Duo Novus pairs together two of Canada’s premier up and coming young artists, harpists Emily Belvedere and Kristan Toczko.
Based out of Toronto, Ontario, the pair founded their ensemble as a way to perform and expand the harp duet repertoire through commissioning new works as well as arranging existing music, bringing both familiar and unfamiliar works to new audiences. In the summer of 2014, Duo Novus spent two weeks completing a chamber music residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire, where they workshopped their first commission, “Spinning, Weaving” by Canadian composer Tawnie Olson.
Having been recognized for their alluring stage presence together and powerful combination of sound, this compelling duo has performed throughout eastern Canada, the United states and Europe. In early 2015, Duo Novus was awarded a Canada Council grant for a concert tour in the Netherlands, where they had the chance to perform the European premiere of two Canadian works.