The Agassiz Chamber Music Festival was founded by cellist Paul Marleyn, the Festival’s Artistic Director, in collaboration with the University of Manitoba School of Music (now The Desautel Faculty of Music) in June 2000. The Festival is named after Lake Agassiz, the ancient and vast lake that covered large parts of Manitoba as well as parts of Alberta, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Paul Marleyn’s vision for the Festival is to provide concerts of an international level in what was once part of Lake Agassiz – in the very centre of Canada – Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Produced each year in June, the week-long festival features locally, nationally, and internationally renowned chamber music players, composers and emerging artists and showcases the very best in chamber music through a diversity of artists and repertoire, newly commissioned works, and emerging artists. Bringing listeners and musicians together in intimate concert settings, Agassiz invites artists to explore chamber music repertoire and audiences to experience chamber music performances, listen to chats with festival artists, and socialize with other music lovers. The Festival has built a stellar reputation for chamber music initiatives in Manitoba.

July in January

  • July in January 2023

    Agassiz Chamber Music Festival presents

    Quartetto Gelato

    Virtuosic showpieces and romantic ballads, blazing gypsy tunes and forgotten chestnuts, all brought to life with multi-instrument mastery: this is Quartetto Gelato—a popular and highly unusual classical quartet. Performers include Colin Maier, Konstantin Popovic, Matti Pulkki, and Kirk Starkey.

    Watch Quartetto Gelato

  • July in January 2023

    Quartetto Gelato – Featured Artists

    Colin Maier – oboe, vocals, musical saw
    Konstantin Popovic – violin, vocals
    Matti Pulkki – accordion
    Kirk Starkey – cello