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Concert | Donne by New Phoenix Ensemble

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On March 8, Italian trio New Phoenix Ensemble will be in Toronto with the concert Donne, dedicated to International Women’s Day 2024, followed by a second concert titled Perle on March 9.


Letizia Maulà

Ian de Jong
Violin | Viola

Jean-Baptiste Schwebel


Dedicated to International Women’s Day 2024

Friday, March 8 | 7:00PM
Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Ave W | Toronto ON
Pay what you can event


DONNE is a concert dedicated exclusively to female composers who during their lifetime have been in the shadow of male artists of their time; these composers were not only extraordinary artists, but had also an impact on 18th, 19th, and 20th century society.  Among these, the suffragist Ethel Smyth, the partisan Claude Arrieu, the Jewish feminist Rosy Wertheim, and the Australian Miriam Hyde.

Thanks to the project, New Phoenix Ensemble is part of ReteDonne: an important corporation of Italian professional women in the world.

Presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto and Villa Charities.


Saturday, March 9 | 7:00PM
St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church
8500 Islington Ave | Woodbridge ON
Donations welcome | Open to the public

The PERLE program is born from a blend of visual and architectural arts with music embellishing these precious spaces. The composers of the proposed pieces are chosen for their ability to adapt to the artworks and architecture surrounding them, drawing inspiration from Italian chamber music.

Presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, COMITES, Villa Charities, ICFF – Italian Contemporary Film Festival, Rotary Club of Woodbridge and the Basilicata Cultural Society.


After completing their Masters studies in Rotterdam, the clarinetist Letizia Elsa Maulà and the cellist Sylvia Cempini founded the New Phoenix Ensemble in 2017.

What started as a trio has grown into a collective of international musicians with versatile programs in various formations.

The name Phoenix (Phoenix) is evocative of the city of Rotterdam which was destroyed during the Second World War and then rebuilt into a beautiful, dynamic and creative city; the name also concerns our goal of integrating works by unknown and forgotten composers into our repertoire and therefore with the aim of bringing their music back to the public and “reviving it”.

The members of the ensemble are “Artists in Residence” at the Italian Embassy of The Netherlands, performing in the most important events: the inauguration of the Italian-Dutch biennial “The Latitudes of Art” with the patronage of the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Amsterdam, the inauguration of the Italian Pavilion of the Floral Expo Floriade 2022 and a concert at the European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC). In 2021, the New Phoenix Ensemble received an award from both the Dutch Ministry of Culture (Fonds Podiumkunsten) and the
Rotterdam Art Foundation (Stichting Droom en Daad).