Season Eight is on the way and we are thrilled with our line up for the upcoming 2017/18 Season!
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The Royal Canadian Artillery Band is comprised of 35 full-time professional musicians, and is one of six Regular Force bands stationed across Canada. The band performs approximately 200 engagements a year both nationally and abroad, including military parades, ceremonial occasions, government functions, and formal concerts. Recent international highlights include performances in France for the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017, and the 100th Anniversaries of the Battles of Beaumont-Hamel and the Somme in 2016.
The RCA Band is under the leadership of Captain Christopher Embree, CD, Commanding Officer and Director of Music; Band Sergeant-Major Master Warrant Officer Daniel Keels, CD; and Drum Major Warrant Officer Benoît Parent, CD.
Brass Quintet: (Left to Right) Bombardier Angie Dolomount, Warrant Officer Ben Van Slyke, Sergeant Sylvain Beyries, Sergeant Annemieke Vanderkraay, and Sergeant Dan Pain. Photo by: Master Corporal Andrew Davis, Imagery Technician, 3rd Canadian Support Base Edmonton Garrison Imaging
Wind Quintet: : (Left to Right) Sergeant (Sgt) Grace Baker, Warrant Officer Benoit Parrent, Bombardier Angie Dolomount, Sgt Selina Kuo, Sgt Rob Spady
Photos by: Master Corporal Andrew Davis, Imagery Technician, 3rd Canadian Support Base Edmonton Garrison Imaging
New on the scene, Trio De Moda is turning heads with their style, flare and musical charisma. This trio, that arose out of friendship, began in late 2016 and includes violinist Neda Yamach, violist Clayton Leung, and cellist Kathleen de Caen.
Growing up in Edmonton, Kathleen de Caen started playing the cello at age 5. Her primary teachers were Grazyna Sobieraj, Julie Amundsen, Tanya Prochazka and Colin Ryan. She later went on to complete a Masters in cello performance with Matt Haimovitz at McGill University. As a soloist, she has been invited to perform with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions for their education series. Kathleen was also the featured young artist of the 2012 Symphony Under the Sky series. Kathleen will be acting as the principal cello of Symphony Nova Scotia, in Halifax, for the 2017/2018 series. Kathleen is also a regular casual player with the Edmonton Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic. She taught with Edmonton’s YONA-Sistema program from 2015-2017.
Neda Yamach grew up in St. Albert, Alberta, and began studying violin at the age 5. She studied at the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, NY, and at McGill University. After receiving her Bachelor of Music Degree with Outstanding Achievement in Violin Performance, she returned to Alberta to study at the Banff Centre for the Arts and then moved to New York to continue her studies at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2010, Yamach again returned to Alberta and joined the Alberta Baroque Ensemble. In 2011, she joined the Violin I Section of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, where she still sits today. She has appeared as a soloist numerous times with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her work as a performer and teacher, Yamach is also an ESO Ambassador for YONA-Sistema.
Born and raised in the Vancouver area, Clayton Leung began violin lessons at the age of three at the Langley Community Music School. He continued his studies at the University of Victoria and finally at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also performed with the Victoria, Vancouver Island, New World Symphony and National Arts Centre orchestras. As an avid chamber musician, he has performed in the Music at Memorial and the Atlantic String Quartet Recital series, and at the National Arts Centre, University of Toronto and the Vancouver Academy of Music. After joining the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2013, Clayton has immersed himself in the local arts scene; making appearances at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, Miles Zero Dance Company, Early Music Alberta, and is currently on faculty at the Alberta College Conservatory. He made his Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Alberta Baroque Ensemble solo debut in February and March of 2016 respectively.
** Pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm with Michael Massey and Zosha Di Castri. Concert to commence at 7:30 pm.
First Prize winner of the prestigious 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet has become Canada’s newest ensemble attracting attention on the international stage. This 16/17 season, the quartet immediately embarks on their Banff Competition winner’s tour, taking them to Germany, Italy, and Austria. This summer continues their presence at festivals in Canada and the United States. Next season will see the quartet perform in Europe, Israel, United States, and Canada.
As prizewinners, the Rolston String Quartet has also won First Prize at the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, Third Prize at the inaugural M-Prize Competition, and the Durosoir Prize at the 2016 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
Currently the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, the quartet has participated in residencies and fellowships at the Académie musicale de Villecroze, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival.
The Rolston String Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Chamber Music Residency. They take their name after the Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, founder and long-time director of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. They were the only ensemble to be featured on CBC’s 2016 list of hot Canadian classical musicians under 30.
Zosha Di Castri is a Canadian composer/pianist living in New York. Her work (which has been performed in Canada, the US, South America, Asia, and Europe) extends beyond purely concert music including projects with electronics, sound arts, and collaborations with video and dance. She has worked with such ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, ICE, Wet Ink, Ekmeles, the NEM, and Talea Ensemble among others. Zosha is currently the Francis Goelet Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University.
The Luchkow-Jarvis Duo was formed by Paul Luchkow and Michael Jarvis in 2007 to explore sonata repertoire for violin and keyboard, particularly that of the classical and Romantic periods, on instruments appropriate to each historical period: Paul uses a collection of violins and bows that reflect the changes in construction that took place from the early 17th-century up to the present day. Michael performs on appropriate harpsichords, organs, fortepianos, and early 19th-century concert grands (in historical temperaments), bringing audiences closer to the colour, texture and expression the composers knew.
Paul Luchkow is a versatile violinist and violist whose activities cover the range of music from the 17th century to the present day on modern and period instruments. A regular feature of Vancouver’s Early Music scene, Paul is a long-time member of the Pacific Baroque orchestra, appears frequently in concerts for Early music Vancouver, and MusicFest Vancouver, and was a founding member of the Burney Ensemble and of Vancouver’s 17th century string band “La Cetra”.
Michael Jarvis has been acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest harpsichordists and fortepianists. He has performed across Canada, the USA, England, Italy and Bermuda. He has worked with many of Canada’s finest singers and is in demand as a coach and collaborative artist. Michael has recorded for the Hungaroton, ATMA, Naxos, and Marquis Classics labels, and has many times broadcast nationally and regionally for the CBC, as well as across the U.S. on NPR.
Leanne Regehr and Janna Olson met during their graduate studies at the University of Alberta in 2002, and a similar passion for pedagogy and collaboration resulted in a deep friendship. That friendship, combined with shared artistic and teaching philosophies, and a love of the piano duet repertoire led to performances as the Regehr-Olson Duo. Their programs are diverse, often feature Canadian composers, and highlight the joy of music-making.
Originally from Three Hills, Alberta, Janna Olson holds a Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Alberta where she studied with Janet Scott-Hoyt. She is on the faculty of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning and is passionate about connecting piano pedagogy with recent research on how the musical mind works. Janna currently resides in Edmonton teaching privately and as a sessional instructor at The King’s University.
Leanne Regehr is a versatile pianist who is widely recognized for her intuitive ability to collaborate with other musicians across an extensive range of repertoire. She completed her Doctor of Music in Piano Performance at Northwestern University and explored further studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Aspen Music Festival.
Currently based in Edmonton where she serves on the faculties of the University of Alberta and The King’s University, Leanne is also the pianist for Edmonton Opera and the Richard Eaton Singers.
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