VC2 is an innovative cello duo able to captivate audiences through their performances of classical masterworks, unknown gems, and boundary-pushing music. Comprised of cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, the Toronto-based duo presents artistically challenging, yet accessible programs and has performed in venues ranging from intimate pubs to Roy Thomson Hall.
Both Mr. Holt and Mr. Arulanandam wear many musical hats as orchestral, chamber, and session musicians in the Greater Toronto Area. They have performed as part of leading arts organizations including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Soundstreams, Art of Time Ensemble, Continuum Contemporary Music, Pocket Concerts, New Music Concerts, Music in the Barns, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Caution Tape Sound Collective, and Contact Contemporary Music and Tapestry Opera. They are also both members of Matt Haimovitz’s ensemble, Uccello, and were semi-finalists in the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatté competition. The duo has been featured artists at Ottawa Chamberfest, Ottawa New Music Creators, 21C Music Festival, Ritornello Festival, and the Prairie Cello Institute.
The pair met in 2008 while attending the University of Toronto where they both studied under Shauna Rolston. They both chose to continue their studies at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University where they completed their Master’s Degrees with Matt Haimovitz. In 2015 they both found themselves back in Toronto and a musical partnership was born.
The music of our time is an art form close to the heart of VC2. They strongly believe in the support and creation of new works by living composers, especially those from their home country of Canada. To this end, VC2 commissioned five Canadian composers to create works based on the Beethoven Cello Sonatas, and have other future collaborations in the works. The album of these works, titled Beethoven’s Cellists was released in July 2018 and was made possible by the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.
VC2 seeks to take a place at the forefront of the Canadian chamber music world, bringing their unique brand of cello-fueled music coast-to-coast. In February 2018, VC2 embarked on a tour of the East Coast of Canada, presented by Debut Atlantic. The duo also spent time this past summer at the soundSCAPE performance and composition exchange in Maccagno, Italy, and brought home a number of new works by emerging international composers.
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