The Exorior Duo
With playing described as a “...fine blend of artistry and bravura.” (Edmonton Journal), flutist Michelle Cheramy is an artist recognized for the beauty of her sound, the fluidity of her playing and her interpretive skills in a wide range of repertoire. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Canada and abroad and has been featured in radio broadcasts in both the US and Canada including nationally on CBC Radio’s Symphony Hall, In Performance, Two New Hours and The Signal.
Cellist Nathan Cook is a performer with wide-ranging interests. He has appeared with groups as diverse as the Mercury Baroque Ensemble, the Foundation for Modern Music (Houston) and the Houston Symphony. Critically recognized for his "authoritative yet relaxed" playing and his "sweet and pliant" sound (Houston Chronicle), Nathan has performed and taught throughout North and South America at festivals ranging from the Chenango Summer MusicFest (New York) to the Festival Internacional de Música (Chile).
Together, Michelle and Nathan are the dynamic Exorior Duo. The verb “exorior,” Latin for “to spring up, to appear,” captures the essence of the duo’s work: through their collaborations they seek to create new musical meaning in older repertoire and to be a catalyst for the springing forth of new works. Exorior’s performances have been broadcast nationally on CBC’s The Signal, and the duo is engaged in an active program of commissioning in cooperation with the Flute/Cello Commissioning Circle, a consortium co-founded by Exorior that now includes duos in the US and Europe.
Michelle and Nathan are both members of the full-time faculty of the School of Music at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. They enjoy collaborating with many other artists, including regular projects with pianists Kristina Szutor, Philip Roberts and Krista Vincent.