‘Tzavta’: Hebrew for the act of sitting together


Tzavta” is  a monthly cultural dinner salon hosting, curators, animators, writers, installers, the people behind the scenes who make it happen. The inspiration is (of course) bread: seemingly simple, sometimes unnoticed, but inherently complex and requires skill, diligence and dedication.

Join us for an intimate, lively talk with artists whose work is fascinating and often unknown. Devoid of encouraging advice about life but filled with information, stories and an open discussion where one is free to ask and learn. The conversation is preceded by a (fantastic) dinner created for our speakers and created based on their inspiration, heritage or passion.




Since our venue is small we are limited to 35 people



Our April Salon hosts Andrea Davison, the director of career and competition planning at the Honens, for an intimate conversation with pianist Minsoo Sohn, the 2006 Honens competition winning renowned pianist.


Andrea and Minsoo will share stories about their 10 year professional relationship and friendship, what it takes to be a “complete pianist”, as well as the tremendous work behind the scenes it takes to launch an international classical music career. The evening will be moderated by DrJames Ellis, Director of Calgary Institute for Humanities at the University of Calgary.


Minsoo Sohn will follow the conversation with a short recital on a baby grand piano. The menu will feature Korean Food.


About Andrea Davison:
Andrea Davison is the the Director, Career & Competition Planning at the Honens. She manages the Honens Laureates, oversees the Competition and produces Honens concerts throughout the year. Andrea has two degrees in piano performance: a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Calgary. She recently completed the University of Calgary’s Business Essentials program through their Haskayne School of Business. She volunteered for the 2000 Honens International Piano Competition, worked on contract during the 2003 Competition and became a full time staff member in 2005.  An occasional salsa dancer, Andrea grows kale in her backyard, reads like a fiend and rides mountain bikes with her husband Robert.


Andrea Davison photo


About Minsoo Sohn:
Minsoo Sohn’s poetic vision and musical intelligence continue to garner praise from critics and audiences alike for his masterful virtuosity and deep musicianship. The New York Times called his Honens-label CD of Bach’s Goldberg Variations a “beautifully articulated, radiant interpretation” and named it one of the top classical recordings of 2011. Sohn was born in Korea and moved to Boston in his teens to study with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory where his studies extended from his freshman year to the Conservatory’s most prestigious degree, Artist Diploma, in 2004. One of his earliest inspirations was Henryk Szeryng’s legendary recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. While the violin first captured his attention, he grew to appreciate the piano’s many voices and tonal colours. Sohn was named Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in 2006, and was also a top prizewinner at the Rubinstein, Cleveland, and Busoni international piano competitions. He lives in Seoul where he is on faculty at the Korean National University of Arts.




“A perennial complaint about music competitions is that brawn often triumphs over brain. But the Honens in Calgary, Alberta, has found a genuine artist in Minsoo Sohn” — The New York Times


Sidewalk Citizen Bakery at the Simmons

618 Confluence Way SE


Monday, April 11th, 2016


6:00 – 8:30 PM (Parking is free)


$35 includes stew (meat or vegetarian), salad, bread, dessert, coffee, stimulating conversation.

Tickets are on sale here:


Tzavta April 11th Tickets

Previous talks:

Tzavta Event Part Two, February, 2016

Tzavta Event Part One, January, 2016