Guest Artists

Arthur Arnold - Music Director and Conductor
Music Director and Conductor
Arthur Arnold is the Chief Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. He 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’.
After a successful debut in 2001 with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Arnold was soon appointed principal guest conductor. He is internationally recognized as a specialist in the Russian repertoire.  
Arnold has established a reputation for sincere musical interpretations, dynamic performances and the ability to communicate with audiences. In his native Holland, he conducted the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, North Netherlands Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Opera Minora and the Nieuw Ensemble. Meanwhile he is guest conductor at many well known European, Asian and North American Orchestras.
Arnold has conducted the University of Taipei Symphony Orchestra and was principle guest conductor of the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra. In North America he has conducted the Victoria Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific and the orchestra of the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto. A regular Guest Conductor at the Woodstock Mozart Festival in Illinois, he captures audiences with exciting concerts and engaging pre-concerts talks.
Arthur Arnold received his musical training in the Netherlands and in the United Kingdom. He studied with Myung-whun Chung and Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (Italy), with Diego Masson at the Dartington International Summer School (UK) and with the distinguished Finnish conductor and pedagogue Jorma Panula.
Tobin Stokes - Composer
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. 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. 

 

Soyoung Yoon - Violin
Soyoung Yoon - Violin

Winner of the International Henryk Wieniawsky Violin Competition 2011, Soyoung Yoon is recognized as one of the most oustanding young Violinists. Soyoung Yoon studied at the National University of the Arts with Kim Nam-Yun in South Korea and with Zakhar Bron at the Musikhochschule Cologne and Zurich. 
She started the competition circuit with an astonishing first prize at the 2002 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at the age of seventeen and is a prize winner of the top four violin competition in the world, the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2009, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 2010 and the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2011 where she got the 1st prize.
Soyoung Yoon performs as a soloist with the Russian National Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, NDR North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Radio Orchestra of Kiev, Euskadiko Bask National Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen, Trondheim Soloists, Moscow Virtuosi, London Mozart Players, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. She works with conductors such as Maxim Vengerov, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mario Venzago, Gilbert Varga, Muhai Tang, Justus Frantz, Gabriel Chmura and Saulus Sondetzki.
In recitals she was heard at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Musical Olympus St. Petersburg, Tokyo Santori Hall, Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, Seoul Arts Center and the Moscow Rostropovich Festival.
Soyoung Yoon plays a violin from J. B. Guadagnini (ex-Bückeburg, 1773). 

 

Herbert Greenberg - Violin
Herbert Greenberg - Violin

Herbert Greenberg was born in Philadelphia where his teachers included Jascha Brodsky and Ivan Galamian. Further studies at Indiana University with Josef Gingold led to a Performers Certificate. Mr. Greenberg has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony and from 1981 to 2001 served as concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Having performed over 50 concerti from the baroque to present day American composers such as Adams and Rouse, Mr. Greenberg has collaborated as a soloist with many of the world's leading conductors including William Steinberg, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Yoel Levi, Sergiu Comissiona, Joe Silverstein, Gunther Herbig, Hans Vonk, Pinchas Zukerman and David Zinman. He has performed as soloist in Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. Many of his performances have been broadcast on NPR, and he was featured in Strauss's Ein Heldenleben on National television for the opening concert at Meyerhoff Hall in Baltimore.
Mr. Greenberg has concertized throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has toured as soloist with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra of Denmark and has led the New Arts Ensemble of Taipai as violinist/conductor on a tour throughout Taiwan. Mr. Greenberg was the first American invited to serve as the concertmaster for the Japan Virtuoso Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble consisting of concertmasters and first chair players from Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Tel Aviv and Japan. He has also been a guest concertmaster of the Houston, St. Louis, and Oregon Symphonies, and most recently has performed with the San Diego, Bergen Norway, and NAC Orchestra of Ottawa Canada. This season Mr. Greenberg is giving Master classes at Juilliard, participating on an international jury for the Ernst and Szymanowski Violin Competition in Wrocław Poland, and performing concerts in Hungary, Czech Republic, and Singapore.
In Minneapolis he was a member of the Minnesota Chamber Soloists. In Pittsburgh he was a founding member of the Previn-Greenberg-Williams Trio and in Baltimore, a founding member of the Baltimore String Quartet. He has collaborated in chamber  music with a wide variety of artists such as Frager, Gingold, Kalichstein, Laredo, Ma, Primrose, Silverstein and Zukerman. Mr. Greenberg has participated in many festivals and seminars such as the Bergen May Festival, Sarasota, NOI, and the New York String Seminar. Currently he is affiliated with the Blossom Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival and School where he serves as concertmaster of the Aspen Festival Orchestra.
Mr. Greenberg has served as string chair and is a member of the violin faculty at the Peabody Conservatory. Many of his former students occupy concertmaster and principal positions in major symphony orchestras throughout the world. Peabody graduates are represented in Orchestras such as Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, National , Houston, St. Louis, Montreal, KBS, Danish Radio, and Israel Philharmonic. Mr. Greenberg has recorded for Sony, Telarc, Argo, and recently recorded the Walton Sonata for Delos.
Mr. Greenberg plays on the Jean Becker Stradivarius, dated 1685.

 

Andrew Wan - Violin
Andrew Wan - Concertmaster Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (week 2)

Andrew Wan is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster.  In August of 2008, he was named concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO), making him one of the youngest leaders of a major symphony. His relationship with the orchestra began with performances of Elgar’s Violin Concerto, which were hailed as one of the top two musical moments of 2007 by La Presse.
As soloist, he has appeared with the orchestras of Montreal, Toronto, Lausanne, Newfoundland, Juilliard, Aspen, McGill Chamber and Edmonton under conductors such as Jean-Claude Casadesus, Maxim Vengerov, Peter Oundjian, James DePreist, Marc Piollet and Michael Stern.  In May of 2012, he closed the MSO’s inaugural season in the Maison Symphonique with Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, conducted by music director Kent Nagano, and this season, he performs as soloist and concertmaster in Ravel’s Tzigane and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade with the MSO on their tour of South America in April of 2013.
Mr. Wan has concertized extensively throughout the world, appearing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall and Salle Gaveau with artists such as the Juilliard Quartet, the Sejong Soloists, the New Zealand Trio, Gil Shaham, Andres Diaz, and Cho-Liang Lin.  He frequently serves as guest concertmaster for several North American orchestras and has appeared as artist and faculty at the St. Prex, Seattle Chamber, Edinburgh, Olympic, Agassiz, La Jolla, Aspen, and Orford Music Festivals.  Discography includes Grammy and Juno award-nominated releases on the Onyx, Bridge, and Naxos labels with James Ehnes and the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Metropolis Ensemble, and the Opus-award winning New Orford Quartet.
Mr. Wan received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki and Ron Copes.  In 2008, he was the only violinist to be accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma Program at Juilliard.  He is currently on violin faculty at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University as well as the Orford Music Festival.
The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, Canada Council, Anne Burrows Foundation, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Winspear Fund have generously supported Mr. Wan.
Andrew Wan performs on a 1744 Michel'Angelo Bergonzi violin, and gratefully acknowledges its loan from the David Sela Collection.

 

Carrie Dennis - Viola
Carrie Dennis - Principal Viola Los Angeles Philharmonic
Carrie Dennis served as Solo Viola for the Berlin Philharmonic for two years. She joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Viola in 2008.
Carrie entered the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 16 as a violin student of Victor Danchenko and took viola lessons with Joseph de Pasquale, occasionally playing viola in chamber music ensembles. She received her B.A. in violin performance in 1999. She returned to Curtis in 2000 to study viola with Michael Tree, followed by summer sessions with Roberto Diaz. Halfway into her second year she earned a position in the Philadelphia Orchestra as Associate Principal Viola. She was invited by Simon Rattle to audition for the Berlin Philharmonic.
In addition to her orchestra career, Dennis is an avid chamber musician and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. She has also participated in the Verbier Festival and been a Tanglewood Fellow, and she has appeared at the Grand Tetons Music Festival and the Barga Chamber Music Festival in Italy. She played with the Musiche Quartet in Berlin, and she still performs with the ambient electronic music group Micro Nonet. 



Dennis has given master classes at Northwestern and Juilliard. She enjoys ceramics, yoga, cooking, biking, hiking, skiing, and visual arts.
Ariel Barnes - Cello
Ariel Barnes - Principal Cellist Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

 

Described as creating a “mesmerizing musical experience” by combining his “deep personal connection” (Toronto Live Music Report), “luscious tone and technicalprowess” (The Vancouver Sun), cellist Ariel Barnes has been engaging audiences with his imaginative interpretations and commanding stage presence. Equally comfortable in musical languages from the Baroque to music of our modern times, Ariel’s performances range from evenings of unaccompanied Bach to world premiers of contemporary art music. Critically acclaimed by the press, he has been hailed as a “rising star” by the Georgia Straight, “a surprising standout” by the KW Gazette, “new wave” by L’Acadie Nouvelle and “a musician of real stature” by the Vancouver Sun. His solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast by CBC Radio Canada on such programs as In Performance, The Signal, Tempo, West Coast Performance, Choral Concert and On Stage, and he was recently selected as one of 6 cellists across the nation to celebrate the launch of cbcmusic.ca as a featured artist in the Canadian Bach Cello Suite Project. His performances in recent years include the concertos of Dvorak, Saint – Saens, Brahms (Double), Ernst Bloch’s “Schelomo”, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, and recital appearances in New York, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Quebec City, Vancouver, San Francisco and Guadalajara Mexico. His solo and chamber music recordings have been received with critical acclaim, having been nominated for a Juno Award and two Western Canadian Music Awards. Ariel is a winner of the 2012 Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, and has been awarded the use of the 1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello, built in Turin, Italy, for the next 3 years.
The performance of 21st century art music plays a significant role in Ariel’s creative life.  He has given the world premier of works by Canadian composers such as Imant Raminsh, Jocelyn Morlock, Stephen Chatman, R. Murray Schaeffer, Brad Turner, Marcus Goddard, John Oliver, Rodney Sharman, Dorothy Chang, Glenn Buhr, Owen Underhill, Keon Birney, Elizabeth Knudson and Farshid Samandari.  His new project “Couloir” with Harpist Heidi Krutzen keenly focuses on the creation of new music for the beautiful combination of cello and harp.  Upcoming projects for “music’s new rare pair”  (The Georgia Straight) include the development of works by James Maxwell in collaboration with Ballet Kelowna, and a work for cello/harp/electro-acoustics by Andrew Staniland.  Couloir is looking forward to much concertizing as their tour schedule already extends into 2014.
Passionate about chamber music literature Ariel has spent much time performing as a former member of the Borealis String Quartet, Trio Accord and has collaborated with many fine artisits such as The St. Lawrence String Quartet, Musica Intima, Trio Verlaine, Jonathan Crow, Dale Barltrop, Barry Schiffman, Tara Helen O’Connor, Daniel Philips, Andrew Dawes, Martin Chalifour, Mehan Esfahani, Arthur Rowe, Ian Parker and Daniel Bolshoy, among many others.  Memorable appearances at chamber music festivals include the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, MusicFest Vancouver, Mendocino Music Festival, Victoria Summer Music Festival, B.C. Scene, Elora Festival, Centre D’Arts at Mount Orford, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He is a founding member, and regular guest, of the Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival in Ajijic, Mexico.
Upcoming recording projects include Jocelyn Morlock’s Double Cello Concerto “Aeromancy” and her cello/harp work “Three Meditations on Light” (Couloir commission) on the Naxos label, a DVD production of Benjamin Britten’s 3 Solo Cello Suites w/New-Affinity Productions, and Couloir’s debut CD featuring works by Jocelyn Morlock, Glenn Buhr, Baljinder Sekhon and Nico Muhly.  His past recordings can be heard on Atma Classiques, Skylark Records, Universal Music and Centrediscs record labels, as well as regular broadcasts of live concerts on CBC Radio.  For more about Ariel, please visit http://www.arielbarnes.com.
“…played passionately by Ariel Barnes…”
      BBC Music Magazine

 

 

Mark Morton - Bass
Mark Morton - Principal Bass Columbus Symphony

Mark Morton is Principal Bass of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Assistant Professor of Double Bass at Texas Tech University. Dr. Morton is the first-prize winner of the 1990 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, and is the Artistic Director of the American School of Double Bass. He is the author of the popular “Dr. Morton” series of double bass technique books, and numerous articles in many important trade periodicals. 
Morton has soloed in Europe, South America, the United States, and Canada and has been a featured double bass soloist on radio broadcasts including NPR's "Performance Today," WGBH (Boston), and WQXR (New York). As a recording artist he has the Thresholds and Russian Rendezvous CDs, and shares a compact disc with Gary Karr of solo double bass music by Paul Ramsier. It was with that CD that Classical CD Reviews hailed Morton as “a most artistic representative of the new generation developed in the last half century.” 



Mark Morton is an accomplished pianist, having appeared as piano concerto soloist with several orchestras, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra. His next CD, The Best of Bottesini will feature Morton accompanying himself on piano! Morton has taught at Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, and was the assistant double bass instructor for Gary Karr at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. He has given numerous masterclasses including at Yale, University of Iowa, and the Conservatoire National Superieure de Musique de Paris. 



Dr. Morton earned the undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School in New York, being the first bassist in history to earn the Artist Diploma, Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees all from Juilliard.
Janet Arms - Flute
Janet Arms - Principal Flute New York City Opera

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.
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.
Alain Desgagné - Clarinet
Alain Desgagné - Clarinette Solo Associé Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal

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.

 

Marc Goldberg - Bassoon
Marc Goldberg - Principal Bassoon Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Bassoonist Marc Goldberg’s work as musician and educator has taken him throughout the country and around the world with a host of premiere ensembles. The newest member of the renowned NY Woodwind Quintet and the principal bassoonist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, he has previously held positions as principal bassoon with the NYC Opera (04-05) and associate principal bassoon of the NY Philharmonic (00-02). He has been a frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus, and the Eos Chamber Orchestra, touring with these ensembles across 4 continents and joining them on numerous recordings.  


Solo appearances include performances with the Brandenburg Ensemble at Boston’s Symphony Hall and NY’s Avery Fisher, and performances throughout the US, in South America, and across the Pacific Rim with the American Symphony Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, NY Chamber Soloists, Sea Cliff Chamber Players, NY Symphonic Ensemble, and NY Scandia Symphony.  He has been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Da Camera Society of Houston, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Musicians from Marlboro, the Brentano Quartet, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Band, and the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival. For many years a member of the American Composers Orchestra, Chelsea Chamber Ensemble, and Ensemble Sospeso, Mr. Goldberg has been a champion of new music, premiering numerous orchestral, chamber, and operatic works over the last 20 years. He has been invited to Tokyo as principal bassoon of the Tokyo Opera Nomori, joining musicians from around the globe in a production of Verdi’s Othello. 



Mr. Goldberg has appeared at the summer festivals of Spoleto, Ravinia, Chattauqua, Tanglewood, Caramoor, and Marlboro, and has been associated with the Bard Music Festival since its inception, both as chamber musician and principal bassoonist of the Bard Festival Orchestra. He has also been active in the commercial music field, appearing with such diverse artists as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Joe Jackson, and has recorded cast albums for three Broadway shows and soundtracks for more than two dozen films. Mr. Goldberg began his association with Juilliard as a student of Harold Goltzer at the Pre-College, continuing on with Mr. Goltzer to take both his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Upper Division. Faculty: The Juilliard School, Mannes College, the Hartt School, Columbia University, and in 2005, SUNY Purchase and the newly formed Bard College Conservatory of Music.
 
Jasper de Waal - Horn
Jasper de Waal - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Former Principal Horn

Jasper de Waal is not only known as the beloved principal hornist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (2004-2012), he is also a world class soloist, giving masterclasses and playing concertos and recitals around the world.
His recent performances (September 2012) as a soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Britten’s Serenade for horn, tenor (Ian Bostridge) and orchestra have been praised by the Dutch national press: “grandiose”, “untaintedly pure”, “rendering almost three-dimensional sound effects, from masterly sublime to playfully virtuoso” (Noordhollands Dagblad), “His playing was of a rare beauty” (Volkskrant), “Jasper de Waal played wonderfully” (Het Parool).
Jasper de Waal has performed as a soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Potsdammer Philharmonie, Sinfonietta Amsterdam a.o. and with conductors such as Jevgeni Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden, Alexandru Lascae, George Pehlivanian, Ludovic Morlot a.o..
His CD, containing Horn Concertos by Joseph and Michael Haydn with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, was extremely well received (Channel Classics, 2010). His cd recording of Britten’s Serenade with Amsterdam Sinfonietta has been released in December 2012.
Oto Carrillo - Horn (on leave 2014)
Oto Carrillo - Horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (on leave 2014)

Oto Carrillo was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) horn section by Daniel Barenboim in 2000. A native of Guatemala, Carrillo grew up in Chicago, admiring the CSOand its wonderful horn section while receiving a bachelor’s degree in music performance from DePaul University and a master’s degree in both music performance and musicology from Northwestern University. His teachers were Jon Boen, principal horn of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Gail Williams, former associate principal of the CSO. After graduating, he won positions with the Memphis and Cedar Rapids orchestras, and was able to continue playing in Chicago for two seasons as a member of the Civic Orchestra, coached by Dale Clevenger. He also has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitana Orchestra of Lisbon, Portugal as well as having had featured roles in Chicago based ensembles such as the Chicago Sinfonietta, Music of the Baroque, the Chicago Philharmonic, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition, Oto has played in various summer festivals with such orchestras as the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Grant Park Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Festival in Woodstock, Illinois, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. Prior to his appointment to the CSO, Carrillo held positions in the South Bend and Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestras. Oto has collaborated with numerous chamber groups such as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, musicians from the MusicNow series, and was a member of the Millar Brass Ensemble whose performances have been recorded on the Delos and Koss labels. In addition, Carrillo has been a soloist with various groups in and outside the Chicago area performing works by Bach, Strauss, and Mozart, as well as giving the Chicago premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’ Silver Chants the Litanies for horn and chamber orchestra. He has collaborated with his colleagues in the CSO horn section to perform Schumann’s Concertstucke for Four Horns with the Chicago Youth Symphony, the Civic Orchestra, and most recently, the CSO. As an instructor, Carrillo has given many master classes at various institutions. Currently, he is on faculty at DePaul University. Outside of playing, Carrillo enjoys the company of his wife Sarah, a free-lane trumpet player, and their two children, Lucas and Isabelle.
Marcus Goddard - Trumpet
Marcus Goddard - Associate Principal 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.
Gordon Cherry -Trombone
Gordon Cherry - Former Principal Trombone, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, week 1

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.
Paul Beauchesne - Tuba
Paul Beauchesne - Principal Tuba, Victoria Symphony
Paul Beauchesne has been with the Victoria Symphony as Principal Tuba since 2004. He is a founding member of the Beacon Hill Brass Quintet and serves on the faculty of the VictoriaConservatory of Music. 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. In addition he has performed with various ensembles including the Boston Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Vancouver Symphony. Paul has played on numerous recordings and is active as a clinician and adjudicator.
 
Elizabeth Volpé Bligh - Harp
Elizabeth Volpé Bligh - Principal Harp, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (week 1)
Elizabeth Volpé Bligh became the Vancouver Symphony's Principal Harpist in 1982, after 6 years with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. She studiedharp with Judy Loman, Alice Chalifoux and Edna Phillips. Her career includes concerti, chamber music concerts, movie soundtracks and recordings, i.e. The Greater Vancouver Album. Michael Conway Baker wrote a Harp Concerto for her, which she performed with the VSO.
Elizabeth's students have won awards such as the VYSO Concerto Competition, Edith Lando Gifted Youth Scholarship, and RCM Gold Medal, and have been in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Many have become professional harpists. She has taught privately and at UBC, TWU, VSO School of Music, Vancouver Academy of Music, and the Island Mountain Arts Festival. In 2012, she taught and performed at the 6th International Harp Workshop in Italy and co-founded Canadian International Summer Harp Institute with Gianetta Baril, Judy Loman and Cristina Braga. In 2014, she will be premiering a newly-commissioned piece by Scott Good at the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia. She has been invited to give master classes in Belgium and England.
Her articles are in various harp journals and online. She has given master classes in China, New Zealand, the USA, Italy and Canada. Her compositions for solo harp, six of which are in the 2009 Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus, are being taught and performed internationally. She is President of the BC Chapter of the American Harp Society and was Artistic Chair of the 11th World Harp Congress Host Committee. She has performed and spoken at harp conferences and festivals and was a judge at the OSM Standard Life Competition in 2010.
Her web site, www.elizabethvolpebligh.com, has articles on subjects such as preparing harp parts for orchestra, performance anxiety and tuning. Her pieces are available at www.theavondalepress.com.
"unparalleled purity and subtlety" - David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun, Oct. 29, 2012
Valerie Muzzolini Gordon - Harp
Valerie Muzzolini Gordon - Principal Harp, Seattle Symphony Orchestra (week 2)
Valerie Muzzolini Gordon is Principal Harp of the Seattle Symphony, a position she has held since the age of 23. In demand both nationally and internationally, she has performed as guest principal harp of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Nice Philharmonic, and has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra. As soloist, she has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Nice Philharmonic, and the Vancouver Symphony. An active chamber musician and proponent of new music, she performs regularly with the Seattle Chamber Players, Music of Remembrance, and she also premiered a double concerto for violin and harp at the New Hampshire Music Festival in 2012. Muzzolini Gordon began her musical education in Nice, France, and continued her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, followed by graduate work at Yale University.
William Linwood - Percussion
William Linwood - Timpani, Percussion, Victoria Symphony

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
Eric Hominick - Piano
Eric Hominick - Piano
Eric Hominick was born in Nova Scotia, studied piano at the Toronto Conservatory and piano and voice at Dalhousie University. In 1983 he moved to Vancouver to join the music faculty at Vancouver Community College (KEC) and commence an eleven-year professional singing career with the Vancouver Chamber Choir. At present he is also accompanist for the British Columbia Girls Choir.
Mr. Hominick is an experienced recital, workshop, rehearsal and audition pianist. He has worked with many of Vancouver’s finest choral ensembles, singers, instrumentalists, voice studios and music institutions. He runs a Piano and Voice Studio in Vancouver, and free-lances as accompanist, arranger, adjudicator, baritone soloist and vocal coach. As a singer he is a veteran of weddings, background vocal sessions and professional singing engagements.
On the lighter side, Eric has been a Broadway rehearsal and show pianist, cruise ship entertainer, cocktail pianist, occasional lecturer on the topic “Crossing Over From Classical to Broadway”, and played and sung in a variety of traditional and contemporary gospel groups.