Past Projects






Dale Bartrop, David Gilham - violins,
David Harding - viola, Ariel Barnes - cello

An exciting new collaboration inspired by friendship and innate musical chemistry, the Archytas Ensemble officially formed in 2016 as an international roster of world class chamber musicians. Archytas members have appeared in concert halls throughout the world including the Berlin Philharmonie, Tokyo Opera City, Taiwan National Concert Hall and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. Some members have known each other since childhood, developing their first chamber music sensibilities together over 30 years ago. With bases in Canada, the USA, Australia and Germany, the Ensemble collects in various parts of the world on a project to project basis. Spring 2019 will see the Ensemble’s debut recording released internationally by Paladino Media GmbH in Vienna, Austria.

Video: Webern's Langsamer Satz für Streichquartett 



MAXWELL, MUHLY & COULOIR - new languages and propulsive forward motion abound on the second Ravello release from the elegant unusual duo COULOIR. This CD has garnered COULOIR "2016 Artist of the Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

"We are really trying to find a new language" harpist Heidi Krutzen.

WINE DARK SEA was the debut Ravello release from “music’s new rare pair”, Couloir (The Georgia Straight), with evocative, emotional music by today’s living composers.

Deftly interpreted and expressively performed by Canada’s outstanding contemporary music duo, this music by Jocelyn Morlock, Baljinder Sekhon and Glenn Buhr allows a journey into deep listening.  “A profoundly beautiful piece of art.” (Glenn Sutherland, Composer)

"Only virtuosi dare attempt this [Valeri Kikta - Sonata]  at times rhapsodic, frequently introspective set of theme and variations.  It would be hard to imagine a more deeply felt satisfying result."

“The musicians are skillful, deeply connected to the moment of creation both with their own instruments and each other”

"The two have become de facto ambassadors for Canadian music"





Ariel Barnes is principal cello for the Nuernberger Symphoniker since 2016.

Internationally recognized for his unique tone, passionate performances and one vital half of COULOIR, Ariel is actively involved in the development of 21st Century Art Music. Ariel was selected by the CBC as one of six Canadian cellists for its celebrated Canadian Bach Cello Suite Project and recently was awarded 1st Prize at the 24th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austra.

Equally comfortable with Baroque to Modern musical languages, his international concert engagements include concerto appearances, chamber music collaborations and solo recitals, all featuring world premiers of contemporary art music featuring exceptional stylistic diversity.

" Truly an inspiring artist, Ariel Barnes is the outstanding Canadian cellist of his generation ... it's always an event when he performs."

Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Music Director of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

" The ability to reach deep into his listeners souls "

Music on Main


Heidi Krutzen is principal harp for the Philharmonia Orchestra in London since 2016.

Recent concert highlights include London, Berlin, Prague, and Warsaw, guest principal harp appearances at the Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC with the National Symphony Orchestra, Tapai, Taiwan with the Formosa Quartet, and a performance with her Trio at the Edinburgh International Festival.

A member of several acclaimed chamber groups, COULOIR, Trio Verlaine, Krutzen/McGhee Duo and the Turning Point Ensemble, Heidi has toured extensively throughout North America, UK and Asia and performances have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, NPR, and CBC Radio.

“The afternoon was brought to a sensational conclusion by Ravel’s “Introduction and Allegro”…. During the solo cadenza of the final allegro, Ms. Krutzen’s outstanding touch made the hairs on the back of my neck tingle.”