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, Contact Contemporary Music and Tapestry Opera. They are also both members of Haimovitz’s ensemble, Uccello, and were semi-finalists in the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatte competition. The duo have been featured artists at Ottawa Chamberfest, Ottawa New Music Creators, 21C Music Festival, Huronia Cultural Campus’ The Gathering, Ritornello Festival, and the Prairie Cello Institute.
Formed in 2015, the pair met in 2008 while at the University of Toronto where they studied under Shauna Rolston. They chose to continue their studies at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University where they completed their Master’s Degrees with Matt Haimovitz. As luck would have it, 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 is in the middle of a commissioning project where they are working with five Canadian composers to create works based on the Beethoven Cello Sonatas.
VC2 seek 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 will be embarking on a tour of the East Coast, presented by Debut Atlantic. The duo recently returned from the soundSCAPE performance and composition exchange in Maccagno, Italy bringing home with them a number of new works by emerging international composers.