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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Máté Szücs - Viola (week 1) - Soloist

Máté Szücs is the principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic and PRISMA's soloist in Berlioz' brilliant "Harold In Italy". Szücs is a teacher at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy. He is regularly invited as a soloist in Europe and plays chamber music together with musicians such as Janine Jansen, Vadim Repin, Ilja Gringolts and Vladimir Mendelssohn.

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Dennis Kim - Violin

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

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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Martin Chalifour - Violin

Chalifour has appeared as soloist with conductors Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Outside the U.S., he has played solos with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Montreal Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Malaysian Philharmonic.

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Michael Gieler - Viola (week 2)

Michael Gieler is the principal violist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He took up the violin at the age of five and was already a member of a professional string quartet as a teenager. After completing his studies in Vienna, he was awarded a scholarship by the Herbert von Karajan Foundation to study viola at the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. 

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Yegor Dyachkov - Cello (week 1)

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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Brian Yoon - Cello (week2)

Cellist Brian Yoon has been described by the CBC (Canadian Broadasting Corporation) as “Canada’s next cello superstar”. Currently the Principal Cello of the Victoria Symphony, he has been a guest principal with the Kingston Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

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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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Marc Goldberg - Bassoon (Week 1)

Marc Goldberg’s work as musician has taken him throughout the country and around the world with a host of premier ensembles. He is currently principal bassoonist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, having previously served as associate principal bassoonist with the New York Philharmonic.



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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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Laurens Woudenberg - French Horn (week 1)

Laurens Woudenberg is principal French Horn in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 2012. In 2015 he made his debut as a soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Mozarts second Horn Concerto under the baton of maestro Franz Welser-Möst.

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Oliver de Clercq - French Horn (week 2)

Oliver de Clercq is principal French Horn of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He performed the World Premiere of 'Mosaic' by Knudson, the Albanian Premiere of Strauss's First Concerto, and in various concerti with the Albanian Radio Television Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony, Vancouver Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, and West Coast Symphony. 

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Paul Merkelo - Trumpet (week 1)

Renowned as one of the finest trumpet players of his generation, Paul Merkelo is recognized for his "pure technical prowess’’  as well as his ‘’unusual lyrical gifts’’. Principal trumpet with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1995, Mr. Merkelo is praised by the Montreal press as ‘’a spectacular soloist… a most impressive master of his instrument’’

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Marcus Goddard - Trumpet (week 2)

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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Cheryl Losey Feder - Harp 

Cheryl has appeared as a soloist with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, National Repertory Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Sarasota Orchestra. As an orchestral harpist she played in the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony and the New World Symphony under conductors including Michael Tilson-Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, and Franz Welser-Most. 

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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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Máté Szücs - Viola

Máté Szücs is the principal solo viola player at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a first prize winner on viola at the International Violin and Viola Competition in Liège, Belgium. He was also a finalist at the International Viola Competition ‘Jean Françaix’ in Paris and laureate of the International Music Competition ‘Tenuto’ in Brussels.

Szücs was just eleven when he won the special prize at the Hungarian Violin Competition for Young Artists. He went on to win first prize at the Violin Competition of Szeged and first prize for ‘Best Sonata Duo’ at the Hungarian Chamber Music Competition. At the age of seventeen, he changed from the violin to the viola and graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Royal Conservatory of Flanders with the highest distinction. He continued his studies at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth where he obtained his diploma, again, with the highest distinction.

Szücs is a member of various chamber ensembles such as the Mendelssohn Ensemble, Trio Dor, Enigma Ensemble and Fragments Ensemble. He has been a solo viola player with various prestigious orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, the Bamberger Symphoniker, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Szücs is a very enthusiastic teacher, he teaches viola at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy and has previously held a teaching position at the University of Music in Saarbrücken, the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark and is also viola tutor at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, UK. Szücs is regularly invited as a soloist in Europe and plays chamber music together with musicians such as Janine Jansen, Vadim Repin, Ilja Gringolts and Vladimir Mendelssohn.  

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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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Martin Chalfour - Violin

Martin Chalifour began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995. The recipient of various grants and awards in his native Canada, he graduated with honors from the Montreal Conservatory at the age of 18 and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and is also a laureate of the Montreal International Competition.Apart from his LA Phil duties he maintains an active solo career, playing a diverse repertoire of more than 60 concertos. Chalifour has appeared as soloist with conductors Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Outside the U.S., he has played solos with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Montreal Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Malaysian Philharmonic, among others.

Chalifour began his orchestral career with the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony, playing as Associate Concertmaster for six years. Subsequently he occupied the same position for five years in the Cleveland Orchestra, where he also served as Acting Concertmaster under Christoph von Dohnányi. While in Cleveland, Chalifour taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and was a founding member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio.

Chalifour is a frequent guest at several summer music festivals, including the Sarasota Festival, the Mainly Mozart Festival, and the Reno Chamber Music Festival. In December 2014 at the same Nevada festival, Chalifour was featured with his friend and colleague Noah Bendix-Balgley in a special program entitled “The Concertmasters of the Berlin Phil and the LA Phil.” Maintaining close ties with his native country, he has returned there often to teach and perform as soloist with various Canadian orchestras, most recently with the Vancouver Symphony and Bramwell Tovey. He will be featured in the Tchaikovsky concerto in the opening week of the Hamilton Symphony 2017/2018 season.

Martin Chalifour has recorded solo and chamber music for the Telarc, Northstar, and Yarlung labels. He teaches at the University of Southern California and Caltech.

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Michael Gieler

Michael Gieler is the principal violist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He took up the violin at the age of five and was already a member of a professional string quartet as a teenager. After completing his studies in Vienna, he was awarded a scholarship by the Herbert von Karajan Foundation to study viola at the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Chamber music continues to play a very important role in his life. He serves as artistic director of two concert series featuring RCO musicians: the IJ-Salon at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and  Bijlmer Klassiek at the Bijlmer Parktheater. He also initiated the International Bach Festival in Gran Canaria, held for the first time in 2015.

Thanks to a family foundation, Michael Gieler plays a viola built by Carlo Antonio Testore (Milan, 1745).

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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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Brian Yoon - Cello

Cellist Brian Yoon has been described by the CBC (Canadian Broadasting Corporation) as “Canada’s next cello superstar”. Currently the Principal Cello of the Victoria Symphony, he has been a guest principal with the Kingston Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Brian also served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in the second half of the 2017/18 season. Since winning First Prize at the 35th Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, he has been presented in recital from coast to coast, with performances of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Shostakovich and Metallica. As a soloist, Brian regularly performs with orchestras across Canada: his performance of Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 at the National Arts Centre was praised by the Ottawa Citizen as an “impressive account” with “exquisite phrasing”.

As a teacher, Brian is regularly invited on faculty of summer festivals and to lead master classes. His students have been accepted into cello performance programs at the University of Victoria, University of Ottawa and McGill University.

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.

He currently plays a 2010 cello by David Wiebe (Woodstock, NY) and a 2014 bow by Reid Hudson (Duncan, BC).

For more information visit: http://brianyooncello.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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Marc Goldberg - Bassoon

 

Bassoonist Marc Goldberg’s work as musician and educator has taken him throughout the country and around the world with a host of premier ensembles. A member of the renowned New York Woodwind Quintet, he is currently principal bassoonist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, and Riverside Symphony, having previously served as associate principal bassoonist with the New York Philharmonic.

A frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Orpheus chamber orchestra, he has toured with these ensembles across four continents and joined them on numerous recordings. Goldberg has also made guest principal bassoon appearances in Japan with Seiji Ozawa’s Tokyo Opera Nomuri, Saito Kinen Orchestra, Mito Chamber Orchestra, and in Korea with Myung Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Solo appearances include performances with the Brandenburg Ensemble at Boston’s Symphony Hall and New York’s Avery Fisher (now David Geffen) Hall, and performances throughout the U.S., in South America, and across the Pacific Rim with the American Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, New York Chamber Soloists, Riverside Symphony, and New York Symphonic Ensemble. He has been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Da Camera Society of Houston, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Musicians from Marlboro, the Brentano Quartet, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Band, Boston Chamber Music Society, and the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival.

B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School. Studies with Harold Goltzer. Also faculty of The Juilliard School Pre College, Mannes College, The Hartt School, Columbia University, NYU, and the Bard College 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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Laurens Woudenberg - Horn

Laurens Woudenberg is principal French Horn in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 2012.
He studied at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague with Hans Dullaert and Herman Jeurissen and had masterclasses with Ab Koster and Teunis van der Zwart (natural horn).
His career started in the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra where he was leader of the horn-section for six years, before joining the RCO.
Besides the orchestra Laurens Woudenberg can be heard frequently in chamber music, among others with Camerata RCO and RCO-Brass.
In 2015 he made his debut as a soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Mozarts second Horn Concerto under the baton of maestro Franz Welser-Möst.
Laurens is playing on Fehr French Horns.

 

 

 

 

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Oliver de Clerq - Horn

Oliver de Clercq was introduced live to Vancouver Symphony Orchestra audiences as Principal Horn in January, 2001.  He has recorded award winning music for Film, Television, Game Soundtrack, and Pop/Classical Albums.  Mr. de Clercq performed the World Premiere of 'Mosaic' by Knudson, the Albanian Premiere of Strauss's First Concerto, and in various concerti with the Albanian Radio Television Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony, Vancouver Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, and West Coast Symphony.

Mr. de Clercq has participated in the Arizona Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Cannon Music Camp, Chautauqua Institution, Eastern Music Festival, Florida State University Summer Band Camp, Hiroshima Symphony 'Road to Peace,' Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music, New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Brazil Tour, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra 2008/2009/2013 Tours, and 2010 Winter Olympics National Anthems.  After receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree in Brass Performance from Boston University, Mr. de Clercq attended the Juilliard School for one semester.  He plays instruments by Conn, Paxman, and Schmid.

 

 

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Paul Merkelo - Trumpet

Renowned as one of the finest trumpet players of his generation, Paul Merkelo is recognized for his ’pure technical prowess’’ (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle) as well as his ‘’unusual lyrical gifts’’ (Gramophone). Principal trumpet with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1995, Mr. Merkelo is regularly praised by the Montreal press as ‘’a spectacular soloist… a most impressive master of his instrument’’ (Montreal Gazette), a “great virtuoso… dazzling’’ (La Presse). He has been featured frequently with the OSM, including tours to South America and Lincoln Center in New York.

He has been featured with orchestras, and in recital, throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Portugal, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, France and Thailand.

In 1999, he was appointed Canadian musical ambassador to China for the inauguration of the Montreal Park in Shanghai, and as soloist with the Shanghai Broadcast Orchestra in a national telecast. Mr. Merkelo made his New York debut at Lincoln Center with the New World Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas in 1998. He has also worked with conductors Leonard Bernstein, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Sir Georg Solti and Valery Gergiev.

Mr. Merkelo’s first solo recording, A Simple Song was ranked #1 in Quebec’s classical recording chart in 2000. In 2004, Analekta released a highly praised second CD, Baroque Transcriptions, which was nominated by ADISQ for Best Classical Album of the Year.

Previously, he was Principal Trumpet with the Rochester Philharmonic and New Orleans Symphony and gained early orchestral experience as an extra with the New York Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony.

Paul Merkelo attended the University of Illinois and Eastman School of music, where he was awarded the Speth Scholarship for outstanding orchestral musician. Mr. Merkelo is on the faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and McGill University. He is on the board of directors for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (Canada), and is the founder of the Paul Merkelo scholarship.

Paul Merkelo is a Yamaha artist. 

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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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Cheryl Losey Feder - Harp

Cheryl Losey Feder has earned distinction as one of America’s leading young harpists, receiving national and international awards, and performing in diverse settings around the world. Top prizes she has received include the Alice Rosner Prize at the Munich ARD International Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious music contests; First Prize and Grandjany Prize in the American Harp Society’s National Solo Competition; and First Prize in the American String Teacher’s Association National Solo Competition. In May 2008, she was appointed Principal Harp of the Sarasota Orchestra, a position she held until 2016 when she resigned to pursue a performance career.

      

Ms. Feder’s love of sharing music has led to performances in eighteen countries and six continents. This season’s highlights include multiple performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, and debut recitals with the Dallas Harp Quartet. In summer of 2017, Ms. Feder will perform as Principal Harp of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Past festival performances include the Pacific Music Festival in Japan; with Tanglewood, Spoleto, and Aspen Music Festivals; with the Sun Valley Symphony and with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas throughout South America. As concerto soloist, she has appeared with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, National Repertory Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Sarasota Orchestra. As an orchestral harpist, she has performed with ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony and the New World Symphony under conductors including Michael Tilson-Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, and Franz Welser-Most. 

A passionate advocate of music education, Ms. Feder founded the Gulf Coast Harp Festival for harpists of all ages to receive intensive summer training in Sarasota, Florida. Additionally, she has led the harp department of the Luzerne Music Center and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In Fall of 2015, Ms. Feder was honored to be interim head of the Harp Department of Arizona State University.

Ms. Feder received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of soloist and recording artist Yolanda Kondonassis. Summer study includes Xavier de Maistre, June Han, and Nancy Allen. She is a native of Harpswell, Maine where she began study of the harp at age five with Jara Goodrich.

For more information, visit www.clfharp.com.

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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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