The Vancouver Recital Society is one of the few recital series in North America dedicated to presenting internationally acclaimed artists, both emerging and established. It has built a reputation around the world for innovation and excellence in programming, garnering prestigious awards in New York and Toronto. The VRS now presents its recital series at four venues: Vancouver Playhouse; Orpheum Theatre; Kay Meek Centre; and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Long before they became household names, the VRS has presented in their Canadian and/or Vancouver recital debuts such luminaries as Cecilia Bartoli, Maxim Vengerov, Anne Sofie von Otter, Yo-Yo Ma, András Schiff, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Bryn Terfel, and championed such Canadian musicians as Angela Cheng, Scott St. John, James Ehnes, Richard Raymond and Jon Kimura Parker. Vancouver audiences have come to expect that a Vancouver Recital Society concert will provide the experience of discovery, of hearing the "future" of classical music, and of uncovering the "superstar" candidates for the 21st century. For the 2009-2010 Season, the VRS is presenting some of classical music’s biggest stars including Renée Fleming, Murray Perhia, Steven Isserlis and Thomas Adès. There is also a wonderful lineup of up-and-coming talent from around the world including Yuja Wang, a young pianist from China whose star is on the ascent.