Tersona was formed when three veteran musicians chose to share their passion of chamber music. Anna Kozak, Colin Ryan and Sylvia Shadick-Taylor perform music for violin, cello and piano, indulging their audiences with a broad spectrum of musical styles and colours. From tender simplicity to lush virtuosity, their concerts shine with the sheer joy of music.
Anna Kozak is a violinist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and an assistant concertmaster of the Alberta Baroque Ensemble. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music degree from the University of Calgary. Although Anna loves being an orchestral musician, a profession that has taken her to concert halls all over Europe as well as Carnegie Hall in New York, her lifelong passion is chamber music.
Colin Ryan graduated from McGill University in Montreal and continued his studies in the United States and in Europe. He was Principal Cellist of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra between 1976 and 2015. Mr. Ryan has also performed with the Orford String Quartet, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver and the World Philharmonic Orchestra, an orchestra comprised exclusively of principal players of orchestras from around the world.
Edmonton pianist Sylvia Shadick-Taylor excels as a soloist, yet is equally comfortable as a chamber musician, collaborative pianist, teacher, adjudicator and clinician. She has been heard in concert in North America, Europe and Asia, including at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Her concerts often include contemporary Canadian and American music. Due to her promotion of Canadian music, she was named an Ambassador of the Canadian Music Centre in 2009.
Festival director and concert artist Jason Cutmore has performed piano recitals and collaborative concerts throughout North America, Europe and India. In 2005, he made his Chicago recital debut in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts with an all-Liszt programme that was heard live on WFMT radio and broadcast on television.
Currently based in New York City, Jason is originally from Edmonton, Canada, and serves as the Director of Alberta Pianofest. He also serves on the faculties of two historic community music schools in Manhattan.
Brazilian violinist Vladimir Rufino received his Master of Music degree from Azusa Pacific University (USA), Artist Certificate from Azusa Pacific University (USA), and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Universidade Federal da Paraíba (Brazil). Rufino has been concertmaster and soloist for orchestras in Brazil, United States, and Canada.
Mr. Rufino is currently first violin of the Vaughan String Quartet.
Kathleen de Caen is a classically trained cellist, currently based in Edmonton. She completed her Bachelor’s of Music at the University of Alberta with Tanya Prochazka and her Masters at McGill University with Matt Haimovitz. She has been invited to perform with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, as a soloist, on multiple occasions for their education outreach series and has also performed with the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra as winner of their concerto competition.
Pianist and pedagogue, Janet Scott-Hoyt has a wealth of experience on the concert stage and in the teaching studio. A professor at the University of Alberta from 1998-2014, she won the prestigious “Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching” – a university-wide award which acknowledges outstanding commitment to undergraduate teaching. A highly sought-after collaborative pianist, Ms. Scott-Hoyt has performed across Canada, the United States and in Europe with internationally renowned artists. She holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Alberta and completed further studies in Europe and at the Banff Centre.
Lidia Khaner has performed as Principal Oboe with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1996. She studied oboe in her native Poland at the Warsaw Academy of Music and graduated With Distinction in 1987. She has performed and recorded solo concerti with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and soloed with the Edmonton Symphony and the Edmonton Chamber Orchestras.
Described as “the epitome of confidence and finesse” and “a miracle of unified thought”, the Calidore String Quartet has established an international reputation for its informed, polished, and passionate performances. The Calidore String Quartet is currently artists-in-residence and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University and was appointed to the prestigious roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two for the 2016- 2019 seasons. In recognition of their international acclaim, the quartet won the 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship becoming the first North American ensemble to win the prestigious award. The Calidore String Quartet regularly performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has debuted in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall, Schneider Concerts (NYC) and at many significant festivals, including Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Rheingau, East Neuk and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Nora Bumanis has been Principal Harpist of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1980. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto. Ms. Bumanis is much in demand as a soloist, recitalist and teacher. She has performed with most of the leading Canadian symphony orchestras. In addition she has performed with the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company orchestras. Ms. Bumanis teaches at the University of Alberta and Alberta College Conservatory.
Keri Lynn Zwicker is a versatile musician who is sought after as a soloist, teacher and side musician in both Celtic and Classical realms. She holds an ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts from the University of Alberta. Keri tours internationally with David Wilkie’s band Cowboy Celtic, plays second harp with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and leads a trio of musicians in her solo project “HarpRouge.
Lizzy Hoyt is an award-winning Canadian vocalist and songwriter. She delivers music and stories with soaring melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions. Lizzy’s fourth album New Lady on the Prairie is a mature and refined ‘trans-Atlantic’ sound that blends influences from Celtic, bluegrass and folk traditions. The album was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Western Canadian Music Award and Three Independent Music Awards (USA). It was also named one of the Best Albums of 2014 by the Indie Acoustic Project (USA).
Katy Berger, piano
Katy Berger, seventeen years old and a homeschooled student, began playing the piano at the age of six. She feels like she has always known that she wanted to be a musician, either performing or teaching piano. Previously, she studied music with Janet Zinger, and currently she is studying with Joseph Fridman. Last year she took a Socratic Discussion course in music history, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Her favorite genre is the Romantic era. She has won several awards for Theory, performed annually at St Albert Rotary Festival and as well this spring had the privilege to perform at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival. Another musical avenue that Katy enjoys is playing in the Parkland Handbell Choir in Spruce Grove. Katy’s other interests are drawing, whittling, crochet, and teaching herself to play the accordion.
Rayna McFeetors, violin
Rayna McFeetors, thirteen years old, has been playing violin for four years. She feels privileged to be studying with Dr. Guillaume Tardif at the University of Alberta. Rayna enjoys performing both on violin and piano and you will find her at many music festivals such as St Albert Music Festival, Fall Music Festival, and the Contemporary Showcase. She has studied piano with Renna Hoang and Dr. Ping-Shan Liao. Her musical pursuits extend beyond violin and piano, to include playing clarinet in her school band and singing in Edmonton Young Voices chamber choir. Aside from making music, Rayna enjoys long distance running and horseback riding.
Alicia Krips – piano
Alicia Krips, sixteen years old, has been surrounded by music her whole life. Her parents are both accomplished musicians, and she started to learn music at a very young age. Alicia has taken piano lessons with Nancy Watt since she was six years old, and enjoys performing at Contemporary Showcase and at the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival. She completed grade 9 piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music in January and has earned the highest mark in basic harmony in Edmonton. Alicia also plays the French horn with her school band and with Horns o’Plenty, a large horn choir, and has played in the U of A honour band. Aside from music, Alicia enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with her dog.
Céline Martin – Violin
Céline Martin, eighteen years old, has been playing the violin since the age of four. She is currently studying music with Alexandra Vasylevska, and recently completed her grade 7 violin through the Royal Conservatory of Music in June of 2016. As well as giving the joys of music to her whole family, Céline can be found performing at the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival with all kinds of different pieces. As well as playing the violin, Céline has enjoyed being in her school bands throughout junior high and high school playing the flute. Currently attending the University of Alberta and studying in the Science Program, her dream is to eventually become a pharmacist. Even through all of the hours spent studying, Céline still finds time every day for her passion of music. Aside from music, Céline is a black belt in karate, has a part time job as a server and loves spending time with her friends.
Jacob Kryger, percussion
Jacob Kryger, eighteen years old, has been playing percussion since the age of eight and enjoys sharing his passion for music through performing and teaching. He has been studying percussion with Brian Jones of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since he was ten years old. Currently, studying at the University of Alberta in the Bachelors of Music program Jacob continues to study with Jones. Jacob performs with many ensembles including the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, University of Alberta Symphonic Winds Ensemble, University of Alberta Concert Band as well as his own group; ska band “Thursdays.” Jacob has also performed solo on percussion as well as piano in the Rotary Music Festival for many years and achieved the Rose Bowl award in 2016. It is Jacob’s goal to one day become a percussionist in a professional orchestra.
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