Vetta Music is pleased to present a varied group of talented musicians.
Canadian pianist Arthur Rowe is a critically acclaimed recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician. The New York Times wrote:” The Canadian pianist Arthur Rowe made an immediate and positive impression…before eight bars had gone by, one knew he was capable of vigor without heaviness, energy without excess of drive. It was first-rate playing: a kind of execution tinglingly alive to the shape and contribution of each phrase”. Reviewing a solo recital in London, England, The London Times spoke of his “unusual clarity of articulation”, and “poetry of expression”, and David Burge, writing in The San Diego Tribune said, “Rowe is a marvelous pianist…even when he is pushed to the limit by extreme virtuosic demands…he can concentrate all of his considerable talents on vital matters of phrasing, tone and ensemble”.
Mr. Rowe regularly collaborates with artists and chamber ensembles across North America. Performances in the 2014/15 season include concerts with the Dover Quartet, cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Jonathan Crow and William Preucil, Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, with whom he has concertized for more than three decades. In February of 2004 The Harrington String Quartet joined forces with Arthur Rowe and William Preucil in New York for a performance of the Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, which was reviewed by Harris Goldsmith as a “reading that rivaled the benchmark recordings by Franzescatti/Casadesus/Pascal, and Heifetz/Sanroma/New Arts”.
Arthur Rowe has recorded with various artists for the Crystal, ebs, Innova, GM and Fanfare labels. In 2007, he released an all Schubert recording on the Centaur label. Fanfare magazine’s review said, “Rowe’s reading (of theposthumous B flat Sonata) is one of the most beautiful I have heard… his purling right-hand runs recall Schnabel’s velvety sound…. every harmonic change is underscored by a delicate nuance of color change. This kind of expression cannot be taught; it is in the bloodstream and the soul.
Having previously held positions at The University of Iowa and The University of Western Ontario, Arthur Rowe now resides in Victoria, where he is Professor of Piano at The University of Victoria, and the Artistic Director of the Victoria summer Music Festival.
Described as a “violinist with a lean tone, a supple technique, and an amazing talent for sustaining a long line” (All Music Guide Magazine), Canadian Violinist David Gillham enjoys a multifaceted career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher that has taken him across four continents.
A prominent chamber musician, he is a founding member of both the Ridge Piano Trio and the violin/piano duo “Gillham-Iinuma” and was for many years, a member of the Arianna String Quartet. The Gillham-Iinuma duo’s critically acclaimed recording of the Grieg Sonatas for Centaur records has been described as “Stellar” and “a must Purchase” (CD Hotlist).
As a soloist, David has been a concerto artist with orchestras including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Camerata Stuttgart of Germany, The Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis, the Grand Forks Symphony and the Guelph Symphony. David has collaborated with many esteemed artists including members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Vermeer and Orion quartets and pianists Robert Silverman, Anton Nel and Orli Shaham. In recital, David has appeared in cities across Canada the United States, Japan, China and Taiwan. He is regularly invited to festivals such as Domaine Forget, FEMUSC, Dame Myra Hess, Sonoran, Music Mountain, Britt, Festival of the Sound, the Guelph Spring Festival and the Guelph MusicFest.
A former pupil of Martin Beaver, Franco Gulli, David Stewart, Gwen Hoebig and David Zafer, David has served on the faculties of Memorial University, the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Missouri – St. Louis. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Gillham has been invited to conduct masterclasses in Canada, the United States, Brazil, China, Taiwan and South Africa. He is currently on the faculty at the School of Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
The recipient of several awards Mr. Gillham received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the 2006 Missouri Chapter of the American String Teachers Association’s Distinguished Service award.
Mr. Gillham performs on a Carlo Tononi violin made in 1725, Venice.
David Harding is currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He has an extensive solo and chamber music career, having performed throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Central America and Australia, in such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw, and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. His performances have been broadcast on CBC, BBC, NPR, ABC (Australia) and Deutschland Radio. He performs at many chamber music festivals throughout North America including the Sitka Chamber Music Festival and Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. In July 2012, David returns to the Australian Chamber Music Festival in Queensland.
David is a member of the flute, viola, harp ensemble, Trio Verlaine with whom he has recorded works by Debussy and Ravel, and the Glass Chamber Players, with whom he recorded Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” and Philip Glass’ “Sextet.” Other notable CD projects include a recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, with the string trio Triskelion for CBC records, the music of Aaron Jay Kernis with the Chester Quartet, and Brahms’ Viola Sonatas and Horn Trio for Skylark Music. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, David was the winner of the Sir John Barbirolli award at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. Having served on the faculty of Indiana University South Bend and the University of British Columbia, David has given master classes at the Banff International Centre for the Arts and universities throughout North America. He plays on a viola made by Pietro Antonio della Costa, Tresviso Italy, circa 1750.
past and Founding Director
Cellist Eugene Osadchy is hailed as having “the most refined and balanced string playing” by the New York Times and has been called “a paragon of Russian élan” by the Vancouver Sun. Newsday writes he is “a soloist with a clearly defined musical personality” and is noted for his “extraordinary playing” by the Dallas Morning News. “Mr. Osadchy possesses a very rich tone and is steeped in the great classical tradition. It is good to know that there are ardent keepers of the flame.” The New York Sun.
Currently Professor of Cello at the University of North Texas, Eugene Osadchy is a Principal cellist with the Plano Symphony. He is also the Artistic Advisor of the Vetta Chamber Music Series in Vancouver, Canada.
Eugene Osadchy regularly performs with orchestras in Canada, the United States and Asia. He has performed at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, and the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. In addition, Mr. Osadchy makes frequent appearances at the Bargemusic series in New York, the Autumn Classic series in Anchorage, Chamber Music International in Dallas, Strings in the Mountains at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, International Niagara Music Festival in Canada and Summit Festival in New York.
Mr. Osadchy has also performs and gives master classes throughout Europe, South Africa, USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. He has participated in numerous festivals around the world including the Amsterdam and Groningen International Festivals in Holland, the Stellenbosch International Music Festival in South Africa, Famalicao Music Festival in Portugal, the Vetta Chamber Music Series in Vancouver (where he formerly served as Artistic Director), Music at Blair Athol in Scotland, the Castel Franko di Veneto Festival in Italy, the Mozart Festival in Woodstock, Illinois, as well as Vancouver, Victoria, Banff, Seattle, Sitka, Durango, the Mozart Festival in Long Island, NY, and Maui Music Festivals.
Other musical credits of Mr. Osadchy include recordings with the CBC Radio Orchestra which have received numerous Juno awards – the Canadian equivalent of the Grammies. He has composed two film scores and has several CD’s on the Melodia label featuring his own compositions and arrangements. Mr. Osadchy has made more than 80 arrangements for various cello ensembles. For the past fourteen years, Mr. Osadchy has presented his Annual North Texas Summer Cello Clinic in Dallas,TX.
Mr. Osadchy has won critical acclaim for his recently released CD “Russian Romances” on Seafair-Bolo Records with pianist Anastasia Markina.
Clarinetist François Houle has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians, in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces: classical, jazz, new music, improvised music, and world music. Whether he’s performing works by Mozart or Messiaen, appearing as a featured soloist with orchestra, or improvising and embracing live, interactive electronics, François demystifies music for audiences everywhere.
Inspired by collaborations with the world’s top musical innovators, François has developed a unique improvisational language, virtuosic and rich with sonic embellishment and technical extensions. A sought after soloist and chamber musician, he has actively expanded the clarinet’s repertoire by commissioning some of today’s leading Canadian and international composers and premiering over one hundred new works. He has collaborated with leading ensembles in Canada, including ECM+, Turning Point Ensemble, Standing Wave, Bozzini Quartet, Fibonacci Trio, among others. He has been listed by Downbeat magazine as a “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” and has been hailed as a “Rising Star” in Downbeat’s Readers and Critics’ Polls.
His extensive touring has led to solo appearances at major festivals across Canada, the United States,Europe and Australia. A prolific recording artist, he has released over twenty recordings as a leader, earning multiple Juno Award and West Coast Music Award nominations. Sea and Sky, his long standing duo with pianist Jane Hayes, has recorded two CDs, one of which is the first release on his own label, Afterday Audio. In 2006, François was the featured soloist in Lutosławski’s Dance Preludes with the CBC Radio Orchestra, a performance hailed by the Los Angeles Times. In 2007, he composed and premiered a concerto for clarinet which he went on to record with the Turning Point Ensemble for a 2009 world wide release on the ATMA Classique label.
François studied at McGill University, went on to win the National Debut competition, and completed his studies at Yale University. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, and was a featured soloist in the International Clarinet Association’s 2007 and 2008 ClarinetFests. He is a faculty member at the Vancouver Community College School of Music, graduate clarinet studio instructor at the University of British Columbia, and was Artistic Director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute for five years. In 2008 he was appointed as “Associate Composer” of the Canadian Music Centre.
Pianist Jane Coop, one of Canada’s most prominent and distinguished artists, was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and grew up in Calgary, Alberta, where she began her musical education with Alexandra Munn and Gladys Egbert. For advanced studies her principal teachers were Anton Kuerti in Toronto and Leon Fleisher in Baltimore.
At the age of nineteen she won First Prize in the CBC’s national radio competition (the Young Performers Competition), and this, along with prizes at New York’s Kosziusko Foundation Competition and the Washington International Competition, launched her career. In the early years she made recital debuts at Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall (now called Weill Hall), as well as giving performances with the Toronto Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic the Victoria Symphony and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra. In 1976 she was invited to tour the New England States as soloist with Mario Bernardi and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada in Mozart’s Concerto in D minor, K.466.
Subsequently she has played in over twenty countries, in such eminent halls as the Bolshoi Hall in
St. Petersburg, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Beijing Concert Hall and the Salle Gaveau (Paris). In her own country she has given concerts from north to south: Whitehorse (Yukon) and Niagara Falls (ON), and from west to east: Tofino (BC) and St. John’s (Nfld) and many, many cities, towns and communities in between. She is in fact one of the few who has remained resident in Canada throughout her career. Commissions from Stephen Chatman, Ramona Luengen and others have been included in both her live performances and her recordings.
Coop’s love of chamber music has led her to collaborate with artists from many parts of the world. Her longtime association with violinist Andrew Dawes, and her more recent partnership with cellist Antonio Lysy have given her the opportunity to delve into the sonata literature of Beethoven, a body of music to which she feels particularly drawn.
Summer festivals in North America and Europe have provided venues for performances with the Manhattan, Miami, Audubon, Orford, Lafayette, Colorado, Seattle, Angeles and Pacifica String Quartets, as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Winds, York Winds, and such luminaries as Barry Tuckwell, Jamie Somerville, Martin Beaver, Jeanne Baxtrasser and Michelle Zukovsky. Coop is a cherished faculty artist at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the oldest chamber festival in North America, with Artistic Director Seymour Lipkin. (www.kneisel.org). There she collaborates in performances of much of the chamber music literature for piano and strings, and coaches brilliant young musicians from across the continent.
Her sixteen recordings, three of which have been nominated for Juno awards, have garnered glowing reviews and have been heard on classical radio programs in many countries.
In December 2012, Jane Coop was appointed to the Order of Canada, our country’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.
Since her debut with the Toronto Symphony, Jane Hayes’ concerts have taken her across Canada, the United States and Europe. She can be heard frequently on CBC radio and has recordings available on the Fanfare, EMI, Centrediscs, ATMA, Artifact, CBC-Musica Viva and CBC SM5000 labels.As a performer and teacher, Jane has been noted for her involvement in making contemporary music accessible to audiences, students and teachers.To that end, Jane has premiered many new works written for her and for her two-piano Yarilo Ensemble.She is a featured artist on five CDs devoted to the music of Canadian composers including Remember Your Power (the music of John Burke), Expressivity (solo piano music of Christopher Ludwig), and Far Other Worlds (the music of Euphrosyne Keefer). Her performing edition and CD of Barbara Pentland’s Early Piano works was published by Avondale Press in 2010.
Jane enjoys a busy performing schedule. In addition to being a founding member of Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble and the Yarilo Ensemble, she is a regular partner of clarinetist François Houle, appearing in recitals and workshops throughout Canada. This season, she will concertize in Switzerland, Bulgaria, Russia, Spain and Mexico with programs celebrating the 100th anniversary of Alexander Scriabin and Latin-inspired music for clarinet and piano. Two CDs are also due for release, both featuring her work with Francois Houle.
Jane is currently Director of Keyboard Studies at KPU and was awarded Honourary Life Member status in 2011 for her work in the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association.
Praised for his “strong personal voice” (Globe and Mail), “masterful command of instrumental colour” (Georgia Straight), and “superb attention to rhythm” (Audio Ideas Guide), and recipient of SOCAN’s 2014 Jan Matejcek New Classical Music Award for career achievement, Jeffrey Ryan is emerging as one of Canada’s leading composers.
Ryan’s music has been performed and broadcast on five continents, inspired choreographers, and served as soundtrack to the dance film Fata Morgana. Among his many commissions are works for the Cleveland Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Tokyo String Quartet, Arditti Quartet, and Tapestry Opera. Major recent projects include the oratorio Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation (poetry by Suzanne Steele, commissioned by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and One Yellow Rabbit) and the choral opera Mother/Land (libretto by Michael Lewis MacLennan).
Well represented on disc, recordings of Ryan’s music have garnered four JUNO nominations and five more from the Western Canadian Music Awards. His growing discography includes the award-winning portrait CD Fugitive Colours (Vancouver Symphony/Gryphon Trio) on Naxos Canadian Classics, along with recordings by musica intima, clarinetist Cris Inguanti, pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, the Thunder Bay Symphony, the Penderecki String Quartet, and Standing Wave.
Based in Vancouver, Ryan was the Vancouver Symphony’s Composer Laureate for the 2008/09 season, after serving as the VSO’s Composer-in-Residence from 2002 to 2007. He was an Affiliate Composer with the Toronto Symphony from 2000 to 2002. He holds degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Toronto. Learn more about Ryan at his site here
“Shapelier phrases and sweeter tone would be hard to imagine”, “a ravishing tone”, “first rate soloist”, “exchanged lines meltingly in a flawless performance” “playing with lyricism, precision, and evident joy”; are some of the accolades that have graced Joan’s reviews. In 2010 Zach Carstensen of Seattle’s Gathering Note wrote “Your heart would need to be made of stone not to have loved Joan Blackman’s splendid solo “.
Joan Blackman, former Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony, enjoys a vibrant and varied musical life. She has performed and recorded as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony, CBC Radio Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble and the Banff Festival Orchestra, and has played chamber music with premier groups such as the Penderecki String Quartet and the Purcell String Quartet. She has performed chamber music on Music in the Morning, Music Fest Vancouver , the Pender Harbour Music Society Concert Series, various concert series throughout BC, The Jeffrey Concerts in London, Ont., and the American String Project, which brings together concertmasters and soloists throughout North America. Joan has appeared at numerous summer festivals including the Hornby Island Festival, the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival, and the Victoria Summer Music Festival. Ms. Blackman is also the Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Vetta Chamber Music Society, a longstanding and well respected Vancouver series that celebrates its 30th anniversary this season.
Joan is also an active teacher. Though she has a small private class, many of her students have gone on to be professional musicians. She has also taught at the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen College, the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, Vancouver Academy of Music, and the VSO School of Music. Joan adjudicates at festivals throughout BC.
Dr. John Friesen has performed solo and chamber music in Europe, Asia, Canada and the United Sates and his solo recordings have received critical acclaim for their beauty of tone and depth of expression. The Seattle Times wrote, “Friesen has the technique to negotiate Bach’s demands with relative ease, he plays with obvious enjoyment and commitment, letting Bach speak through his strings.”
John Friesen has won prizes at the Montreal Symphony Competition and the Eckhardt-Grammatte National Music Competition. He is a recipient of Canada Council Awards and the Lincoln Center Fund Awards and has been heard on CBC national radio and television, CTV national television, WNYC Radio (New York) and BBC Radio (UK).
As a clinician and adjudicator he has participated at such competitions and events as the Canada Council Music Competition, the Seattle Young Artists Competition and numerous U.S. State Solo and Ensemble Competitions.
Aside from the world of classical music, Dr. Friesen has collaborated with musicians in the fields of popular music; performing solo cello on kd lang’s, Grammy award-winning album, “Ingenue,” Geddy Lee’s (Rush) Solo Album entitled, “My Favorite Headache,” as well as performing solo music for movies such as Ben Kingsley’s, “Fifty Dead Men Walking,” and Amy Grant’s, “A Song from the Heart.”
Dr. Friesen has performance degrees from the University of British Columbia, the University of Southern California and the Juilliard School in New York. Apart from his current Professorship at Western Washington University he has previously taught as a “Visiting Associate Professor of Music” at the University of British Columbia. He plays on a cello made in 2000 by Mario Mirralles. He and his wife have three children.
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, an honor he shares with such cultural icons as Oscar Peterson, Robertson Davies, Adrienne Clarkson and Leon Fleisher. His recordings can be heard on EMI, Sony, Archtype, Naxos and Bose record labels. In addition to receiving the Sylva Gelber Award of $15,000, Joseph has been the recipient of multiple Canada Council career grants exceeding $50,000. Mr. Elworthy is a graduate of Yale University where he was the recipient of the Aldo Parisot – Yo-Yo Ma Prize – the highest honour issued by Yale to a graduating cellist.
In 2011, Elworthy was appointed as Executive Director of the Vancouver Academy of Music where he also serves as Head of the Cello Department. 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. Joseph Elworthy co-founded the Koerner Piano Trio, the first chamber ensemble in residence at the Vancouver Academy 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.
“An outstanding talent, intoxicating in its brilliance” raved the San Francisco Chronicle at Ms. Larionoff’s solo debut. Since then, she has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the symphonies of Seattle, Yakima, Port Angeles and Oakland, with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the String Orchestra of the Rockies, the University of Washington Orchestra, the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra and the Orquestra Sinfonica in Mexico City. Ms. Larionoff has toured Germany and Austria with the New European Strings and has performed on tour in Japan with the Mostly Mozart Orchestra.
A Loomis Scholarship Award winner at the Juilliard School, Ms. Larionoff was a student of Dorothy DeLay. Additional teachers included Stuart Canin, Sally Thomas, Paul Doktor, Joel Krosnik and Felix Galimir. Upon graduating, Ms. Larionoff was invited by the esteemed Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini to join the violin section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ms. Larionoff moved to Seattle in 1990 and served as Associate Concertmaster of the Symphony and was then appointed Concertmaster, where she was featured as soloist and leader on numerous occasions, including her critically acclaimed solo performances in the 2011 Naxos release of “Scheherazade”. In 2012 her performance of the Vasks violin concerto “Distant Light” received praise from the New York Times: “the elegant violinist Maria Larionoff was stunning, incisive and radiant.”
Ms. Larionoff’s versatility as a violist as well a violinist has led to invitations at many chamber music festivals, including the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Seattle International Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Marrowstone Music Festival, Chautauqua and the Vetta series in Vancouver, BC. She has collaborated in chamber music concerts with many distinguished artists including Emanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, Steven Staryk, Jamie Laredo, Bill Preucil and Glenn Dicterow.
Ms. Larionoff has served on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Music and has been a guest Artist-in-Residence at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She has taught at the Round Top Festival in Texas and the Interlochen Arts Academy, served as head violin coach of the Seattle Youth Symphony, and maintains a busy private teaching studio.
In 2001, Ms. Larionoff and her husband, doublebassist Barry Lieberman, founded The American String Project, a conductorless string orchestra made up of Concertmasters and soloists from around the world. The group received great critical acclaim both for their annual performances at Benaroya Hall, as well as for their numerous recordings.
Ms. Larionoff and her duo partner, pianist Robin McCabe, recently completed their cycle of all 10 Beethoven sonatas, and are currently featured in concert on UW TV in “Beethoven Back to Back”. The popular duo perform frequently throughout the Pacific Northwest, and have been called “..a glorious musical team..” by the Seattle Times.
a keen ear for timbres and a vivid imagination.” Mr. Eugelmi has performed to critical and public acclaim in the world’s finest venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Casals Festival Prades, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Berlin Philharmonie. His solo appearances include the Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal Symphony Orchestras, under such conductors as Mario Bernardi, Jacques Lacombe, Jean-Claude Casadesus, and Charles Dutoit. Mr. Eugelmi has given numerous national and world premieres, such as John Harbison’s Viola Concerto, Gavin Bryars’ The North Shore, as well as his own commission from Jacques Hétu, Concerto pour Alto et Orchestre, Op.75.
Mr. Eugelmi has been a member of the Fine Arts Quartet, and has collaborated with renowned chamber musicians such as violinists Martin Beaver and Régis Pasquier, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist Arto Noras, pianist Menahem Pressler, and the Talich Quartet. Mr. Eugelmi’s varied discography, recorded on the Analekta, Skylark, CBC Records, and Naxos labels, has received numerous accolades, including Editor’s Choice by Gramophone Magazine, a JUNO nomination, and a Prix Opus. Mr. Eugelmi’s recordings and performances have been broadcast all over the world. Mr. Eugelmi has been on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of British Columbia, and is in demand at institutions in North America and Europe.
Cellist Rebecca Wenham has been described as a musical force of nature. She has performed across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia. She was, as member of the Cecilia String Quartet from 2004 to 2010, silver medalist at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, winner of first prize and the Melpomene prize at the Rutenberg Chamber Music Competition, winner of the commissioned prize at the Bordeaux International Quartet Competition, and winner of first prize and the Canadian commissioned prize at the 10th Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Rebecca was recently appointed Principal Cello of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. She has performed with pianists Robert Silverman, Anton Kuerti, James Tocco and Menahem Pressler, and jazz musicians John Stetch, Hugh Fraser and Dave Douglas. She has collaborated with many composers including Common Sense Composers Collective, Ana Sokolovic, Gilbert Amy, Kelly-Marie Murphy and William Bolcom. Her interest in different styles of music has prompted her to perform music from classical to jazz to Persian, as well as the music of Elvis Costello. She was a CBC Galaxie Rising Star in 2007.
Rebecca has received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and from the the Odyssee/ACCR Quartet Residency Program grant, ProQuartet. She holds degrees from the HARID Conservatory of Music, the Shepherd School at Rice University, San Diego State University and McGill University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of British Columbia. She is currently a member of Trio Accord and Microcosmos Quartet. Her mentors have included Johanne Perron, Norman Fischer, Andre Roy, the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Henk Guittart.
Rose came into her community art’s career later in life, after working for many years as a truckdriver, resort cook and a deckhand on the fishboats, as a means of raising three children on her own. Rose came into control of her own life in 2000. The recipient of the2009 Vancouver Mayor’s Award recognizing her as an emerging artist in community arts, Rosemary has applied her talents in a variety of situations in the Downtown Eastside and throughout BC & the Northwest Territories and into the Yukon. Rosemary has provided outreach and story consultation for Vancouver Moving Theatre’s In the Heart of a City: The Downtown Eastside Community Play and co-wrote and provided cast hospitality for We’re All In This Together: The Shadows Project. She is Urban Ink Productions Community Liason and worked closely with Marie Clements on the CBC radio drama Hours of Water involving 100’s of participants – decades of women who lived and worked in the drowning west coast fishing industry. Rosemary was associate producer of From Where We Speak (a theatrical bridge of words between two islands created by Penalakut and Galiano Island Aboriginal students). Rosemary worked as project leader of The Squaw Hall Community Arts Project: A Community Remembers –a documentary film created by youth and elders from an Aboriginal perspective that was created for and within the Williams Lake community by co-producers urban ink and the Twin Fish Theatre Collective (Nelson). Rosemary has been touring “Women In Fish” throughout BC and other parts of Canada. “Women in Fish” has been adapted as a two women touring show. Rosemary also collaborated with Renae Morriseau and Savannah Walling on the “Story Weaving Project”, a contemporary story of urban Aboriginal life, which she was also project co-ordinator. Rosemary’s first documentary “We Have Stories” screened in the fall of 2013 at “The Heart of the City Festival” and was also part of “Indigenous Women In Film” Screening / Discussion / Q&A at Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC in May 2014. Rosemary has just completed her 4 month residency as Vancouver Public Library’s Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence 2014.
Canadian violist Tawnya Popoff enjoys a versatile career around North America, currently based both in New York City and Vancouver. In addition to being principal violist with the Vancouver Opera, she is a founding member of the Athabasca String Trio and Driftwood Duo, performs regularly with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas, tours with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and gives solo recitals. She was a prizewinner in the 2000 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and has served on the faculties of the Perlman Music Program, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo, American Composers Orchestra and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. As a member of the Cassatt Quartet until 2005, she was vitally involved in commissioning, premiering and recording works from leading American composers and can be heard on the Koch, NewWorld, Albany, Tzadik and Shsk’h labels. Tawnya Popoff’s viola was played by Boris Kroyt of the Budapest Quartet, generously loaned to her by courtesy of his grandson.
past and Founding Director
Victor Costanzi, co-founder and former Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Vetta Chamber Series, is one of North America’s most versatile violinists. His professional engagements span many genres including Soloist, Concertmaster (symphony and chamber orchestra, opera, ballet, film-scores, musical theatre and for many leading popular performers), New Music, Early Music and Chamber Music. He has been a frequent guest of various chamber music series, and collaborated with numerous international artists including Heinz Holliger, Anner Bylsma, Monica Huggett, John Eliot Gardener, Andrew Parrott and Steve Reich. His debut as soloist was with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at the age of sixteen, and he has toured Latin America, the United States and Canada with broadcasts on both radio and television.
The critical acclaim for his performances confirms his reputation as a violinist both popular and in demand: “virtuoso performances by Victor Costanzi” … “inspired playing brought the house down” – Toronto Globe and Mail; “The highlight of the concert” –Montreal Gazette; “exceptional” – Vancouver Province. Mr. Costanzi is a native of St. Paul Minnesota and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music which he attended on full scholarship. From 1979 to 2005 he lived in Vancouver, Canada and recorded for the CBC, Vox, Skylark, Centre Disc and Miracle Records labels.
In March of 2005 he re-located to New York following an invitation to perform as Concertmaster on Broadway. Other performances in the area include numerous appearances with the New Jersey Symphony, the American Ballet Theatre and touring the US as solo-violinist with Chita Rivera and Topol. In February of 2010 Victor performed as Concertmaster for the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics.
Mr. Costanzi has also appeared in films with Sam Waterston, Cheryl Hines and Peter Gallagher; and has been nominated for a Jessie Award for his work in a production of the music of Cole Porter.
Yariv Aloni is acclaimed by critics for his “impeccable technical accomplishments, exquisite phrasing and superb viola playing”, and as having “a huge, singing tone and a rare depth and nobility of feeling”. He was a finalist at the François Shapira competition in Tel-Aviv. His awards included the Israel Broadcasting Authority award for chamber music performance and numerous awards and annual scholarships from the American-Israel Cultural foundation. As the violist of both the Aviv and the Penderecki string quartets, he has performed in many concert halls around the world including Lincoln Centre in New York, the Louvre in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, and numerous concert halls in Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy, Holland, Mexico, France, Poland and many more. In 1985 he was invited to join Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zuckerman to play a gala concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.
He recorded for the United, Marquise, Tritonus, and CBC labels as well as independent CD labels. He performs in numerous chamber music concerts, festivals and recitals series.
An avid and dedicated teacher he is teaching chamber music at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He is a former faculty member of Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and has given master classes at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Brandon University, University of Alberta in Edmonton, and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. In 1994 he became a faculty member and subsequently from 1999 to 2007 be became the artistic director and conductor or the Courtenay Youth Music Centre in the Comox valley, British Columbia.
Born on A kibbutz in Israel, Yariv Aloni began studying the violin at the age of eight and turned to the viola when he was sixteen. He studied viola with David Chen at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Daniel Benyamini, principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic and Michael Tree and the Guarneri String Quartet. With an emphasis on chamber music he also studied at the Jerusalem Music Centre with distinguished visiting faculty from around the world including the Isaac Stern, the Amadeus and the Guarneri String Quartets, and many others.
Yariv Aloni studied conducting under the tutelage of the late Hungarian conductor János Sándor, former music director of the Budapest State Opera, the Györ Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Pecs. He is the music director of the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria, the Victoria Chamber Orchestra and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, as well as being a principal guest conductor of the West Coast Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver. His guest appearances include the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, The Victoria Choral Society and Prima Choir.