|Joan Blackman, Artistic Director, violin
Joan Blackman, Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony, enjoys a vibrant musical life in our community. Besides playing in the orchestra, she is sought after as a first class chamber musician in North America. She is also an active teacher, giving master classes throughout B.C. Joan has performed and recorded as soloist with Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony, CBC Radio Orchestra, and the Banff Festival Orchestra.
"Shapelier phrases and sweeter tone would be hard to imagine", "a ravishing tone", "first rate soloist", "changed lines meltingly in a flawless performance", "playing with lyricism, precision, and evident joy", are accolades that have graced Joan’s reviews. Zach Carstensen of Seattle’s Gathering Note wrote "Your heart would need to be made of stone not to have loved Joan Blackman’s splendid solo"
As Artistic Director of the Vetta Chamber Music and Recital Society, she programs and performs with the best of BC talent along with invited guests from afar. She is also a member of the acclaimed American String Project, which brings together concertmasters and soloists throughout North America. Joan has performed at several summer festivals including the Hornby Island and Pender Harbour Chamber Music festival, Musicfest Vancouver, and this last summer at the Victoria Chamber Music Festival with William Preucil.
|Eugene Osadchy, Artistic Advisor, cello
Currently Professor of Cello at the University of North Texas, Eugene Osadchy is a Principal cellist with the Plano Symphony. He is also the Artistic Advisor of the Vetta Chamber Music Series in Vancouver, Canada and the Blue Candlelight Music Series in Dallas, TX.
Eugene Osadchy regularly performs with orchestras in Canada, the United States and Asia. He has performed at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, and the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. In addition, Mr. Osadchy makes frequent appearances at the Bargemusic series in New York, the Autumn Classic series in Anchorage, Chamber Music International in Dallas, Strings in the Mountains at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, International Niagara Music Festival in Canada and Summit Festival in New York.
Cellist Eugene Osadchy is hailed as having "the most refined and balanced string playing" by the New York Times and has been called "a paragon of Russian élan" by the Vancouver Sun. Newsday writes he is "a soloist with a clearly defined musical personality" and is noted for his "extraordinary playing" by the Dallas Morning News. "Mr. Osadchy possesses a very rich tone and is steeped in the great classical tradition. It is good to know that there are ardent keepers of the flame." The New York Sun.
|Ariel Barnes, cello
Described as creating a “mesmerizing musical experience” by combining his “deep personal connection” (Toronto Live Music Report), “luscious tone and technical prowess” (The Vancouver Sun), cellist Ariel Barnes has been engaging audiences with his imaginative interpretations and commanding stage presence. Equally comfortable in musical languages from the Baroque to music of our modern times, Ariel’s performances range from evenings of unaccompanied Bach to world premiers of contemporary art music. Critically acclaimed by the press, he has been hailed as a “rising star” by the Georgia Straight, “a surprising standout” by the KW Gazette, “new wave” by L’Acadie Nouvelle and “a musician of real stature” by the Vancouver Sun. His solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast by CBC Radio Canada on such programs as In Performance, The Signal, Tempo, West Coast Performance, Choral Concert and On Stage, and he was recently selected as one of 6 cellists across the nation to celebrate the launch of cbcmusic.ca as a featured artist in the Canadian Bach Cello Suite Project. His performances in recent years include the concertos of Dvorak, Saint – Saens, Brahms (Double), Ernst Bloch’s “Schelomo”, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, and recital appearances in New York, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Quebec City, Vancouver, San Francisco and Guadalajara Mexico. His solo and chamber music recordings have been received with critical acclaim, having been nominated for a Juno Award and two Western Canadian Music Awards. As a winner of the 2012 Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, he has been awarded the use of the 1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello, built in Turin, Italy, for the next 3 years. In January 2013, Ariel was appointed Principal Cello of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
The performance of 21st century art music plays a significant role in Ariel’s creative life. He has given the world premier of works by Canadian composers such as Imant Raminsh, Jocelyn Morlock, Stephen Chatman, R. Murray Schaeffer, Brad Turner, Marcus Goddard, John Oliver, Rodney Sharman, Dorothy Chang, Glenn Buhr, Owen Underhill, Keon Birney, Elizabeth Knudson and Farshid Samandari. His new project “Couloir” with Harpist Heidi Krutzen keenly focuses on the creation of new music for the beautiful combination of cello and harp. Upcoming projects for “music’s new rare pair” (The Georgia Straight) include the development of works by Brad Turner, Caroline Lizotte and Andrew Staniland. Couloir is looking forward to much concertizing as their tour schedule already extends into 2014.
Passionate about chamber music literature Ariel has spent much time performing as a former member of the Borealis String Quartet, Trio Accord and has collaborated with many fine artisits such as The St. Lawrence String Quartet, Musica Intima, Trio Verlaine, Jonathan Crow, Dale Barltrop, Barry Schiffman, Tara Helen O’Connor, Daniel Philips, Andrew Dawes, Martin Chalifour, Carrie Dennis, Mehan Esfahani, Arthur Rowe, Ian Parker and Daniel Bolshoy, among many others. Memorable appearances at chamber music festivals include the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, MusicFest Vancouver, Mendocino Music Festival, Victoria Summer Music Festival, B.C. Scene, Elora Festival, Centre D’Arts at Mount Orford, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He is a founding member, and regular guest, of the Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival in Ajijic, Mexico.
Upcoming recording projects include works by Jocelyn Morlock on the Naxos label, (including her Double Cello Concerto “Aeromancy”), a DVD production of Benjamin Britten’s 3 Solo Cello Suites w/New-Affinity Productions, and Couloir’s debut CD featuring works by Jocelyn Morlock, Glenn Buhr and Baljinder Sekhon. His past recordings can be heard on Atma Classiques, Skylark Records, Universal Music and Centrediscs record labels, as well as regular broadcasts of live concerts on CBC Radio. For more about Ariel, please visit www.arielbarnes.com
|Arthur Rowe, piano
Canadian pianist Arthur Rowe is a critically acclaimed recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician. Following a New York solo recital, The New York Times wrote:
"The Canadian pianist Arthur Rowe made an immediate and positive impression...before eight bars had gone by, one knew he was capable of vigor without heaviness, energy without excess of drive.
It was first-rate playing: a kind of execution tinglingly alive to the shape and contribution of each phrase".
Reviewing a solo recital in London England, The London Times spoke of his "unusual clarity of articulation", and "poetry of expression", and David Burge,
writing in The San Diego Tribune said, "Rowe is a marvelous pianist...even when he is pushed to the limit by extreme virtuosic demands...he can concentrate all of his considerable talents on vital matters of phrasing,
tone and ensemble".
Heard frequently on radio broadcasts in Canada and the United States, he has recorded with various artists for the Crystal,
ebs, Innova, GM and Fanfare labels. In 2007, he released an all Schubert recording on the Centaur label. Fanfare magazine’s review said,
"Rowe’s reading (of the posthumous B flat Sonata) is one of the most beautiful I have heard...the D. 899 Impromptus are equally impressive...his purling right-hand runs recall Schnabel’s velvety sound....
every harmonic change is underscored by a delicate nuance of color change. This kind of expression cannot be taught; it is in the bloodstream and the soul."
A highly respected chamber musician, Mr. Rowe regularly collaborates with artists and chamber ensembles across North America.
Upcoming performances in the 2014/15 season include concerts with the Dover Quartet, winners of the recent Banff International string Quartet competition,
cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, head of the Toho Conservatory of Music in Japan, Jonathan Crow, Concertmaster of the The Toronto Symphony, and William Preucil,
Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, with whom he has concertized for more than three decades. In February of 2004 The Harrington String Quartet joined forces
with Arthur Rowe and William Preucil in New York for a performance of the Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, which was reviewed by Harris Goldsmith as a
"reading that rivaled the benchmark recordings by Franzescatti/Casadesus/Pascal, and Heifetz/Sanroma/New Arts".
Having previously held positions at The University of Iowa and The University of Western Ontario, Arthur Rowe now resides in Victoria,
where he is Professor of Piano at The University of Victoria, and the Artistic Director of the Victoria summer Music Festival.
|Barry Lieberman, double bass
Barry Lieberman, double bass, is now in his twenty-second year as Artist in Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle.
He began his career at age twenty-one as Principal bass of the Winnipeg Symphony.
In 1976 Zubin Mehta appointed him Associate Principal bass of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Lieberman has performed with some of the worlds greatest conductors,
including Sir Simon Rattle and Pierre Boulez (both in chamber and orchestral settings)
Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Claudio Abbado and Erick Leinsdorf.
In 2002 Mr. Lieberman created The American String Project,
along with his wife Maria Larionoff, then Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony.
A conductor less string ensemble made up of some of the world's best players.
The Project was dedicated to performing Mr. Lieberman's arrangements of chamber music to include the double bass.
From 2002 thru 2012 the Project performed over 100 arrangements of string quartets and quintets from the standard repertory
and garnered significant reviews from magazines such as Strad, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and others.
In 2013 Mr. Lieberman launched his own You Tube channel which features many tutorials on all of the orchestral
solos for double bass, as well as several interviews with the legendary Gary Karr.
Mr. Lieberman lives with his wife Maria Larionoff and their two dogs Mia and Crabcake in a home remodeled
and decorated in perfect Mid-century Modern style by Mr. Lieberman.
|Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
Regarded by the Washington Post as a tenor who sings "...with taste, authority and agility...",
Benjamin Butterfield is equally at home in the opera and concert repertoire having performed with
companies from New York to San Francisco, Montreal to Vancouver; London, Paris and Rome to Israel,
Japan and Taiwan.
Mr. Butterfield's engagements for the 2013 – 14 season have included appearances in Sorrento,
Italy through the Amalfi Coast Music Festival with pianist Vlad Iftinca, with the North Carolina
Symphony under Grant Llewellan in Beethoven Nine as well as presenting recitals with Arthur Rowe
for the Jeffrey Concerts in London, Ontario, for the Edmonton Recital Society with Peter Dala, tours
throughout British Columbia with Sarah Hagen and performances with Chamber Music Kelowna of On Wenlock
Edge with the Lafayette String Quartet. Mr. Butterfield also performed with the Victoria Symphony in
Bach's Christmas Oratorio and in their annual New Years Day concert singing the music of Franz
Lehar as well as presenting Messiah with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Other performances have included Janacek's remarkable The diary of one who disappeared for
the Soundings series at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and A talent to amuse: the music
of Noel Coward for Music in the Morning in Vancouver, BC.
Upcoming events include singing the role of Mime in Das Rheingold with Pacific Opera, Britten's War
Requiem with the Victoria Symphony, Haydn's Harmoniemesse with Orchestre symphonique de Québec under
Bernard Labadie, Beethoven Nine with the Elgin Symphony in Illinois under Andrew Grams and a conducting
debut of Messiah for VoiceScapes in Calgary.
Recent highlights have included the debut of Jeffrey Ryan's Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation
with the Calgary Philharmonic, Die Schöpfung with the Orchestra of St. Lukes at Carnegie Hall, the Mozart
Requiem with Alberta Ballet and Mozart arias and duets with the American Classical Orchestra at Lincoln
Center. Other debuts have included Chicago's Grant Park Festival with Carlos Kalmar in Haydn's
The Season's and at the Yellow Barn chamber music festival in Vermont where he recorded Mahler /
Schoenberg's Das Lied von der Erde.
Other performances have included Christopher Butterfield's Contes pour enfants pas sage with Continuum
in Toronto, Puccini's Messa di Gloria with the Taiwan National Choir under Agnes Grossman, a tour of
Canada and the US with Montreal's Theater of Early Music and Gavin Bryar's Eight Madrigals with the
composer for Aventa. A prolific recording artist, Mr. Butterfield also maintains an ongoing association with
the Ukrainian Art Song Project. Four collections of nine composers are available to date through musicaleopolis.com .
Prof. Butterfield teaches voice for the School of Music at the University of Victoria in British Columbia as
well as teaching and performing at summer vocal training programs, including Opera Nuova (Edmonton), Opera
on the Avalon (St. John's), Yellow Barn (Vermont) the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy) and VISI (Vancouver).
|David Gillham, violin
Described as a "violinist with a lean tone, a supple technique, and an amazing talent for sustaining a long line"
(All Music Guide Magazine), Canadian Violinist David Gillham enjoys a multifaceted career as soloist, chamber musician and
teacher that has taken him across four continents.
A prominent chamber musician, he is a founding member of both the Ridge Piano Trio and the violin/piano duo
"Gillham-Iinuma" and was for many years, a member of the Arianna String Quartet. The Gillham-Iinuma duo's
critically acclaimed recording of the Grieg Sonatas for Centaur records has been described as "Stellar" and
"a must Purchase" (CD Hotlist).
As a soloist, David has been a concerto artist with orchestras including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the
Camerata Stuttgart of Germany, The Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis, the Grand Forks Symphony and the
Guelph Symphony. David has collaborated with many esteemed artists including members of the Tokyo, Cleveland,
Vermeer and Orion quartets and pianists Robert Silverman, Anton Nel and Orli Shaham. In recital, David has
appeared in cities across Canada the United States, Japan, China and Taiwan. He is regularly invited to
festivals such as Domaine Forget, FEMUSC, Dame Myra Hess, Sonoran, Music Mountain, Britt, Festival of the Sound,
the Guelph Spring Festival and the Guelph MusicFest.
A former pupil of Martin Beaver, Franco Gulli, David Stewart, Gwen Hoebig and David Zafer, David has served
on the faculties of Memorial University, the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
A dedicated teacher, Mr. Gillham has been invited to conduct masterclasses in Canada, the United States, Brazil, China,
Taiwan and South Africa. He is currently on the faculty at the School of Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver,
The recipient of several awards Mr. Gillham received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the 2006 Missouri Chapter
of the American String Teachers Association's Distinguished Service award.
Mr. Gillham performs on a Carlo Tononi violin made in 1725, Venice.
|David Harding, viola
David Harding is currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburgh. He has an extensive solo and chamber music career, having performed throughout Europe,
the United States, Canada, Central America and Australia, in such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie,
Concertgebouw, and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. His performances have been broadcast on CBC, BBC, NPR,
ABC (Australia) and Deutschland Radio. He performs at many chamber music festivals throughout North
America including the Sitka Chamber Music Festival and Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. In July 2012,
David returns to the Australian Chamber Music Festival in Queensland.
David is a member of the flute, viola, harp ensemble, Trio Verlaine with whom he has recorded works by
Debussy and Ravel, and the Glass Chamber Players, with whom he recorded Schoenberg's "Verklärte Nacht"
and Philip Glass' "Sextet." Other notable CD projects include a recording of Bach's Goldberg
Variations, with the string trio Triskelion for CBC records, the music of Aaron Jay Kernis with the Chester Quartet,
and Brahms' Viola Sonatas and Horn Trio for Skylark Music. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, David
was the winner of the Sir John Barbirolli award at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. Having served
on the faculty of Indiana University South Bend and the University of British Columbia, David has given master classes
at the Banff International Centre for the Arts and universities throughout North America. He plays on a viola made by
Pietro Antonio della Costa, Tresviso Italy, circa 1750.
|Jane Coop, piano
Pianist Jane Coop, one of Canada's most prominent and distinguished artists, was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Her principal teachers were Anton Kuerti at the University of Toronto and Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
At the age of nineteen she won First Prize in the CBC's national radio competition (the Young Performers Competition), and this, along with top prizes at New York's Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Washington International Competition, launched her career. In the early years she made recital debuts at London's Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall (now called Weill Hall), as well as giving several performances with the Toronto Symphony, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra and several other Canadian orchestras. In 1976 she was invited to tour the New England States as soloist with Mario Bernardi and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Subsequently she has played in some twenty-three countries, in such eminent halls as St. Petersburg's Philharmonic Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Beijing Concert Hall and the Chan Centre in Vancouver. In her own country she has given concerts from north to south: Whitehorse (Yukon) to Niagara Falls (ON), and from west to east: Tofino (BC) to St. John's (Nfld) and many, many cities, towns and communities in between. She is in fact one of the few who has remained resident in Canada throughout her career. Commissions from Stephen Chatman, Ramona Luengen and others have been included in both her live performances and her recordings.
Coop's love of chamber music has led her to collaborate with artists from many parts of the world. Her longtime association with violinist Andrew Dawes, and her more recent partnership with cellist Antonio Lysy have given her the opportunity to delve into the sonata literature of Beethoven, a body of music to which she feels particularly drawn.
Summer festivals in North America and Europe have provided venues for performances with the Manhattan, Miami, Audubon, Orford, Lafayette, Colorado, Seattle, Angeles and Pacifica String Quartets, as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Winds, and such luminaries as Barry Tuckwell, Jamie Somerville, Martin Beaver, Jeanne Baxtrasser and Joel Krosnick. Coop is a devoted faculty artist at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the oldest chamber festival in North America, with Artistic Director Seymour Lipkin. There she collaborates in performances of much of the chamber music literature for piano and strings, and coaches brilliant young musicians from across the continent. She is also thrilled to be on the faculty of the Orford Summer Academy.
Her commitment to teaching is centred around her long time position at the University of British Columbia's School of Music in Vancouver, where for 32 years she was a popular professor of piano and chamber music. In 2003 she was designated Distinguished University Scholar by the university's president Martha Piper, and in 2007 she received a Killam Teaching Award.
Coop's reputation has led her to serve as an invited judge for prestigious international competitions in Dublin, New York, Washington, Calgary and Toronto, and as peer evaluator for the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Glenn Gould Prize, the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards and the Hnatyshyn Foundation's Developing Artists Grants.
Finally, her eighteen recordings, three of which have been nominated for Juno awards, have garnered glowing reviews and have been heard on classical radio programs in many countries.
|Jennie Press, violin
Jennie Press began her violin studies at the age of three in St. Johns, NL. She made her solo debut with the Newfoundland Symphony at thirteen and has since had solo appearances with several symphonies and chamber orchestras in Canada and the United States. Ms. Press has been a national finalist numerous times in the Canadian Music Competitions, the Shean Strings Competiton and the National Music Festival, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She has also been a prize winner in numerous competitions including the Marbury Violin Competition, the Yale Gordon String Competition, the Alexandria Symphony Competiton and the Wellesly Symphony Competition.
Jennie has performed in many symphony and chamber orchestras including the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, and Key West Symphony, and has served as concertmaster in several orchestras including Royal Opera Canada, Annapolis Opera, Washington Summer Opera, De Camera Chamber Players, Peabody Symphony Orchestra and the Peabody Concert Orchestra. She has also performed with many pops orchestras which have led to performances in Hong Kong, at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC, and at Carnegie Hall in New York. She is currently Second Assistant Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
|Maria Larionoff, violin
“An outstanding talent intoxicating in its brilliance” raved the San Francisco Chronicle at Ms. Larionoff’s solo debut. Since then, she has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, and the Orquestra Sinfónica Carlos Chavez in Mexico City,the Oakland Symphony, the University of Washington Orchestra, the Yakima Symphony, the Port Angeles Symphony and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.
A Loomis Scholarship Award winner at the Juilliard School, Ms. Larionoff was a student of Dorothy DeLay, and, upon graduating, was invited by the esteemed Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini to join the violin section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ms. Larionoff was then appointed Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, where she has been featured as a soloist and leader on numerous occasions, including her critically acclaimed solo performances in the 2011 release of "Scheherazade". Her 2012 performance of the Vasks Violin Concerto received praise from the New York Times: "..the elegant violinist Maria Larionoff was stunning, incisive and radiant".
Her unusual versatility as a violist as well as a violinist has led to invitations at many chamber music festivals, including the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, The International Music Festival, the Marrowstone Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Vetta Series in Vancouver, BC.
Ms. Larionoff has collaborated in chamber music concerts with many distinguished artists including Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Steven Staryk, Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Glenn Dicterow. She has worked with some of the world’s leading conductors, among them Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Andre Previn, Kurt Sanderling, Erich Leinsdorf and Kurt Masur.
Ms. Larionoff has served on the faculty of the University of Washington and was the head violin coach for the Seattle Youth Symphony for many years. She maintains a busy private teaching studio in addition to her performing schedule. Her CD of the Barber concerto won praise from renowned critic Byron Belt of the Newhouse News: “Miss Larionoff’s solo performance matches the recently deservedly acclaimed Sony Classical recording by Hilary Hahn, with Hugh Wolff and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.”
In 2001 Ms. Larionoff and her husband Barry Lieberman founded the American String Project, a conductorless string orchestra made up of Concertmasters and soloists from around the world. The group performs annually in May at Benaroya Hall, and is currently forming an education and mentoring program for advanced students in conservatories and music schools.
|Michael Jarvis, piano
Michael Jarvis has been acclaimed as one of Canada's finest harpsichordists, fortepianists and continuo players.
He has performed across Canada, the USA, England, Italy and Bermuda. He has worked with many of Canada's finest
singers and is in demand as a coach and collaborative artist.
He has performed with many of Canada's leading orchestras and chamber ensembles including Les Violons du Roy,
Symphony Nova Scotia, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Aradia, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Symphony Niagara,
the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony, I Musici de Montreal, The Vancouver CBC Orchestra, as well as with
Via Salzburg, the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, the Tudor Singers of Montreal, the Elmer Isler Singers, Baroque Music Beside
the Grange, The Amadeus Choir, I Furiosi, the Toronto Consort, the Vancouver Bach Choir, The Elora Festival, the Guelph
Spring Festival, The Grand River Baroque Festival, The Festival of the Sound, Music at Westben, and the Pacific Baroque
Orchestra, among many others.
Michael has recorded for the Hungaroton, Marquis Classics, ATMA, Naxos, Solitudes and Avalon CD labels, and has many times
broadcast nationally and regionally for the CBC, as well as across the U.S. on NPR. His performing editions of 17th and 18th
century choral and organ music are published by GIA, Chicago.
Michael has taught fortepiano at the University of British Columbia and harpsichord, continuo, and baroque vocal ornamentation
at the University of Toronto. He has also taught harpsichord performance at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and
at Havergal College, Toronto. He is also Director of Music at St. Jude's Parish and Shrine in Vancouver, BC and is on faculty
as harpsichordist and vocal coach at the Early Music Vancouver Summer Baroque Vocal Programme "The Compleat Singer".
His new CD on the Marquis Classics label of J.N. Hummel's Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin/Viola, Op. 5 [ca.1798],
performed on an original Viennese fortepiano from c. 1800 was released worldwide earlier this year.
Since moving to Vancouver in 2006, he is a regularly featured performer throughout the Lower Mainland.
";...Michael Jarvis was particularly sensitive at the fortepiano; his delicate work added immeasurably
to the charm and descriptiveness of the recitatives." The Vancouver Sun (Canada)
"Jarvis has an awesome technique that produces music of enormous style and crystal clarity.... The contours of the
music are never even blurred, but emerge with a coherence and persuasiveness that is remarkable." The Hamilton Spectator (Canada)
|Nicolò Eugelmi, piano
Nicolò Eugelmi is described by The Strad magazine as "a player of rare perception, with a keen ear for timbres and a vivid imagination." Mr. Eugelmi has performed to critical and public acclaim in the world's finest venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Casals Festival Prades, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Berlin Philharmonie. His solo appearances include the Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal Symphony Orchestras, under such conductors as Mario Bernardi, Jacques Lacombe, Jean-Claude Casadesus, and Charles Dutoit. Mr. Eugelmi has given numerous national and world premieres, such as John Harbison's Viola Concerto, Gavin Bryars' The North Shore, as well as his own commission from Jacques Hétu, Concerto pour Alto et Orchestre, Op.75.
Mr. Eugelmi has been a member of the Fine Arts Quartet, and has collaborated with renowned chamber musicians such as violinists Martin Beaver and Régis Pasquier, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist Arto Noras, pianist Menahem Pressler, and the Talich Quartet. Mr. Eugelmi’s varied discography, recorded on the Analekta, Skylark, CBC Records, and Naxos labels, has received numerous accolades, including Editor's Choice by Gramophone Magazine, a JUNO nomination, and a Prix Opus. Mr. Eugelmi's recordings and performances have been broadcast all over the world. Mr. Eugelmi has been on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of British Columbia, and is in demand at institutions in North America and Europe.
|Paula Kiffner, cello
Cellist Paula Kiffner earned music performance degrees from Ohio State University and Peabody Conservatory.
While at Peabody she was principal cellist of the Annapolis Symphony and a member of the Washington Theater
Chamber Players, both under the artistic direction of Leon Fleisher. Her teachers were Harvey Shapiro, Laurence
Lesser and Stephen Kates.
A former member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Kiffner has also performed as guest principal cellist of
the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and appears frequently as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Her performances have been heard on CBC Radio (Canada) and KING FM (Seattle).
Much sought-after as a chamber musician in both Canada and the US, she has performed with many renowned artists,
including Steven Staryk, Andrew Dawes, and Robert Silverman, and has toured as guest artist with the Lafayette String Quartet.
Ms. Kiffner has been a founding member of numerous ensembles including the piano trio Terzetto (with Robert Silverman) and the
Galiano Ensemble of Victoria.
Ms. Kiffner is also a respected teacher who works with youth orchestras in Canada and the US, and has served as guest artist
and teacher at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. She is on the faculty of the Victoria
Conservatory of Music.
|Sarah Hagen, piano
"A rarity of musical excellence, technical ease and tonal purity," Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves to critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Her interpretations have been described as "outstandingly inventive," performed with "infinite skill."
A visionary and an idealist, Sarah's performances are conceptually innovative, involving photography, dance and theatre. She is the Artistic Director for Pro'ject Sound, a performance project involving live piano with large-scale projected images. An avid collaborator, Sarah has performed with Ariel Barnes, Trio Accord, Ballet Victoria, Rebecca Wenham, Larry Knopp, the Emily Carr String Quartet, Ian Peaston, Marit Sjödin, Per Johansson, Vaida Rozinskaite, among many others, and recently appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony.
Miss Hagen has been heard on Swedish Radio 2, CBC Radio 1 and 2, WDAV (North Carolina) WOSU (Ohio), KFUO (Missouri), CKUA (Edmonton), WKAR (Michigan), WITF (Pennsylvania), 98.1 KING FM (Seattle) and has appeared on Bravo Television. Her solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards.
Sarah’s primary teachers and mentors have been Jamie Parker, Glen Montgomery, Gregory Chaverdian and Christine Purvis. Passionate for inspiring students of all ages, she is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician and is on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She is the director of the Piano Programme at the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre where she has been on faculty for over a decade.
Since her move in 2011 to an artist loft in one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, she has become deeply involved with intricate projects inspired by urban vitality.
Sarah's motivation is the belief that music has the power to be a window into our souls regardless of age or knowledge.
|Zoltan Rozsnyai, cello
Zoltan Rozsnyai was born into a musical family. Both his parents and grandparents were professional musicians. He studied piano and violin, before taking up the cello at the age of six. He joined the Windsor Symphony at 15, then left to attend the University of Toronto two years later.
While in Toronto, he studied with Vladimir Orloff and Daniel Domb. Zoltan also took masterclasses at the Banff School of Fine Arts, studying with Aldo Parisot, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Janos Starker. He played for many years in the Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet orchestras, as well as performing as soloist and chamber musician throughout Ontario. Zoltan also spent a year in India with his electric cello, traveling and collaborating with musicians. In 1999 he joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and has been the Assistant Principal cellist since 2001.
Zoltan maintains an active and varied musical life in Vancouver, and lives with his wife and young son.
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