Performing Artists
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MBTS July 2014 Artists
All programming subject to change
All concerts in the Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries
Performing artists:

Müge Büyükçelen, violin (Victoria)
Aaron Schwebel, violin (Toronto / Montreal)
Sheila Jaffé, violin (Montreal)
Keith Hamm, viola (Toronto)
Steven Dann, viola (Toronto)
Marc Labranche, cello (Montreal)
Arnold Choi, cello (Calgary)
Marc Ryser, piano and chamber music artistic advisor (Boston)
Christina Daletska,mezzo soprano (Switzerland)
Bryn Badel, posthorn, (rowboat, fanfares) (Victoria)
John Stetch, jazz piano (New York)
Layra Karney, oboe (Barcelona)
Helan Kopchick Spencer, bassoon (Portland, Orgeon)
Krista Martynes, clarient (Boston)
Christopher Donison - piano (Victoria)

2013 Fellowship Artists
Victor Fournelle-Blain, violin (Montreal)
Cordelia Paw, violin (Calgary)
Julie Hereish, cello (Montreal)

 


2014 Performing Artists:

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Müge Büyükçelen, violin

Müge Büyükçelen was born in 1975 in Istanbul, Turkey, where she began playing music at the age of nine. She studied at the Istanbul State Conservatory, where her natural talent was quickly recaognized and she was awarded the “Best Young Musician” Award. She studied privately with Nicolai Chumacenko, Sandra Goldberg, Ayla Erduran, and Burkhard Godhoff.

Müge holds a Masters degree in music performance from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, and an Associate Teaching Diploma from the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She has taught and performed at the Toulouse National Conservatory and is a former member of both the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra. She has won numerous awards, including first prize at the Violin Competition of the Turkish Cultural Ministry and first prize for the Best Interpreter of Turkish Composers. Over the past several years she has traveled to Stanford University on scholarship to study string quartet repertoire with the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

Ms. Büyükçelen has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras, performing in France, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, North America, Costa Rica, Oman and Bahrain. In 2006 Müge was a featured soloist with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Martin Fischer-Dieskau, where she performed the Barber concerto for violin. In 2007 she completed concert tours in Turkey with the Emily Carr String Quartet and in eastern Canada and the United States with the Aventa Ensemble. She is currently a violin instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and a member of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Aventa Ensemble, the Goolden Trio, and the Galiano Ensemble.

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Aaron Schwebel - violin


Violinist Aaron Schwebel began his musical studies at the age of four in Toronto, playing violin and singing. He is currently living in Montreal, playing as an extra with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and also with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he won the position of Assistant Principal Second Violin with the National Ballet Orchestra.  Aaron completed his graduate studies at Indiana University last spring as a student of Mauricio Fuks. He holds a bachelor of music degree from McGill University Schulich School of Music, where he studied with Jonathan Crow.

Aaron had his first solo concerto performance with Toronto Symphony Orchestra at 17, and has since performed as a soloist with the Sinfonia Lanaudiere and the McGill Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduation from McGill, Aaron became the fourth winner of the Schulich School of Music's coveted Golden Violin Award.

Devoted to music outreach, Aaron is a co-founder of Chamber Music Without Borders (co-director 2008-2010), a student-run outreach initiative that presents concerts and musical events in the Montreal community. Founded in 2008, CMWB presents over 40 free concerts per year in the Montreal area and continues to function today as a self-sustainable volunteer organization.

Aaron has been a member of the Roddick String Quartet, representing Canada at the 2009 London International String Quartet Competition, as well as the Kuttner Quartet, the student string quartet in residence at Indiana University. Aaron has participated in various summer music programs including Domaine Forget's chamber music session, the National Arts Centre's Young Artist Program, and Perlman Music Program's chamber music workshop.

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Sheila Jaffé - violin


Sheila Jaffé was born into a musical family in Montreal, Canada. She grew up in south Florida, where she was initiated to the violin at the age of six by her grandmother, a music teacher from northern Quebec. Four years later she began taking lessons from Sergiu Schwartz, then violin professor at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton. During that time she was concertmaster of the Florida Youth Orchestra and participated in chamber music, voice and piano courses at Harid Conservatory's preparatory school. At thirteen, she left home to return to Quebec and study with Catherine Dallaire at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec, where she stayed for two years and began to participate in regional and national competitions in which she won many first prizes and scholarships.

After finishing high school in Montreal, she was accepted with scholarship into an accelerated program at the University of Montreal where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in 2010. During her degree she participated in numerous chamber music projects with students and professionals in and outside of the University and held the concertmaster position in the school's orchestra as well as working with many orchestras in and around Montreal, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

She also has performed and participated in many festivals including Domaine Forget in Quebec, Valhalla Summer Music in British Colombia, Toronto Summer Music Festival, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, International Musicians Seminar  and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove in England and Aurora in Sweden. She has also performed concertos with a few  small orchestras in the Montreal area. She is now continuing her studies at the prestigious Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, Germany.

Sheila plays on a Francesco Gobetti violin (1710-15) generously loaned to her by Canimex.

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Keith Hamm - viola

A native of Rosebud, Alberta, violist, Keith
Hamm is rapidly gaining recognition as a
dynamic and exciting young presence in the
Canadian music scene. Keith has studied at
The Glenn Gould School of the Royal
Conservatory of Music with Steven Dann
and with Nicholas Pulos at The Mount Royal
Conservatory and upon completion of his
studies, Keith was named Principal Violist of
The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.

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Steven Dann - viola


Steven Dann's career has covered a wealth of violistic possibilities. As principal viola of some of the world's leading orchestras, as a veteran of the string quartet and chamber music world, as soloist and recitalist and as a dedicated teacher, Mr. Dann has left all the doors open.

Mr. Dann was born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1953. His foremost teacher and mentor was the late Lorand Fenyves. Other influences include William Primrose, Robert Pikler and Bruno Giuranna and five summers spent studying the string quartet repertoire with Zoltan Szekely and members of the Hungarian String Quartet.

Upon graduation from university he was named Principal Viola of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, a position he has subsequently held with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Vancouver Symphony and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a guest principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and, in both performance and recordings, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Paavo Berglund and Pierre Boulez.

Steven Dann has collaborated as a soloist with such Maestri as Sir Andrew Davis, Rudolph Barshai, Jiri Belohlavek, Sir John Elliott Gardiner, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Since 1990 Mr. Dann has been a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players in Washington D.C. and was a founding member of the Axelrod String Quartet.

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Marc Labranche - cello


Montreal-born cellist Marc Labranch holds a bachelor's degree from the Schulich School of Music, McGill University (Schulich Scholarship, Valerie Wood Memorial Cello Award, Dean's Honour List) and a master's degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London UK (Leverhulme Trust Scholarship). Teachers include Guy Fouquet, David Hetherington, Elizabeth Dolin, John Kadz and Richard Lester.

Marc regularly performs at major venues in North America, Europe and Asia, with renowned artists and prestigious ensembles. Important collaborations include performances with James Boyd (London Haydn Quartet), David Alberman (principal second violin, London Symphony Orchestra; Arditti Quartet), Gabrielle Lester (Barbican Trio), Mark Fewer (SuperNova Quartet; Duke Trio), Ronald Birks (Chilingirian Quartet), Richard Lester (Florestan Trio; London Haydn Quartet), Anton Kuerti, Laura Samuel (Belcea Quartet; Nash Ensemble), Jonathan Crow (SuperNova Quartet; New Orford Quartet; Concertmaster, Toronto Symphony Orchestra) and Teng Li (Principal viola, Toronto Symphony Orchestra).

Marc is principal cellist of many ensembles in which he plays: The Royal Conservatory Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, the Guildhall Opera Orchestra, etc. He also received orchestral training with prestigious ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchester (Germany).

Polyvalent musician, Marc likes to tackle other types of music, such as improvisation and pop music. He performs regularly with singers such as Ben Wilkins and Coeur de Pirate, who invited him to be part of her 2010 concert at the Francofolies de Montréal. He also regularly performs in less conventional venues, such as homeless mission houses, as well as pubs and bars, in an effort to bring classical music to a broader audience.

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Arnold Choi, cello

Arnold Choi has performed to great acclaim throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A prizewinner at Korea’s Gyeongnam (Isang Yun) International Music Competition, Mr. Choi has also won First prize at the Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, the Kingsville International String Competition, the Canadian National Music Festival and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, among others. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Choi received the grand prize at the International Stepping Stone competition in Quebec City, and in 2012, received second place at the Carlos Prieto International cello competition in Morelia, Mexico.

Mr. Choi has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras around the world including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, the Okanagan Symphony, Calgary Civic Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. At the age of 14, he gave his first solo recital tour in Mexico. Since then, he has given recital tours throughout North America as a soloist and chamber musician.
As a former member of the Janaki String Trio, Choi received the Grand Prize at the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2006.

Mr. Choi studied with John Kadz at the Mount Royal College Conservatory in Calgary for twelve years before receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles with Ronald Leonard in 2009. He also has his Masters of music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale school of Music studying with Aldo Parisot. Currently, Choi is pursuing his Doctorate of Music degree at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Colin Carr.

Mr. Choi plays on the 1696 “Bonjour” Antonio Stradivari cello generously on loan to him from the Canada Council for the Arts, Musical Instrument Bank. 

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Marc Ryser - piano


Pianist Marc Ryser performs in North America and Europe.  Among the highlights of his solo career are the first performance in Bulgaria of Bela Bartók's 3rd Piano Concerto (with the Vratsa Philharmonic) and concert tours in Switzerland which have included recitals and concerto performances with the Sinfonietta de Lausanne.

Active as a chamber musician, he has performed with distinguished artists, including the cellists Paul Katz and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, violist Marcus Thompson, violinists Ann Elliott-Goldschmid and Peter Salaff, pianist Judith Gordon, and the Lydian, New Zealand, and Borealis String Quartets.  He has appeared as a guest artist at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and with the Walden, MIT and Holy Cross Chamber Players.  He is also well known at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, where he was senior artist and resident collaborative pianist from 2003-2005.

He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where he studied with the eminent pianist, Gilbert Kalish. His other mentors in piano include György Sebők, Leonard Shure, A. Ramón Rivera, and Boris Berman.

He is currently a member of the piano faculty at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, the Walnut Hill School, and the Rivers School Conservatory, and has taught at Smith College, Pomona College, Drake University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Christina Daletska - mezzo soprano


Christina Daletska, born in Lviv on December 6 1984, began life (literally, almost!) as a violinist – she began lessons with her mother Oksana Trunko at the age of four, and five years later was advanced enough to tour throughout Europe as a soloist and orchestra musician with the Lviv Youth Chamber Orchestra, playing the Bach Double Concerto in London at the age of 10. She regularly appeared as a soloist with the Lviv Symphony Orchestra playing amongst others, the violin concertos of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky before reaching the age of 18.

The artist has appeared as a soloist with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg with Ivor Bolton, Essener Philharmoniker with Stefan Soltesz, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège with Patrick Devin and the Winterthur Musikkollegium Orchestra under Jac van Steen and Douglas Boyd has been heard in recitals in Zurich, Vienna, Barcelona, Strasbourg, Freiburg in Breisgau and in a number of festival appearances in Canada.

her accomplishments include a highly acclaimed debut as Idamante with Thomas Hengelbrock in London, Baden-Baden, and at the Mozartfest Würzburg, Rosina at the Teatro Real Madrid, Berlioz L'enfance du Christ with MDR Leipzig (Märkl), Cherubino with Christopher Hogwood in Zurich and Graz (2010), Berio "Folk Songs" at the Salzburg Festival, Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" and Mozart's "Davidde Penitente" at the Tonhalle Zurich, Otello with Daniel Harding and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra 
in Paris, Baden-Baden, Luxembourg and Dortmund, Mercedes at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Masha (Shostakovich / Moskau) and Zerlina in Lyon, Dvorak's "Requiem" with the Bern Symphony Orchestra and Baroque works with the Camerata Zurich.

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Bryn Badel - posthorn, rowboat Fanfares

Bryn Badel a versatile musician in different genres, he performs with a wide variety of groups from British Columbia. A former symphonic musician, he performs now with groups such as his own band Lust Life Jazz Band as well as The Atomic All Stars and Kumbia

Originally from Alberta, he has performed as member of or soloist with the Canadian Military, The Big Band Trio,Vancouver Island Symphony, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, Victoria Chamber Orchestra, La Clave Orchestra, Sidney Classical Orchestra, The Victoria Symphony, The Swiftsure Big Band, and Kumbia.


He has studied with trumpet players such as William Dimmer, Gary Guthman, Martin Barinbaum, Dominic Sperra, A. L. "Jigger" Lee and Louis Ranger. He was a finalist in the University of Victoria Concerto Competition where he received his music degree. He has been featured on many recordings, including sessions with Maureen Washington, The Axiomatics, Mindil Beach Markets, Kumbia, Gone Clear, and the Vancouver Island Symphony.

 

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John Stetch, jazz piano

Born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1966, John Stetch was exposed to the sounds of jazz at an early age; his father had a large record collection, and gave him his clarinet. Stetch later switched to saxophone, but by his 2nd year of college, he dropped everything to begin learning piano full-time. While earning his Bachelor of Music degree in Montreal, Stetch became very busy touring and recording across Canada, and eventually became a 4-time Juno nominee. He won the Prix du Jazz at the Montreal International Festival in 1998, and was frequently recorded by CBC.

After relocating to New York City, he appeared at the Kennedy Center to compete in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, and also the Composers Competition, where he placed second.

He became a decade-long member of Rufus Reid’s quintet, and has performed solo concerts at some of the world's most prestigious jazz venues, including the Monterey, Montreal and Paris JVC Jazz Festivals. As a sideman and/or leader he has also performed in Brazil, Ukraine, Mexico, across Europe, most of the U.S. and throughout Japan.

Stetch is one of a handful of jazz artists to have recorded a solo trilogy, and with this he received unanimous praise, including Down Beat calling the debut trilogy release, Ukrainiainsim, "one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years". Standards and Exponentially Monk, also part of this series, brought in equally glowing reviews, consistently attesting to Stetch’s originality and virtuosity.  Utne Reader calls his music "bold and vital jazz for the 21st century”.

A Steinway Artist, Stetch has been featured on several NPR shows: "Piano Jazz", with Marian McPartland, "Jazz Set" with Branford Marsalis, "Weekend Edition" with Liane Hansen, and “Listen Here!” with Neil Tesser and Mark Ruffin.Since the release of Bruxin’, Stetch has brought his trio to such highly regarded venues as the Saratoga Jazz Festival, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, The Jazz Standard, and Sculler’s. Stetch continues his performing career from his new home base of Ithaca, NY and is affiliated with Cornell University.

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Laura Karney - oboe/ English horn


Currently residing in Barcelona, Spain, Laura Karney is an oboist who enjoys a successful free-lance career that has so far spanned 13 countries across 3 continents.  Hugely varied in her interests, Ms. Karney can be heard performing on both oboe and English horn, in concerts ranging from historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire on period instruments to working with contemporary composers and ensembles and giving world premiers.
Ms. Karney has worked with the SEM ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Kammeroper Orchestra im Konstanz, Peconic Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz and the Orquesta de Valencia in Spain.

She is also a founding member of Zoco, a guitar and oboe duo, the Prestige Quartet a wind ensemble, the Skogensemble a small chamber ensemble currently working on a chamber opera by a young American composer, and the multimedia chamber music ensemble Ardesco (www.ardesco.org), comprising of string quartet, bass, oboe and lighting designer.

The foundations of her performing career came from her undergraduate and post graduate studies in oboe at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Hochschule for Musik in Trossingen, Germany under the tutelage of the internationally renowned oboists Richard Killmer and Nicholas Daniel, and her work with Martin Stadler and Carlo Barone on historical performance practice and instruments.

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Helan Kopchick Spencer, bassoon

Helena Kopchick Spencer joined the faculty of Willamette University in fall 2007 as Instructor of Bassoon. Her previous teaching appointments include Oregon State University and Lane Community College.

Ms. Spencer is principal bassoonist of the Oregon Mozart Players and the Salem Chamber Orchestra and second bassoonist of the Eugene Opera Orchestra, and she he has also performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Oregon Festival of American Music, and the Colorado, Eugene, Corvallis, Portland-Columbia, Rogue Valley, and Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestras.

As a chamber musician, she is a member of blå, the faculty woodwind quartet at Willamette University, and has appeared regularly on the Oregon Mozart Players' Chamber Music & Chocolate series. She is also interested in historical performance practice, and has played Baroque bassoon with the Oregon Bach Collegium, in addition to Classical bassoon, dulcian, shawm, and recorder with period instrument ensembles at the University of Oregon and Case Western Reserve University.

Originally from upstate New York, Ms. Spencer holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Oregon, where she was named Outstanding Performer in Woodwinds and University Outstanding Performer in Music. Her primary teachers have been Barrick Stees and Steve Vacchi, and she has also studied with Per Hannevold and Steven Dibner at the Aspen Music Festival & School as the recipient of a three-year fellowship in contrabassoon. Ms. Kopchick Spencer is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Musicology with a supporting area in Bassoon Performance at the University of Oregon, where she has held Graduate Teaching Fellowships in both bassoon and musicology.

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Krista Martynes, clarient

An accomplished classical and contemporary clarinetist, Krista Martynes has performed with Orchestre des Régions Européennes, and the 19th International Sacred Music Festival at the Abbaye de Sylvanes. Krista has been a featured composer, performed the works of such composers as Georges Aperghis, Pascal Dusapin, Gerard Pesson, Wolfgang Rhim, and Jorg Widmann.
Krista has premiered major works at the Maison de la Musique in Nanterre and at the Theatre de Nantes, in France. She has also performed at the Musikprotokoll and Transart Festival in Italy, and the Klangspuren Festival in Austria. Her video commission from New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), will be featured in the Sound Play Festival in Toronto.
Krista worked with the Germany's Experimental Studio des SWR under the direction of Andre Richard, performing and participating in a documentary on the music of Luigi Nono. She was also involved with members of the Instant Composers Pool with the Magpie Music and Dance Company in Amsterdam.
She has performed with the Baila Loca Dance Company in Rotterdam, and with the DesiDela dance company in Paris. Krista has recently performed with sound artist Alexis O’Hara and video artist Dayna McLeod in the Edgy Women Festival in Montreal.

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Christopher Donison - piano


Christopher Donison is a Canadian composer, librettist, conductor, pianist, lecturer, & inventor. A piano student of Winifred Wood and graduate in piano performance from the School of Music, at the University of Victoria at Victoria , British Columbia- he went on to win a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Music Direction in Toronto and to serve as Music Director of the Shaw Festival in Niagara- 0n-the-Lake, Ontario, for ten years 1988-1998 where he conducted over 1,000 performances, created a string quartet residency programme, and wrote more than a dozen scores for plays and orchestrations for many more.

He continued to pursue graduate studies in composition at State University of New York at Buffalo and has composed choral, chamber, and orchestral works.

In 1998 he finished an unfinished Gershwin musical for the Estate of George and Ira Gershwin to mark the centenary of George Gershwin's birth. In January 1999 he appeared as guest conductor with the Kingston Symphony where he premiered his own first symphony: Symphony Erotica. His concert works include Symphony Erotica, 7 Encounters for Soprano and Flute, the award winning Choral Prophecy performed by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge , England, on their first North American Tour, Theme and Conversations for Orchestra, and The Little Match Girl for Orchestra, Narrator, and Dancer, choreographed adapted and narrated by Veronica Tennant, two string quartets, The Rashomon Quartet, and The Seagull Quartet for string quartet and distant oboe, and Music-by-the-Sea, quintet for clarinet and string quartet.

He is also the inventor of the Donison-Steinbuhler Standard, a smaller 7/8 alternative piano keyboard which is hoped will become universally available for study, competition, and performance within a generation. He is the Founding and Executive Artistic Director of Music by the Sea at Bamfield British Columbia, International Music Festival & School.

2014 Fellowship Artists:

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Victor Fournelle-Blain, violin

Victor has performed with the Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra and twice with the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, and received grants from the McAbbie and Hnatyshyn foundations.

A versatile artist, he also plays viola, is a very active chamber musician and often performs new works by his colleagues. Victor is very grateful to Canimex, Qc, Canada, for the loan of a G.F. Pressenda violin and a Sartory bow. Victor is a student of Prof. André Roy.

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Cordelia Paw, violin

Chinese-Canadian violinist Cordelia Paw was a first-prize winner of the International Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2008 with the Sospiro Quartet and has been heard by audiences in Canada, New Zealand, England, Holland and the United States. She has performed with many acclaimed artists including Anton Kuerti, Roger Tapping, Carol Wincenc, Lynn Chang, Rhonda Rider and Kevin Fitz-Gerald. In 2009, Cordelia was invited to perform on the Distinguished Concerts International, New York series. As a soloist, she has performed with the Boston Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra among others. She has served as concertmaster of the Banff Festival Orchestra and Opera Orchestra, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Boston Conservatory Orchestra and the Calgary Youth Orchestra. Last year, she joined 11 other musicians to work with Neojiba in Salvador da Bahia, a program based on the highly-successful Venezuelan program "El Sistema," providing lessons, master classes and orchestral training. They also worked to facilitate instrument donation and to support charity organizations including IBCM and the Pracatum School in the Salvador community through benefit performances and educational outreach.

Ms. Paw completed her undergraduate studies at the Boston Conservatory with Lynn Chang where she was the recipient of the Michael A. Alaura Scholarship, generously supported by the Manganaro family and was a member of the Honors Quartet and Trio in Residence. As a winner of the String Division Honors competition, she performed numerous recitals with faculty on the String Master's Series. Currently, she is in the Master of Music degree program at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Hyo Kang and Naoko Tanaka. Since 2005, she has studied with Mela Tenenbaum, who has provided crucial musical guidance and mentorship. She has attended numerous festivals including the Banff Summer Music Festival, the International Holland Music Sessions, Casalmaggiore, Meadowmount School of Music and Chamberfest at the Juilliard School. Cordelia will be an Artist Diploma candidate at the Yale School of Music with Hyo Kang this fall.

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Julie Hereish, cello

Since she began to study the cello at the age of 8, Julie Hereish has been trained by Monique Joachim, Jocelyne Leduc, Denis Brott, Johanne Perron, and Carole Sirois, with whom she completed her Master’s at the Université de Montréal. She took part in several summer internship programs, including those at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Orford Arts Centre, Domaine Forget, and with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra, which invited her to take part in a 5-week U.S. tour in the spring of 2010, under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. A winner of the Canadian Music Competition, she has performed as a young soloist with the OSM in their Youth Concerts matinees, and was also invited to take part in the orchestra’s Canadian premiere of Messiaen’s oratorio Saint François d’Assise, under the direction of Kent Nagano. In 2010, she took part in a Canadian tour and a series of concerts with Les Violons du Roy. In 2011, she began a post-Master’s program in Vienna with Stefan Kropfitsch. The Peter Mendell Award is of great assistance in completing this latest project.