Nov 15 & 22 , 2015: ALISON ROBERTS (piano) studied solos and collaborative piano at UBC and at the Banff School of Fine Arts. As well as teaching privately and performing as a freelance musician, Alison is well known as an accompanist for singers, instrumentalists and dancers. She has played for dance companies and in Festivals and concerts in Vancouver, Europe and the U.S. She performs regularly in Vancouver with the vocal/instrumental group “With Strings Attached” and with the wind trio “Touch Wood”.
June 1 & 4, 2014: ROSEMARY O’CONNOR (piano) comes originally from the San Francisco area. Since arriving in Vancouver in 2001 she has performed regularly with chamber groups such as the Pro Nova Ensemble, Meta Trio, Vancouver Chamber Players and the Quiring Chamber players. She has been guest soloist with several orchestras in the U.S. and Germany and has appeared there as a chamber music player as well. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California, and has a “Solisten Diplome” from the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany. As a teacher, she has been on the faculties of the Pasadena Conservatory, Loyola Marymount University, and was an assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently teaches piano and chamber music at the Quiring Music School in Coquitlam, and in its Summer Music Camp. With her husband, Reg Quiring, she has recently recorded a CD of works for viola and piano.
April 9 & April 13, 2013: MARK LUCHKOW (violin) Originally a native of Edmonton, he moved to Vancouver in 1993 to further his studies in music at UBC, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance. He has been active in the Vancouver music scene, playing in orchestras such as the North Shore's Sinfonia and the Vancouver Symphony. He teaches violin and viola in North Vancouver, and at the Vancouver Academy of music.
June 2 & 5, 2013: ROSEMARY O’CONNOR (piano) comes originally from the San Francisco area. Since arriving in Vancouver in 2001 she has performed regularly with chamber groups such as the Pro Nova Ensemble, Meta Trio, Vancouver Chamber Players and the Quiring Chamber players. She has been guest soloist with several orchestras in the U.S. and Germany and has appeared there as a chamber music player as well. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California, and has a “Solisten Diplome” from the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany. As a teacher, she has been on the faculties of the Pasadena Conservatory, Loyola Marymount University, and was an assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently teaches piano and chamber music at the Quiring Music School in Coquitlam, and in its Summer Music Camp. With her husband, Reg Quiring, she has recently recorded a CD of works for viola and piano.
April 14 & 21, 2013, December 10 & 13, 2006: THEMBA TANA comes from the black township of Langa outside of Capetown, South Africa. He studied music in the highly literate neighboring country of Zimbabwe (formerly southern Rhodesia) and subsequently traveled all over southern Africa collecting "folk" music of the region. He has been interested in the integration of the music of the Zulus and other native African ethnic groups with Dutch, British and later, American cultures. The resulting attempts of amalgamating differing types of music has been a driving theme of his activities since coming to Vancouver in 1980. At present, he spends much of his time giving solo perfoirances and workshops all over North America and Japan. Recently, he has made a CD together with Japanese musicians and as been teaching African music and dance to theatre students in Tokyo.
April 14 & 21, 2013: NANCY DINOVO (violin) is a former member of the St. Louis, Toronto and Boston Symphony Orchestras, Nancy DiNovo has served as guest concertmaster of the Victoria, Edmonton, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies as well as Pacific Opera Victoria and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Her interest in period instrument performance led to her appointment as founding concertmaster of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. As a solo artist she has toured with the Victoria Symphony playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, debuted the Kurt Weill, Concerto for Violin in Victoria and at the Banff Festival, and premiered works written especially for her. DiNovo has taught at Tanglewood, the Marrowstone Festival, and the University of Victoria. She is currently on UBC’s violin faculty and performs regularly with the Vancouver Symphony.
April 14 & 21, 2013, March 26 & 29 2006: SANDRA FIDDES (violin) received her Bachelor of Music degree at UBC. She is a freelance performer and arranger of music in her home town of Vancouver. She has played with the Vancouver Symphony, the Vancouver Opera, the "Phantom", "Miss Saigon", and "Unforgettable" shows. She is leader of the Armadillo String Quartet and a founding member of the "Little Chamber Music Series That Could".
June 5 & 8, 2011: ROSEMARY O’CONNOR (piano) comes originally from the San Francisco area. Since arriving in Vancouver in 2001 she has performed regularly with chamber groups such as the Pro Nova Ensemble, Meta Trio, Vancouver Chamber Players and the Quiring Chamber players. She has been guest soloist with several orchestras in the U.S. and Germany and has appeared there as a chamber music player as well. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California, and has a “Solisten Diplome” from the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany. As a teacher, she has been on the faculties of the Pasadena Conservatory, Loyola Marymount University, and was an assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently teaches piano and chamber music at the Quiring Music School in Coquitlam, and in its Summer Music Camp. With her husband, Reg Quiring, she has recently recorded a CD of works for viola and piano.
April 10th & 17th 2011 : A-K COOPE (clarinet) is frequently heard with the Vancouver and Victoria Symphonies, Turning Point Ensemble, Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble and the Vancouver New Music Ensemble, among others. She is a member of Standing Wave, one of Canada’s premier contemporary music ensembles, and can also be heard on numerous film sound tracks and CD recordings. AK has performed both nationally and internationally including concerts across Eastern Canada, New York City and in Bali, Indonesia. She has also recently been found performing chamber music at the Museum of Anthropology, the Rocky Mountaineer Train Station, the Atrium of the HSBC Bank on Georgia Street and in the tunnels and concentrator mill of the Britannia Mine. AK holds degrees in performance from UBC and from Northwestern University in Chicago and is on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
Jan 30 & Feb 2, 2011: MARK LUCHKOW (violin) Originally a native of Edmonton, he moved to Vancouver in 1993 to further his studies in music at UBC, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance. He has been active in the Vancouver music scene, playing in orchestras such as the North Shore's Sinfonia and the Vancouver Symphony. He teaches violin and viola in North Vancouver, and at the Vancouver Academy of music.
Nov 7 & 10 , 2010: ALISON ROBERTS (piano) studied solos and collaborative piano at UBC and at the Banff School of Fine Arts. As well as teaching privately and performing as a freelance musician, Alison is well known as an accompanist for singers, instrumentalists and dancers. She has played for dance companies and in Festivals and concerts in Vancouver, Europe and the U.S. She performs regularly in Vancouver with the vocal/instrumental group “With Strings Attached” and with the wind trio “Touch Wood”.
Nov 7 & 10, 2010: WILMER FAWCETT (double bass) is now retired, after many years as Principal Bass with the CBC Radio Orchestra and Associate Principal Bass with the Vancouver Symphony. He was a founding member of Viveza, Canada's premier salon music group, and a regular performer at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and at other chamber music festivals. He remains very active in both chamber music and jazz.
Nov 1 & 4, 2009: STEVE DENROCHE (horn) is a Vancouver-based freelancer who played second horn with the sorely-missed CBC Radio Orchestra. He is currently second horn in the new National Broadcast Orchestra, and plans to play and record chamber music with his wife Nancy DiNovo. He is a founding member and arranger for the brass group Cornucopia and he has performed with Cosmos Brass, A Touch of Brass, Galiano Ensemble and the Turning Point Ensemble. He has performed with the Vancouver, Winnipeg and Victoria Symphonies, the Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and toured with numerous shows. In his other life, Mr.D. teaches beginning band for the Burnaby School District and Horn at Capilano University.
April 19 & 22, 2009: ANNE-ELISE KEEFER (Flute) has played co-principal flute, second flute and piccolo with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra since 1986, has played principal flute in the Abbotsford Symphony since 1995, and has appeared as principal flute with Orchestra London, Victoria Symphony, Tafelmusique Baroque Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony, and Vancouver Island Opera Company. She has performed with the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Radio Orchestra, played in eight major Broadway Musicals and with nine ballet companies.
CRIS INGUANTI (Clarinet), a native of Toronto, has been a member of the Houston and the Pacific Northwest ballet orchestras, the New York City Opera orchestra, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Portugal, has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Europe and North America, and has recorded the Mozart 'Sinfonia Concertant'. He has been active in the chamber music world as a guest with various ensembles, and was a member of the Manhatten Wind Quintet, a prize-winning ensemble that was responsible for commissioning new works that were later recorded on CD. He currently is the assistant principal clarinetist with the VSO, and teaches at UBC and at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
February 15 & 18, 2009: FINN MANNICHE (cello), is a freelance cellist and guitarist from Vancouver. He studied cello with Eric Wilson at U.B.C. where he received a B.Mus. As well as being an active performer, Finn has written arrangements for the Art of Time Ensemble and pop artists such as Murray McLaughlin and Fifty-four Forty. Currently, Finn plays and writes music with the Gypsy-Jazz group VanDjango.
BRYAN KING (violin) was educated at Bristol University and the Royal College of Music in London. He emigrated to Canada in 1973 to play for two years in the Victoria Symphony and its Symphony Quartet. He returned to London for a season with the Royal Philharmonic and then came back to Canada to settle in Vancouver and play with the Purcell String Quartet, as well as with the CBC and the Vancouver Opera orchestras. Since 1991 he has added the rehairing and repair of violin bows to his activites, and has become librarian of the Vancouver Opera. He has served as the concertmaster of the Kamloops Sumphony and is currently concertmaster of the Abbotsford Symphony Orchestra.
November 26 & 30 , 2008: KEN FRIEDMAN (double bass), is the Principal Bass with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He has earned a Bachelor of music degree from the University of Southern California and a Masters degree from the Juillard School of Music. He is currently Senior Lecturer at the UBC School, is on the staff of the Vancouver Academy, and has served as guest lecturer at the Juillard School, New England Conservatory, and the Banff Centre.
October 26 & 29 2008: TONY NICKELS (oboe) is a woodwind specialist, freelancing with a wide spectrum of groups in the Vancouver Area. He has performed extensively with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony in addition to jazz ensembles and rock groups. He has recorded for radio, television and motion pictures, and has toured across Canada and internationally with Broafway productions including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story.
HANS-KARL PILTZ (violin), has been soloist and principal violist with the Atlanta Symphony and has performed in solo recitals in North America and Europe on viola, violin and viola d’amore. His academic background includes study at Northwestern University, University of Utah and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. He is a founding faculty member of UBC’s School of Music. As a performer in Vancouver he has occasionally joined the VSO, CBC and Pacific Baroque orchestras. For many years he held the position of Music Advisor for the DCCSS, during which time he was the regular violist for the Pro Nova Ensemble.
April 20 & 23 2008: PETER ZAENKER (guitar) holds an ARCT and a BMus in guitar performance from UBC, where he studied under Michael Strutt. Peter then studied under renowned concert guitarists Roberto Aussel and Hubert Kaeppel at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany, where in 1996, he completed diplomas in both Instrumental Pedagogy and Performance. He also gave concerts in France and Germany. Peter has been a top prize winner in various contests in the Northwest and last year he was soloist with the West Coast Symphony, where he performed the "Concerto de Aranjuez" by Joaquin Rodrigo. Currently Peter freelances around Vancouver and beyond, teaches guitar at New Westminster Secondary School and conducts the Druzhba Russian Folk Choir.
Feb 24, 27 & Mar 2 2008: BRIAN MIX (cello) completed his formal studies with a Master of Music degree in 1992, earned at UBC under Eric Wilson. He also studied for one year with Donald Whitton, principal cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and has attended the Banff Centre for the Arts, the University of Cincinatti. Brian now freelances in Vancouver and performs frequently with the Vancouver Symphony. He has also played with the CBC Radio Orchestra, Vancouver Opera and the National Ballet of Canada.
Feb 24, 27 & Mar 2 2008: ROBIN STREB (viola) earned her BMus. from the University of Victoria and her MMus. from Rice University in Houston, TX. She has an active performing career and has appeared with many ensembles in and around Vancouver including the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, North Shore Sinfonia, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony and she holds the position of assistant principal viola with the Vancouver Island Symphony. Robin is a dedicated performer of new music, and has presented new and experimental works locally at Sonic Boom festival and Music on Main's Cellar series, as well as in Los Angeles at Okiro Series, ctrl+alt+repeat festival, and Dog Star Series. In addition to her performing schedule, Robin teaches at the Vancouver Waldorf School and the Vancouver Academy.
November 25 & 28 2007: GEORGE ZUKERMAN (bassoon) has been a member of the Israel Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Chamber Orchestra, and he has been a crusader to make the bassoon acknowledged as an expressive solo instrument. He has made extensive concert tours around the world from Australia and New Zealand, through Japan, China and Russia, South Africa and Europe. He has made treks through the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavil and, of course through the rest of Canada and the U.S. As an acknowledgement of his contributions to the world of music he has been named to the Order of Canada and the Order of BC.
LI-LING LIAO (violin) grew up in Tai-pei, Taiwan with further residence and education in Switzerland. Musical studies took her to the New England Conservatory in Boston and finally to the University of Maryland where she received a Doctorate of Musical Arts. She has given numerous recitals in Boston, Washington, D.C., Lucerne and has been soloist with the Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra. Her professional musical life embraces work with the Plymouth (Mass.) Symphony, teaching at the Harmonia School for the Arts in Virginia, and, since coming to the Vancouver area, has been a member of the Vancouver Island Symphony.
May 27 & 30 2007: MARNIE HAUSCHILDT (piano) A native Vancouverite, she studied at the 'Academy', the U.of Victoria, and most recently, earned a Master's degree at UBC in solo piano performace. She will go on to New York in September where she has recieved a full tuition scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music. In Vancouver she has been soloist with the Academy Orchestra, the B.C. Chamber Orchestra and with the VSO. Last year she was selected to go to Italy as part of an 'exchange' chamber music program that the UBC School of Music has with the Conservatorio Statale di Musica "G.F. Ghedini" in Cuneo, with a subsequent concert tour of Northern Italy in connection with the Olympic Games.
May 27 & 30 2007: ERIN MARKS (oboe) born and raised in Vancouver, she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the Manhatten School of Music in New York. While there, she played in the Manhatten Sinfonia, the Manhatten Virtuosi, the Columbia Bach Society , and in a number of Broadway musicals. She then proceeded to Leipzig where she was soloist and principal oboe with the East/West International Music Festival, and to the Dominican Republic where she played with the Santo Domingo Opera. Moving back to B.C., she played with the Victoria Symphony and the Pacific Opera Victoria. At present she regularly plays oboe and English Horn with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, plays "extra" with the VSO, and free-lances around town.
DEANNE EISCH (violin) received her Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University where she studied with Victor Aitay, concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony. She continued her studies in New York where she was a member of the National Orchestra Association. Since moving to Canada she has played with the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. In Vancouver she performs in various chamber ensembles and is on the faculty of the Academy of Music.
October 15 & 18, 2006: SIIRI REBANE (piano) was born in Tallinn, Estonia where, in addition to giving solo organ recitals, she was affiliated with the well-known Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Siiri received her Bachelor's and Master's equivalent degrees in piano performance at the Tallinn Academy of Music and she pursued Doctoral studies in organ performance in the U.S. Since coming to Canada in 1995, she has performed with various groups in the Vancouver area and as a piano teacher she has a large following on the North Shore. She is a faculty member at Capilano College, the Choir Director at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and the Music Director at St. Catherine's Anglican Church in North Vancouver. In addition, she has been the accompanist and choir director of the Coastal Sound Music Academy and is the Associate Conductor of the BC Boys Choir.
March 26 & 29 2006: DANIEL TONES (percussion) holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Victoria, a Master's degree in Music from University of Toronto, and is currently working on a Doctorate in Performance at UBC. He has also studied African drumming, Balinese Gamelan and Cuban percussion and he has performed with the Victoria, Toronto, and Vancouver Symphonies, the Vancouver CBC Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. As a chamber musician he appears regularly with the Vancouver New Music and the Helikon Ensemble. He has appeared on CBC Radio, CBC-TV, CTV, City TV and MuchMusic Canada.
October 16 & 19, 2005: BENJAMIN KINSMAN (French Horn) was born and raised in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He received his Bachelor of Music from Acadia University, with further studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston. A stint with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, a 'Fellowship' at the Tanglewood Music Center, and work with Symphony Nova Scotia, prepared him for his present position as a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his work with the VSO he is active in Vancouver as a member of the Turning Point Ensemble, the Vancouver New Music Society, and this past summer he has partictipated in the Seattle Opera's production of Wagner's cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen. He teaches horn at the University of B.C. and is in demand as an adjudicator and brass clinician in the lower mainland.
May 22 & 25, 2005: MONICA PFAU (piano) - is an active performer, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She has performed with the VSO and CBC Vancouver and has recorded for the National Film Board and CBC Radio. She was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship for studies at UBC, and in the same year was the recipient of an Academic Exchange Scholarship to the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany. For two seasons she has been the accompanist-in-residence at the Banff Centre where she has appeared with well-known international artists such as Janos Starker and the Fine Arts Quartet. She made her soloistic debut with Kazuyoshi Akiyama conducting, and has subsequently performed throughout Canada and in the US, Germany and Sweden. She has an active teaching and performing schedule in Vancouver, a schedule which she shares with her husband and two young children.
March 13 & 16, 2005: EVELYN THATCHER (soprano) was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in New York. After beginning her higher education in Dance, she took her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature (Shakespeare specialty). She went on to take a degree in Music and ultimately earned a Master's Degree in Opera at UBC. She has sung operatic roles and appeared as soloist with orchestras in fields as far apart as the Czech and Slovak Republics, Italy, Bulgaria, the US (Texas, North Carolina, California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey) and all around B.C. She recently sang a leading role in the Richmond, B.C. production of the "Secret Garden", for which she received high acclaim.
Oct 17 & 20, 2004: ELIZABETH VOLPÉ (harp) is the principal harpist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she was a student of Judy Loman, and her subsequent professional musical activities have included concerto performances with various orchestras including the VSO, where she performed a concerto written for her by Michael Conway Baker. Chamber Music concerts, movie soundtracks, and several recordings round out her performing career to this point and she also teaches harp at the Vancouver Academy, UBC, VCC and Douglas College. Three of her students have been members of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Elizabeth is married with twins and her hobbies include skiing, flamenco dancing, gourmet cooking and gardening.
March 29 & 31, 2004: ANITA SLEEMAN (composer), was born in San Jose, California and immigrated to Canada in 1962. She earned B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees at the UBC and in 1982 she went on to take a Doctorate in composition at the University of Southern California. While in California she attended Master Classes with Luciano Berio, Luigi Nono, and Charles Wuorinen, and has generally been influenced by Varèse, Stravinsky, and Ligeti. Her eclectic style of composing has also been coloured by her own ethnic background - Spanish and Russian - and her interest in jazz. "Cantigas" was commissioned by the Ottawa Chamber Music Society and was premiered by the Arthur Leblanc Quartet in January 2002. It has recently been performed at the Sonic Boom concert series of the "Pro Musica" organization of Vancouver at the Western Front. Anita is an Associate of the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers and she conducts the Ambleside Orchestra of West Vancouver.
Nov, 2003: ALLEN STILES (piano) teaches piano and freelances around town. He was born and raised in Bella Coola and came to Vancouver to take degrees at UBC, where he studied with Kum Sing Lee. He then did advanced work at the Banff Centre, studying with Marek Jablonski and Gyorgy Sebok. Allen is founding director of "The Little Chamber Music That Could" society and a member of the "Joe Trio", with which he has toured Canada and the U.S. He is also currently a member of "Standing Wave" and is the music director for the Gateway Theatre's annual winter musical theatre productions.