Winnipeg Arts Council

Ariel Barnes: Canada’s cellist

A PLAYER OF DAZZLING VIRTUOSITY and magnetism, Ariel Barnes is, in the words of the late Maestro Bramwell Tovey, “the outstanding Canadian cellist of his generation.” Winnipeg audiences have a unique appreciation for the cello and Ariel is uniquely qualified to satisfy that appetite.

His recordings have garnered two Western Canadian Music Awards and one JUNO nomination, and they are met with critical acclaim — not least of all his 2017 recording of Michael Oesterle’s Cello Concerto recording with the MCO.

We could go on until we’re blue in the face listing his brilliant accomplishments. But they are a poor substitute for actually listening to Ariel — which you should go do right now. He creates a “mesmerizing musical experience” by combining his “deep personal connection” (Toronto Live Music Report), “luscious tone and technical prowess” (Vancouver Sun).

At this concert Barnes and the MCO perform, at long last, Glenn Buhr’s new cello concerto, whose premiere was postponed by the pandemic. Buhr, formerly the WSO’s composer-in-residence, will be well-known to Winnipeggers as one of Canada’s leading composers and a favourite Manitoba musician.

The esteemed Tania Miller conducts one of Winnipeg’s most exciting fall concerts.


Pre-concert recital featuring student performers from the UofM Desautels Faculty of Music; start time 6:45. All ticketholders welcome!


Guest artist Ariel Barnes will be presenting a masterclass at the UofM Desautels Faculty of Music on Friday, November 10th (10.30am-12.30pm). Free to attend.

If you’re interested in attending, and for more information, please contact Suzu Enns ([email protected]).


At 7.00pm on Tuesday, November 7th, MCO friends will congregate in historic Moss House to socialize, eat, drink, and share insights into gorgeous music. Catered with a bespoke menu by favourite local chef Renée Girard, the fundraiser features performances by MCO musicians, and a riveting talk by composer Glenn Buhr; a prelude to Ariel Barnes’ premiere of Glenn’s new cello concerto with the MCO two days later.