The Strathcona String Quartet is Edmonton’s most outstanding and versatile professional chamber music ensemble. Performing together since 1987, they appear weekly at diverse venues from the major concert and recital stages of Alberta and beyond to playing for weddings, conventions, and garden parties. They have released two highly praised CDs which are frequently heard on radio stations across North America including CBC radio and Edmonton’s own CKUA and CJSR.
The Strathcona String Quartet is well known for their numerous world premiere performances of many works for string quartet by local and international composers. They perform much of the Classical and Romantic repertoire for string quartet and are now venturing into the wonderful world of historically informed performance of early music on period instruments.
The string quartet members are Jennifer Bustin, violin; Shannon Johnson, violin; Sarah Woodman, viola; and Josephine van Lier, cello.
Allene Hackleman has been principal horn of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 2004. A native of Vancouver, Allene studied horn with her father, Martin Hackleman, continuing undergraduate work at the University of Cincinnati. Ms Hackleman has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Montréal Symphony, and has performed concerti with the Edmonton Symphony, Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Victoria Symphony. She is currently a member of the Summit Brass ensemble and is on their most recent CD release Allene teaches at the University of Alberta.
Pianist Sarah Ho is a leading Canadian soloist, chamber musician, collaborative artist, and teacher. Sarah has performed in recitals, festivals and competitions in Canada, the United States and Europe, and been guest artist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, among others. A graduate of Indiana and Yale University,
Sarah has studied with such renowned musicians as Menahem Pressler and Claude Frank. Sarah currently resides in Edmonton where she is on faculty at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music-MacEwan University.
Eric Buchmann studied violin at the Conservatoire de Montréal and at the Université de Montréal where he earned a Bachelor of Music and a DESS degree. In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles to continue his studies at the University of Southern California. Two years later he joined the New World Symphony in Miami Beach where he played under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and many other music directors from all over the world. His violin teachers include Sonia Jelinkova, Vladimir Landsman, Jean-François Rivest, William Preucil and Martin Chalifour.
Eric Buchmann joined the first violins section of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2006 and was appointed Assistant Concertmaster following auditions in 2009. He also served as Interim Concertmaster from 2010 to 2013. Eric performs regularly with the ESO as a soloist and is also a member of the Alberta Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Paul Schieman.
Violinist Frank Ho holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Alberta, as well as a Certificate in Performance and a Master of Music degree from Yale University. Born in Hong Kong, Mr. Ho arrived in Canada at the age of five. He studied with Evan Verchomin and James Keene at the Alberta College Conservatory in Edmonton; with Sidney Harth and Erick Friedman at the Yale School of Music in America; and with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. His performing career as soloist and chamber musician has taken him across three continents. In Canada, many of his concerts have been featured on the CBC. He is currently a faculty member of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music . Mr. Ho is an adjudicator at music festivals across the country and has been a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto since 2006.
Dr. Bianca Baciu has led an active career as soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. After establishing her early career in Europe, at age 24, Dr. Baciu moved to Canada, where she has received numerous awards including the Marusia Yaworska Scholarship for the most talented musician in Canada, and the prestigious Izaak Walton Killam PhD Scholarship for research at the University of Alberta. Bianca Baciu received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (2000) and a Diploma in Advanced Pedagogy (1999) from Transylvania University in Romania. She earned her Master’s in Piano Performance from the University of Western Ontario (2002), and her Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Alberta (2006) in Canada. She currently teaches piano and piano literature at Alberta College, Grant MacEwan University, and also maintains a full private teaching studio in Edmonton.
The piano duo of Ina Dykstra and Nancy Watt was formed in 2006. They bring their years of experience as solo performers together to present an eclectic mixture of musical styles to the concert stage. Their diverse repertoire ranges from the elegance of the classics to the passion of the Romantic period and also includes a variety of 20th century composers.
Ina holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Alberta as well as a degree in Music Therapy from Capilano College in Vancouver, B.C.
Nancy holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta and an Associate in Piano Teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Both pianists maintain busy teaching studios, Nancy in St. Albert, and Ina in Victoria, BC. They are also known for their work as versatile accompanists and inspiring adjudicators throughout the prairie provinces.
Trevor Sanders began teaching guitar at MacEwan University’s Alberta College Conservatory of Music in 2001. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta (MMus) and Augustana University College (BA specialized in Music). He’s an active performer whose appearances as a chamber musician and as a soloist have been heard in various concert series, and on CBC Stereo. Trevor has been involved with a number of guitar ensembles, and is a founding member of the University of Alberta guitar quartet and the Edmonton Guitar Trio. He has also performed as a soloist with the Alberta Baroque Orchestra. Trevor currently teaches guitar for MacEwan University’s Alberta College Conservatory and for the University of Alberta at its Augustana Campus.
Violinist Guillaume Tardif is a faculty member at the Department of Music, University of Alberta. He completed studies at the Conservatoire de Quebec (Premier Prix) and the Eastman School (DMA), and earned awards at the Canadian Music Competition. He traveled widely to present concerts, lectures, papers at conferences, and masterclasses – including a debut recital in Paganini’s 24 caprices at Carnegie-Weill Hall in NYC. He served as Interim Chair and Associate Chair (Graduate) for the Department of Music, as President of the Alberta String Association, and as adjudicator for a number of competitions and foundations in Alberta and Canada. In Edmonton, he leads a series of free downtown concerts with the Enterprise Quartet, for which he was named as Top 40 under 40 in 2012.