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.
Aidan is ten years old. He started violin lessons with his teacher Alison Stewart when he was eight. In addition, Aidan has been playing the piano since he was five years old. Aidan enjoys performing both piano and violin at concerts, recitals, and competitions. In his spare time, Aidan practices karate and is a Cub Scout. Aidan’s other hobbies include bird watching, Lego construction, and learning WWII history. Aidan hopes to teach music lessons some day.
Paolo Rosselli was born in St. Albert and has always enjoyed playing music. At 17 years old, Paolo has been playing piano for 12 years, and has just completed his Grade 8 RCM. As well, Paolo has experience with teaching piano, accompanying singers for auditions, and playing in musical theatre productions, such as Two Tickets to Broadway’s Miss Saigon. Paolo has also been studying french horn for five years, and has played in various ensembles, including school bands, University of Alberta Honor Band, Edmonton Youth Orchestra and National Youth Band. He is currently preparing for post-Secondary music with french horn.
Sixteen-year-old Greg Parth has been playing piano since the age of five and enjoys many different styles of music. As part of his school’s concert band, jazz band, and Rock n’ Pop, Greg plays a variety of instruments. He is glad to have been a contender in the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival for the past many years, and appreciates the connections and opportunities that have resulted. Greg looks forward to opening for the St. Albert Chamber Music Society’s concert tonight, playing some of his favourite pieces before sitting back to enjoy the music of others.
Andrew Part, piano
Andrew began music classes at an early age and has had a love of music ever since. He started piano lessons at the age of five. He enjoys sharing his passion by performing for family and friends. For the past few years he has especially enjoyed playing duets with his friend Simon, as well as accompanying his sister Caroline on flute. He has won several Rotary Music Festival awards, including solo, duet and family music awards. He has performed at the Encore presentation with his sister and last year represented St. Albert at the Provincial Music Festival. He plays basketball with the Knights of Columbus, enjoys magic, origami, Lego and drama. It is his dream to, one day, play the bagpipes.
Simon Wong, piano
Simon started piano lessons at age three and has been studying with Janet Zinger for the past nine years. Simon loves to play piano. Since starting duets with Andrew at age six, they have played many pieces together, switching between primo and secondo. He has performed in many Rotary Music festivals and has won several awards. He has had the honour of being asked to Play “O Canada” at the encore awards ceremony. In addition to piano, he loves playing hockey, badminton and skiing, as well as his Lego.
Travis is seventeen years old and has studied classical guitar from the age of four. He has played in many festivals, competitions, concerts, and master classes since then, and has had the opportunity to perform in front of such guitarists as William Kanengiser, David Leisner, Anton Baranov, and Marc
Teicholz. He is currently in his final year of High School and competes as a Biathlete for the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club. Travis is currently auditioning for several music conservatories both in Canada and the United States, and looks forward to continuing his guitar education next year.
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