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FESTIVAL PLAYERS Presents:

HANNAH TAM/Violin


Born in Hong Kong, 13-year-old violinist Hannah Tam is no stranger to the performing stage. Hailed by renowned critic as possessing “a high degree of musical understanding with every note refined and nuanced” (Oliver Chou, Asia Magazine), Hannah has garnered such international accolades as  the Memorial Performance Award at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland (2018), First Prizes at the Kolster Schontal International Violin Competition in Germany (2017), Bravo International Violin Competition in San Diego, USA (2017), Andrea Postacchini International Competition in Italy (2016).


Admitted to The Curtis Institute of Music with the Demeng Charity Foundation Fellowship at the tender age of 12, she is currently studying with Professor Ida Kavafian and is also a scholarship recipient of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.


With her fiddle, Hannah has graced stages of all sizes in Hong Kong, as well as in Japan, Finland, Italy, Germany, Vienna, Czech Republic, Canada and the United States. Her concerto debut with the Virtuosi Italiani Chamber Orchestra in Verona at the age of 10 was followed quickly by an invitation from renowned cellist Trey Lee to perform at the 2017 Musicus Fest alongside Mantua Chamber Orchestra, as well as a concerto appearance in Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018.  Most recently, Hannah received the Audience Prize (the only prize awarded) at the opening showcase ‘Mini Violini’ of The Concours Musical International de Montréal 2019, where “…her maturity of interpretation was unanimously recognized…” (Charlotte Monastesse, La Scena Musicale magazine).

About the Music Programming:

The musical programming is organized our Music Director, Johannes Debus and Assistant Music Director, Elissa Lee. Below are details about each performance and the artists behind them.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 at 5:30 pm - OPENING NIGHT

From the wild soundworlds of Stockhausen, Schoenberg and Machaut to the elegant compositions of Elgar, Brahms and Bach, this versatile and invigorating group of choral soloists draws diverse audiences of all ages, both experts and newcomers, with a motivation to inspire all through their formidable artistry. Silly and serious, sublime and audacious, Opus 8’s vision is an ambitious and compelling venture into spreading their love of music-making at an internationally high standard. Click here for an example of one of their incredible pieces last year at Water Week.


For more information on Opus 8, click here.

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Opus 8 - How Can I Keep from Singin'?

Last year, Opus 8 absolutely wowed our audience - so much so, that we had to bring them back! Opus 8 represents eight of Toronto's finest ensemble singers offer a delightful evening of a cappella folksongs old and new, including rarities by Gombert and Marenzio as well as familiar pieces in brand-new arrangements by Director of Music, Robert Busiakiewicz. This concert promises something for everyone, from the melancholy laments of lost love to boisterous sea-shanties.

Musical + Edible Promenade through Wellington

Come for a walk through Wellington, and experience 4 miniature musical concerts in 4 different locations. A musical guided tour, exploring the concept of waves through sound and movement. Local plant-based chef Chris Byrne will delight you with 4 new edible creations to accompany each stop. Start and ends at Wellington United Church. Duration approx. 1.5hrs.  

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 at 3:00 pm starting at the Wellington United Church

  

  

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 at 12:00 pm  - Wellington Heritage Museum/290 Main Street

Where We Are, What We Make

A concert, workshop and film screening for kids of all ages. Featured on the concert is Water Week guest artist, Ryan Scott, performing, “Orion Constellation Theory”—a virtuoso work partly inspired by the hypothesis that there is a correlation between the location of the three largest pyramids of Giza and the three middle stars of the Orion constellation. Bring the whole family and explore the correlation between where we live and what we create.

FREE EVENT!

Leading Canadian percussionist Dr. Ryan Scott has been hailed as “Fierce and delicate…a chameleon-like virtuoso who triumphs over the varied colouristic demands and technical challenges” (Gramophone). 

As a marimba and multi-percussion soloist he has performed extensively in contemporary music festivals in Europe, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, the UK and The Netherlands.  He has also performed as guest soloist with the Esprit Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra, The Austin Symphony and numerous other orchestras and chamber ensembles across North America.


Ryan is a stalwart figure in the Toronto contemporary music community and has performed in over 300 world premieres.  In addition to his work as a regular guest artist with NEXUS, Principal Percussionist of the Esprit Orchestra and Percussionist in the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra since 1996, he is also a sought-after chamber musician and teacher.  A core member of Continuum Contemporary Music (founded 1985), he also serves the organization as Artistic Director. 

His live recording of three Maki Ishii percussion concertos with the Esprit Orchestra (Innova 809) elevated Ryan to international acclaim in 2011.  He studied with Russell Hartenberger and Robin Engelman at the University of Toronto and serves on the faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.  Ryan is married to harpist Sanya Eng, and lives in Toronto with their three children.

For more information on Ryan, click here.


CHRIS BYRNE/chef

Chris has been a plant based chef for 20 years. He trained under Cornelia Aihara at the Vega institute in California where he learned both traditional and contemporary Japanese culinary techniques.  He studied raw cuisine in California, and B.C. and has been the chef at a variety of plant based restaurants, including Fressen in Toronto, along with running his own catering company for many years. He has trained in Indian cuisine, and worked as a baker and pastry chef in fine dining. He has a great passion for harvesting and preparing local wild foods. Now living on a farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario, he is excited to combine all of his experience with the “Bounty Of The County,” and create newly inspired dishes that delight the senses. He takes great joy in sharing his experience with, and passion for vegetables! You can see his work on INSTAGRAM (@chefchris2112), and hear him monthly on the “County Cooks” Vegetarian segment  on 99.3 County FM.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

SANYA ENG/harp

Sanya is one of Canada’s most sought-after harpists, equally celebrated as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. A dynamic and sensitive performer, she has been described as “an outstanding musical talent” (Jerusalem Post), “remarkably polished” (Globe and Mail) and “dazzling with her delicate and intense command of the harp” (Musical Toronto).† She has been a featured soloist in many festivals and concert series throughout North America, Europe, Israel, Asia, and Africa.† As an active chamber and orchestral musician, she performs regularly with ensembles such as the Canadian Opera Company, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, New Music Concerts, Soundstreams, Continuum, the St. Michael’s Boys’ Choir, the Toronto Children’s Chorus, and the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus.† In addition, Sanya is passionately dedicated New Music as has personally commissioned and premiered countless works by both Canadian and international composers. She has recorded for Naxos, Centrediscs, CBC Records, Canadian Art Song Project, hatART, ClassXdiscs, and Orange Mountain Music.

ELISSA LEE/violin

Winner of the 23rd Eckhardt-Gramatté Strings Competition, Elissa Lee has appeared as a soloist with top orchestras across Canada. She has held positions as second concertmaster in both the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestraand the WDR Sinfonie Orchester. Now enjoying a busy freelance career, Elissa tours frequently the greatest concerts halls and festivals in Europe. She has performed as Concertmaster with the Rundfunk Orchester München, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the KlangVerwaltung Orchestra in Munich, and Festival Strings Luzern, and in leading positions with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Luxembourg Philhamonic and the Canadian Opera Company. She has also been a guest of world renowned Chamber of Orchestra of Europe, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked under the baton of Claudio Abaddo, Simon Rattle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink and Daniel Harding. As a chamber musician she has performed with Louie Lortie, Augustin Dumay, Anton Kuerti, Pascal Devoyon, Kevin Fitzgerald, Lawrence Lesser, and Shauna Rolston and has been a frequent participant of Open Chamber Music in Prussia Cove, England. Elissa Lee joined Ensemble Made In Canada in 2010, which performs concerts and tours throughout Canada and the United States. For more information on Elissa, click here.

DR. RYAN SCOTT/percussion

Leading Canadian percussionist Dr. Ryan Scott has been hailed as “Fierce and delicate…a chameleon-like virtuoso who triumphs over the varied colouristic demands and technical challenges” (Gramophone). 

As a marimba and multi-percussion soloist he has performed extensively in contemporary music festivals in Europe, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, the UK and The Netherlands.  He has also performed as guest soloist with the Esprit Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra, The Austin Symphony and numerous other orchestras and chamber ensembles across North America.


Ryan is a stalwart figure in the Toronto contemporary music community and has performed in over 300 world premieres.  In addition to his work as a regular guest artist with NEXUS, Principal Percussionist of the Esprit Orchestra and Percussionist in the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra since 1996, he is also a sought-after chamber musician and teacher.  A core member of Continuum Contemporary Music (founded 1985), he also serves the organization as Artistic Director. For more information on Ryan, click here


  

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 at 6:00 pm at Drake Devonshire/24 Wharf St.

Concert + Dinner series:  HARPSIC*HORROR*D! featuring Stephen Hargreaves

Go back in time to the era of silent movies and experience Montreal-based intrepid instrumentalist and conductor, Stephen Hargreaves, improvise a score to the 1920’s silent horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on a harpsichord. Yes, a harpsichord, what else?! It will be an experience like no other. Dinner and cocktails and a shiver up your spine to temper the heat of a late August night. 

STEPHEN HARGREAVES

In an increasingly specialized world, Stephen Hargreaves considers himself very lucky to divide his musical skills in a variety of ways. Upon Hargreaves' mother noticing he had slurred speech as a beginning talker, he subsequently went through 11 sets of ear tubes. From the moment he could hear clearly, he fell in love with sound and music in all forms. Trained as a solo pianist and french horn player, Hargreaves attended Indiana University where he studied with Myron Bloom while furthering his piano skills and eventually making the acquaintance of Martina Arroyo from whom he gained a love of vocal repertoire and, ultimately, opera. Hargreaves’ professional start came early, paying for his college education as a collaborative pianist and truncating his senior year to act as repetiteur and assistant conductor. This was followed by a string of professional engagements in the following 15 years that included solo concerti such as Brahms' 2nd, Rachmaninoff's 3rd; collaborative chamber work with instrumentalists and singers; multiple solo recitals and operatic conducting/assistant conducting/harpsichord continuo at regional and

international companies amounting to over 100 unique productions all under the age of 40. Hargreaves loves a challenge and gravitates toward virtuosic early music and new works that push boundaries both musically and artistically. To this regard, he passionately believes in the need for fostering the love of (and access to) music for all. He is thrilled to be a professor at the Schulich School of Music at McGill and hopes to share what he knows and inspire those around him to be the finest new generation of musicians.


As a solo pianist, he has performed Brahms' 2nd Piano Concerto with the Grand Forks Symphony, a world premier of F.G. Parmentier's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Green Bay Symphony, Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Marion Indiana Philharmonic, as well as recitals and solo performances at venues such as the Maverick Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, and Macau International Music Festival.


As a collaborator, Hargreaves has toured frequently with Hudson Shad, a barbershop quintet with piano, that performs music of the Comedian Harmonists, the Revelers, and the Mills Brothers. Hargreaves is also busy as a harpsichordist having played continuo for opera companies including Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and Canadian Opera Company.  Hargreaves led Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro from a replica of Mozart's fortepiano for Opera Omaha; conducted and played Jake Heggie's Three Decembers from the piano-conducting Heggie (who played in the orchestra) and Frederica von Stade; conducted and played the highly acclaimed "swimming pool" production of Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus and Euridice for Chicago Opera Theater, and appeared as harpsichordist for COC’s Hercules, Clemenza and Semele (which was remounted at the Brooklyn Academy of Music).


Hargreaves has conducted at Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Omaha, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Glimmerglass Festival, Festival Lyrique de Belle-île-en-mer, Pine Mountain Opera, Union Avenue Opera and Opera McGill (where he performed the world premiere of his own reorchestration of Bluebeard’s Castle and the North American premiere of East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon). He has assisted conductors including Stephen Lord, Steuart Bedford, Harry Bicket, Jane Glover, Emmanuelle Haïm, Alan Gilbert, Julius Rudel, Nader Abbassi, Pablo Heras Casado and Rinaldo Alessandrini.


Hargreaves has also acted as vocal coach and assistant conductor at Washington National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Santa Fe Opera, and Utah Opera.

  

MONDAY, AUGUST 19 at 9:00 pm at Stache on Main/287 Main St.

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Collectìf: Cabaret "A Watering Hole"

Classical music gets a dash of comedic irreverence in a casual atmosphere at Stache on Main. Music spans from the sensual to cynical, haunting to hilarious, and features original compositions, arrangements and improvisations with the irreplaceable Tom King on the keys. Jennifer Krabbe, Danika Lorèn and Whitney O'Hearn are at the helm as classical music lets its hair down in an adults-only evening of well-managed mischief.

ABOUT COLLECTÌF

Founded in 2015 by Jennifer Krabbe, Danika Lorèn, and Whitney O’Hearn,  Collectìf was created by three young women who want to shape the landscape of Canadian art song repertoire and performance practices. Joined by the irreplaceable Tom King on the keys, Collectìf explores a wide range of song repertoire, including original compositions and arrangements. 

Collectìf's main series focuses on staged productions of classical song and state of the art video projections that combine artful videography with text translations. Collectìf also hosts a cabaret series that focuses on unearthing the playful side of classical music in casual, adult-only venues. For more information on Collectìf, click here.


JENNIFER KRABBE/soprano

With a stage presence that has been called “joyously uninhibited” (Opera Canada), soprano Jennifer Krabbe is finding success on both the operatic and the concert stage. She has performed in several Canadian premieres including Benjamin Britten's The World of the Spirit, Larry Nickel's Requiem for Peace, Eriks Ešenvalds' Passion and Resurrection, and Howard Goodall's Every Purpose Under Heaven. 

A graduate of both the University of Western Ontario, and the Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School, Jennifer recently completed her Master's degree in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of soprano, Monica Whicher.


DANIKA LORÈN/soprano

Graduate of the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble studio, Danika Lorèn is known for her dramatic sensitivity and instinctive musicality. Her finesse with song repertoire has afforded Danika opportunities to share the stage with internationally recognized singers such as Stephanie Blythe, Barbara Hannigan and Catherine Wyn-Rogers. Having premiered the first of her own compositions with the Canadian Art Song Project in 2016, she has since had her works performed in the Canadian Opera Company’s noon concert series. 

Ms. Lorèn completed her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto under the instruction of J. Patrick Raftery, and a master's degree in Opera from the same institution, studying with Wendy Nielsen.


WHITNEY O’HEARN/mezzo

Praised for her “warm and expressive voice and an amazing sense of line” (Ottawa Citizen), Whitney O’Hearn is attracting attention in the vocal world. She has performed with the Ottawa Choral Society, the Ottawa International Chamber Festival, Festival Pontiac Enchanté, Stratford Summer Music Festival, Prince Edward County Music Festival, The Talisker Players, and The Canadian Guitar Quartet. She has also made her mark in the indie opera scene as Mercedes in the wildly successful Carmen on Tap.  

Whitney received her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Ottawa, and recently completed further graduate studies at the University of Toronto. She is also an alumni of the National Art Centre’s Summer Music Institute young artist program.

MONDAY, AUGUST 19 at 6:00 pm at Festival Players Studio Theatre/310 Main St.

HARPSIC*HORROR*D! featuring Stephen Hargreaves

Go back in time to the era of silent movies and experience Montreal-based intrepid instrumentalist and conductor, Stephen Hargreaves, improvise a score to the 1920’s silent horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on a harpsichord. Yes, a harpsichord, what else?! It will be an experience like no other.


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TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 at 5:30 pm at Wellington United Church/243 Main St.

Concert + Dinner series:  The Parcival Project with recipients of the Canada Council's Music Instrument Bank Catered by Picnic

This concert features Montréal’s ensemble The Parcival Project and four recipients of the prestigious Music Instrument Bank from the Canada Council for the Arts. The programme begins with Mozart’s clarinet quintet, one of the most beloved chamber works of all time and will end with the masterpiece “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” composed by Olivier Messiaen in a prison camp, a miraculous work that seems to transfigure the horrors of humanity into pure artistic and religious sublimity. 



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ABOUT THE PARCIVAL PROJECT

DOMINIC DESAUTELS/clarient

Principal clarinetist at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Dominic Desautels enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue, at home as well as abroad. He made his debut as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2003 at the age of 21, being invited the same season as acting principal clarinetist with the ensemble. He has since been a guest soloist with several orchestras, including Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, Symphony Nova Scotia, Sinfonia Lanaudière, Orchestre de la Francophonie and Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal.


Dominic appears as a guest artist and faculty in several festivals, notably since 2013 at Scotia Festival of Music with its fine history of clarinet artists which initiated with Robert Marcellus in the 1980s. As co-artistic director of The Parcival Project chamber ensemble, he has toured in Canada and South America. Other recent tours include 40 recitals presented by Jeunesses Musicales of Canada. 


Besides his duties at the Canadian Opera Company, he also holds the principal clarinet chair at the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to these positions, he was principal clarinetist at the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil, and then at Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax. Dominic started playing the clarinet at age 15 and studied mainly with Jean-François Normand, Robert Riseling and Joaquin Valdepeñas, and more recently has received guidance from François Benda and James Campbell. After studies at several institutions such as the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and the Glenn Gould School, he graduated from the Université de Montréal in 2007.


The winner of several competitions, he was the first clarinetist to ever win a top prize, at the 33rd edition of the prestigious International Stepping Stone at the Canadian Music Competition. He is now in demand as an adjudicator at institutions such as the Glenn Gould School, University of Toronto, the Concours at the Conservatoires de Musique du Québec and the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition. He has taught at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, and starting in the fall 2019 will be on faculty at the University of Toronto.


Dominic Desautels is a Backun Artist and plays on the MoBa cocobolo clarinets. He is also an Endorsing Artist for Légère European Cut Reeds and for Silverstein Works.


At intermission, a delicious light dinner provided by Rebecca Hunt of Prince Edward County's iconic Picnic will be served  under the tent right on the shore set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Ontario.

  

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 at 8:00 pm at Festival Players Studio Theatre/310 Main St.

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Around the World in Eighty Minutes with Two Cups of Jo

Joe & Jozsef, seamlessly crossing between classical , jazz, and world music styles bring Wellington Water Week audiences on a musical journey, "Around the World in Eighty  Minutes." This unique duo of double bass and classical guitar perform compositions by John Download, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Faure, Pytor Tchaikovsky, Bela Bartok , Benny Golson and others.  If you were lucky enough to see these two perform here together in February - you'll know how special this performance will be.

JOE PHILLIPS/double bass

Joe is one of Canada’s most versatile double bassists. He performs with Toronto’s genre-defying Art of Time Ensemble, reimagines folk traditions learned from field recordings with banjoist Jayme Stone’s Folklife, struts his stuff with Payadora Tango Ensemble, performs annually at Sweetwater Music Weekend with some of the best chamber musicians in the world. Equally at home in a concert hall or at a folk festival, Joe has appeared as guest principal bass with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, has performed at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and toured Canada with chamber music supergroup, Octagon. To learn more about Joe, click here.



JOZSEF BOTOS/guitar

Jozsef is an award-winning accomplished performer with multiple awards from various International Classical and Jazz Guitar Competitions. He has performed in concerts and festivals across Europe with David Yengibarjan, Elias Meiri Trio, Timna Brauer Ensemble, Guitarist Botos Bros, and many others.


In 2011, he moved to Toronto, where he has had the luxury of sharing the stage with iconic musicians such as Dave Young, Tim Ries , Guido Basso, Pat Labarbera, Robi Botos, Frank Botos , Paul Novotny,  George Koller and Kelley Jefferson. Jozsef has worked as arranger in projects, such as “ Romani Jazz ”, David Yengibarjan Octet , Elias Meiri Trio , Kristina Bijelic , Guitarist Botos Bros. For more information on Jozsef, click here.

  

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 at 5:30 pm at Wellington United Church/243 Main St.

Concert + Dinner series: Fairy Tales by The Cheng² Duo

Catered by Picnic


The Cheng² Duo transports you to ethereal sound worlds with music by some of their favourite 19th and 20th-century composers, in Fables and Folk Tales. The journey begins in soulful Russia, stops to explore folk motifs in Germany and then then moves on to enchantment in France. Highlighted on the concert will be The Cheng² Duo’s own arrangement of Ravel’s beloved Pavane pour uno infante défunte. Don't miss this magical evening that is sure to transport you to faraway lands!


At intermission, a delicious light dinner provided by Rebecca Hunt of Prince Edward County's iconic Picnic will be served  under the tent right on the shore set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Ontario.

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Captivating audiences and critics alike, the Cheng² Duo (pronounced Cheng Squared Duo) distinguishes itself with its uncompromising musical integrity, undeniable chemistry, and unparalleled communication with its listeners. The brother-and-sister duo is formed by 21-year-old cellist Bryan Cheng, top prize laureate of the VI International Paulo Cello Competition, and pianist Silvie Cheng, recipient of the Roy M. Rubinstein Award for exceptional promise in piano performance.


Named one of CBC Music’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”, the young and dynamic Cheng² Duo has been making music together for the past 16 years.  The duo’s refreshing approach to making classical music accessible to new audiences of all backgrounds is steeped in a rare balance of infectious joy and enthusiasm in their playing on one hand, and mature, historically informed, and profound

interpretations on the other. With wide-ranging repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary, from original arrangements inspired by folk music to new commissioned works, the duo has presented engaging recitals in notable venues throughout North America (Canada and USA), Europe (Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Italy), and Asia (China and South Korea).


Now touring extensively, they have established a reputation for being invited for return engagements at prestigious venues and festivals, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (NY), the National Gallery of Canada, the Festival of the Sound (ON), Vermont’s Pro-Concert Series, and Ottawa Chamberfest. Cheng² Duo has also been featured at numerous other international festivals, including Aspen (Colorado, US), Trasimeno (Italy), Usedomer (Germany), and CAMMAC (Quebec), as well as broadcasts on CBC Radio, ICI Musique, and Radio-Canada International, Winnipeg Classic 107, Vermont Public Radio, WCRB Classical Music Boston, WCNY Classic FM, Kulturradio RBB Germany and Südwestrundfunk (SWR2) Germany.


In the vanguard of creative programming, Bryan and Silvie are equally committed to presenting both traditional masterworks and the music of their time. Since 2013, they have commissioned nearly a dozen new works, as well as curated cross-disciplinary concert experiences that meld classical and contemporary music with jazz, poetry, and visual/media arts. World-class collaborative partners have included photographer and cinematographer Edward Burtynsky, Mercury Films, and multimedia studio Normal.


Recent and upcoming concert highlights include debut recitals at Chamber Music at the Clark (Los Angeles), Dame Myra Hess Series (Chicago), National Arts Club (NYC), Harvard University, Virtuosi Series (Winnipeg), Cecilia Concerts (Halifax), Indian River Festival (PEI), Toronto Summer Music Festival, Germany’s Usedomer Musikfestival and TONALi Kiezfestival, and extensive tours throughout Canada and China. Cheng² Duo has released two critically-acclaimed albums on the German label audite: Violonchelo del fuego (2018) featuring Spanish works, and Violoncelle français (2016), which was selected as one of WCRB Classical Radio Boston’s top CDs of 2017. The duo’s recordings have been lauded by international press and publications in France, Luxembourg, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, and USA for their “musical sensitivity”, “maturity and perfection”, “extremely imaginative and personal interpretation”, “taste, sure flair for phrasing, and beauty of sound”. Their third album, featuring Russian music, will be released in spring 2019.  For more information on Cheng² Duo, click here.



  

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 at 6:00 pm at Wellington United Church/243 Main St.

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SING!


Vocalists of every level are invited to SING! Canadian Opera Company Music Director, Johannes Debus and Canadian composer / performer superstar, Sarah Slean will co-direct a mass choir gathering on the shore of Lake Ontario, singing hit songs from the Classical and Pop worlds. Keep your eye out for registration and repertoire details, beginning at the end of May!

JOHANNES DEBUS/Music Director

German-born conductor Johannes Debus was appointed Music Director of the COC in 2009, having already established himself in many of the great opera houses and festivals of Europe. He made his COC debut in 2008 conducting War and Peace, and has captivated Toronto and international critics alike in the years since his appointment to the COC. Recently with the COC, he has conducted The Nightingale and Other Short Fables and The Abduction from the Seraglio.


When he is not conducting at the COC, Mr. Debus is very active with international engagements that include appearances with the BBC Proms, the orchestras of Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Aspen, the National Arts Centre, Houston, and Toronto, at the Spoleto, Bregenz and Tanglewood festivals, and at opera companies such as San Francisco, Berlin Staatsoper, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Frankfurt, and Bayerische Staatsoper, among many others. In 2016, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Salome, and returned in 2017 to conduct The Tales of Hoffmann.

Photo by Gaetz Photography

SARAH SLEAN

Signed to Atlantic/Warner Records at the tender age of 19, three-time Juno nominee and modern-day Renaissance woman Sarah Slean has since released 11 albums in over 10 countries worldwide – but perhaps the most astonishing aspect of her artistry is its breadth. Over her 20-year career, Slean has published two volumes of poetry, starred in short films and a movie musical (spawning two Gemini Award nominations), penned two string quartets, held numerous exhibitions of her paintings, and shared the stage with 10 of the country’s professional orchestras. Classically trained from the age of 5, she routinely collaborates with cutting-edge contemporary classical ensembles like The Art of Time, and has been invited to sing world premieres by Canada’s leading living composers. Citing  such diverse influences as Leonard Bernstein, philosophy, Joni Mitchell, Buddhism and Bach, her music borrows aspects of  


cabaret, rock, pop, and orchestral: all knit together by the startling poetry of her lyrics, virtuosic piano-playing, and that voice, described by the CBC as “a 19th century Kate Bush”. In addition to headlining theatres across Canada, Sarah has also toured Europe, the US and Scandinavia and has opened internationally for such artists as Bryan Ferry, Rufus Wainwright, Alanis Morissette, Andrew Bird, Feist, Ron Sexsmith, Chris Isaak, and Buck 65. Metaphysics, her first recording in 5 years, is described as a breathtaking amalgamation of Slean’s dramatic orchestral arranging and her signature take on songwriting. For more information on Sarah, click here.


  

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 at 8:00 pm at Wellington United Church/243 Main St.

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Sarah Slean accompanied by the Kamareli String Quartet


The most astonishing aspect of Sarah Slean's artistry is its breadth: poet, actor, composer, painter and performer—Slean’s creative scope refuses containment within one genre alone. Her music borrows aspects of cabaret, rock, pop, and classical/orchestral—all knit together by the startling poetry of her lyrics, virtuosic piano-playing, and that voice, described by the CBC as “a 19th century Kate Bush.” Join in welcoming three-time Juno nominee, Sarah Slean to Wellington Water Week 2019!

ABOUT SARAH SLEAN

Some artists write because there is no other way - because for them the very act of living, searching and tending to their own souls produces music. Renaissance woman Sarah Slean is such an artist. In her distinctive voice, described as a “19th Century Kate Bush” (Bob Mersereau, CBC), we find an entrancing mix of spiritual hunger and old-world whimsicality - in her lyrics, an ever-present longing “reminiscent of Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen” (Time Magazine) - and on “Metaphysics”, her first recording in 5 years, production nods to Peter Gabriel, Dan Lanois, Tori Amos, Radiohead and yes, Gustav Mahler. If that’s not heady enough for you, “Metaphysics” takes aim at some very grand themes on the level of the personal. In the artist's words:


“Pain and confusion are crucial voices in the song of your life.  They are as necessary as the other voices - there is no music without it. I’m convinced that Life capital L  is not a magazine


of partial, unrelated episodes, but a single story that has meaning. And all of the world’s pain and confusion can only be reconciled in my mind by the idea that a great love is being cultivated by the universe's mysterious forces, a bigger, more radically tender love is being built in the world, heart by heart, one small gesture of softening and opening to the next. We are only softened and opened through empathy. We only feel another’s pain deeply when we’ve experienced our own.  As problem-solving humans, we are constantly trying to engineer lives free from pain, but it’s the price of admission to this extraordinary thing called existence, and quite probably the engine of our evolution.”


Slean is no longer the “Sweet Ones” pop ingenue. She is a composer, producer, and unique artistic force. Over the course of her 20 year career, she has made eight albums, starred in short films and a movie musical, published two volumes of poetry, held exhibitions of her paintings, written string quartets, composed for full symphonic ensemble and shared the stage with ten of the country’s leading orchestras. During that time she was nominated for three Junos and two Geminis, graced the TED stage in Edinburgh, toured internationally, premiered works by renowned contemporary composers, and released albums in over 10 countries world-wide. “Metaphysics”, featuring string orchestra and the co-production talents of Hawksley Workman, Daniel Romano, Jean Martin and Joshua Van Tassel is slated for release in the Spring of 2017.  For more information on Sarah, click here.

  

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 at 8:00 pm at Fesitval Players Studio Theatre /310 Main St.

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Musical Salon: Duetto Violoncello Baroque featuring Elinor Frey + Pheobe Carrai

Canadian cellist Elinor Frey is joined by celebrated performer, Phoebe Carrai, for a program of duo sonatas from the 18th century. The works bear witness to a time when the cello was becoming an extremely popular and important instrument throughout Europe. Giovanni Battista Cirri, Jean Thomas, and Giuseppe Dall’Abaco were each cellist-composers who wrote charming duets with equal parts. Violinist Hannah Tam, a multiple award-winning 13 year-old child prodigy and youngest member ever to be accepted into Philedalphia's Curtis Institute, will open this event.


PHEOBE CARRAI/cello

Phoebe followed her path to Austria to do post graduate studies in early music after finishing her studies at New England Conservatory in Boston. She became a full member of Musica Antiqua Köln, making 40 discs for Deutsche Gramophone and teaching at the Hillversum Conservatory in Holland. Ms. Carrai taught at the Conservatory of the Arts in Berlin, Germany, for sixteen years and is now on the faculties of the Juilliard School, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She is director of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and The International Baroque Institute at Longy. She was a jurist in both 2012 and 2016 at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig and will be teaching this summer at Aria camp, The Bach Suites workshop in Albany, Amherst Early Music festivals and with her Juilliard colleagues at Piccola Accademia in Italy.


In addition to chamber music and solo appearances, Ms. Carrai performs regularly with Juilliard Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chamber ensemble, Göttingen Händel Festival Orchestra and Ensemble and The Arcadian Academy. Ms. Carrai's recording of the six Bach suites for solo Violoncello and Duets of August Kummer can be found on the Avie label. She has joined forces with cellist, Beiliang Zhu and recorded a duo cello CD called “Out if Italy “ which will be released on Avie Records in 2019. She has also recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Gramophone,Aetma,Telarc, Decca and BMG. Ms Carrai plays on a restored Italian cello made in ca. 1690.  For more informaion on Pheobe, click here.

ELINOR FREY/cello

Fascinated by the cello's origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments. Her recent release on the Belgian label Passacaille, Berlin Sonatas with Lorenzo Ghielmi on fortepiano, was nominated for a Juno award for Best Classical CD, Solo & Chamber Music and won the 2015 Québec Opus Prize for Early Music CD of the year. Her first Baroque CD, La voce del violoncello, was praised for its “careful scholarship and brilliant layering of moods and tempos” (Toronto Star) and for the “honest, reflective beauty of her music making” (Strings). Her performance of this program was the winner of the public prize at the 2013 Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe. In May 2017, she released Fiorè, the world premiere recording of the sonatas of Angelo Maria Fiorè and various unknown Italian arias the, performed alongside Lorenzo Ghielmi and Suzie LeBlanc.

Frey's debut album, Dialoghi, is titled for the solo piece written for her by Steven Stucky, and her CD of new works for Baroque cello, titled Guided By Voices, will be released on the Analekta label in March 2019. These works are by Scott Godin, Linda Catlin Smith, Ken Ueno, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Maxime McKinley, and Lisa Streich. She also recently performed Lutoslawski's cello concerto and a new concerto by Colin Labadie with the Laurier Symphony, as well as a concerto by Keiko Devaux with Ensemble Arkea and conductor Dina Gilbert.

  

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 at 3:00 pm at Wellington United Church/243 Main St.

Exubérance et Nostalgie: Prix Opus Programme

Created by artistic director James Darling for the final concert at the 2018 "Concerts aux Iles-du-Bic” chamber music festival in Quebec, 'Exubérance et nostalgie,” won a prestigious “Prix Opus” from the Quebec Music Council for Concert. Strings, harp and piano will animate the stage, culminating in Robert Schumann’s Quintet for piano in E-flat major, Opus 44. Join us for this prize-winning concert that will close out our festival with a wave of exuberance!

This exciting event features the incredible talents of:  Philip Chiu on piano, Sanya Eng on harp, Elissa Lee, Matilda Kaul and child-prodigy, 13 year-old Hannah Tam on violin, Kathleen Kajioka on viola, Rebecca Morton and Tomas Djupsjöbacka on cello.

PHILIP CHIU/piano


Lauded as “...a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors” (La Presse), Phil Chiu is acclaimed for his brilliant and sensitive playing, as well as his particular ability to connect with audiences on and off stage. Inaugural winner of the Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer , he is more than a summation of technical and musical abilities and has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for communication and collaboration.


He concertizes extensively as soloist and chamber musician, appearing in recitals with leading international musicians including James Ehnes, Regis Pasquier and Raphael Wallfisch. He performs regularly with Jonathan Crow, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony and Andrew Wan, co-concertmaster of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. He is a veteran touring artist with Prairie Debut, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, and Debut Atlantic.

Phil has recorded for Warner Music, Analekta, and CBC Music. He can be heard on BBC Radio 3, Australia’s ABC Radio, ICI Musique, and Radio-Canada. He is extremely grateful for the support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation and Canada Council for the Arts. For more information on Philip, click here.


SANYA ENG/harp

Sanya is one of Canada’s most sought-after harpists, equally celebrated as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. A dynamic and sensitive performer, she has been described as “an outstanding musical talent” (Jerusalem Post), “remarkably polished” (Globe and Mail) and “dazzling with her delicate and intense command of the harp” (Musical Toronto).† She has been a featured soloist in many festivals and concert series throughout North America, Europe, Israel, Asia, and Africa.† As an active chamber and orchestral musician, she performs regularly with ensembles such as the Canadian Opera Company, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, New Music Concerts, Soundstreams, Continuum, the St. Michael’s Boys’ Choir, the Toronto Children’s Chorus, and the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus.† In addition, Sanya is passionately dedicated New Music as has personally commissioned and premiered countless works by both Canadian and international composers. She has recorded for Naxos, Centrediscs, CBC Records, Canadian Art Song Project, hatART, ClassXdiscs, and Orange Mountain Music.

KATHLEEN KAJIOKA/viola

Praised for her "fire and chamber music smarts" (Globe and Mail), violist and baroque violinist Kathleen Kajioka has established a career of unusual versatility. From the Classical music establishment to the World music scene, from Early Music to New Music to Pop, Kathleen has performed with all of Toronto’s venerable institutions. As a member of the award-winning Early Music chamber ensemble Masques, she has appeared throughout Europe, Canada and the US, and has received critical acclaim for their recordings on the Alpha and Zig-Zag Territoire labels (Gramophone Magazine 'Editor's Choice’, Telerama ffff, Diapason d'Or). She also enjoys revisiting her roots in Iceland, where she has served as concertmaster of the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra and the Skálholt Bach Consort. Kathleen is on faculty at the Glenn Gould School, Royal Consevatory of Music, where she teaches Historical Performance Practice. She brings all her musical experiences to bear in her role as broadcaster at The New Classical FM, and as host of “The Concert Series,” airing on Vision TV.

ELISSA LEE/violin

Winner of the 23rd Eckhardt-Gramatté Strings Competition, Elissa Lee has appeared as a soloist with top orchestras across Canada. She has held positions as second concertmaster in both the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestraand the WDR Sinfonie Orchester. Now enjoying a busy freelance career, Elissa tours frequently the greatest concerts halls and festivals in Europe. She has performed as Concertmaster with the Rundfunk Orchester München, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the KlangVerwaltung Orchestra in Munich, and Festival Strings Luzern, and in leading positions with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Luxembourg Philhamonic and the Canadian Opera Company. She has also been a guest of world renowned Chamber of Orchestra of Europe, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked under the baton of Claudio Abaddo, Simon Rattle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink and Daniel Harding. As a chamber musician she has performed with Louie Lortie, Augustin Dumay, Anton Kuerti, Pascal Devoyon, Kevin Fitzgerald, Lawrence Lesser, and Shauna Rolston and has been a frequent participant of Open Chamber Music in Prussia Cove, England. Elissa Lee joined Ensemble Made In Canada in 2010, which performs concerts and tours throughout Canada and the United States. For more information on Elissa – visit her website.

EMMANUEL VUKOVICH/violin


Critically acclaimed for his “attention to every detail of phrasing” Canadian violinist Emmanuel Vukovich is emerging as an artist of musical integrity and maturity. Grand-prize winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as first violinist the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet, Emmanuel is the current recipient of the 1700 ‘Bell’ Giovanni Tononi violin on generous loan from The Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. He is founder and artistic director of The Parcival Project, an international chamber music collective that has toured Canada and South America and artist in residence at Montreal's Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur "Bach Odyssey” - a multi-year series centered around the solo violin Sonatas and Partitas of J S Bach.


Recent highlights include a debut recital performance at Carnegie's Weill Hall, a live radio recital performance at the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, a recital for CBC Radio at McGill University celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Schulich School of Music; performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Oakville Symphony; the Mozart Violin Concerti with the Andreas Bello Orchestra in Santiago and Concepcion, Chile; the Bach violin-oboe concerto with oboist Alex Klein and double violin concert with Ida Handel, and a recital at the legendary Conservatory Recital Hall in Zagreb, Croatia at the invitation of the Canadian Ambassador to Croatia.



Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Emmanuel left home at sixteen to pursue studies with Dorothy Delay and Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School Pre-College and College divisions in New York. He continued his studies with Denise Lupien and André Roy at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music while also pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies at McGill’s School of Environment and Agriculture. During this time, he served as artistic director and concertmaster of Symphony in the Barn, an international summer chamber music festival and chamber orchestra in Durham, Ontario. This project became Music for Farms, an international chamber music initiative for Community Supported Agriculture farms throughout Canada and the United States. Upon completing his studies at McGill, Emmanuel served as co-manager for four growing seasons at Ferme Cadet Roussel, a 300-member CSA organic farm. The documentary film by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Bach in a Barn, portrays Emmanuel’s striving to re- connect culture and agriculture during this time.


Recently completing his Master of Music and Graduate Diploma degrees at New England Conservatory of Music with Donald Weilerstein, Lucy Chapman, and Soovin Kim, Emmanuel is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Music degree at Stony Brook University working with the Emerson String Quartet and focusing his thesis on collaborative leadership in performance. This interest in leadership has led him to work with Otto Scharmer and the Presencing Institute at MIT in Boston. Emmanuel’s final lecture recital will present the world premiere performance of an original composition on the story of Parzival & Fierefiz for solo violin, string quartet, and West African drum ensemble co-written with New York composer John McDowell. His final recital in the fall of 2019 will present the complete solo violin Sonatas and Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach.

BENJAMIN SMITH/piano

A laureate of the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Canadian pianist Benjamin Smith holds degrees from Juilliard, the Glenn Gould School, the University of Toronto, and Stony Brook University.  His principal teachers have been Andrea Battista, James Anagnoson, Julian Martin, and Christina Dahl.  He has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Canada and the United States, with recent highlights including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in Carnegie’sZankel Hall with the Hart House Orchestra.  Other soloappearances include the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Ontario Philharmonic, Orchestra London, and the Windsor Symphony.  Previously a member of the piano faculty at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Smithcurrently resides in Toronto working as a lecturer and coach for the Glenn Gould School and Taylor Academy at the Royal Conservatory.


DAVID HETHERINGTON/cello

For many years the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Cellist, David Hetherington is a founding member of the Amici Chamber Ensemble which presents an annual series of concerts at Mazzoleni Hall in Toronto. With Amici he has recorded twelve discs for Summit Records, Naxos, CBC records and ATMA Classique. Their first CD won a Juno award for Chan Ka Nin’s “Among Friends”. In 2013 Amici won a Juno award for their recording “Levant”, and their most recent recording “Inspired by Canada, Notre Pays” was released in November of 2017.

In addition to the Amici Chamber Ensemble, Mr. Hetherington is also a founding member of the string quartet Accordes, which performs regularly for New Music Concerts, Soundstreams Canada and other contemporary music organizations. In 2001, the Canadian Music Centre, through Centrediscs, released Accordes’ recording of Harry Somers’ String Quartets, for which it received a Juno Award nomination. Accordes has also recorded works by several other Canadian composers such as Norma Beecroft, David Eagle, Harry Freedman, Hope Lee, Alexina Louie and Jean Papineau-Couture.

Mr. Hetherington has appeared on several recordings for the CBC and for Centrediscs with whom he made the Canadian première recording of Talivaldis Kenins’ prize-winning cello sonata. Mr. Hetherington plays a cello made in 1695 by Giovanni Battista Grancino.

David currently teaches cello at the Glenn Gould School, coaches the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and is Music Director of the Interprovincial Music Camp.



KARIHWAWISHON JOE BROWN + KANONHSOWANEN DUSTIN BRANT/Two Mohawk Men from the Tyenidnaga Mohawk Territory 

Kanonhsowanen will play a traditional Water Drum and Karihwawishon, the traditional Horn Rattle. They will be singing the round dance and the woman's dance and if time allows, they will sing the moccasin dance. Please note that these songs can be very lengthy thus, they will only be singing a few verses of each song during the 15-minute window. Water is an essential part of their culture and the relevance it has with their women folk. The woman's dance is all about connections with women and all that they stand for including water. In addition, they will offer brief descriptions of each song before they commence. 

Joe is Turtle Clan from the Mohawk Nation at Kehnteke and has been directly linked to his culture since the age of twelve. He has been a lifelong leaner of the Mohawk language; as well as, his Longhouse traditions. A graduate in the Indigenous Social Service Worker Diploma Program, Joe obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Indigenous Social Work from Ryerson University and will embark on his studies in the Masters of Social Work, Indigenous Stream through Wilfred Laurier University this fall. In March of 2019, he founded Rotinonhsyonni Cultural Consulting, and through this work, he shares his knowledge and promotes Rotinonhsyonni culture and language with various agencies, organizations and educational institutes. He also offers counselling through one on one and group sessions using cultural and land based therapy.

Dustin is Wolf Clan from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Dustin has been facilitating Water Drum and Horn Rattle workshops for over 10 years, and has been preforming traditional social songs and dances for over 30 years. “Helping my people connect to their culture is a passion of mine, these workshops are more than just a hobby, this is what I truly love to do, and I feel so fortunate to have grown up surrounded by dedicated family and friends who have shared these same passions.” 

MATILDA KAUL/violin

As a member of the internationally acclaimed Daedalus Quartet, Canadian violinist Matilda Kaul regularly appears at major chamber music series and festivals across North America and Europe. Highlights of recent Daedalus seasons include concert tours of Germany and China, appearances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the 92nd St Y, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Isabella Gardner Museum Boston, and Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium, as well as the release of their latest recording, featuring a commission from Joan Tower. The Daedalus Quartet is in residence at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.


Since graduating from the Juilliard School, Matilda has also been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with whom she has enjoyed long term collaborations with conductors such Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Bernard Haitink and the late Nicolas Harnoncourt. She maintains a strong interest in historical performance practice, and can be heard in concert and in recording with groups such as John Eliot Gardiner's Orchestre Romantique et Revolutionnaire and English Baroque Soloists, in repertoire ranging from Haydn to Brahms and Bruckner.


Matilda moonlights as guest concertmaster or principal second in groups like the Helsinki Philharmonic, les Violons du Roi, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the BBC Philharmonic and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Matilda's major teachers were Donald Weilerstein and Ron Copes.

Matilda splits her time between Philadelphia, Helsinki and airports in between, but dreams of moving back to beautiful Canada. She is married with two small children.

TOMAS DJUPSJÖBACKA/cello

The roots of Tomas Djupsjöbacka’s musicianship lie in chamber music. He is a founding member and cellist of the string quartet Meta4, which regularly performs in key music capitals and concert halls around the world. Tomas is also the only Finnish member of the distinguished Chamber Orchestra of Europe.


In the last few years Tomas has developed a keen interest in conducting. He studied at the famous conducting class of the Sibelius Academy, graduating in 2017 and has attended masterclasses with Jorma Panula as well. Tomas receives regular private coaching from New York Metropolitan Opera Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.


Djupsjöbacka has appeared as a conductor with most of the orchestras in Finland; he made his subscription debut with the Finnish Radio Orchestra in 2016 with an all-Mozart program. In the upcoming season 2019-20 Djupsjöbacka will be returning to work with Sinfonia Lahti, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and Lohja Orchestra as well as making his subscription debut with the Turku Philharmonic.


Tomas Djupsjöbacka was announced Principal Guest Conductor of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra starting in autumn 2019.

Frey's honours include a US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship where she studied baroque cello with Paolo Beschi, the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, American Musicological Society, and Canada Council for the Arts grants facilitating her work on Italian cello music. In recent seasons she has performed with Il Gardellino, Constantinople, Clavecin en concert, Ensemble Caprice, SMAM, Les Idées heureuses, Arion, Les Boréades, and Theatre of Early Music, as well as with her quartet, Pallade Musica, grand prize winners of the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition and second prize winners in the 2014 International Van Wassenaer Competition in Utrecht. Frey holds degrees from McGill, Mannes, and Juilliard. For more information on Elinor, click here.

Hannah’s musical journey began when she enrolled in the Junior Music Program of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at the age of five and received her education at St. Paul’s Co-educational College and Primary School. She counts as her blessing to have been mentored by a number of influential teachers and artists in these two alma maters of hers and beyond, such as her principal teacher for 6 years, Michael Ma and Maria Jee also Warren Lee, and Chan Kwok Wai. 


Hannah plays on a Joannes Franciscus Pressenda violin made in 1826, which is kindly supported by Alfredo Primavera.


Hannah Tam’s performance today is funded by Musicus Society, with financial support from Bank of China (Hong Kong) and The Tung Foundation.


HANNAH TAM/Violin


Born in Hong Kong, 13-year-old violinist Hannah Tam is no stranger to the performing stage. Hailed by renowned critic as possessing “a high degree of musical understanding with every note refined and nuanced” (Oliver Chou, Asia Magazine), Hannah has garnered such international accolades as  the Memorial Performance Award at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland (2018), First Prizes at the Kolster Schontal International Violin Competition in Germany (2017), Bravo International Violin Competition in San Diego, USA (2017), Andrea Postacchini International Competition in Italy (2016).


Admitted to The Curtis Institute of Music with the Demeng Charity Foundation Fellowship at the tender age of 12, she is currently studying with Professor Ida Kavafian and is also a scholarship recipient of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.


With her fiddle, Hannah has graced stages of all sizes in Hong Kong, as well as in Japan, Finland, Italy, Germany, Vienna, Czech Republic, Canada and the United States. Her concerto debut with the Virtuosi Italiani Chamber Orchestra in Verona at the age of 10 was followed quickly by an invitation from renowned cellist Trey Lee to perform at the 2017 Musicus Fest alongside Mantua Chamber Orchestra, as well as a concerto appearance in Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018.  Most recently, Hannah received the Audience Prize (the only prize awarded) at the opening showcase ‘Mini Violini’ of The Concours Musical International de Montréal 2019, where “…her maturity of interpretation was unanimously recognized…” (Charlotte Monastesse, La Scena Musicale magazine).

Hannah’s musical journey began when she enrolled in the Junior Music Program of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at the age of five and received her education at St. Paul’s Co-educational College and Primary School. She counts as her blessing to have been mentored by a number of influential teachers and artists in these two alma maters of hers and beyond, such as her principal teacher for 6 years, Michael Ma and Maria Jee also Warren Lee, and Chan Kwok Wai. 


Hannah plays on a Joannes Franciscus Pressenda violin made in 1826, which is kindly supported by Alfredo Primavera.


Hannah Tam’s performance today is funded by Musicus Society, with financial support from Bank of China (Hong Kong) and The Tung Foundation.