Robin Doyon, trumpet and Andrea Pedro, piano

Saturday, May 2, 2020 -  7:30 PM 

St. Albert United Church 

A native of East Angus, Quebec, Robin Doyon was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2008. Since that appointment, he has appeared as soloist with the ESO, with the Red Deer Symphony, and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble.

 

He received his Bachelor of Music and Masters in Classical Interpretation at the University of Montreal with Jean-Luc Gagnon. He has studied with many masters of the trumpet including Allen Vizzutti, Jens Lindemann, and James Thompson. In 2002, he was Laureate of the National Music Festival, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, and the Radio-Canada Young Artists Competition.

 

Mr. Doyon has also been recipient of numerous other prizes, including the 2007 prix avec Grande distinction from the Montreal Conservatory of Music. He has been a member of the

Grand Ballet of Canada Orchestra, and is a regular performer with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Laval, Longueuil, and the Metropolitan Orchestras. He also performed with the Contemporary Ensemble of Montreal and the Contemporary Music Society of Quebec. Robin currently teaches at the University of Alberta.

Award-winning pianist Andrea Pedro is praised by teachers and colleagues for her adaptability and attention to detail. Studying on full scholarship at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, she is a sought-after soloist and collaborator. She was featured in the university’s donor impact report and receives regular opportunities to perform in masterclasses with visiting artists. A student of Dr. Patricia Tao and Dr. Jacques Després, Andrea graduated in the spring of 2019 with a MMus.


In January 2019 and 2018, Andrea won the Johann Strauss Scholarship for Advanced Study of Music in Austria. Last July, she attended Alpen Kammer Musik, a chamber music festival in Liesing, Austria. As one of the six pianists selected, she had the opportunity to work with

international faculty and played in five different groups (strings, voice, and piano).

 

Last August, Andrea’s chamber group, Adventure Trio, represented Alberta at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals in New Brunswick, winning Third Prize. Also in August, Andrea performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G minor with Orchestra North in Smithers, BC. In 2017, she toured northern BC with Orchestra North’s chamber ensemble, a group of advanced students and professionals. In the past several years, Andrea competed provincially in solo piano, and nationally in chamber music, receiving First Prize with her trio in the 2015 Federation of Canadian Music Festivals in Edmonton. Earlier in 2015, the same group, AJA Trio, won First Prize in the Friends of Chamber Music Young Musicians Competition in Vancouver. Andrea completed her BMus at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, studying with Jane Hayes from 2013 to 2017.

 

A curious and dedicated pianist from northern BC, Andrea is most fond of 20th century Russian music and contemporary classical music. One of Andrea’s goals as an artist is to explore why classical music is relevant today and to find ways of sharing it with people, especially young people, in small northern communities. This year, she received a SSHRC grant for her project proposal on performing Canadian piano music in northern BC. In past years, she has given solo recitals in her hometown, Terrace, and neighbouring town, Kitimat.

Although introduced to the instrument at age 4, it was only while dissecting frogs and CPUs in college that Andrea realized she wanted to spend her life exploring music. When not at the piano, she likes to play chess and draw graphite portraits

Concert Sponsors:  Terjon Holdings Ltd.