Canadian Music Competition 2018 / Evaluation Committee

Historical Information

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First Round

National Final

Denis Béliveau


Denis Béliveau has been a violinist with the I Musici de Montréal chamber orchestra since 1991. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music (Université de Montréal violin performance, 1981) and a Master’s degree (Université de Montréal, 1985). Before joining I Musici, Denis Béliveau was a permanent member of the Orchestre Métropolitain and assistant concertmaster with the Orchestre de la Montérégie, 1986- 1991. He has been a pupil of great violin teachers such as Jean Cousineau (1967-1977), Vladimir Landsman (1978-1985), Lorand Fenyves (1983-1984) and Mauricio Fuks (1985-1986).

Daniel Bolshoy


Daniel Bolshoy has performed in every major centre in Canada, establishing him as one of the leading guitarists in North America. He is regularly praised for his friendly and informative spoken introductions, and progressive programming of solo and chamber music. Mr. Bolshoy has performed for many prestigious festivals in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has performed hundreds of solo and chamber music recitals internationally, and has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Russia, and Israel. He has been invited to participate as a jury member in several international music competitions, including the Guitar-Gems festival in Israel, the Tabula Rasa festival in Russia, and the National Finals of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals. Daniel Bolshoy’s recitals are frequently broadcast on CBC Radio, and he has also appeared in two documentary films for the Bravo! (TV) series: The Classical Now. He studied with Ricardo Iznaola at the University of Denver, Eli Kassner and Norbert Kraft at the University of Toronto, Garry Elliott at Carleton University and Ernesto Bitetti at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Bolshoy has taught at Concordia University in Montréal, Indiana University and the University of Denver. He is currently the head of the guitar department at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music in Vancouver, British Columbia. His students have won prizes in prestigious competitions and scholarships to important Universities and Conservatories.

Amanda Chan


Amanda Chan has achieved recognition in her career as concert pianist, teacher, lecturer, adjudicator and examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has given concerts and masterclasses in Canada, USA, China and Europe as a soloist and chamber player. Born and raised in Vancouver, she was highly successful in her early competitive career including winning First and Top Prizes in the Canadian Music Competition National Finals, CIBC National Canadian Music Festival, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association National Bach Competition, “Best Interpretation of a Canadian Premiere Work”, CBC National Young Performers Competition and at the OSM Manulife Competition, to name a few. After completing the ARCT diploma and receiving the Gold Medal for achieving the highest mark in Canada in 1987, Ms. Chan completed her Bachelor of Music degree at UBC and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Southern California. Since 2002 she has been a Sessional Lecturer at UBC, School of Music on faculty teaching private piano and chamber music. Ms. Chan is the Head of the Piano Department at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

Pat Daniels


Pat Daniels graduated from the Universtiy of B.C. and the Juilliard School of New York. Her principle teachers were Ron de Kant, Joseph Allard, Peter Simenaur and Yona Ettlinger. She was a member of the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Symphonie Canadiana and played extra in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has been a member of Quintet West, Les Trouveres du Pacifique and various groups along the way. She has toured western Canada, eastern US, England and Germany. More recently, Pat played as an extra in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, and in the WSO’s New Music Festival. She has also participated and toured with Winnipeg’s contemporary chamber ensemble, Groundswell. Pat has taught and adjudicated at the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Mennonite University.

Lise Daoust


First flute with the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec for many years, Lise Daoust has devoted much of her time to contemporary repertoire, which she has played in Canada, South America and Europe, as well as to classical repertoire and teaching. She has been invited to Domaine Forget for more than 25 years, as well as to the Banff Music Centre for three years. She taught flute classes at all levels at the Université de Montréal, and was Head of International Relations at the Faculty of Music. She is now a Professor Emerita of this institution. Considered a specialist in Stockhausen’s music for flute, she gives workshops in Canada, Europe and the United States. Lise Daoust received her training at the Conservatoire de Montréal in her home city. She then developed her art in France, with Ida Ribera in Orléans and at the Conservatoire de Paris. She worked with Stockhausen and his musicians for more than 15 years, extending her repertoire for flute. Her discography under various labels (Naxos, Atma, Analekta, Radio-Canada) includes some ten titles including works by Mozart and Hummel, as well as Ravi Shankar, Arvo Pärt, Walter Boudreau and Denis Gougeon.

Vincent Ellin


After 32 years as Principal Bassoonist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Vincent Ellin is now devoting himself exclusively to solo and chamber music. He has premiered new works for both solo bassoon and chamber music by numerous composers. He also constantly searches for rarely heard pieces by composers that deserve performing more often. Among these pieces is the Skalkottas Sonate Concertante. In 1995, he performed this work by special invitation by the Dutch Double Reed Society. The work was heard in its complete form as the “Cycle” Concert in Rotterdam. He won a Juno Award for his performance of the Eckhardt-Grammate Concerta of Bassoon on the Bis label in 1995. Vincent Ellin has often performed as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Music Baroque, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the CBC Winnipeg Orchestra, among others, and he has participated in (and continues to perform with) various chamber groups. Mr. Ellin studied at the New England Conservatory, graduating with the George W. Chadwick Prize and highest honours. Leonard Bernstein specially selected Vincent Ellin to perform the premier his Mass for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Vincent Ellin also participated in Rudolf Serkin’s Marlboro Festival and the Fellowship Program at the Berkshire Music Festival.

Joseph Elworthy


Joseph Elworthy has been a featured soloist, recitalist, and chamber music performer on such stages as Alice Tully Hall, Suntory Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, and Sejong Hall. Mr. Elworthy has been named a Fellow of The Royal Conservatory of Music for his extraordinary contribution to Canadian Arts and Culture. His recordings can be heard on EMI, Sony, Archtype, Naxos and Bose record labels. Mr. Elworthy is currently President & CEO of the Vancouver Academy of Music where he also serves as Head of the Cello Department. Mr. Elworthy is also conductor and music director of the Symphonies at VAM. Joseph has been a visiting artist at the Beijing Conservatory, Harvard University, Royal Northern College of Music, Glenn Gould School, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 2013, Mr. Elworthy was appointed as Western Music Advisor for the newly established Haw Par Music Foundation — a collaborative educational initiative linking Vancouver and Hong Kong. Joseph Elworthy was a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for 12 years before retiring from the orchestra in 2014. Joseph plays on a rare Ferdinando Gagliano circa 1760 that once belonged to the legendary German cellist, Hugo Becker.

Alice Enns


Alice Enns received the gold medal for the ARCT Performers Diploma; she is graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and from the University of Manitoba, studying with Leonard Isaacs and Alma Brock-Smith. Later she continued her studies in Europe with Joan Davies and Jean-Paul Sevilla. She has given solo recitals in Canada, USA, the Middle East and India and has been featured on national and regional broadcasts of the CBC. As a soloist, Enns has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony and the CBC Winnipeg Orchestra; she has played and recorded orchestral and chamber repertoire with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra and Vancouver New Music Society. She has adjudicated festivals in Canada and India and has given workshops and master classes in Canada and the USA. Her students have received provincial and national awards and scholarships including prizes in composition. Alice Enns teaches piano and lectures on piano pedagogy at the University of British Columbia.

Lauren Eselson


Lauren Eselson is an Instructor of Flute at Mount Royal University Conservatory. She has been a regular extra musician in the flute section of the Calgary Philharmonic since 1987. During the seasons of 2003-2006 she was Acting Assistant Principal Flute with the orchestra. Ms. Eselson has also performed with the National Ballet Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra, Calgary Bach Society, Kensington Sinfonia, Chicago Civic Orchestra, the American Wind Symphony, and in pit orchestras for Theater Calgary and Broadway touring productions. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic, Calgary Bach Society, Kensington Sinfonia and the Calgary Chamber Ensemble, and has been recorded in recital by CBC Radio. At Mount Royal University Conservatory, Ms. Eselson is also coordinator for the well-known Academy program for young musicians. She is also an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is in demand as an adjudicator across Canada. Ms. Eselson holds a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute, and a Master of Music from Northwestern University. Her principal teachers were Walfrid Kujala, Maurice Sharp, Jim Walker, Claude Monteux and Geoffrey Gilbert.

Lyne Fortin


One of Canada’s greatest voices, soprano Lyne Fortin has had an outstanding career. Her art continues to grow—from the role of Juliet, she became Lady MacBeth, from Gilda she transformed into Tosca, appearing as all the heroines known across Canada and in the world, whether in opera or symphonic works. A renowned teacher, she generously conveys her wide experience through master classes and to certain privileged singers who themselves perform on every stage. This prestigious artist has accumulated a number of successes and honours throughout her career. She has won the Pavarotti International Voice Competition, a special prize at the CBC National Competition for Young Performers, the Pauline Donalda Award, the Jean Lallemand Special Award for Interpretation in the OSM Competition, the First Prize and the Grand Prize at the CIBC National Music Festival and an award at the Quebec Music Competition (now the Canadian Music Competition), among others. She has recorded under CBC Records and Analekta labels. One of her recordings received a Félix award at the ADISQ Gala. Always in demand, she gives a wide range of performances at the opera, in concerts or in recitals.

Hélène Gagné


Hélène Gagné won first prize at both the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s National Young Performers’ Competition and at the Concours artistique international de Paris. She received a Licence de Concert degree from the Conservatoire de Lausanne and was awarded a Fellowship by the Marlboro Music Festival, where she worked with Pablo Casals. She also worked with Paul Tortelier, and later studied string pedagogy in London with Helen Airoff Dowling.

Hélène Gagné has performed extensively in France, Switzerland, in U.K., Yugoslavia, Tunisia, Japan, the U.S. and Canada. She has appeared as guest soloist with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra and Tunis Symphony, and with several orchestras in the U.S. and Canada. She has recorded for SNE, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Société Radio-Canada, Radio Suisse-Romande, Belgrade Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation and National Public Radio in the U.S.

Hélène Gagné has taught cello, chamber music, orchestral sectionals and string seminars at the Lake MacDonald Music Centre (Chamber Music Coordinator 1990-2000), Suzuki Institutes in Montréal and Edmonton, the International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Aberdeen (Scotland), Concordia University (Graduate Program Director 2002-2005), McGill University and the Université de Montréal. She also has given master classes in cello performance at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec and at the First International Cello Festival in Kobe, Japan.

Michelle Goddard


A born and raised Vancouverite, Michelle Goddard attended the University of British Columbia where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in clarinet under Wes Foster and Cris Inguanti. She received her Master’s degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music studying with renowned clarinetist James Campbell, and was the Associate Instructor of the clarinet studio. From 2012 to 2017 Michelle held the position of Second Utility Clarinet with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and was sessional faculty at the University of Manitoba. Michelle has spent multiple summers studying music at the Banff Centre and was accepted into the Winter Residency program. Along with her career as a symphony musician, Michelle is a sought-after solo and chamber musician, and has performed with numerous touring Broadway companies. Michelle is an active teacher and clinician throughout British Columbia and Manitoba. She is a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Luis Grinhauz


Luis Grinhauz was born in Argentina. After receiving his diplomas and the Gold Medal from the Conservatory of Buenos Aires and with the aid of scholarships from the Fullbright Foundation and the American States Organization he pursued his studies at Indiana University. Since 1970, Mr. Grinhauz lives in Montréal where he is seen as an important performer in concert and radio, as assistant concertmaster with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal for 45 seasons and as a pedagogue in which domain he produced many well known performers of the new generation. He has performed widely as soloist and playing chamber music in Canada, the Americas, Israel, Switzerland, Germany and guest concertmaster in Spain. He is a founding member of Musica Camerata Montréal; he has recorded several CDs and is often heard through the CBC and Radio-Canada. He is married to concert pianist Berta Rosenohl with whom he shares an important musical career.

Corey Hamm


Corey Hamm has premiered over three hundred works by composers from all over the world. Over seventy composers have written works for his duo Piano and Erhu Project (PEP) since 2012, and PEP’s CD Vol. 2 was nominated for Best Classical Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA). He has performed Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated! over sixty times, and his recording of it won Sotify’s Best Classical Recording 2014, and Best Classical Recording at the 2014 WCMA. Recent and upcoming performances include Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3, Lutoslawski Piano Concerto, Bartok Piano Concerto No. 2, the World Premiere of Dorothy Chang’s Gateways (for erhu and piano soloists with orchestra), plus a solo tour of China in 2018, a Debut Atlantic Tour with in 2019, and performances in New York, Rotterdam, and other cities in 2018-19. PEP will release CD Vols. 3, 4, 5 in 2019, and Dr. Hamm will soon be recording Dutilleux’s complete works for solo piano and chamber with piano. He is on the Piano Faculty of the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and at the MusicFest Perugia in Italy. Dr. Hamm is Professor of Piano at the University of British Columbia; is teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Marek Jablonski, Stéphane Lemelin, Ernesto Lejano, and Thelma O’Neill.

Younggun Kim


Younggun Kim is a pianist who has performed across North America and Europe. His performances this season include appearances with Toronto Concert Orchestra and recital engagements in San Antonio, Vancouver and Toronto. The winner of various prizes including San Antonio International Competition, Concours International de Piano Francis Poulenc and Doctor of Musical Arts Recital Competition at the University of Toronto, he also received various prizes and scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts, University of Toronto, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and Canadian Music Competition, among others. Most recently, he received the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award, the largest award from the University of Toronto. A Toronto-based Canadian citizen from South Korea, he is a graduated from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, from Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and the University. Recently he joined his alma mater, University of Toronto, as faculty member.

Victoria Kogan


Russian born Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan is one of the actual most significant pianist. She is the winner of the Stravinsky Piano Competition, Andorra Piano Competition, E-Piano Competition in Minneapolis and International Piano Competition In Korea, among others. As a soloist, Victoria performed with major orchestras in concert halls such as the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw, Koln Philharmonic, Nurnberg Meistersinger Hall, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Salle Pleyel in Paris and concertized throughout the world. Two recent recordings under Art Classic Company label received critical acclaim. Born in Moscow as the granddaughter of the famous violinists Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels, Victoria received her M.M. and D.M.A. from the Moscow Conservatory. Faculty in Moscow Conservatory since 2007 and Seokyeong University in Seoul since 2014, Victoria is also a frequent guest of famous international music Festivals. Her upcoming performances include concerts in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Odessa, Baku, South Korea, Israel, USA, Japan and Argentina.

Bruno Laplante


Baritone Bruno Laplante was influenced by French music from a very early age. He studied singing and diction with Father Léonce Jacob at Collège Bourget in Rigaud, then with the famous Raoul Jobin and Roy Royal at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where he was awarded first prize in voice arts with great distinction. He then continued his studies with Pierre Bernac in Paris. Upon returning to Quebec, Bruno Laplante organized recitals of French songs. The originality and scope of his repertoire, added to the quality of his performance, led to frequent guest appearances and recordings for public broadcasters. Bruno Laplante’s international career gained new heights with the release of his first recitals under the Calliope record label, available in some 30 countries. He toured Europe as a soloist in large performances with choir and orchestra, recording, among others, the role of Pelléas by Claude Debussy. He also worked with high-profile conductors, all while producing a recital in the most prestigious concert halls including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, and the Musikverein of Vienna. The act of recording plays an important role in Bruno Laplante’s artistic process, as he has more than 30 albums under his sleeve. In 1977 he was honoured with the Grand Prix du Disque from the Académie du Disque français. As an artistic director, he has produced more than 40 opera programs in an unparalleled effort in Canada to renew the voice arts and encourage the development of young musicians. He is a member of the Canadian Opera Hall of Fame, was awarded a Medal of Honour from the Quebec government, and is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France.

Thérèse Motard


Born in Cornwall, Ontario, Thérèse Motard graduated with First Prizes in interpretation and chamber music performance from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Following her tenure at the Conservatoire, she pursued advanced cello studies in New York with Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova and Lynn Harrell. All along her career, Ms. Motard played with many orchestras and ensembles, such as the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Orchestre de chambre de Radio-Canada, the Orchestre symphnique de Montréal and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens Orchestra. She has also performed frequently as a soloist with numerous Canadian ensembles. She was a member of the Riverdale String Quartet, The Riverdale String Trio and Piano Trio, Durand-Derouin-Motard Piano Trio, Trio Plus, Morency Quartet, L’Ensemble St-Louis de France, the Claudel Quartet and the Arthur Leblanc Quartet. Since the beginning of her career she has produced many records and is heard frequently on Radio-Canada and on CBC. She participates in numerous chamber music concerts, solo concerts and classical concerts. She taught at the music faculty of l’Université de Montréal and at Grenville Christian College. Thérèse Motard was the musical director of the Riverdale Chamber Music Series 2000 which was sponsored by the Canada Arts Council and took place in the Cornwall Ontario area.

Suzanne Shulman


One of Canada’s foremost flutists, Suzanne Shulman has earned international critical acclaim for solo recitals in renowned venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Chopin Institute in Warsaw. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto where she studied with Robert Aitken. As a three-time Canada Council grant recipient she also trained in Europe with Christian Lardé, Michel Debost, Marcel Moyse and Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Ms. Shulman has appeared as soloist with major Canadian and international orchestras and is a frequent guest at music festivals at home and abroad. She has performed with the Orford, St. Lawrence and Penderecki string quartets, and also with the late Glenn Gould with whom she collaborated on a variety of recording projects available on the Sony Classical label. With more than 30 recordings in her discography Suzanne can be heard on the CBC, Folkways, Crystal, Golden Crest, Centrediscs, Opening Day and Marquis labels. She is the flute soloist on all the award-winning Classical Kids recordings.

As a founding member of the outstanding ensembles Camerata Canada, Trio Lyra and ChamberWORKS Suzanne Shulman has premiered commissioned works by many prominent Canadian composers including Harry Freedman, Srul Irving Glick, Andrew MacDonald, Milton Barnes, Marjan Mozetich, Glenn Buhr, Christos Hatzis and Jacques Hétu. She currently performs with pianist Valerie Tryon, harpist Erica Goodman and the Festival of the Sound ensemble.

Suzanne Shulman’s extensive teaching career has included the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. She now accepts a limited number of students in Hamilton at McMaster University, at her home studio as well as by invitation to teach master classes abroad.

Dale Sorensen


Dale Sorensen is a passionate performer who has premiered more than 20 solo trombone pieces and dozens of chamber works. He is also the founder and artistic director of PEI’s contemporary music ensemble Eklektikos. In addition to his frequent solo recitals, Dale has performed as soloist with the Windsor Symphony, the PEI Symphony, and the Acadia University, UPEI, and University of Toronto Wind Ensembles. As an orchestral musician, Dale performs regularly with Symphony Nova Scotia and the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra, has held positions as Principal Trombonist with the Windsor Symphony and the PEI Symphony, Second Trombonist with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and has freelanced with many other groups. He can be heard on CD with the Elora Festival Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Windsor Symphony, and Symphony Nova Scotia. A dedicated teacher, Dale maintains a private teaching studio and serves as an adjudicator and clinician at music festivals and workshops. Dale has taught also at four Atlantic Canadian universities (UPEI, Dalhousie, MUN, and Mount Allison), and the University of Toronto. Dale holds music degrees from the University of Prince Edward Island, Northwestern University, and the University of Toronto.

Peter Stoll


Known for his virtuoso energy on stage, creative musical arrangements and an entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll performs regularly in Toronto with many orchestral and chamber groups, and has toured as soloist and with ensembles to the USA, across Europe and to Russia. Recent seasons’ solo and chamber highlights have included a Music Toronto recital with his ensemble Trio d’Argento, the Toronto premiere of a new work by Alexina Louie with the Gryphon Trio, and performances for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen Yi and Anders Hillborg. In 2013 Peter was flown to Tokyo, Japan to take part in the international Yamaha Junior Original Concert at Bunkamura Hall, and 2014 saw a three-city tour of mainland China and Hong Kong as part of an exchange of composers and performers organized by the University of Toronto. He participated in a recording of re-imagined chamber music with Trio d’Argento and members of the Canadian Brass. In 2017, Peter participated several renowned festivals, of which the Chamber Music Festival of music of the Clear Lake, in the Manitoba. Peter Stoll teaches the clarinet to the Faculty of music of the University of Toronto and is regularly invited to give Master’s degrees-classes in Canada and in the United States.He is also the Winds Area Specialist for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s National College of Examiners.

Diana Torbert


Diana Torbert received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Converse College in South Carolina and her Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where she was awarded the Sylvia Bruck Award. She also studied at the Aspen Music School in Colorado. Her musical career has encompassed a wide range of solo and ensemble performances with orchestras, chamber groups, instrumentalists, vocalists, choral groups and opera. Since moving to Halifax in 1987, she has become well known as a pianist, teacher and adjudicator. Ms. Torbert has performed frequently with Symphony Nova Scotia and on many concert series in the region. She has recorded for CBC, Symphony Nova Scotia and for various projects involving chamber groups, and vocal and instrumental soloists. She is the pianist for Rhapsody Quintet on all six of their CDs, including the most recent one, “Passion”. Ms. Torbert has taught hundreds of students from beginning to professional levels during her 40-year teaching career and continues to maintain a large private studio in Halifax.

Alexander Tselyakov


Alexander Tselyakov began his concert career with the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Orchestra in his native Soviet Union at the age of nine. Alexander Tselyakov went on to win one of the leading prizes at the prestigious VIIIth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Second International Music Competition of Japan, the Ibla Grand Prize International Piano Competition and the Mazara del Vallo International Piano and Orchestra Competition in Italy. He studied with Lev Naumov at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Tselyakov has performed frequently with leading orchestras including the Leningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Moscow Radio Symphony and the State Byelorussian Philharmonic. He has appeared with the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia, to name a few. He has appeared as a recitalist at major festivals and concert halls around the world. Recent concerts have included performances in United States, Canada, France, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Austria and Netherlands. Tselyakov collaborates with many leading Canadian musicians and he is Artistic Director of the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival, BC and of the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival, Manitoba. Alexander Tselyakov lives in Brandon, Manitoba, where he is professor of piano at the Brandon University since 2003.

Monica Whicher


Style and musical elegance combined with an intuitive theatrical sense are the hallmarks of soprano Monica Whicher’s performances on the concert and opera stage. She has performed with orchestras, opera companies and at chamber festivals across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia with famous conductors. Ms. Whicher was nominated for a Juno Award for “Singing Somers Theatre” (Centrediscs) and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Critically acclaimed for her portrayals of Mérope in Lully’s Persée (DVD) and Telaïre in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux (both Naxos), she is also featured on the Juno-Award winning CDs Mozart’s Magic Fantasy, Beethoven Lives Upstairs and Daydreams and Lullabies. A former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Ms. Whicher studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Britten-Pears School of Music, and the Steans Institute, and was a recipient of the George London Award, Sullivan Foundation Grants. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied with renowned Canadian soprano, Lois Marshall. Monica Whicher is a Lecturer in Voice at the University of Toronto and on the Voice Faculty of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Dinuk Wijeratne


Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne is a JUNO, SOCAN, ECMA, and Masterworks-winning composer, conductor and pianist who has been described by the New York Times as ‘exuberantly creative’ and by the Toronto Star as ‘an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future’. His boundary-crossing work sees him equally at home in collaborations with symphony orchestras and string quartets, Tabla players and DJs, and takes him to international venues as poles apart as the Berlin Philharmonic and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Dinuk has also appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Opera Bastille, Teatro Colón, and across Sri Lanka, Japan, the UK, and the Middle East. Dinuk grew up in Dubai and took up initial composition studies at the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), later studying with John Corigliano at the Juilliard School. Dinuk has composed specially for almost all of the artists and ensembles with whom he has performed. His music and collaborative work embrace the great diversity of his international background and influences.