical, contemporary, and Canadian music. With a keen interest in leading other musicians toward a path of musical growth, Phil’s Cello Zen retreat programs are held in international locations, integrating an approach to cello playing suited to the advanced professional as well as the avid amateur.

Mystery. Fear. Passion. | Video

Performed July 21, 2022 Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata no. 1 for violin and pianoAndante assai; Allegro brusco; Andante; Allegrissimo – Andante assai, come prima Kai Gleusteen, violinCatherine Ordronneau, piano Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet no. 8Largo- Allegro molto- Allegretto- Largo- Largo Kai Gleusteen and Erin Furbee, violinsDaniel Scholz, violaPhilip Hanson, celo Sergei Rachmaninov: Sonata for Cello and PianoLento […]

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Stop At Nothing | Video

Santiago Yanez and Deborah Lynne in tango pose

Performed July 18, 2022 Program Frédéric Chopin: Fantaisie Impromptu; Nathaniel Dett: Juba Katelyn Choi, piano Cynthia Stillman Gerdes: Tango for David Erin Furbee violin; Catherine Ordronneau, piano Astor Piazzolla: Los Quatro Porteños (The Four Seasons) Erin Furbee, violin; Philip Hansen, cello; Catherine Ordronneau, piano Traditional Argentinian tangos Danced by Santiago Yanez and Deborah Lynne, with […]

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Stolen Sisters

Head shot of Robert Brooks, composer

At this year’s festival, I have the honour of premiering a composition for solo cello by Robert Brooks entitled Stolen Sisters. Inspired by the film, Say Her Name, Robert talks about the agonizing inspiration for this piece in the video below.

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About Our Dancers

Meet Santiago Yanez and Deborah Lynne Santiago and Deborah met in Buenos Aires in 2006 dancing tango. Together they bring a rich background in tango, dance and movement studies to their partnership. In 2008 they began teaching together and founded The Tango Studio in Vancouver, BC. They have been an integral part of building the […]

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The Enduring Work of Beethoven

Philip Hansen headshot with scroll of his cello covering his left eye

As we celebrate Beethoven’s 250 years, it is most interesting to explore why he has endured as one of the favourite composers of all time. In a nutshell, it is because Beethoven left us music for literally everyone to enjoy. For lovers and performers of chamber music, the string quartets are like no other. They […]

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Things Gradually Reopen in Belo Horizonte

Pink Flower From Belo Horizonte

Warm greetings from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. There has been a gradual re-opening of restaurants, bars, and most other businesses, some allowed to open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, others Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The orchestra for which I am the principal cello (Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais) has already been webcasting live chamber music for six […]

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