Dr. Milton Schlosser is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. He had an award-winning university career in Alberta, including being recipient of a prestigious McCalla Professorship for his significant contributions to research, teaching, and learning. Based at UAlberta’s Augustana Campus in Camrose, he also taught graduate-level piano pedagogy courses in Edmonton. Hired as a full-time professor at the age of 23, he instructed courses in all major areas of the music curriculum and served in key administrative positions.
As a pianist, Milton is known for his live and broadcast performances as solo recitalist, collaborative pianist, and soloist with orchestra. Over the past decade, he has performed in Canada, France, the US, Germany, Japan, China, Ireland, and France. He has released five recordings that feature him as a soloist and collaborative pianist performing pieces drawn from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. Two of the recordings highlight works by renowned American composer Frederic Rzewski, including one piece commissioned by Milton.
Alongside his activities as a performer, Milton is a published researcher and composer. As well, he has trained and competed as a triathlete since 2019. His diverse interests are exemplified in the article “Minding the music: Neuroscience, video recording, and the pianist.” Found in the International Journal of Music Education, Milton offers best practices in the use of digital video equipment by pianists through the examination of intersections between neuroscience, contemplative studies, and sport psychology.
Brian Yoon enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and Principal Cello of the Victoria Symphony. He has performed as guest principal with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand.
Since winning First Prize at the 35th Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, Brian has been presented in recital from coast to coast, with performances of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Crumb and Metallica. He maintains a strong commitment to contemporary music, often programming works from the 21st century. In 2012, CBC Music featured Brian as “Canada’s next cello superstar” with a national broadcast of a recital recorded at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.
Born in South Korea, Brian started music lessons at the age of six. After immigrating to Canada, he continued cello studies with Judith Fraser at the Vancouver Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Certificate in Music Performance. He began post-secondary studies in the Faculty of Science at UBC, but later completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa studying with Paul Marleyn, and a Master of Music at Rice University studying with Desmond Hoebig. Brian has been generously supported by the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation.
Brian currently plays a 1905 cello by Gaetano Sgarabotto of Milan, purchased with the generous support of Dr. Fritz Boehm and the Gail O’Riordan Memorial Fund for Music and Performing Arts at the Victoria Foundation.
Concert Sponsor: Dr. Alan Murdock