Vetta Music is pleased to present a varied group of talented musicians.
Described as creating a “mesmerizing musical experience” by combining his “deep personal connection” (Toronto Live Music Report), “luscious tone and technical prowess”(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. As a winner of the 2012 Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, he has been awarded the use of the 1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello, built in Turin, Italy, for the next 3 years. In January 2013, Ariel was appointed Principal Cello of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
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 Brad Turner, Caroline Lizotte and Andrew Staniland. Couloir is looking forward to much concertizing as their tour schedule already extends into 2014. (www.couloir.ca)
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 artists 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, Carrie Dennis, 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 works by Jocelyn Morlock on the Naxos label, (including her Double Cello Concerto “Aeromancy”), and Couloir’s debut CD’s on PARMA Recordings, featuring works by Jocelyn Morlock, Glenn Buhr, Baljinder Sekhon, James Maxwell 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.
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.
Daniel Bolshoy is committed to bringing the guitar to the attention of audiences everywhere. He is regularly praised for his friendly and informative spoken introductions, and progressive programming of solo and chamber music. His concert tours take him from prestigious international concert stages to remote villages and house-concerts.
Mr. Bolshoy has performed as a soloist with many orchestras internationally and across Canada, including: the Mexico City Philharmonic, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Beer Sheva Symphony (Israel), Volgograd Symphony Orchestra (Russia), New Mexico Symphony (United States), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony, Vancouver Philharmonic, Vancouver Island Symphony, Peterborough Symphony, Huntsville Festival Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, Symphony of the Kootenays, Oakville Symphony, Etobicoke Philharmonic, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra. This season he performs with the Kingston Symphony, the Canada West Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
Daniel Bolshoy has performed for many prestigious festivals including, Guitar-Gems (Israel), Tabula Rasa (Russia), the Abbey Bach (United Stated), the International Music Festival in Macao, GuitarfestWest (Calgary), Halifax Guitar Festival, Music and Beyond (Ottawa), Indian River Music Festival, Guelph Spring Festival, Elora music Festival, Westben Arts Festival, Festival des arts Bore-Art, Ottawa Festival and Vancouver International Chamber Music Festival.
Daniel Bolshoy appears on seven commercial CD recordings: Resonance, España (Boldan Music), McGillicuddy’s Rant (Centaur Classics), and as guest artist on Isabel Bayrakdarian’s latest album Tango Notturno (CBC Records), Marc Hervieux’s A Napoli (ATMA) and with Pinchas Zukerman and members of the NAC in a special CD to benefit the homelessness in Vancouver. His most recent solo CD Soñando Caminos (ATMA) is devoted to the works of Spanish composer Eduardo Sainz de la Maza. His recitals are frequently broadcast on CBC Radio, and he has also appeared in two documentary films for the Bravo! (TV) series entitled The Classical Now.
Mr. Bolshoy has recently been appointed to the position of head of the guitar division at the University of British Columbia School of Music. He is also the head of the guitar department at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music where he gladly welcomes everyone. His students have won awards in competitions, and scholarships to leading Universities and Conservatories, including the top two awards in the Canadian Music Festival competitions, in 2008 and 2009.
Daniel Bolshoy is a D’Addario Gold Performing Artist, he performs on D’Addario Strings.
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.
Eileen V. Padgett is an accomplished composer, organist, pianist, and conductor, currently pursuing a DMA in composition at the University of British Columbia under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Chatman. Originally from Lindsay, Ontario, she completed her BMus at Queen’s University in Kingston where she began her formal studies in music composition under the directorship of Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich.
She has received a number of musical and scholarly awards including First Place in the New York Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Composition Competition; Division IV, The Graham George Memorial Scholarship in Composition, Winner of the UBC Choral Competition, The UBC Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, and The Queen’s University Medal in Music. Her pieces have been chosen for readings and performances by several professional ensembles including the Prince George Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Center Orchestra, the University of British Columbia Symphony Orchestra, The University of British Columbia Symphonic Winds, The University of British Columbia Chamber Strings, The University of British Columbia Singers, the Phoenix Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers, Sea to Sky Winds, and The New York Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.
Eileen is strongly invested in making music at the community level. She was recently the Music Director for a local production of Oliver!, has served on the board of Vancouver Pro Musica, regularly sings with Pacifica Singers, and is the current Music Director at West Point Grey United Church where she has begun several community-oriented initiatives.
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
Jennie Press began her violin studies at the age of three in St. John’s, NL. She made her solo debut with the Newfoundland Symphony at thirteen and has since had solo appearances with several symphonies and chamber orchestras in Canada and the United States. Ms. Press has been a national finalist numerous times in the Canadian Music Competitions, the Shean Strings Competiton and the National Music Festival, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She has also been a prize winner in numerous competitions including the Marbury Violin Competition, the Yale Gordon String Competition, the Alexandria Symphony Competiton and the Wellesly Symphony Competition.
Jennie has performed in many symphony and chamber orchestras including the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, and Key West Symphony, and has served as concertmaster in several orchestras including Royal Opera Canada, Annapolis Opera, Washington Summer Opera, De Camera Chamber Players, Peabody Symphony Orchestra and the Peabody Concert Orchestra. She has also performed with many pops orchestras which have led to performances in Hong Kong, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Ms. Press spent one year at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA as a student of Eric Rosenblith and was a member of the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra which toured South America. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree and subsequently earned a Master of Music degree as a full scholarship recipient from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD as a student of Victor Danchenko. She also spent one year as an Artist Diploma candidate under full scholarship at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, ON as a student of Atis Bankas. Ms. Press has played in masterclasses and lessons for such internationally renowned artists as Midori, Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher, Donald Weilerstein, Camilla Wicks, Andreas Cardenes, Laurence Lesser, Lorand Fenyves, and members of the Juilliard, Orford and Vogler Quartets.
Ms. Press is currently Second Assistant Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the first violin section of the now defunct CBC Radio Orchestra.
“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.
Julia Nolan maintains an active performing schedule committed to promoting new works for saxophone. She has commissioned works by many Canadian composers including Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, Colin MacDonald, Robert Pritchard, Nicolas Scherzinger, Jacquie Leggatt, Hope Lee, Fred Stride, Neal Currie, Alain Mayrand, Alan Matheson, and Jeffrey Ryan.
In July 2013, Julia Nolan taught at the Taiwan International Saxophone Camp and gave master classes in Taipei.
Julia Nolan was the Head Judge at the First International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) in Columbus, Georgia in October 2012.
Julia Nolan premiered Jeffrey Ryan’s concerto Brazen with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Bramwell Tovey conducting) and with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra (Bernhard Gueller conducting) in April 2012.
In July, 2012 Julia Nolan performed Jan Freidlin’s Broceliande Concerto, premiered a Polys Tonos by Colin MacDonald, and gave a lecture based on her PhD thesis: Fostering Artistry and Pedagogy: Conversations with Artist-teachers Frederick Hemke, Eugene Rousseau, and Donald Sinta at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Julia Nolan was a guest artist at the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium in July 2011.
In November 2010, Nolan was an international judge at the 5th Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition, in Dinant, Belgium.
Praised for her “meltingly beautiful solos” (The Detroit News) and performances of “depth and insight” (Times Colonist), Pamela is a co-founding member of the prize – winning Lafayette String Quartet.
Since 1991, Pamela along with her quartet colleagues has been an Artist in Residence at UVic, where she teaches cello, chamber music and co-supervises the strings mentoring course in collaboration with School District 61. She and the LSQ maintain their leadership in one of the strongest university string programs in Canada. The Lafayette quartet celebrated 25 years of musical life together in 2011. Highlights of these years include a celebration of the millennium performing all sixteen of Beethoven’s string quartets, tours in North America and Europe, and the initiation of the Lafayette Health Awareness Forum. Recordings include a recent title “Tre Vecchi Amici” featuring works written for the quartet. Their CBC recording “Death and the Maiden” was awarded “Outstanding Classical Recording of the Year” by the Western Canada Music Awards.
A native of California, Pamela served as principal cellist with the Detroit’s Renaissance City Chamber Players. She was a Ford Motor Company Artist in Residence at the Center for Creative Studies Institute of Music and Dance and a faculty member at Oakland University. She earned her BMus and MMus degrees from California State University, Northridge and Indiana University. Her principal teachers include Peter Rejto, Janos Starker and Paul Katz.
An enthusiast teacher, Ms. Highbaugh Aloni served for ten years on the faculty at the Courtenay Youth Music School and Festival and for the past six years has been the coach for the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra cello section. She has performed both as a soloist and recitalist and has been a guest artist with the Sooke Philharmonic, Vetta Ensemble of Vancouver, Victoria Summer Festival, Eine Kleine Summer Music, Chamber Music San Juan, and the Victoria Symphony’s Summer Cathedral Series, and has served as principal cellist with the Galiano Ensemble since its inaugural season in 2000. Pamela plays on a George Craske cello made in England, 1850.
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.
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.