Guest Artists

 

Guest Artists subject to change.

Arthur Arnold - Music Director & Conductor

Music Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and PRISMA, Arnold has been recently described as ‘one of the rare conductors who not only possesses a flawless technique, but also inspires the orchestra, giving the individual musicians creative freedom’. 

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Lauren Margison - Soprano

Soloist in Strauss' Four Last Songs and during PRISMA on the Beach, soprano Lauren Margison is recognized at an early age for her ability to communicate with an audience. Lauren joins the prestigious Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal as one of their youngest members ever in the fall of 2016. This past summer Lauren placed as a finalist in the prestigious and highly competitive Meistersingers Vocal Competition in Nürnberg. 

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Dennis Kim - Violin (week 2)

Dennis Kim is Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Previously he was Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He then served as the youngest Concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, before going on to lead the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland.

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Richard Roberts - Violin (week 2)

Richard Roberts is currently serving as concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Montreal appointment, he was for eight years assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra under conductor Lorin Maazel. 

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Terence Tam - Violin (week 1)

Terence Tam, currently concertmaster of Victoria Symphony Orchestra, has been a soloist with orchestras in Europe, Australia and across Canada including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia.

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Jasper Wood - Violin (week 1)

Canadian violinist Jasper Wood has established a flourishing reputation as a soloist through his frequent performances with many of North America’s finest orchestras, in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Buffalo, and throughout Europe.  He has performed under the batons of Gregory Novak, George Cleve, Georg Tintner, Bramwell Tovey, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

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Yi Zhou - Viola (week 2)

Yi Zhou is principal violist of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera.He also performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently he was the soloist in the Bartok viola concerto with the Dearborn Symphony, performed in St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

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Andrew Brown - Viola (week 1)

Andrew James Brown is the Associate-Principal violist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the CBC Radio Orchestra for over eighteen years. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he has worked extensively with Vancouver's leading musical organizations.

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Yegor Dyachkov - Cello

Cellist Yegor Dyachkov is an inspired recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. Since being proclaimed Artist of the Year by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in 2000, Mr. Dyachkov has gone on to perform throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Canada and the United States, making his New York debut at Lincoln Center in 2000.

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Mark Morton - Bass

Mark Morton is Associate Professor of Double Bass at Texas Tech University, the third largest university in the second most populous state in the U.S.. He was principal bass of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, in which he was a member for 23 years. He is also principal bass of both the Lubbock Symphony and the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestras.

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Janet Arms - Flute & Piccolo

Janet Arms has, for the past 16 years, been a member of the New York City Opera orchestra, where she plays flute and piccolo. Janet has also performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, as guest principal flutist with the St Louis Symphony.

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Roger Cole - Oboe

Roger has participated in summer music festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood, Marlboro, Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver. He performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra many times. 

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Alain Desgagné - Clarinet

Alain started his professional career in 1989 with the Victoria Symphony, then became solo clarinet of the Winnipeg Symphony in 1996 and finally, in 2001, he won his current position of "clarinette solo associé" with the "Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal".

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Mathieu Harel - Bassoon (Week 1)

Mathieu Harel studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and at the Curtis Institute in Phildelphia. Since 1998, he is associate principal bassoon of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Harel also teaches bassoon at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and at McGill University, also in Montreal.

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Julia Lockhart - Bassoon (Week 2)

Julia lockhart is the Principal BassoonVancouver Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Julia has studied with bassoonists Bernard Garfield, Nadina Mackie Jackson, Jesse Read, Frank Morelli, and Michael Hope. 

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Fokke van Heel - French Horn

Fokke van Heel is the principal horn of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He has played principal horn with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under conductors Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur and George Benjamin.

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Marcus Goddard - Trumpet

Marcus Goddard is the Associate Principal Trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has performed with Vancouver New Music, Standing Wave, the Vancouver Opera, the CBC Orchestra and the VSO Brass Quintet.

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Gordon Cherry - Trombone

Gordon Cherry performed as the Principal Trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony and C.B.C. Vancouver Radio Orchestra from 1974 to 2009. Previously, he performed in the same capacity with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. 

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Paul Beauchesne - Tuba

Paul Beauchesne has been with the Victoria Symphony since 2004. Paul is on faculty as Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music



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Michelle Gott - Harp 

Michelle Gott is an award-winning and versatile harpist active in Canada and the United States. An experienced orchestral musician, Ms. Gott has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra,

St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops.

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William Linwood - Timpani, Percussion

A native of Saskatoon, William (Bill) Linwood studied with renowned percussionist George Gaber at Indiana University and continuedhis studies with Cloyd Duff (Cleveland Orchestra) and Kurt-Hans Goedicke (London Symphony Orchestra).

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Sungpil Kim  - Piano

Pianist Sungpil Kim has been praised for his “magic in its atmosphere, individuality and poise along with considerable technical finesse,”by International Piano MagazineMost recently, his all-Chopin recital was aired on WWFM radio for its “Celebrating Our Musical Future” and WBJC radio’s “Music in Maryland.”

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Tobin Stokes - Composer in Residence

Originally from Powell River, Tobin Stokes has become a prolific composer for opera, film, theatre, chamber ensembles, choir, orchestra, and large events. His childhood was filled with music; he played drums, studied piano, and was a charter member of the Powell River Boys Choir.  

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Guest Artists Biographies Below


Arthur Arnold - Music Director

 
Arthur Arnold is Music Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra (MSO). The rich association between Arnold and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra (MSO) dates back to 2001 and a momentous debut in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The Russian orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Arnold, performed two different programs to full houses on two consecutive nights. These concerts did not go unnoticed by the Dutch press: “The Moscow Symphony Orchestra was exceptionally convincing. This was mainly due to young Dutch conductor Arthur Arnold, who had his debut in the most beautiful concert hall of the Netherlands […].” The success produced an immediate return invitation a mere two weeks later, again to rave reviews in the Dutch newspapers: “The Russians played an entirely Russian program under the strong and convincing leadership of Arthur Arnold, who, until his two performances in the Concertgebouw two weeks ago, was a virtually unknown Dutch conductor. Arthur Arnold radiates serenity and natural authority. He conducted the great repertoire in grand style and in tranquil tempi that allowed the typical Russian sound of the orchestra to flourish, thanks to an excellent balance.” Arnold was soon appointed the Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra and its conductor have been regularly invited back to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. This productive partnership has deepened over recent years, Since 2010 Arnold has conducted all the concerts of the MSO Master Series in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. In 2012 he was appointed Music Director.

Arnold’s career has also taken him to North America, where he is the Music Director of the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA). Arnold is the spirit behind the festival and academy, which he co-founded in 2012. In Canada, Arnold has conducted the Victoria Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of the Glenn Gould School of Music and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. Arnold was the Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific for nine consecutive years through 2012 and the orchestra conductor and adjudicator for the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival from 2000 – 2012. In the USA, Arnold has been a regular guest at the Woodstock Mozart Festival in Illinois.

Annual engagements take Arnold frequently to Romania and Poland where he conducts many of the state philharmonic orchestras, such as the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra Iasi, the Targu Mures State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra, the Banatul Philharmonic Orchestra Timisoara, the Arad Philharmonic Orchestra and the Podlasie Opera & Philharmonic.

In his home country Arthur Arnold has conducted the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Netherlands Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nieuw Ensemble. National radio programs with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (Belgium) were all broadcasted live from the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. From 1997 – 2001 Arnold was the principal guest conductor for Seoul National Symphony Orchestra in South Korea. More info about Maestro Arnold: www.arthurarnold.com.

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Lauren Margison - Soprano

Soloist in Strauss' Four Last Songs and during PRISMA on the Beach, soprano Lauren Margison is recognized at an early age for her ability to communicate with an audience. Lauren joins the prestigious Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal as one of their youngest members ever in the fall of 2016. This past summer Lauren placed as a finalist in the prestigious and highly competitive Meistersingers Vocal Competition in Nürnberg.

A versatile soprano, she has performed extensively both in Canada and internationally, specializing in classical, jazz and pop repertoire. Some highlights to date include performances for Opera Ontario, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Beaches Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, The Cincinnati Pops, Hannaford Street Silver Band, the noon hour concerts at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Ottawa Choral Festival Gala, and the Venetian Ball under the baton of Marco Armiliato, (fundraiser for Villa Charities, Toronto) held on the main stage of the Four Seasons’ Centre for the Performing Arts.

She was chosen as one of four singers to perform the music of Gordon Lightfoot for Gordon Lightfoot at the Lifetime Achievement Heart and Vision Awards ceremony and concert and was a featured soloist on the City TV Christmas Carol Sing aired across Canada. She has shared the stage with such distinguished artists as Gordon Lightfoot, Rufus Wainwright, Russell Braun, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Measha Brueggergosman, Nicole Cabell, The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Louise Pitre, Sheila McCarthy, The Tenors, Jackie Richardson, Rex Harrington, John Fanning, Elaine Overholt, and her father, Richard Margison.

Ms. Margison appeared as a guest artist with Argentinian tenor, Jose Cura, at the Pavilhao Atlantico in Lisbon, Portugal, performing before an audience of 8,000 and a pan-European television audience. Lauren has also been part of the 4-member female vocal group, ‘The Real Divas’ and their CD, Café Society, is currently in release. After a successful tour of British Columbia and appearing as guest performers on the CBCTV broadcast of the National Jazz Awards, the young women appeared in concerts across the country.

In 2011 she attended the prestigious Castleton Festival in Castleton, Virginia, the brainchild of internationally acclaimed music director and composer, Lorin Maazel, as one of the youngest participants in the vocal division, and in August 2014 was the youngest member of the Highlands Opera Studio. Lauren performs across Canada with her father, Richard Margison, in their vocal duo, ‘Back to Back’, and continues to hone her vocal art under the tutelage of Richard Margison, and Valerie Kuinka. 

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Dennis Kim - Violin



"Kim's interpretation of Mozart's A Major violin concerto was of an internationally acclaimed standard. Mozart doesn't get any better than this.” - Harri Hautala, Aamulehti



Dennis Kim was appointed Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the spring of 2015. A citizen of the world, Mr. Kim was born in Korea, raised in Canada, and educated in the United States. Before coming to the BPO, he spent over a decade leading orchestras in Asia and Europe. Mr. Kim was first appointed Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. He then served as the youngest Concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, before going on to lead the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland. As guest Concertmaster, Mr. Kim has performed on four continents, leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Montpelier Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra of Navarra. He served as guest concertmaster with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on their 10-city tour of the UK, and led the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in their BBC Proms debut in 2014.

After making his solo debut at the age of 14 with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Kim has gone on to perform as a soloist with every major orchestra in China and Korea. Highlights include performing on 10 hours’ notice to replace an ill William Preucil, performing the Vivaldi Four Seasons 20 times in one week, and touring Japan with the Busan Philharmonic in 2008. Additionally Mr. Kim has worked with many of this generation’s greatest conductors, including Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Muti, Andre Previn, Yannick Nezet Seguin, and Sir Simon Rattle. As a chamber musician, Mr. Kim has performed with leading musicians such as Pinchas Zuckerman, Jaime Laredo, Carter Brey, John Sharp, Marya Martin, and members of the Orion, Tokyo, and Guarneri string quartets.

A dedicated teacher, Mr. Kim has been on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Korean National University of the Arts, Yonsei University, Tampere Conservatory, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, and Suolahti International Music Festival. His students have been accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music, Colburn School, Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, and the Queen Elizabeth College of Music and play in orchestras around the world. In the summer of 2016 he will serve on the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts as a Valade Concertmaster, working with students in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra program.

A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Yale School of Music, Mr. Kim's teachers include Jaime Laredo, Aaron Rosand, Peter Oundjian, Paul Kantor, Victor Danchenko and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. Mr. Kim plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor.

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Richard Roberts - Violin

Richard Roberts is currently serving as concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Montreal appointment, he was for eight years assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra under conductor Lorin Maazel.

Mr. Roberts received his early violin tutelage with the distinguished teacher Norman Carol, and at the age of seventeen, made his debut as soloist with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole with Stanislow Skrowaczewski conducting. He then pursued studies at Indiana University where he studied violin with Josef Gingold, and chamber music with Janos Starker and William Primrose.

He has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals in Canada, South America, Australia, the United States, and Europe, as well as performances with the orchestras of Minnesota, Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland, Montreal, and many others. He has performed the entire cycle of Bach's Sonata and Partitas for violin alone at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and was a frequent lecturer in the Cleveland Orchestra pre-concert lecture series. Richard Roberts is a violin professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal and has also served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec.

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Terence Tam - Violin

Consistently praised for his intense musicality and impressive technique, Canadian violinist Terence Tam has performed in Canada, the U.S.A, Australia, Europe and Japan as a recitalist and chamber musician.

He has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Europe, Australia and across Canada including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia. His performances have been heard on Canadian and Australian national radio and television. Tam made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1994 and his Paris concerto debut in 2000 playing the Ligeti violin concerto with the Academy of 20th Century Music Orchestra.  His CD recording of Dutch composer Wim Zwaag’s violin concerto was chosen as one of CBC In Concert’s best classical recordings of 2011.

Currently concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony, he also previously held this prestigious position with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia and Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada. An active chamber musician, Tam’s performances have taken him to the Sarasota, Ravinia, Meadowmount, Banff, Aspen, Encore, Hamptons, Scotiafest and La Conner music festivals. He has collaborated with musicians from the Juilliard, St. Lawrence, Ying and Pacifica string quartets. In recent seasons he has been featured as guest violinist at the Montreal Symphony’s ‘La Viree Musique’ festival, the Sweetwater Festival in Ontario, Music in the Morning in Vancouver, the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival, the St. Cecilia Concert Series in Halifax, the 35th International Viola Congress in Australia and at the Eine Kleine Summer Music Festival in Victoria.

Tam has been a top prizewinner of multiple international and national competitions including the Pierre Lantier International Violin Competition in Paris, the Rameau International Violin Competition, the CBC Young Artist’s Competition, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition and the Canadian Music Competition. Tam is also a recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the Chalmer’s Foundation of the Ontario Arts Council.

Tam studied at the Glenn Gould School of Music Toronto where he completed a double major with full scholarships in violin and piano. Subsequently, he pursued post-graduate studies at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore as well as the Hochschule fur Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, Germany.

Tam regulary gives masterclasses and chamber music coachings across Canada.  He is a faculty member of the annual summer Symphonic Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in British Columbia and has also taught at the Elder School of Music at the University of Adelaide.

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Jasper wood - Violin

“As an added gift, violinist Jasper Wood played … with a gorgeous sound and brilliant control of his instrument.  Wood sounded like an entire violin section unto himself.” –Halifax Chronicle Herald

Canadian violinist Jasper Wood has performed with many of North America’s finest orchestras, in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Buffalo, and throughout Europe.  He has performed under the batons of Gregory Novak, George Cleve, Georg Tintner, Bramwell Tovey, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Jasper has also garnered acclaim for his performances as a recitalist and chamber musician which have taken him to major cities worldwide in venues such as Dame Myra Hess (Chicago), Carnegie Weill Recital Hall (New York) and the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts.  Jasper has been equally committed to performing in Canada’s smaller communities, such as the Northwest Territories and other parts of northern Canada.

Jasper performs with guitarist Daniel Bolshoy in Duo Rendezvous, and piano trio Triple Forte with pianist David Jalbert and cellist Yegor Dyachkov.  He also performs frequently with pianist David Riley, with whom he has performed for twenty years and collaborated on multiple recordings.  Jasper’s CD project in 2013 includes a recording of the works of American composer Mathew Fuerst.  Education and outreach has always been important to Jasper, and as such regularly visits schools and gives masterclasses.

Jasper Wood resides in Vancouver with his wife, Grace, and two children, and is Associate Professor of violin and chamber music at the University of British Columbia.

Jasper Wood plays a 1914 Stefano Scarampella violin.

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Yi Zhou - Viola

Yi Zhou is the principal violist of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Prior to his appointment in December 2015, he was named Principal Viola of the Los Angeles Opera by Music Director James Conlon and Placido Domingo.  Yi has made recent appearances in the international music scene, including performing the Bartok viola concerto with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, a recital at the celebrated St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, performances at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a performance at the Three Rivers Music Center in California.  He was selected as Principal Viola of the Pacific Music Festival in Japan in 2008 under the baton of Fabio Luisi, and returned to the Festival in 2009 and 2010.  Yi has also performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

Yi is an active chamber musician.  He has collaborated with renowned artists including Menahem Pressler, Arnold Steinhardt, Ronald Leonard, Quatuor Ebène, Fiato Quartet and the New Hollywood String Quartet.

Among his awards and honors, Yi won first prize at the 2007 British Royal Overseas League Competition and the 2005 Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concerto Competition.  The latter led to a public performance of the Gyula David Viola Concerto.

Yi studied with Paul Coletti at The Colburn School of Music where he graduated with an Artist Diploma degree. Previously, Yi studied with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory in Boston and Jiri Heger at Singapore’s prestigious Yong Siew Toh Conservatory.  Yi has performed in master classes with such artists as David Takeno, Paul Silverthorne, and Annette Isserlis.

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Andrew Brown - Viola 

Andrew James Brown is the Associate-Principal violist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the CBC Radio Orchestra for over eighteen years. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he has worked extensively with Vancouver's leading musical organizations, including the Vetta Quartet, Curio, the Vancouver New Music Ensemble and Masterpiece Players. Andrew performs with violinist Mary Sokol Brown and cellist Ariel Barnes in the ensemble Trio Accord (www.trioaccord.ca). Their debut recording of Bach's Goldberg-Variations has just been released by Skylark Music and is available in the VSO gift shop!



Andrew has performed throughout North America, Korea, China and Japan, and recently spent three months with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He enjoys the eclectic musical environment in Vancouver where his engagements have ranged from intimate chamber music performances to rock and roll at the Coliseum with members of Led Zeppelin.



A former member of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Andrew earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati - studying with Donald McInnes, Paul Coletti, Gerald Stanick and Masao Kawasaki.

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Yegor Dyachkov - Cello

Lauded for his remarkable stage presence, depth of insight, nuance and generosity, cellist Yegor Dyachkov is an inspired recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. Since being proclaimed Artist of the Year by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in 2000, Mr. Dyachkov has gone on to perform throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Canada and the United States, making his New York debut at Lincoln Center in October 2000. He has appeared with major orchestras in such cities as Antwerp, Geneva, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto and Vancouver, and has performed at numerous international festivals in Évian, Kronberg, Lanaudière, Ottawa and Tanglewood. 

Deeply committed to chamber music, Yegor Dyachkov has performed with the Arditti, Borromeo and St. Lawrence Quartets, pianists Jean Saulnier, John Lenehan, Martin Roscoe, Anton Kuerti, Stéphane Lemelin and Marc-André Hamelin, violinists James Clark, Jonathan Crow, Antje Weithaas, Scott St. John, Andrew Wan and Yehonatan Berick, cellists Steven Isserlis and Colin Carr, and clarinetists James Campbell and Todd Palmer. He is a member the Magellan Ensemble and was part of Triple Forte for ten years until 2015.

Winning the Orford International Competition in 1997 led to an invitation from the Chandos label to record his debut CD featuring Glazunov's Concerto Ballata.  He subsequently made several critically acclaimed recordings on the Analekta, Brioso, Atma, Doberman-Yppan and CBC/Riche-Lieu labels.

A champion of new music, Mr. Dyachkov was soloist for the first French performance of Giya Kancheli’s Diplipito at the Evian Festival and for the North American premiere in Winnipeg. He is also the dedicatee of works by Michael Oesterle, Jacques Hétu, André Prévost and Ana Sokolovic. He was invited by Yo-Yo Ma and Sony Music to take part in the Silk Road Project.

Mr. Dyachkov studied with Aleksandr Fedorchenko in Moscow, Yuli Turovsky in Montréal and Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne. He also had the opportunity to work with Mstislav Rostropovich, André Navarra, David Geringas and Frans Helmersson. Mr. Dyachkov teaches at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, and at l’Université de Montréal.



For more information visit: http://yegordyachkov.com/

 

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Mark Morton - Bass

Mark Morton is Associate Professor of Double Bass at Texas Tech University, the third largest university in the second most populous state in the U.S.. He was principal bass of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, in which he was a member for 23 years. He is also principal bass of both the Lubbock Symphony and the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestras. First-prize winner of the 1990 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition in New York, Morton has soloed in Europe, South America, Canada, and the U.S. He has been a featured double bass soloist on radio broadcasts including NPR's "Performance Today.” Earning his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School in New York, Dr. Morton is only the second bassist to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the history of Juilliard. His critically acclaimed Thresholds and Russian Rendezvous CDs, have become reference recordings of standard double bass repertoire. He also shares a CD with bassist Gary Karr of double bass music by Paul Ramsier. Classical CD Reviews proclaimed him as “a most artistic representative of the new generation developed in the last half century.” His recent release on Albany Records, Bottesini Greatest Hits features Morton accompanying himself on piano, for which American Record Review says, “Mark Morton is a fine player on both instruments, and the music is lovely…” The DrMarkMorton YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/c/drmarkmorton has garnered over 1700 subscribers and more than a quarter-million views.

 

 

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Janet Arms - Flute & Piccolo

Janet Arms has, for the past 16 years, been a member of the New York City Opera orchestra, where she plays flute and piccolo. She has also performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, as guest principal flutist with the St Louis Symphony in the US and throughout Europe. She has played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston, at Tanglewood, and on tour. Janet has soloed in the U.S. and abroad with the New York Chamber Soloists. Ms Arms has a decade long association with the Bard Festival Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra at Bard, and is a former member of the San Francisco Ballet orchestra.  

She now makes her home in New York where she is active in commercial recording. Recent chamber music activities include performances with musicians of the NYC Opera at Lincoln Center, and guest artist with the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival in St Michaels, Maryland. Ms Arms is a prizewinner in both the NY Flute Club competition and the Concert Artists International competition.  



She made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall while completing her Masters degree at Juilliard, and has been an adjudicator and guest master class artist at NY Flute Club events. Ms Arms received her Bachelors degree from The Hartt School, where she is now a member of the flute faculty.

 

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Roger Cole - Oboe

Roger Cole has been Principal Oboist of the Vancouver Symphony since 1976. He has been Principal Oboe of the Carmel Bach Festival since 1997. He also played Principal Oboe in the CBC Radio Orchestra. He received his early musical training in Seattle, Washington where he studied with Bernard Shapiro, Principal Oboist of the Seattle Symphony. He went on to become a scholarship student at Yale University and The Juilliard School where he studied with the renowned American oboist, Robert Bloom.

Roger has participated in summer music festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood, Marlboro, Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver. He performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra many times. He has collaborated with Vancouver pianist Linda Lee Thomas on a CD for the CBC Musica Viva label entitled The Expressive Oboe. Roger is the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. He teaches at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music and also teaches many private students in his home studio.

 

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Alain Desgagné - Clarinet

Alain Desgagné won a "Premier Prix" from the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec and later obtained a Master's and Certificate degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, under the direction of Robert Marcellus. He started his professional career in 1989 with the Victoria Symphony, then became solo clarinet of the Winnipeg Symphony in 1996 and finally, in 2001, he won his current position of "clarinette solo associé" with the "Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal".

Desgagné has been on the Marrowstone Music Festival faculty since 1990 and was named principal clarinet of the National Orchestra of Italy in Martina Franca for the summer of 2005. Alain was a featured soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. He was for several summers the Principal Clarinet of the New European Chamber Orchestra in Seattle, Washington.  He is a member of the Faculty of Music at McGill University and a member of the group Kiosque. Following his studies at Northwestern, he was admitted in the Pi Kappa Lambda Musical Honor Society.

 

 



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Mathieu Harel - Bassoon

 

Associate principal bassoon with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1998, Mathieu Harel was acting principal bassoon of the OSM during the 2003-04 season. Born in Contrecoeur, near Montréal, Mr. Harel studied with Bernard Garfield at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and at the Montreal Conservatory, with Rodolfo Masella and Gerald Corey.

Prior to the end of his studies at Curtis, Mr Harel won the second bassoon position with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and he was also assistant principal bassoon with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago. He currently teaches at the Montreal Conservatory, and was a member of the faculties at McGill University, at the Trois-Rivières Conservatory and at the Camp Musical des Laurentides. Mr Harel plays on a bassoon made by Canadian maker Benson H. Bell.Conservatory of Music.

 

 

 

 

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Julia Lockhart - Bassoon



A native of Calgary, Julia Lockhart has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra bassoon section since 2002, and became Principal Bassoon in 2005. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she earned a bachelor of Music in bassoon and a Diploma in harpsichord.  Her Master of Music was completed through studies at Yale and the University of British Columbia.  Julia has studied with bassoonists Bernard Garfield, Nadina Mackie Jackson, Jesse Read, Frank Morelli, and Michael Hope.  

Julia serves on the faculty of the University of British Columbia, and has given master classes at several other Canadian universities.  A dedicated chamber musician, Julia is a founding member of the Harlequin Bassoon Quartet, and has toured BC with her woodwind trio.  She has created and performed numerous arrangements for bassoon with piano, with classical guitar, and for bassoon quartet.  

 

 

 

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Fokke van Heel - Horn

Fokke van Heel is the principal horn of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He has played principal horn with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under conductors Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur and George Benjamin. He has also performed with other distinguished conductors including Edo de Waart, Valery Gergiev, Marc Albrecht, Hartmut Haenchen, Oliver Knussen, Yakov Kreizberg, Ivor Bolton and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

As a soloist Fokke van Heel performed the two Richard Strauss concertos, Benjamin Britten's 'Serenade' and Oliver Knussen's horn concerto in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. “A wizard on his instrument, Fokke van Heel is one of the most significant horn players of this country. With seemingly no effort he impressively executed the demanding score of Oliver Knussen’s horn concerto.” (NRC Handelsblad)

Van Heel is Horn professor at the music universities of Amsterdam and Zwolle. He is an advocate of contemporary music and frequently performs with different chamber music groups. He began playing the French Horn in the local brass band of a little town in the Netherlands. He studied in The Hague with Prof. Oldrich Mílek (Czechia) and in Essen with Prof. Hermann Baumann (Germany). He also studied with Froydis Ree-Wekre, Peter Damm and Vitaly Boujanovsky in international master classes.

 

 

 

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Marcus Goddard - Trumpet

Marcus Goddard is the Associate Principal Trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has performed with Vancouver New Music, Standing Wave, the Vancouver Opera, the CBCOrchestra and the VSO Brass Quintet. Recent performing highlights with the VSO include playing Mahler's Blumine movement from the First Symphony and the trumpet solo of Gyorgy Ligeti's virtuosic Mysteries of the Macabre. Goddard is a member of Vancouver's Turning Point Ensemble.

Goddard has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe. As principal trumpet of the Tenerife Symphony, he participated in a recording of Mahler's Third Symphony. He has held principal positions in the Owensboro Symphony, the Colombus, Indiana Philharmonic and has played Co-principal trumpet in the Spoleto Festival, the Aims Festival in Graz, Austria and the National Orchestral Institute. Goddard received a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan under Armando Ghitalla and Charles Daval and earned a Masters from Indiana University as a pupil of John Rommel.

As a composer, Goddard has over thirty-five works in his catalog, including four recent pieces for large orchestra as well as many works for varied chamber ensembles. His most recent work, I Send Only Angels, was commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and premiered in February 2007 with Roberto Minczuk conducting. Critics, musicians, and audience members alike praised the work, describing its "shimmering, translucent, winning eloquence" and "perfectly judged" form and structure. Following the critical acclaim of that premiere, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal programmed I Send Only Angels for performance in November 2007, to be conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

Goddard has had three other orchestral works performed during the last several years. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performed My End Is My Beginning and Stay On the Sea while the Victoria Symphony performed Angels. Goddard's Voices Rising, for chamber ensemble, was premiered by the Turning Point Ensemble in March 2006, was broadcast on CBC Radio, and was performed again in Powell River, B.C. by members of the Chicago, Columbus, Vancouver, and Victoria Symphony Orchestras. Alexander Varty of the Georgia Straight wrote in his review that "Marcus Goddard's Voices Rising was just beautiful."

Prior to his focus on works for orchestra and large ensemble, Goddard composed many pieces for chamber ensemble. He performed his work, Exothermic, for trumpet and piano trio, with both the Quiring Chamber Players and Standing Wave Ensemble. Goddard's Millennia Music for brass quintet was performed by the VSO Brass Quintet in 2002 and broadcast by CBC Radio.

His work for large brass ensemble, Supernovas Collide, was premiered by the Vancouver Brass Choir in the fall of 2001 and Desolation Sounds, for brass quartet, was premiered by members of the Chicago and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras in 2005. Goddard recently completed Reflections on Slayton Pond, a work for flute and piano commissioned by the Vermont duo, Sarabande. He has composed a piano trio and violin duo as part of a series of chamber works for young players in the Quiring Chamber Music School in Vancouver.

Goddard's String Quartet was performed for many young audiences in British Columbia public schools during 2002. Goddard composed and produced the score to the film, Breakfast at Sharkey's, and has composed two modern dance works, which were staged in Indiana.

Goddard was born in 1973 in Vermont to an American father and French Canadian mother. He has participated in seminars with William Bolcom, William Albright, and Krystof Penderecki and has attended lectures of Philip Glass and Samuel Adler and is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre.

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Gordon Cherry -Trombone

Gordon Cherry performed as the Principal Trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony and C.B.C. Vancouver Radio Orchestra from 1974 to 2009 Previously, he performed in the same capacity with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Gordon studied Trombone with the late Emory B. Remington, graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 1971 with a Bachelor of Music in Trombone performance. In 2000 Mr. Cherry began Cherry Classics Music which now has over 350 works in its catalog including the well known "Complete Collection of Low Brass Orchestral Music". Mr. Cherry lives in Vancouver and has been married to his lovely wife Joyce, a Pianist and music teacher. They are often heard in recital together.

 

 

 

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Paul Beauchesne - Tuba

Paul Beauchesne (Principal Tuba, Victoria Symphony) has been with the Victoria Symphony since 2004. He is on faculty as Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music and a guest artisit at the  Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy each summer. Prior to moving to Victoria he performed across Canada and the United States with the Calgary based Foothill Brass Quintet. His first orchestral position was with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa.While living in Durban he enjoyed getting to know the South African wines, exploring the game parks, and learning to SCUBA dive.  He has performed with various ensembles including the Boston Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Vancouver Symphony.  Paul has been Section Head of Brass for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival since 2006, is a Yamaha Performing Artist and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Victoria in 2011.

 

 

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Michelle Gott - Harp

Michelle Gott is an award-winning and versatile harpist active in Canada and the United States. An experienced orchestral musician, Ms. Gott has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops. She has been a featured soloist at the National Arts Centre and the National Art Gallery in Ottawa, as well as with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic String Quartet. As winner of the 2009 Juilliard Concerto Competition, she made her Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall performing Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp. Ms. Gott has also performed extensively for productions on Broadway, including The Producers and The Fantastiks and for artists such as Diana Krall and Olivia Newton-John.

An avid performer of contemporary music, Ms. Gott has worked closely with many composers including Pierre Boulez, Virko Baley, Ursula Mamlok, Anthony Cheung, Nico Muhly, Andrew Staniland, and David Fulmer. Notable performances include a recording of John Adams’s Scheherazade.2 with the St. Louis Symphony in February 2016, the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s opera, Dark Sisters (2011), the North American premiere and a recording of Anthony Cheung’s Centripedalocity with the Talea Ensemble, as well as many premieres and performances with the AXIOM Contemporary Ensemble, Sequitur Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, the Slee Sinfonietta at the University of Buffalo, and for the National Arts Centre’s late-night contemporary music series Wolfgang Sessions.

 Ms. Gott’s passion for multidisciplinary artistic collaborations is at the heart of her commissioned projects. She commissioned Roderick Gorby to compose a work for small ensemble with two harps doubling on vocals, which Ms. Gott premiered at the 2011 World Harp Congress in Vancouver. Ms. Gott was also featured as harpist and vocalist at the Henry Mancini Institute of her own jazz arrangements, for which she was a prizewinner at the 2004 Lyon & Healy International Jazz and Pop Harpfest.

A winner of numerous national competitions, Ms. Gott is also a recipient of Juilliard's Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in the Arts as well as the Richard F. French grant for her doctoral dissertation research on the music of R. Murray Schafer. She is currently on faculty at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches harp and coaches chamber music. She is also the director of harp ensembles for the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. Originally from Las Vegas, Ms. Gott began her harp studies at the age of four with her late mother, Caryn Wunderlich-Gott. She then went on to study with Nancy Allen at The Juilliard School where she completed three degrees (BM, MM, DMA).

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William Linwood - Percussion

A native of Saskatoon, William (Bill) Linwood studied with renowned percussionist George Gaber at Indiana University and continued his studies with Cloyd Duff (Cleveland Orchestra) and Kurt-Hans Goedicke (London Symphony Orchestra).  Bill has been Principal Timpani with the Victoria Symphony since 1982 and has performed with many leading orchestras in both Canada and England.

Bill has been the Percussion Instructor at the University of Victoria since 2000.  In March of 2001 he directed the Canadian Premiere of George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique (original version 1924) with the University of Victoria Percussion Ensemble and in the following year directed a program dedicated entirely to the music of Edgard Varèse. In March 2006, Bill led the UVic Percussion Ensemble in a collaborative concert with Montreal’s Quasar Quartet.  This concert featured Sofia Gubaidulina’s In Erwartung,for saxophone quartet and percussion sextet.



In addition to teaching MUS333 (Percussion Techniques) Bill has offered numerous masterclasses and clinics for professionals, students and educators across Canada.  He has also contributed to several journals including a series of articles for the Canadian Band Journal. Since the summer of 2004, Bill has been the percussion instructor for the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in Powell River, BC and has been the percussion instructor at the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre since 1994.  

A strong advocate of new music, Bill is the co-founder and artistic director of Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble.  He has conducted such classic repertoire as Boulez’ Derive I, Ligeti’sChamber Concerto and Ferneyhough’s Flurries, as well as Canadian premieres of a wide variety of Canadian and international repertoire.  Highlights include the Canadian premieres or Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' De Assumtione Beatae Mariae Virginis, Thomas Ades' Concerto Conciso with Louis Lortie as piano soloist and the November 2007 Canadian premiere of Pierre Boulez’ Dérive II (2006).  A champion of the music of Quebec composer Gilles Tremblay, Bill has conducted several programs devoted to his music and recently led Aventa in “Le signe du lion”, the first in a series of Centredisc CDs devoted to the music of Gilles Tremblay.  Conducting highlights of the 2006-2007 season included the North American premiere of Norwegian Rolf Wallin’s The Age of Wire and String, the North American premiere of Anders Nordentoft’s opera On this Planet and the US premiere of Poul Ruders Abysm in New York City.

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Sungpil Kim, Piano

Award-winning pianist Sungpil Kim performs as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist across the US, in the UK, and in his native South Korea. Praised by International Piano Magazine for performances infused with “magic in atmosphere, individuality and poise,” his repertoire encompasses timeless masterpieces of the piano literature along with innovative new compositions.

Appearances as a soloist with orchestra include performances with the Manchester Camerata in England, where he performed the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 by F. Chopin and the Changwon Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra in Tongyeong, South Korea, which featured him performing the Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by S. Rachmaninov.

As a recitalist, he performs in prestigious halls as well as casual venues that support his mission to make classical music accessible to people everywhere. He has not only appeared on the Yamaha Rising Artist Series in Seoul but also performed on the same city’s House Concert Series. In 2015, he was heard by thousands in the New York metropolitan region performing an all-Chopin recital live on WWFM radio.

Mr. Kim was awarded the first prize at the 2011 Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition in Colorado and the 2009 South Orange Symphony Orchestra Artist Competition. As the third prize winner at the 2009 Manchester International Piano Competition in Manchester, U.K., he gave a recital during the Chetham’s Summer School of Music for Pianists in 2010. He was also the fourth prize winner at the 2010 Isang Yun International Music Competition in Tongyeong, Korea.

A prodigious child, within his first year of piano studies, Mr. Kim won top prizes in six national competitions in Seoul, including, at the age of 12, a grand prize at the 2000 Junior Korea Times Competition. In 2001, he performed in the 18th Young Musician’s Festival, which annually invites the winners of the major national competitions in Korea. He also gave recitals that were part of the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation’s Prodigy Concert Series in 2001 and 2002.

Mr. Kim earned the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied with renowned artist-teacher Yong Hi Moon. Previously, he studied for four years with the eminent pianist Martin Canin at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division in New York. Today, along with his international appearances, Mr. Kim is completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody, in the studio of Brian Ganz.

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Tobin Stokes - Composer

Originally from Powell River, Tobin Stokes has become a prolific composer for opera, film, theatre, chamber ensembles, choir, orchestra, and large events. His childhood was filled with music; he played drums, studied piano, and was a charter member of the Powell River Boys Choir. He holds a degree in percussion and in his early career performed as a percussionist and pianist in various ensembles from classical and contemporary to folk, country, jazz, and tropical funk in Victoria, Vancouver, and Toronto. 

Presently he scores documentary films for the BBC, CBC ("The Nature of Things"), and PBS. He co-scored "The Whale" ("Saving Luna") for feature film release in theatres across the USA and several other countries, with executive producers Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson.

Tobin is currently composing opera Pauline, with Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Pauline is a commission from City Opera Vancouver and will premiere in Vancouver in May 2014. His opera Fallujah received a workshop run-through in Vancouver in May 2012, and segments can be seen on the Annenberg Foundation website "Explore.org". Fallujah is now in further development in New York. His opera Rattenbury was produced in its concert version in September 2012, Victoria BC, with Arthur Arnold conducting, and is also now in further development in Victoria. His opera Nootka was presented in concert version at the 2010 International Choral Kathaumixw with conductor Don James. His first opera, The Vinedressers, had its second production here in Powell River as part of the 2005 SOAP program. 

First commissioned for event music by the BC Summer Games, then the opening ceremonies of the XV Commonwealth Games, Tobin received commissions for various 2010 Olympic celebrations and Torch ceremonies in Victoria and Powell River, along with various other olympic commissions and projects, including the First Nations Long House and Olympic House in Beijing. 

In choral music, Tobin has been commissioned by the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival for several works and is Composer In Residence at the festival, as well as for the Urban Youth Choir Festival in Orebro, Sweden. His choral works are published in Canada, the US, and France. 

From 2005 to 2008, Tobin was a Composer In Residence with the Victoria Symphony, composing and premiering several works and arrangements, including his second symphony and his first piano concerto. He continues an affiliation with the orchestra, writing commissions and arrangements. His orchestral works have been performed in Vancouver, Calgary, Kitchener-Waterloo, and London, Ontario. His "Bits of Beauty" were recorded by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra with Arthur Arnold, some of which can be seen on YouTube with short films by award-winning film maker Gord More. 

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