Upcoming Concert (2018)
Featured Performers February 17th
Yolanda Violinist Yolanda Bruno (1989) has been praised for her "total control of her instrument with infinite variety in the sound palette" (La Presse) and was recently named on CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30.
Yolanda has performed across North America and Europe including solos with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, L'Orchestre Métropolitain, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the London Mozart Players. She has appeared in festivals including the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, the BBC Proms and the International Musicians’ Seminar Prussia Cove. Yolanda’s performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, ICI Musique as well as on BBC Radio 3.
Canadian-Dutch cellist, Carmen Bruno, began her musical studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau at the age of five. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2015 where she studied with Dmitri Ferschtman and Jeroen Den Herder. While in Amsterdam, she also studied at the Nederlands StrijkKwartet Academie with Marc Danel and Sven Arne Tepl. In 2017, she completed her Master's studies at McGill University's Schulich School of Music with professor Matt Haimovitz, where she was the recipient of the Schulich Scholarship, and in the fall of 2017, she will begin her D.Mus at McGill.
As a chamber musician, Carmen has performed at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Amsterdam Cello Biёnnale, Het Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, as well as Uitmarkt, where she had the opportunity to perform in the Concertgebouw.
As an orchestral musician, she has toured the Caribbean with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. In 2015, she performed as a soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada on their TD National Tour and was awarded the NYOC Award of Excellence. In May of 2016, Carmen was awarded the Vic Pomer Award from the NACO Bursary Competition, and as of the 2016-2017 season, she is a cellist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.
Carmen is a “Global Leaders” artist through the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. The program empowers a rising generation of change-makers in music through leadership, cultural agencies and social entrepreneurship. In 2017 she will tour Panama performing recitals, teaching and presenting workshops for young people.
Carmen plays a French cello, c. 1880 made by Théophile Pierre, and generously loaned to her by the Carlsen Cello Foundation.