|Dr. Lynn Kuo, Toronto, ON (Violin and Viola)
Canadian violinist Lynn Kuo is Assistant Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and is Founder/CEO of Violin with Dr. Lynn, serving as an online educator for violinists motivated to become stronger, more fearless performers. Having launched her Summer Violin Bootcamp in June 2020 during pandemic, Lynn is quickly becoming a respected educator in the online space appearing on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.
Lynn performs as a concert violinist, and guest concertmaster of Canadian orchestras that have included the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Opera Hamilton, Ontario Philharmonic, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Mandle Philharmonic, and various orchestras in the city of Toronto. In addition to performing regularly with the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Lynn also serves as an adjudicator, guest artist, and lecturer at festivals and universities, and was Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at Memorial University of Newfoundland for the Winter semester of 2020.
As a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, Lynn has performed across Canada, United States, Wales, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She has performed with the Tainan Symphony Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Thirteen Strings, Canadian Sinfonietta, Brandon Chamber Players, Nexus percussion ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria), Cantus Ensemble (Croatia), Lviv Philharmonic, Lviv Virtuosi (Ukraine), and as guest soloist with Hungary’s gypsy orchestra, Rajkó Band.
In demand as an interpreter of new music, Lynn has given numerous world premieres in North America, Europe, and Asia of acoustic and electroacoustic solo and chamber works written by international composers. These works have been written for her and various ensembles that have included the Les AMIS Ensemble, Duo Vita, and for the Kuo-Humetska duo with Ukrainian-Canadian pianist, Marianna Humetska.
Lynn’s performances have been broadcast on Canadian, Serbian, and Hungarian radio and television and can be heard on the NAXOS label (Works of Nino Rota) and on her self-produced CD with pianist Marianna Humetska: LOVE: Innocence, Passion, Obsession, available on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and Amazon.
Having completed studies with Lorand Fenyves, Mayumi Seiler, Erika Raum, and post-doctoral studies with Burton Kaplan and Nathan Cole, Lynn holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, having dedicated her research to the subject of holistic health and injury prevention in orchestral string musicians. When not playing the violin, Lynn can be spotted on social media posting violin tutorials or perfecting her karate kicks or salsa dancing turn patterns.
|Cheryl Duvall, Toronto, ON (Intermediate & Senior Piano, Piano Concertos)
Toronto-based pianist Cheryl Duvall has established herself as one of Canada's foremost contemporary music interpreters, immersing herself in a wide variety of compositional aesthetics and collaborative endeavours.
In 2012, she co-founded the "adventurous and smartly programmed" (Musicworks Magazine) chamber group Thin Edge New Music Collective. Since their inception, they've commissioned over 70 works, mounted lavish multidisciplinary productions such as Balancing On The Edge,and collaborated with leading performers like Charlotte Mundy, Jason Sharp, Ensemble Paramirabo (with whom they recorded an album.) They're also widely noted for their direct engagement with composers, and their tours and residencies across Europe, and in Japan and Argentina have positioned them as ambassadors for Canadian music abroad.
Her lucid sense of contour, evocative sonic and emotional presence, and boundless versatility make her both a dynamic soloist and in-demand collaborator. Recently, Duvall has begun gathering commissioned works from cutting-edge artists from Canada and beyond, including Victoria-based composer Anna Höstman, whose music is the subject of her debut solo recording, Harbour, a highly acclaimed album released in January 2020 on the Redshift Record Label. Harbour has been featured on the CBC radio and was chosen as the #1 Modern Composition Recording of 2020 by UK's 'The Wire' Magazine.
In 2016 her formidable skill was recognized with a nomination for the KM Hunter Award. Duvall also regularly performs outside of contemporary music spheres, notably with American violinist Andrew Sords, and accompanying the renowned Oakville Choir for Children and Youth, with whom she has toured, recorded and competed internationally (with gold standings). She operates a full private teaching studio, is a member of the College of Examiners with the Royal Conservatory of Music and adjudicates piano competitions across Canada.
Duvall holds an Honours BMus and Diploma of Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Master’s of Piano Performance and Pedagogy from University of Toronto
|Kevin Zakreseky, Vancouver, BC (Junior Piano)
Kevin Zakresky is a conductor living in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has recently been appointed conductor of the National Geographic “Symphony for Our World,” debuting the concert in San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall on Earth Day, April 22nd 2018. This season sees him conduct the NatGeo Symphony in Chicago, Cleveland, San Jose, Limerick, Monterrey, Columbus, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Madison, Ann Arbor, Edmonton and Calgary.
From 2016-18 he was conductor of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, a tour that saw him conduct orchestras throughout North America, South America and Europe.
He is the past Music Director of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and Pacifica Singers (an ensemble affiliated with the Vancouver Chamber Choir) and has recently conducted the St Louis Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Sudbury Symphony, and West Coast Symphony. In 2017 he guest conducted the Fort Worth Symphony in “rePlay: Symphony of Heroes,” a concert of favorite video game music.
Zakresky received a Doctoral degree in Choral Conducting at Yale University in February 2012; at Yale he won the prestigious Aidan Kavanagh Prize for Distinguished Intellectual Achievement and was director of the University Chapel Choir and assistant conductor of the Yale Camerata. His major teachers were Marguerite Brooks and Simon Carrington, and he coached with Helmut Riling and Stephen Layton.
From 2010 to 2012 he was assistant conductor of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, and the Founder-Director of Chor Leoni’s “MYVoice” program, a choral experience for young men in the Vancouver area.
He is a past member of the faculty of the innovative Vancouver International Song Institute, served on the faculty of the BC Choral Federation’s Choral Directorship Course, and has held teaching positions at Douglas College and Simon Fraser University, and since 2013 has taught voice and music history at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music, in addition to directing their choral ensembles.
|Amy Chang, Toledo, OH (Cello)
"Amy Chang is a cellist with exciting, dramatic temperament and virtuoso technique," praised Paul Katz, world-renowned cellist of the former Cleveland String Quartet. Amy Chang is the Associate Principal Cello of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Toledo Opera, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toledo, Ohio, USA.
In addition to performing as a soloist and chamber musician with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, she has soloed in Taiwan, Japan, Canada, and the United States including in Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Taipei Symphonietta, Evergreen Orchestra, Yin-Qi Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, Taipei Celebrity Chamber Group, Euodia Symphony Orchestra, and International Music Festival Orchestra. She serves as an adjudicator for national musical competitions and auditions, and is frequently invited internationally to perform concertos and chamber music and to give master classes at music festivals.
Amy Chang’s international experience led her to become appointed as a delegate by the Toledo City Mayor, Michael Bell. As a cultural ambassador, Amy Chang visited cities in China to facilitate political relations in the educational, medical, and business fields.
Amy Chang began in the Academy of Arts in Taipei, where the Rotary Club granted her a full scholarship to study as a high school exchange student in the United States, while the Music Institute of Chicago granted her a full scholarship to study with the celebrated cellist Nell Novak. In Chicago, she won first place in the St. Paul Musical Arts Competition. She continued her studies in New York at the Eastman School of Music, where she received her bachelor’s and master's degrees in Cello Performance.
Upon graduation, Amy Chang returned to her hometown in Taiwan, where she actively promoted contemporary compositions by participating in the Euterpe-Autumn music series, an avant-garde exhibition by modern Chinese composers. In Taiwan, she performed solos, chamber music, and concertos, as well as taught cello and chamber music at the Soo-Chow and Dong-Hai Universities in Taipei.
Her former teachers include Wu Bixuan, Pan Huihao, Zhang Meiling, Lin Xiusan, Nell Novak, Robert Sylvester, Allan Harris, Pamela Frame, Paul Katz, Zara Nelsova, and Steven Kates.
Amy Chang was featured in the recording The Story of Man composed by Gordon Chin, and has recorded with jazz pianist Claude Black in Live at the Peristyle .
|Peter Stoll, Toronto, ON (Woodwinds and Chamber Groups)
Known for his virtuoso energy on stage as well as an easy and entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll teaches clarinet, chamber music, woodwind performance and the Business of Music at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music and is a frequent performer with orchestral and chamber ensembles in southern Ontario. Also, a very popular adjudicator up to the national level, he has worked across Canada and in the United States. Peter is particularly known for his enthusiastic, positive comments and detailed suggestions to young musicians.
Tours as soloist and with various ensembles have taken him across Europe, to Russia and to the United States. Recent performance highlights have included chamber concerts in Japan and a tour of 3 Chinese cities, as well as at the International Clarinet Association’s conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2016 Peter was featured on a recording with members of the Canadian Brass, and in May 2018 he was the soloist in noted American wind ensemble composer Brian Balmages' concerto "Escapades", with the composer conducting.
Over the past 25 years Peter has been invited to adjudicate at over 150 local festivals across Canada. Fluent in both official languages, he has heard countless bands, orchestras, and woodwind, brass and percussion solos and ensembles coast-to-coast. Above the local level, he has judged at the finals of fifteen Provincial competitions and has twice been asked to serve as the woodwind adjudicator for the national finals of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals.
Peter is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, where he is the area Specialist for Winds, and was the Chief Compiler of the 2014 edition of the clarinet examination syllabus. His website is www.peterstoll.ca
|Jordan Nobles, Vancouver, BC (Composition)
A winner of multiple International composition awards, a Western Canada Music Award, and a 2017 JUNO Award for Classical Composition of the Year, North Vancouver-based composer Jordan Nobles has worked as a producer and concert presenter in the Vancouver cultural community for over twenty years. Nobles has served as co-artistic director of the Redshift Music Society since its inception in 2001 and in this capacity, has presented well over 100 contemporary classical music concerts in the Vancouver area which have exposed thousands of people from all walks of life to the diversity and vitality of Canadian music. In an effort to further promote the efforts of emerging and established Canadian composers and performers, Nobles helped launch the award-winning Redshift Records label in 2007.
|Marc Teicholz, San Francisco, CA (Guitar)
Guitarist Marc Teicholz was awarded first prize at the 1989 International Guitar Foundation of America Competition, the largest, most prestigious contest of its kind in the United States. He was also a prize winner at the 1991 New York East-West Artists Competition.
Described by Gramophone as “arguably the best of the new young guitarists to have emerged,” and by Soundboard magazine as “among the best we have ever heard,” Teicholz’s performances throughout the world include tours of the United States, Canada, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Fiji. His recitals and master classes have received critical acclaim, and he has been featured in concert with orchestras in Spain, Portugal, California, and Hawaii.
He has also had new works written specially for him. Most recently, Teicholz debuted Clarice Assad’s Concerto for Guitar, O Saci-Pererê, at the Biasini Festival in San Francisco. Teicholz tours the United States extensively with The Festival of Four. He is featured on the pilot soundtrack for George Lucas’ Young Indiana Jones, and has recorded solo CDs for Naxos, Sugo, Menus and Music, and most recently, Guitar Salon International. His latest solo disc, Valseana, presents works performed on historic guitars of the period of each musical selection. On Delos records, he has recently released “Open your Heart” with soprano Laura Claycomb, featuring mixed 19th and 20th century composers.
For Naxos, Marc Teicholz has made his mark with two collections of Sor’s music already committed to disc. In a show of his versatility, he has also recorded the fifth volume of the collected works for guitar by the 19th Century French virtuoso guitarist and composer Napoleon Coste.
Teicholz, currently on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory, teaches in the summer at the California Summer Arts Festival and the Weatherfield Music festival in Vermont. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Yale School of Music, and holds a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley Boalt School of Law.
|Cathy Wilmot, Vancouver, BC (Musical Theatre/Contemporary Voice)
Born in Terrace B.C. but raised in the Vancouver area, Cathy loved performing from a young age. Her love of music was nurtured in many choirs, festivals, and school programs, and by high school she knew that being in the Arts was her path in life. She attended Douglas College Theatre program, and upon graduation landed her first contract in dinner theatre where she honed her comedy, dancing, and singing skills. Ten years later, she decided that it was time to get back into theatre in Vancouver and she hasn't stopped since.
In 2014 Cathy went back to finish her Bachelors with the ultimate goal of teaching theatre at the University level. In 2017 she completed an MFA in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy at The Boston Conservatory.
She has performed in various musicals and plays and has worked in almost every other job theatre has to offer - Cathy is truly an interdisciplinary artist. She has helped devise pieces for The Vancouver Fringe Festival, The Revolver Festival, and the International PuSh Festival. Cathy has performed all over the lower mainland, in the United States, and in 2018 she performed in London, England with a concert celebrating Canadian Musicals.
|Nancy Allen, New York, NY (Harp)
Hailed by The New York Times as “a major artist” following her New York recital debut in 1975, Nancy Allen joined the New York Philharmonic in June of 1999 as Principal Harp. She maintains a busy international concert schedule as well as heading the harp departments of The Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival and School and teaching at Stony Brook University. In addition, Ms. Allen appears regularly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In May 2000 Ms. Allen was featured in the Philharmonic’s US Premiere of Siegfried Matthus’s Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra, with Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur and Principal Flute Robert Langevin.
Ms. Allen’s busy performing schedule includes solo appearances at major international festivals, and has featured collaborations with soprano Kathleen Battle, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and with flutist Carol Wincenc and Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps in their trio, Les Amies. She has appeared on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center with The Chamber Music Society, as well as with Ms. Battle, and has performed as a recitalist for “Music at the Supreme Court” in Washington, D.C. Ms. Allen’s recording of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro with the Tokyo Quartet, flutist Ransom Wilson, and clarinetist David Shifrin received a Grammy Award nomination; she can also be heard on Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, and CRI.
Ms. Allen is a native of New York, where she studied with Pearl Chertok and undertook private lessons in piano and oboe. The summer of 1972 took her to Paris, where she studied with Lily Laskine. During that same year, she entered The Juilliard School to study with Marcel Grandjany. In 1973, Ms. Allen won the Fifth International Harp Competition, in Israel, and was later awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Award.
Ms. Allen’s students hold positions in prominent orchestras around the world. She currently resides in New York with her daughter, Claire, who studies piano and cello.
|Dr. Philip Grant (Classical Voice)
Through his performances on the concert and operatic stages, Dr. Philip Grant has become known for his exciting rich tone as well as his dedication to excellent musicianship. In 2004, Philip co-founded ‘The Canadian Tenors’ and in 2006 subsequently founded Romanza Entertainment. In addition to his administrative duties as Executive Director, he has since performed in and produced over 300 professional performances around the world. Highlight performances include engagements with San Francisco Opera and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Seoul, S. Korea.
A highly sought-after clinician, Philip has given lessons to over 200 students and has given workshops to more than a dozen choirs since he began coaching in 2018. He joined the faculty at Harmony University in 2019 and has enjoyed designing and teaching a variety of courses such as Mechanics of Artistic Singing, Vocal Techniques for Directors, and the very popular class, Bel Canto to Barbershop. Dr. Grant has recently been accepted into the Barbershop Harmony Society Judging Program but most of all, he delights in singing with his wife Donya and her brothers in their award winning A Capella quartet, Metzin’ Around.