Artists (2018 Season)

Hinrich Alpers

PIANIST

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German pianist Hinrich Alpers, 1st Prize winner of the 3rd International Telekom Beethoven Competition in Bonn, Germany and Laureate of Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition is a young artist of astonishing maturity and versatility. His never-superficial playing is full of both youthful energy and sincerity, evident through his deep and all-encompassing musical understanding.

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Yolando Bruno

VIOLIN

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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.

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Carmen Bruno

CELLO

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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. 

The Ironwood String Quartet

QUARTET

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The Ironwood Quartet is made up of four dynamic and passionate Canadian musicians: Jessica Linnebach and Carissa Klopoushak (violins), Julia MacLaine (cello), and David Marks (viola), a quartet of curious musicians who spend most (but not all) of their musical time playing with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

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Beth Silver

CELLO

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Beth Silver is thrilled to be part of a community in which she can thrive on her intuition and creativity. She has performed on stages across Canada, the United States, Europe, Israel and China, as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. A recent graduate of McGill’s Master’s program, she was a student of Matt Haimovitz, with whom she was invited to play as part of his all-cello group Uccello. She recently toured with Uccello to Napa Valley as well as performing in Salzburg for Kammermusik Fest.

Beth obtained her Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Shauna Rolston. Her past teachers also include Chloe Dominguez, Rachel Mercer, Simon Fryer, Barbara Pepper and Wendy Smith. Beth was the 2014 recipient of the Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award, recognizing musical achievement in the Canadian Jewish community.

Jenna Richards

PIANO

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Jenna Richards earned ARCT diplomas in piano and violin before completing high school in her native Halifax. Studying piano performance at the University of Toronto, she garnered consecutive Glenn Gould Scholarships, the Fey Hethrington Scholarship, the Lydia Wong scholarship for excelling in instrumental collaboration and many Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarships. She has performed at Tuckamore (St. John’s), the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts (Toronto), Orford (Quebec), Chamberfest (Ottawa), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), and the TSO’s “Young People’s Concert Series” (Toronto). Currently, Jenna works for the Ottawa Arts Council, Ottawa Chamber Music Society, Ottawa Classical Choir and the Canadian Centennial Choir, and freelances frequently throughout Ontario.

Ryan Phelps

PIANO

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Pianist Ryan Phelps was born in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Honors Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Western Ontario studying under Tina Yanchus and James Hibbard. He also holds an Associate in Piano Performance from Trinity College in London, U.K. He has been pursuing studies with Ron Turini, a student of the late Vladimir Horowitz since 2004. Mr. Phelps has also been the pupil of talented pianists such as Richard Raymond, Jean Paul Sevilla, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, Andrew Tunis and participated in Master Classes with Cecile Ouset and Stephane Lemelin. Winner of many prizes and scholarships from competitions such as the Kiwanis Music Festival and Rotary Music Competition, Mr. Phelps has represented London, Ontario twice at the Provincial Piano Finals. (2000, 2002)

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Sean Rice

CLARINET

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A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Sean Rice has performed extensively throughout North America and around the world. His broadcasts include recitals with CBC National Radio, performances for Swiss Radio DRS, and Newfoundland’s weekly music program,Musicraft.   At an early age, Mr. Rice was invited to perform a matinee concert with the National Arts Centre Orchestra during their 2002 Atlantic Tour and since then he has appeared as soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Axiom, The New Juilliard Ensemble, Symphony Nova Scotia, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Memorial University Chamber Orchestra.

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Rory McLeod

VIOLA

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Toronto-based violist Rory McLeod enjoys an exciting and varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, artistic director, and teacher. He believes strongly in the connective power of music, and makes it his mission to use music to create real personal connections among people.

Together with his wife Emily Rho, Rory co-directs Pocket Concerts, a friendly home-grown concert series that provides “an intimacy that’s hard to find in the concert hall” (Toronto Star), presenting top-quality chamber music experiences in homes and offices all over Toronto. Rory and Emily are now expanding their impact by helping friends in other cities start their own in-home concert series, and by advising other arts entrepreneurs through panels, speeches, and courses in the Toronto area.

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Emily Rho

PIANO

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Pianist Emily Rho is an open-minded and much-sought-after musician based in Toronto, Canada. Forging a multi-faceted career of her own, she is not only a captivating pianist on stage, but also an arts administrator, and educator.

Alongside her performing career, Ms. Rho is the co-artistic director of Toronto’s Pocket Concerts, which presents high-quality chamber music concerts in intimate venues such as homes and work places all over Toronto.

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Marc Djokic

VIOLIN

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Winner of the Prix Goyer, a Prix Opus from the Conseil québécois de la musique, and a former Instrument Bank recipient from Canada Council, Marc Djokic is one of most the prolific Canadian violinists of his generation. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the CAMMAC Music Centre. In Fall of 2018 Marc Djokic will release his debut album on the ATMA Classique label. Originally from the Maritimes – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Marc Djokic first studied with his father Philippe Djokic, one of Canada’s great soloists and a pupil of the master Ivan Galamian.

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Leanna Rutt

CELLO

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Born and raised in London, Ontario, Leana Rutt was appointed assistant principal cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 2013. A graduate of the Juilliard School and of McGill University, Leana has performed in halls across North America and Europe from Carnegie to the Concertgebouw.

Leana has devoted much of her musical career to chamber music. She has made appearances with the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, Music By the Sea, the Agassiz Festival, Virtuosi Concerts, and Stereo Live Toronto.

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Evanna Lai

MEZZO-SOPRANO

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Canadian mezzo-soprano Evanna Lai is at home on both the operatic and concert stage. Recently, she made her professional European and radio debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw as Nancy T'ang in Nixon in China with the Dutch Youth Orchestra, and her Elm City Consort debut as Calliope in the première performance of La Lira Muta, a pastiche opera.

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Amy Hillis

VIOLIN

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Amy Hillis has "a rich, warm sound and has mastered the violin with such ease, that it is impossible to ignore her passion in performance" (Ludwig Van Montréal).

Originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, Amy Hillis is quickly establishing herself as one of Canada's most versatile and vibrant violinists. She collaborates with musicians from around the world in order to explore new approaches to classical and contemporary music. Amy is a 2017 artist-in-residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, a residency awarded by the Conseils des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.  She is also the winner of the 2017 McGill Concerto Competition and will perform as soloist with the McGill Symphony Orchestra during their 2017-2018 season.

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Cameron Crozman

CELLO

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Described as a “mature artist with a profound musical imagination” (Toronto Concert Reviews) and a musician of “stunning panache” (resmusica.fr), Cameron Crozman is being hailed as one of Canada’s leading young cellists. Maintaining an active performance schedule in North America and Europe, engagements have taken Cameron to such prestigious venues as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Berliner Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Philadelphia’s Mann Centre, Montreal’s Maison Symphonique, and Canada’s National Arts Centre. He has performed concerti with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire, and Orchestra London under the direction of conductors such as David Rieland, Edwin Outwater, and Fabien Gabel.

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Isaac Chalk

VIOLA

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Canadian violist Isaac Chalk has received a rich musical training. In addition to his education as an instrumentalist, Mr. Chalk also worked extensively as a choral singer and attended the Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs du Mont¬Royal in his earlier years. Mr. Chalk is a graduate of McGill University, where he was a recipient of many awards, including the Lloyd Carr¬Harris String Scholarship and the prestigious Golden Violin Award, the largest privately funded music scholarship in Canada. Mr. Chalk also holds a degree from the Mozarteum, in Salzburg. In February 2011, he had his Koerner Hall debut performing Béla Bartók’s Viola Concerto with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Julian Kuerti. Mr. Chalk was named Principal Viola of les Violons du Roy in June 2013 and since then has performed with the orchestra in their regular series in Quebec City and Montreal, at the Lanaudière Festival, at the Domaine Forget International Festival and on tour in Canada, the United States and Europe. Mr. Chalk recently had his début with the orchestra in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Mr. Chalk has been generously supported by the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Carson Becke

PIANO

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Canadian Pianist Carson Becke has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician around the world. He is also the co-director of Pontiac Enchanté, a concert series in Luskville, Quebec. After moving to the United Kingdom in 2005 to study at the Purcell School, Carson completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he worked with Tatiana Sarkissova. Following studies in London, he completed an M.Phil. degree in performance and musicology at the University of Oxford, supported generously by the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation of Canada.

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​​​​​​​​Collectif

VOCALE ENSEMBLE

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Collectif is a Canadian ensemble dedicated to exploring and expanding the world of art song performance. Founded in 2015 by soprano Danika Lorèn, soprano Jennifer Krabbe, mezzo-soprano Whitney O’Hearn, and pianist Tom King, Collectif turns well known as well as obscure selections from the vast art song repertoire into original staged narratives. In its 2015/16 season, Collectif’s main series presented a newly compiled pastiche Le Rossignol et la Rose and a staged interpretation of Schubert's Winterreise in As a Stranger. Along with their main stage shows, Collectif also hosts cabarets nights showcasing the more boisterous and bawdy sides of classical music sampling the more cheeky and irreverent selections from the last 400 years of the vocal repertoire. This season, Collectif will have their debut at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in the Four Season’s Center for the Performing Arts premiering a brand new pastiche Fête based on Paul Verlaine's Fêtes galantes and Reynaldo Hahn's Douze Rondels.

Philip Chiu​​​​​

PIANO

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Philip Chiu concertizes extensively as one of Canada’s most sought-after chamber musicians. He has appeared in recitals with leading musicians of the world stage, including James Ehnes, Raphael Wallfisch, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier, Matt Haimovitz, Radovan Vlatkovic, Stefan Dohr, Philippe Bernold, Alex Klein, and Eugene Isotov. He performs regularly with principal members of Canada’s leading orchestras and ensembles, including Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal concertmaster Andrew Wan, and Pascale Giguere of Les Violons du Roy. Along with pianist Janelle Fung, he forms one of Canada’s most exciting piano duos, the Fung-Chiu Duo.

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Lara Deutsch

FLUTE

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Named one of 2015’s “Hot 30 Under 30 Canadian Classical Musicians” by CBC Music, flutist Lara Deutsch is a versatile soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. Lara recently filled the position of Assistant Principal Flute & Piccolo in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra during the 2016-2017 season and has since returned to the Ottawa-Montreal area. As a freelancer, Lara performs regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, the National Academy Orchestra…

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Emily Belvedere

HARP

Photo - Emily BelvedereRecipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Classical Music Grant for Orchestral Instruments, harpist Emily Mariko Belvedere has been praised for her “crystalline technique” and her “ease in merging lyrical and dissonant sounds”. (MusicWeb International’s Worldwide Concert and Opera Reviews) An enthusiastic competitor, Miss Belvedere has won a number of bursaries and scholarships including claiming third prize at the American Harp Society’s 18th National Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah.

More recently, Emily won the 2013 McGill Classical Concerto Competition as well as the prize for best performance of a Canadian work in the 2013 OSM Standard Life Competition in Montreal.

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Carson Becke

PIANO

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Canadian Pianist Carson Becke has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician around the world. He is also the co-director of Pontiac Enchanté, a concert series in Luskville, Quebec. After moving to the United Kingdom in 2005 to study at the Purcell School, Carson completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he worked with Tatiana Sarkissova. Following studies in London, he completed an M.Phil. degree in performance and musicology at the University of Oxford, supported generously by the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation of Canada.

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