Kerenza Peacock

A renowned classical violinist, Kerenza's album as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra reached the top of the UK Classical Charts. Her recording of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons', directed by herself from the violin, was picked as Album of the Week on Classic FM, and she has just recorded a disc of concertos written especially for her, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Kerenza led the Pavao String Quartet on five albums and 15 years of tours throughout the world. She is a regular concerto soloist with several orchestras in London's St. Martin in the Fields.

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Kerenza also enjoys playing fiddle and singing in bluegrass band, the Coal Porters and wrote 2 songs on their latest album. Kerenza has played on many film and television soundtracks, including Downton Abbey, and she has performed with a huge number of artists including Paul McCartney and KanYe West. At one point she was playing on all Top 3 albums in the UK Pop Charts, as well as on the Classical no. 1. Last year she completed a year long global tour with Adele, as concertmaster.

Kerenza has recently been appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for making a "significant contribution to the music industry".

Frederic Voorn

Frederic Voorn, born in Amsterdam, Holland, is active in several musical areas. He is a concert pianist, a composer and makes programs for Dutch Radio 4. He also is a choir conductor and writes articles for several music magazines.

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As a pianist, Frederic Voorn has given many concerts. He was a laureate of the Frank Martin International Music Competition and was invited to perform at several international music festivals. He has made concert tours on four continents and performed in major halls like the Tonhalle in Zürich and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He was a soloist with several orchestras, such as the Messiah Festival Orchestra, The State Symphony Orchestra of Azerbeijan, the Europe Pride Festival Orchestra and the St. Michael Strings. Frederic Voorn made several CD's and was a member of the jury at the 8th Concours International de Piano Adilia Alieva in Gaillard, France, the 3e Square Piano Competition and the International Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition in Amsterdam.

As a composer, Frederic Voorn has written a small amount of works that are performed regularly. In 2005 he composed a series of piano pieces titled: Pièces simples et naturelles and in the same year he wrote Ezra's Journey, a short piece for orchestra. His String Quartet was premiered in America in 2008. For Babylon, a Dutch chamber choir, he has composed several works, such as Zefiro torna, a madrigal based on a poem by the Italian Renaissance poet Ottavio Rinuccini. in 2015 he wrote the Suite La forêt perdue for piano and a year later the first act of his opera Diaghilev, on a libretto by Lucas van der Hut, was staged in Amsterdam. In 2016, he made a CD with his own piano works.

Frederic Voorn studied piano at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht with Jan Marisse Huizing, Jan Wijn and Hakon Austbö. After receiving his Diploma Performing Arts he continued his studies in London with Peter Feuchtwanger and in Moscow with Lev Naumov and Youri Levin.

Emma Ringrose

Emma Ringrose first started playing the oboe at the age of nine. At 18 she won a place at the Royal Northern College of Music, leaving with a music degree and a professional performance diploma. She also won the Mike Winfield oboe prize and the Peter Graeme oboe prize. During that time she studied with some of the world's leading oboists.

After leaving music college, Emma played in many professional orchestras in the UK, including the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Halle, Opera North and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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In 2001 Emma was appointed Sub-Principal oboe of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. During her time there, Emma toured Europe frequently, but also went further afield including a visit to Bahrain. She played extensively in Britain, her favorite concerts to play in being the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. She also made numerous CDs and frequently performed on both radio and TV. Emma has worked with many world class conductors and soloists including Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder, Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Anna Netrebko and Barbara Frittoli.

Her time there also meant that she worked with composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, James MacMillan and HK Gruber.

Emma now lives in Vancouver with her three boys. She works with many different ensembles, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and Turning Point Ensemble.

Laura Vanek

Laura Vanek has won numerous competitions including the Concours Européen de Musique, the Prix de la Ville de Paris and the Mary Gardiner Award for Contemporary Music. She has held positions with l'Orchestre Hector Berlioz and l'Orchestre de l'Opèra Comique and has appeared more recently as a soloist with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and I Musici Sushi.

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Laura began studying flute in Toronto with Dianne Aitken and Douglas Stewart. She continued her studies in Paris with Philippe Pierlot, Vincent Lucas, François-Xavier Roth and the late Alain Marion. She pursued further studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under Peter Lloyd. In 2009 she completed her masters in music performance at the University of Victoria.

Since moving to the West coast she performs regularly as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and has appeared with a wide variety of ensembles including the Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver Island Symphony, Victoria Symphony and the Pacific Opera. She was also a founding member of NOVO Ensemble, a Vancouver based new music group that is committed to supporting Canadian composers.

Laura is appearing for the second time as guest soloist with the West Coast Symphony Orchestra.

Dominic Woo

A native of Korea, Concertmaster Dominic Woo is an active solo violin player both in Canada and Europe. Winning the 2nd Prize in 2007 Padova International competition, Dominic was a member of Jenaer philharmonie orchestra in Jena, Germany and currently the concertmaster of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.

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Dominic began his musical training with violin at age of six with Prof. J.K. Song in Korea. After his immigration to Canada, he furthered his studies on the violin with Mr. Arthur Ludwig Polson. In Canada, Dominic was a top prize winner in many musical competitions such as the '96 North American Star Quest. Dominic has earned his bachelor's degree in music from the Musik Hochschule Felix Mendelssohn Bartholy in Leipzig where he studied violin with Prof. Ulrich Klupsch. Throughout his years in Musik Hochschule, he was appointed as a concertmaster under the baton of legendary conductors such as Kurt Masur and Fabio Luisi.

In the season 2001, Dominic has been giving concerts throughout Europe, including Italy, Germany, Hungary, Russia and Switzerland with the chamber orchestra "l'seidici" as of 1st violin tutti/solo player. With his Mendelssohn haus debut in Leipzig, Germany in 2004, Dominic was appointed as concertmaster of the music school and associate concertmaster of ARS chamber orchestra of Leipzig. During his Leipzig period, he has also been working with worldly renowned orchestras such as "Gewandhaus Orchester zur Leipzig".

In the year 2008, Dominic has received both in performance and teaching degree in Musik Hochschule Leipzig and was assigned as an assistant Professor from his teacher Prof. Ulrich Klupsch.

With the graduation, he has auditioned and accepted for both Orchestra Academy position in Musikhochschule "Franz Liszt" Weimar and also for Konzertexamen degree in Musikhochschule "Carl-Maria Webber" Dresden. In the last season, he was selected in the Konzertexamen ensemble in Dresden Musikhochschule and appointed for a concertmaster. In Dresden Musikhochschule, Dominic has studied with a Gramophone award winner Professor John Holloway and graduated with top honors.From his return to Canada in 2010, Dominic gave numerous solo concerts with Orchestras in Vancouver such as West Coast Symphony (Bruch:Scottish Fantasy), New Westminster Symphony (Beethoven:Violin concerto), Vancouver Philharmonic (Saint-Saens:Violin concerto 3) and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (Dvorak:Romance).

He also teaches students in his studios in North Vancouver, New Westminster, and Richmond.

Rebecca Wenham

Cellist Rebecca Wenham's performances have been described as "silken, highly refined" (the Globe and Mail) as well as having "extraordinary commitment and maturity" (La Gazette). Her animated playing style is often surprising, dramatic and impulsive, leaving a breathless audience on the edge of their seats. She has performed across North America, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia. Formerly a member of the Cecilia String Quartet, she won prizes in the Osaka, Rutenberg, Bordeaux and Banff International String Quartet Competitions, and was a CBC Galaxie Rising Star in 2007.

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Rebecca has collaborated with many composers including Common Sense Composers Collective, Ana Sokolovic, Gilbert Amy, Kelly-Marie Murphy and William Bolcom. She recently premiered a new work for solo cello and chamber orchestra by Owen Underhill, The Curio Box, commissioned by Vancouver New Music. Highlights of the 2015 season included a performance of the Elgar cello concerto with the Vancouver Philharmonic, and of the Brahms Double Concerto with the Lion's Gate Sinfonia. This past May, Music on Main presented Rebecca in a program of solo cello exploring works that highlight divergent musical styles (all composed in the 21st century), from classical to music by jazz cellist Peggy Lee and rock violinist Sarah Neufeld.

A member of Microcosmos Quartet since 2011, an ensemble committed to performing music of the last 100 years (or so), she presents programs in intimate settings such as private homes, art galleries, clubs and small halls. Microcosmos Quartet held its inaugural string orchestra mentorship program, the Kessler Academy, in September 2015. Rebecca was recently named principal cello of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Her projects have been generously funded by the Canada Council, the BC Arts Council and ProQuartet. She holds degrees from the HARID Conservatory of Music, and from Rice, San Diego State and McGill Universities.

Spencer Tsai

Spencer Tsai, 11 years old, is a virtuoso violinist, pianist and rising orchestral composer in Canada. He is the youngest person ever awarded two certificates of Performer's Diplomas (ARCT) by RCM for both violin and piano in the history of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Spencer is multilingual as well as being "multi-instrumental". He speaks fluent English, French, Mandarin and some Spanish. He is currently in grade seven French immersion at James Whiteside elementary school in Richmond.

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Between 2012 and 2016, Spencer won 15 first places in different violin competitions in Greater Vancouver. Spencer also has appeared as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Delta Youth Symphony, Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.

As a composer, Spencer has completed more than 180 original compositions, including 6 full-length concertos (for violin; piano; cello & flute) and 6 symphonic poems, as well as numerous pieces for individual instruments.

Eric Hominick

Eric Hominick is a pianist, singer, teacher and coach comfortable in a wide range of styles, on staff at Vancouver Community College, an accompanist in high demand, and regular pianist for BC Girls Choir.

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An avid reader and former English major, Eric is also a dramatic reader, performing in numerous benefit performance of A Christmas Carol since 2003 and narrating Peter and the Wolf with West Coast Symphony in 2015.

Mark McEwen

As a young boy enduring the -40° winters and scorching summers of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Mark McEwen inexplicably decided he wasn't miserable enough and took up the oboe. He immediately put it back down, but it was too late: he had been seen. He has been a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1996.

Formerly principal oboe of the Florida Orchestra, McEwen has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and was the english horn of the Santa Fe Opera for two seasons.

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He has performed as soloist with the BSO and the Boston Classical Orchestra, and frequently in varied chamber music concerts with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and the BSO's Prelude series. An alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, McEwen has also held fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival and with the Colorado Philharmonic. McEwen studied with James Mason in Saskatoon and with John de Lancie at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. When not busy rebuilding the carburettors on his British sports cars, McEwen is active as a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music and Boston University.

Linda Toote

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Linda Toote was raised in New York City. A graduate of the Mannes School of Music, she was a student of John Wion and Yale, where she was singularly undistinguished in her academic studies, while a student of Thomas Nyfenger. She has played Principal Flute positions with the orchestras of Toluca, Mexico, Tampa, Atlanta and Milwaukee, successfully avoiding her creditors prior to each move.

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For ten years she served as the regular ad hoc piccolo player with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, soloing with both groups, and is now the Principal Flute of the Boston Lyric Opera and now on faculty at Boston University and the Boston Conservatory. She would have used a stage name, but frankly, couldn't come up with anything better than the one she started with. Her children and husband Mark McEwen are paragons of patience and can sing all of her warm-ups from memory.

Boris Konovalov

One of the most prominent pianists of his generation, Dr. Boris Konovalov has received his education from Novosibirsk Glinka Conservatory (under Prof. Gindis) and then Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Prof. Vera Gornostaeva, who was a student of legendary H. Neuhaus — the teacher of Gilels and Richter. At the age 21 he won First prize at All-Russia piano competition in Kazan, 1977. Since then Dr. Konovalov had numerous concert tours in many countries, including Russia, Israel, Germany, England, Austria, USA, Japan, China, South Korea and Canada.

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The highlights of these concerts are performances at The Chopin Society in London and Jerusalem, International Festivals in Banff, Russia Great Hall in Moscow and recitals in Vienna, Austria. Boris Konovalov performed his first Concerto (Liszt Concerto #1) at the age of 16. Since than he collaborated with distinguished conductors including Arnold Katz (Russia), Vassilij Sinaisky (UK), Robert Bernhardt (US), Lu Sha (China), Alexei Kornienko (Austria) and others.

Dr. Konovalov started teaching at his age 23.His teaching experience includes Professor's positions at Novosibirsk Glinka Conservatory (Russia), Jerusalem Rubin Academy and Mevasseret-Zion music Conservatory (Israel), Alberta College Music Conservatory (Edmonton, Canada), and Tom Lee Music Academy (Vancouver, Canada). Master classes were held in Art College of Nicosia (Cyprus), University of Arizona (Tucson, USA), University and Art High School (Seoul , South Korea), Sapporo music Conservatory (Japan), etc. Dr. Konovalov is in great demand as an adjudicator on various Festivals and Competitions, including North Shore Festival and Russian Music Festival in Vancouver, Canada, Canadian Music Competition (CMC) through all Canada, Jerusalem music Festivals in Israel. Boris Konovalov released six solo CDs, recorded live from his concerts. He also recorded many concerts on Radio and TV programs in Israel and Russia. The vast repertoire of Boris Konovalov includes Beethoven 32 sonatas, about 40 solo programs and 30 piano Concertos. Since 2015 Dr. Boris Konovalov is a faculty member at the Semper International Music Festival in Shlern, Italy. Currently Dr. Boris Konovalov is running his own studio in Richmond and North Vancouver B.C.

Eve-Lyn de la Haye

Eve-Lyn de la Haye's critically acclaimed performance as Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff with Calgary Opera has placed her in the front ranks of Canadian lyric coloratura sopranos of her generation. Accomplished across a wide range of musical genres, other recent highlights include Yum Yum in The Mikado for Calgary Opera, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Vancouver Bach Choir/Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and her Vancouver Opera debut as Zina in the Canadian premiere of Dark Sisters by Nico Muhly.

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Internationally, Ms. de la Haye's roles have included Tytania (A Midsummer Night's Dream) at the International Vocal Arts Institute of Tel Aviv, Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia) at the Aldeburgh Festival, a 'poignant and compelling' portrayal of Julie Jordan (Carousel) with the Boston Pops and a fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Centre where she sang Norina in Act 1 of Don Pasquale under James Levine and Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas with the Mark Morris Dance Group.

Her 'liquid-clear, fragrant and intensely sweet voice' is a favourite among her home town audiences of Victoria, BC, where she was recently the featured soloist in the Brahms Requiem. Other recent appearances in Victoria include performances with Pacific Opera Victoria as Echo in Ariadne of Naxos, and with the Victoria Symphony as the soprano soloist in Messiah, Beethoven's Egmont, and A Sentimental Christmas.

Ms. de la Haye is a graduate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music's Diploma in Music Program and the University of Toronto's Opera Division where she was the recipient of the Paul Baker Opera Graduation Scholarship. Further honours include a grant for career development from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation. In 2013, Ms. de la Haye settled in East Vancouver with her husband and two young children where she is also a teaching artist for Vancouver Opera.

Julia Nolan

In reference to her recording of Paule Maurice's "Tableaux de Provence", a reviewer from the American Record Guide wrote, "Julia Nolan does very well...". Not stopping there, Julia Nolan commissioned and performed concertos (Stride, MacDougall, Stolte, Oliver, and Hintersteininger) as well as numerous chamber and solo works by British Columbia composers affiliated with UBC as faculty, former and current students.

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Julia Nolan has also co-commissioned works for and performed extensively with the Saxophilia Saxophone Quartet. Pianist Jane Hayes and Julia Nolan have performed in Canada and the United States presenting concerts with a mandate to include works by Canadian composers. After a recent performance, an audience member said of their concert, "the synergy between the two of you is palpable".

Dr. Nolan teaches at the University of British Columbia and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Gene Ramsbottom

Gene Ramsbottom joined the CBC Radio Orchestra clarinet section in 1974 and was its principal clarinetist from 1984 until November 2008 when the 70 year old radio orchestra was disbanded by the CBC. Maestro Richard Bonynge appointed him as the founding principal clarinetist of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra from 1975-1996. He has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in Canada, England, France, Germany, Israel, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States and Ireland.

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A life-long producer, sponsor and organizer of classical music events, some of his many concert presentations include the Whistler International Mozart Festival (1989 & 1990) and the OUT FOR LUNCH Friday noon-hour concert series now finishing its thirtieth season at the Vancouver Art Gallery (the 820th concert was on June 12, 2015 and the series was voted # 1 in PLACES THAT MATTER, a Vancouver Heritage Foundation survey in 2011). Since the early 1980s he has taught clarinet and chamber music for the Schools of Music at the University of British Columbia, Douglas College and Capilano University. With over forty-six years of teaching experience he is the senior-most clarinet teacher in British Columbia's history and is a frequent adjudicator and clinician at provincial music festivals. Over 55 commercial recordings and innumerable radio broadcasts are to his credit and renown as one of Canada's most recorded classical orchestral clarinetists.

His principal clarinet teachers have been Carl Kellett (Vancouver), Ronald deKant (Vancouver Symphony), Peter Hadcock, (Boston Symphony), Robert Marcellus (Cleveland Orchestra), Marcel Moyse (Brattleboro, Vermont) and Marc Lifschey (San Fransisco Symphony) and served as an apprentice arts manager under a Canada Council initiative mentoring with George Zukerman (Vancouver, B.C.). Advanced clarinet studies in the U.S.A. were possible with scholarship awards from the Canada Council and the B.C. Cultural Services Fund.

In May, 2005 Mr. Ramsbottom performed the Shanghai premiere of Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" with Canadian cellist Bo Peng at an International Concert for World Peace commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII. In December 2006 he was featured as a chamber musician and guest faculty soloist in the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble's tour to Hong Kong and Taiwan. In May 2007 he performed Stephen Chatman's "Prairie Dawn" Clarinet Concerto in Taipei with the Taipei National University of the Arts Orchestra and was a guest professor at TNUA. He was the featured Canadian artist at the Wright State University's Clarinet Symposium in Dayton, Ohio in January, 2009 and was a featured artist at Troy State University's Clarinet Day conference in Alabama in March 2010. He commissioned and premiered Alain Mayrand's "Battling Boggarts" with American clarinetist Dr. Tim Phillips and the Troy University Symphonic Winds at the 2011 Whistler Con Brio Music Festival. He toured as the guest soloist with the West Vancouver Youth Band in their Germany tour in 2007 and their July 2011 tour of France, Belgium and Holland. He has been the principal clarinetist, teacher and international soloist with SUMMER MUSIC IN GALWAY/SUMMER MUSIC ON THE SHANNON Festival since 2009 in Ireland and is currently the principal clarinetist and sectional conductor with Vancouver's Westcoast Symphony Orchestra and the assistant conductor of the West Vancouver Youth Band and clarinet coach with the Vancouver Korean Youth Symphony.

Tian-Yu Zhou

Canadian-Chinese pianist Tianyu Zhou is a young classical pianist born into a musician family who started her piano education at the age of four and gave her fist public concert at age of five. When Tianyu was ten years old, she was invited to perform at the Barrie International Music Festival. In the same year, Tianyu was named as "Wonder Kid" by Toronto CCTV, and was featured in a broadcasted interview. Shortly afterwards, Tianyu won the first prize of Royal Conservatory Competition and was rewarded to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 in B Flat Major with Academy Symphony Orchestra.

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Since then, Tianyu has appeared in many festivals including Niagara International Chamber Music Festival where she was once again invited at the age of 13 to perform Mendelssohn Concerto for Piano and Violin in D Minor in the open gala concert. Tianyu has remained to perform actively that at the age of sixteen, she was invited to perform Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor at the Orpheum Theatre to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Vancouver Academy of Music. At the age of seventeen, she won the grand prize of Kay Meek Music Competition where she performed Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor. Tianyu has performed more than 10 piano concertos with various orchestras including Vancouver Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, West Coast Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, New Westminster Symphony Orchestra, Royal Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra, and Hebei Symphony Orchestra in China. In the upcoming season, Tianyu will be working with West Coast Symphony Orchestra to perform Prokofiev Concerto No.3 in C Major.

As a young classical pianist, Tianyu has been invited to perform in UK, Poland, Italy, Holland, Canada, US, Japan, China, Singapore, and Malaysia. Honoring the Chopin anniversary year of 2010, Tianyu was invited to perform in Houston and all Chopin program by the Vancouver Chopin Society. In 2011, Tianyu gave her first performance of Bach Goldberg Variations at the age of eighteen; in 2012, she was also featured live on RTHK radio 4 in Hong Kong and her most recent interview was featured on Beijing Music Station, 97.4fm's "Classics at Pop Times" in 2013.

Tianyu immigrated with her parents to Canada when she was nine and received a scholarship to study with Marina Geringas at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She finished her Bachelor degree at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Prof. Lee Kum-Sing. Currently, Tianyu is studying at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music with Prof. Wojciech Switala.

Luke Kim

Originally from South Korea, Luke Wook-Young Kim completed his undergraduate studies at UBC, where he received the Catherine-Cooke Topping Memorial Medal for musical excellence. Then, he finished his Master of Music degree as a full scholarship student at UCLA. His teachers include Antonio Lysy, Joseph Elworthy, Eric Wilson, John Friesen, and Kenneth Friedman. Luke participated in masterclasses with renowned cellists such as Lynn Harrell, Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Raphael Wallfisch, Paul Katz, and Desmond Hoebig.

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A new member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Luke is appearing as a soloist with the West Coast Symphony for the second time. He has won various competitions and performed as a soloist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the UBC Symphony Orchestra, and the UCLA Philharmonia. He also performed as a guest soloist for the Polish Czestochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, the Busan Metropolitan Pops Orchestra, and the Busan Neo Philharmonic (Korea). In March 2015, he was featured as a soloist for Friedrich Gulda's Cello Concerto, an eclectic work, with the UCLA Wind Ensemble. In addition, Luke has performed chamber music for the Vancouver Winter Chamber Music Festival and the Bridge Musicians International.

Nancy DiNovo

A former member of the St. Louis, Toronto and Boston Symphony Orchestras and founding concertmaster of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Nancy DiNovo enjoys a multifaceted career. An avid chamber musician and director of the "DiNovo and Friends" chamber music series, Nancy performs solo and chamber music recitals in styles ranging from period instrument to contemporary. Her many concerto credits include the Banff and Victoria premières of the Kurt Weill Violin Concerto.

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She has premièred a number of works written especially for her, including the Barnes Violin Concerto with Neville Marriner on the podium, and the Buczynski Sonata. She has been a guest concertmaster with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kitchener-Waterloo, Edmonton and Victoria Symphonies, CBC Radio Orchestra, "Music of the Night" cross-Canada tour, and Pacific Opera Victoria where she has led operas in styles ranging from period instrument Handel to Berg's "Wozzeck".

Awarded Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Performance from the University of Toronto where she studied with the renowned pedagogue Lorand Fenyves, other distinguished teachers have included Joseph Silverstein, Steven Staryk, Raphael Spiro and Eudice Shapiro. An Aspen Festival Fellowship recipient for four summers, she studied chamber music with the Juilliard String Quartet and violist Lillian Fuchs.

An enthusiastic teacher, Nancy has taught at Tanglewood, the Marrowstone Festival, Western Washington University, UBC, U Vic, and Capilano College. Nancy has recorded for CBC Radio, Earsay Records, and performs regularly with the Vancouver Symphony.

"…stunning violin playing – a superlative mix of virtuosity and earthy vigour" (Victoria Times Colonist)

Yariv Aloni

Yariv Aloni is acclaimed by critics for his "impeccable technical accomplishments, exquisite phrasing and superb viola playing", and as having "a huge, singing tone and a rare depth and nobility of feeling". His awards include the Israel Broadcasting Authority award for chamber music performance and numerous awards and annual scholarships from the American-Israel Cultural foundation. As the violist of both the Aviv and the Penderecki string quartets, he has performed in many concert halls around the world, and in 1985 he was invited to join Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zuckerman to play a gala concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

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Yariv recorded for the United, Marquise, Tritonus, and CBC labels as well as independent CD labels. He performs in numerous chamber music concerts, festivals and recitals series. An avid and dedicated teacher, he is teaching chamber music at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He is a former faculty member of Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and has given master classes at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Brandon University, University of Alberta in Edmonton, and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. In 1994 he became a faculty member and subsequently from 1999 to 2007 be became the artistic director and conductor or the Courtenay Youth Music Centre in the Comox valley, British Columbia.

Born on A kibbutz in Israel, Yariv Aloni began studying the violin at the age of eight and turned to the viola when he was sixteen. He studied viola with David Chen at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Daniel Benyamini, principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic and Michael Tree and the Guarneri String Quartet. With an emphasis on chamber music he also studied at the Jerusalem Music Centre with distinguished visiting faculty from around the world including the Isaac Stern, the Amadeus and the Guarneri String Quartets, and many others.

Jeanette Singh

Jeanette Singh, Assistant Principal second violin of the Vancouver Symphony, was born in Mexico and began her violin studies at the age of three with her mother Joan King and step-father, Pablo Diemecke. She has won many national and international awards and competitions, and her performances have taken her all over North America, Europe, South East Asia, India and Australia.

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She did her undergraduate studies at Indiana University, earning a fellowship and several scholarships and awards. Jeanette holds a master's degree, attained with honours, from the University of British Columbia. Her teachers include Gerald Stanick, Paul Biss, Franco Gulli, Stanley Ritchie and Sidney Humphreys.Jeanette has recorded for broadcasts and CDs of Indian, Mexican, and Chinese music. She was a member of the Malaysia Philharmonic.

In her spare time, Jeanette is concertmaster of the Orchestre Des Concerts Diemecke (Die Mahler Enterprises). She performs Indian music, and has been a guest on several TV shows.

Sarah Hagen

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 Artistic Director of numerous concert series in BC and also of Pro'ject Sound, a performance project involving live piano with large-scale projected images.

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Her solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards. Sarah recently released her second album, Devoted: Music of Robert & Clara Schumann, featuring solo piano works and Clara Schumann's Romances, Opus 22 with violinist Martin Chalifour. As a First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, she was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City's Carnegie Hall in May 2013.

Highlights of Sarah's current season include performances of Rachmaninoff's complete Opus 32 Preludes in BC, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island; Brahms' Horn Trio in Chicago with Oto Carrillo and Rachel Barton Pine; and a Pro'ject Sound performance in Saint John featuring New Brunswick photographers.

Rudin Lengo

Rudin Lengo's piano playing has been described as "profound, imaginative and exceptionally communicative". Winner of the 2012 Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition, the 5 th Knigge Music Competition and the 2010 TD Elora Competition, he was also the 2 nd prize winner at the 40th William C. Byrd International Competition and winner of the Mary Winston Smail Memorial Award for Best Pianist at the 2011 WAMSO Minnesota Competition, the London Kiwanis Festival's Rose Bowl, UWO London Music Scholarship Foundation, as well as the Grand Prize at the Rotary Music Festival in Burlington.

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This past season Mr. Lengo performed Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1 in Koerner Hall with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra under the direction of Tito Muñoz and Brahms' Piano Concerto No.1 with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra and Anna Duczmal-Mróz conducting. Other engagements included recitals at the Ohrid Summer Festival in Macedonia, at the Great Hall of ththe University of the Arts in Tiranë, Albania, as part of the 13 Klasik International Festival, the Bergen Ruïnekerk and Slot Schagen in the Netherlands, the UBC Wednesday Noon Hour Series in Vancouver, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre of the Canadian Opera Company, and at Mazzoleni Hall of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

In the 2011-12 season he performed Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto with Orchestra London under the direction of Daniel Warren. Solo recitals included performances in New York's Steinway Hall, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, MacArthur Hall in Flint, Michigan, Roy Barnett Recital Hall in Vancouver, Gateway Theatre in Richmond, and the Elora and Chautaqua Music Festivals.

Rudin Lengo began his piano studies at the "Servete Maçi" School of Music in Tiranë, Albania, with Nedi Peku as his principal teacher. After immigrating to Canada, he continued his studies under the guidance of James Anagnoson. Alongside the courses at the Royal Conservatory of Music that led him to an ARCT Performer's Diploma, he earned a graduating average of 99% at ndGeorge Harvey Collegiate Institute, the 2 highest in the Greater Toronto Area, and was awarded the prestigious Governor General's Academic Medal and the University of Toronto National Book Award for his academic achievements.

Mr. Lengo has been the recipient of over 50 awards and scholarships for his musical and academic accomplishments, including the F. K. Ashbaugh President's Entrance Scholarship (Western University), 2004 Miller Thomson National Scholarship, Queen Elizabeth II Aiming for the Top Scholarship, Silver Jubilee Award of Excellence and the Chawkers Foundation Scholarship. In 2008, he completed a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance at Western University on a National Scholarship, studying with James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton. He received his Master's Degree in 2010 from the Manhattan School of Music on a President's Award studying with the esteemed pianist and pedagogue, Daniel Epstein. As a student of John Perry and David Louie, Rudin recently completed an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School on a prestigious Ihnatowycz Emerging Artist Scholarship.

David Gillham

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).

Soloist - David Gillham
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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, Canada.

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.

Novo Ensemble

NOVO Ensemble is a group of classically trained musicians dedicated to the promotion of contemporary music in Vancouver and the lower mainland. Co-directors Laura Vanek (flute) and Marina Hasselberg (cello) invite guest instrumentalists to join them to present unique programs of seldom heard modern pieces. Besides exploring the existing repertoire, NOVO works closely with Canadian composers to create new music, with the intention of expanding the Canadian chamber music repertoire but also of bringing music to people that has just been composed, in many cases composed in the same city where it's being performed: Vancouver.

Soloist - Novo Ensemble
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NOVO has recently participated in Redshift Music Society's chamber music extravaganza, ChamberCon, and is Vancouver Pro Musica's Ensemble in Residence for the 2013/2014. Past performance venues include the Silk Purse Performing Arts Centre, the Orpheum Annex, Alliance Française Vancouver, Tapestry UBC, the Canadian Music Centre Creative Hub, St. Mark's Anglican Church, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Kay Meek Centre, Pyatt Hall, and the Roy Barnett Recital Hall at UBC.

Pamela Highbaugh Aloni

Praised for her "meltingly beautiful solos" (The Detroit News) and performances of "depth and insight" (Times Colonist), Pamela is a co-founding member of the prize-winning Lafayette String Quartet.

Since 1991, Pamela along with her quartet colleagues has been an Artist in Residence at UVic, where she teaches cello, chamber music and co-supervises the strings mentoring course in collaboration with School District 61. She and the LSQ maintain their leadership in one of the strongest university string programs in Canada.

Soloist - Pamela Highbaugh Aloni
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The Lafayette quartet celebrated 26 years of musical life together last season. Highlights of these years include a celebration of the millennium performing all sixteen of Beethoven's string quartets, tours in North America and Europe, and the initiation of the Lafayette Health Awareness Forum. Recordings include a recent title "Tre Vecchi Amici" featuring works written for the quartet. Their CBC recording "Death and the Maiden" was awarded "Outstanding Classical Recording of the Year" by the Western Canada Music Awards.

A native of California, Pamela served as principal cellist with the Detroit's Renaissance City Chamber Players. She was a Ford Motor Company Artist in Residence at the Center for Creative Studies Institute of Music and Dance and a faculty member at Oakland University. She earned her BMus and MMus degrees from California State University, Northridge and Indiana University. Her principal teachers include Peter Rejto, Janos Starker and Paul Katz.

An enthusiast teacher, Ms. Highbaugh Aloni served for ten years on the faculty at the Courtenay Youth Music School and Festival and for the past six years has been the coach for the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra cello section. She has performed both as a soloist and recitalist and has been a guest artist with the Sooke Philharmonic, Vetta Ensemble of Vancouver, Victoria Summer Festival, Eine Kleine Summer Music, Chamber Music San Juan, and the Victoria Symphony's Summer Cathedral Series, and has served as principal cellist with the Galiano Ensemble since its inaugural season in 2000. Pamela plays on a George Craske cello made in England, 1850.

Ann Elliott-Goldschmid

Violinist Ann Elliott-Goldschmid is a founding member of the renowned Lafayette String Quartet, Artists in Residence at the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia. A native of New Brunswick, Canada, she was greatly influenced by both of her parents, pianist Patricia Grant Lewis and composer and conductor, Carleton Elliott. Early, formative studies were with Pauline Harborn, then later with Victor Yampolsky who remained her mentor until finishing her studies at Boston University.

Soloist - Ann Elliott-Goldschmid
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Ann has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships; in her early years she was the star of the New Brunswick Music Festival and won the Canadian National Music Festival. She was awarded a full scholarship to study at Boston University and was twice awarded the certificate for outstanding performer. She was the winner of the BU Concerto Competition and was active in the concertizing scene of Boston while still a student there. She was the first violinist of the Honors String Quartet, working closely with Eugene Lehner and Endel Kalam. For two summers she was awarded scholarships to study in Zurich, Switzerland with Nathan Milstein and in Ammerland, Germany with Denes Zsigmondy. She was a full-time member of the Emanuel Chamber Players and the Harvard Chamber Orchestra and was in demand as a free-lance musician.

In 1984 she accepted the position as assistant concertmaster of the newly formed Renaissance City Chamber Players in Detroit and it was there that she met her colleagues in the Lafayette String Quartet. After leaving the Chamber Orchestra, Ann taught violin and chamber music at the Center for Creative Studies, the Rochester Conservatory of Music and at Oakland University where the members of the Lafayette Quartet were in residence. She gave numerous recitals in the Detroit area primarily collaborating with pianists Flavio Varani and Dati Mehta.

Though working together beforehand, it was in July of 1986 that the Lafayette String Quartet's career was officially launched. That same year the LSQ won the Cleveland Quartet Competition resulting in two years of study with members of the Cleveland Quartet at the Eastman School of Music. Ann studied with Donald Weilerstein both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Charlie Castleman and Lynn Blakesly were also wonderful influences.

Until his untimely death in December of 1997 however, it was Rostislav Dubinsky, primarius of the Borodin Quartet, who remained the musical father for all of the members of the LSQ. It was his belief in the quartet; his dedication to them as individuals and his constant encouragement that enabled the LSQ to continue working as a foursome for over 20 years, a feat no other all-female quartet has managed.

Active in the music scene of Victoria and abroad, Ann is concertmaster of the Galiano Ensemble, and is a huge advocate for Strings in the public schools. Along with her colleague Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, she conceived of and team-teaches the Strings Mentoring program at UVic. She has often performed for the Olympic Music and Eine Kleine Summer Festivals, and has been an instructor for the CYMC, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Egmont Summer Music Festival. She is in great demand as a violin and chamber music coach, adjudicator and player.

Ann has recorded numerous times for CBC radio both as a soloist and with the Lafayette String Quartet. Along with the many recordings of the LSQ, Ann and her mother have recorded Murray Adaskin's first Sonata for Violin and Piano (AdLar), she has recorded "Cluck Old Hen" variations by David Jaffe and had recently released a recording of Beethoven string trios arranged for guitar with her UVic colleagues Alex Dunn, guitar, Lanny Pollet, flute and Joanna Hood, viola. Ann was also very lucky to have the opportunity to perform the Brahms Double concerto with the Sooke Philharmonic in two performances with her colleague Pamela Highbaugh Aloni.

An avid, but amateur horsewoman, Ann is also the wife of Robert Goldschmid and the mother of Ella and Abby.

Music Progressive Quartet

Coming to us direct from Skopje, Macedonia, Music Progressive Quartet (MPQ) is comprised of four young, conservatory-trained, world-class professional classical musicians who play with the National Macedonian Philharmonic orchestra and guest with countless other groups and at numerous festivals in the Balkans and beyond.

Soloist - Music Progressive Quartet
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In MPQ, they break out into another idiom, presenting a fresh jazz take on traditional folk songs of Macedonia. Beguiling audiences with total mastery of their instruments (violin, viola, cello, and oboe), innovative and witty arrangements, and a warm and engaging stage manner, they were a surprise break-out hit as soloist on the concert tour of West Coast Symphony in Macedonia in 2012. They are coming in Vancouver for their first time and another appearance with WCS. Members of MPQ are Vladimir Lazarevski on oboe; Vladimir Krstev, on violin; Marko Videnovik, on viola and as composer and arranger and Paskal Krapovski on cello.

The quartet portfolio includes performance at festivals like "Blues and Jazz Rallye" in Luxemburg, ''Balkan music night" in Concord, Massachusetts, "Geza Balazs Gari Jazz festival" in Serbia, "Days of the Slavic literacy and culture" in Moscow, Russia, "Ensemble studio theatre" in NYC, "Czech culture center" in Sofia, Bulgaria, "Bitfest", "Modooars" and "Skopje summer fest" in Macedonia and famous international jazz stages as Porgy & Bess in Vienna, Austria, DROM in NYC, Lilypad in Boston ectr.