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Flutist Albert Brouwer is originally from Holland. He graduated with honors from Utrecht Conservatory, where he studied with Abbie de Quant, then went on to work with Timothy Hutchins at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.
Mr. Brouwer is principal flutist in the Springfield Symphony (Massachusetts) and the Vermont Symphony. He also plays in the Albany Symphony and on occasion with the Montreal Symphony. He is regularly heard in recital in both Canada and the United States. As a soloist, he has performed with the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the Springfield Symphony and the Vermont Symphony. Among the famous conductors he has worked with are Georg Solti, Lorin Maazel, Mstislav Rostropovich and Valery Gergiev.
For Albert Brouwer, the training and career development of young musicians constitutes an important part of his work. He teaches flute and chamber music at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville and, during the summer months, at Greenwood in Massachusetts.
Pianist Kyoko Hashimoto regularly performs around the world, appearing in over 25 countries so far, in major cities and in concert halls including Wigmore Hall in London, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, among others. She has also been invited to major festivals including the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival Sapporo, the Saito Kinen Festival, and the Montreal Chamber Music Festival.
Ms. Hashimoto has also made TV and radio appearances around the world, and has recorded more than a dozen CDs, including works by Messiaen, Schumann, Scriabin, and Shostakovich.
She is an Associate Professor of Piano at the Schulich Music School at McGill University. She has frequently been invited as a visiting professor at the European Mozart Academy in Poland, the International Chamber Music Academy in the Czech Republic, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity College in the U.K. She has been the Artistic Director of the International Music Workshop in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Portugal since 2004. She has also given master classes in France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, the Czech Republic, the United States, Holland, Germany, and Japan.
Kyoko Hashimoto was born in Tokyo and began studying piano at the age of three. After graduating from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Indiana University, and the Juilliard School. Her numerous prizes include the 1st prize at the Concours Musical de France, and special prizes at the Budapest International Music Competition and the Louis Spohr International Competition.
Born in Warsaw to Ukrainian parents, Eugene Husaruk has lived in Canada for over fifty years. Following studies at McGill University’s Faculty of Music in Montreal (now the Schulich School of Music), he returned to Europe where he studied violin with Vasa Prihoda and Ricardo Odnoposoff at the Vienna Academy and conducting with Hans Swarowsky. He also took violin lessons with Yvonne Astruc at the Chigiana Musical Academy in Siena during the summer months.
Mr. Husaruk was a member of the Montreal Symphony for 42 years, 25 of them as associate concertmaster. He has given numerous recitals throughout Canada, both in solo roles and in chamber music; many of these were broadcast by the CBC. He has performed as soloist with the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, the orchestra of the Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Montreal Philharmonic Society and the Montreal Symphony.
In 1992 he was awarded the Musicians’ Guild Prize for lifetime achievement as an instrumental musician and for the high level of his contribution to musical endeavors in which he participated.
Eugene Husaruk now devotes increasing amounts of time to working with young musicians. Among others, he regularly coaches the first violin section of the Jeunesses Musicale World Orchestra and the string sections of the orchestras at McGill University and the Université de Montréal.
Marietta Orlov studied in her native Romania with the renowned teacher Florica Musicescu (teacher of Dinu Lipatti and Radu Lupu) and graduated from the Universitatea Naţională de Muzică in Bucharest with a BM in Performance and a Master's Degree in Performance. Starting at age of 16, she was active as a soloist for 10 years. During this time, she had the distinct honour of being appointed Romanian State soloist. Following this period, chamber music became the primary focus of her performing activity.
After moving to Vienna, she toured throughout most of Europe, including broadcasts on radio and television. Most notable were her festival concerts at the Pražské jaro (Prague Spring Festival), and the Bromsgrove (England) Festival, as well as festivals in Spain. In Canada, where she resides now, her performances included engagements at the University of Toronto, Guelph Spring Festival, the Mooredale Concert Series, and recordings for CBC Radio and Television.
A dedicated teacher renowned for fostering some of Canada's most promising young musicians, Marietta Orlov is currently on faculty at The University of Toronto's Faculty of Music and The Royal Conservatory of Music's Glenn Gould School. Previously, she was on faculty at the Universitatea Naţională de Muzică in Bucharest, and at the Notre-Dame de Sion College in Vienna.
Ms. Orlov has taught and presented master classes at the Aria International Summer Academy (Connecticut), the Chautauqua Festival in New York, the International Institute for Young Musicians (Kansas), the Oberlin College and the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival. Marietta Orlov has served on numerous competition juries including the Guelph Spring Festival, the Women's Musical Club of Toronto, the Patrons of Wisdom International Young Artist Competition, the Toronto Symphony Women's Club National Competition, the Vienna Connection Competition in Montreal, the Canadian Chopin piano Competition and the Oberlin International Piano Competition.
Montreal native Richard Turp spent a good part of his youth in London, with his family and his father, the renowned Canadian tenor André Turp, with whom he studied voice. A graduate of London University, he went on to sing various roles, principally in Europe and in Canada. He appeared alongside his father in the Opéra de Montréal's 1983 production of Verdi's Macbeth, among others.
Richard Turp was the Artistic Director of the Montreal International Music Festival, Director of Special Events at the Opéra de Montréal, and Artistic Director of the Lachine Music Festival, a post he has held since 1997. In 1998, with his colleague André Lemay-Roy, he co-founded and assumed the artistic direction of the André-Turp Musical Society, which annually presents a prestigious vocal series in Montreal. He is also a co-founder of the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute.
Richard Turp is frequently invited to lecture at the Opéra de Montréal, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, in addition to regularly collaborating as a commentator and analyst for various radio programmes on the Radio-Canada and CBC networks. He has conceived and assumed the artistic direction of the closing concert of the 2002 Montreal in Lights Festival, “Montréal en Voix”, that was televised on CBC, SRC and ARTV Networks, as well as assuming the artistic and musical conception and writing of several series for BRAVO television.
Richard Turp has taught at the Faculté de musique of the Université du Québec in Montréal, McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and the Faculté de musique of the Université de Montréal.