One of Canada’s most versatile violinists, Chris Anstey is a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has been a first violinist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) since 2005.
Recognized as one of Canada's most outstanding violinists, Gwen Hoebig is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City. Concertmaster of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 1987, she was honoured by the Government of Canada in 1993 when she received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, in recognition of her contribution to the Arts.
Simon MacDonald began playing the violin at age seven in Victoria, British Columbia. He earned his AVCM Teacher and Performance Diploma from the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Bachelor’s degree from New England Conservatory in Boston, and Master’s degree from McGill, in Montreal.
Artistic Director of the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy, Saskatoon native Elation Pauls makes a significant contribution to the rich fabric that makes up Winnipeg's musical community.
Jane (Radomski) Pulford began studying the violin in her home town of Indianapolis at the age of 5 with Eleanor Briccetti. She continued her studies with Dr. Lisa Brooks and then with Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig as a member of Indiana University’s String Academy.
Karl Stobbe is recognized as one of Canada's most accomplished and versatile violinists. Very few violinists can lay claim to performances of all six Ysaÿe Sonatas for Solo Violin, all 16 Beethoven String Quartets, and all nine Mahler Symphonies.
Greg currently plays in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and maintains a private teaching studio.
French-Canadian violist Elise Lavallée received her early musical training as well as her Bachelor of Music from Le Conservatoire de Musique de Québec.
Originally from Regina, Daniel Scholz studied at the University of Regina, McGill University and at the University of British Columbia. He was a prize winner at the Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind, held on the Isle of Mann. Mr. Scholz is the Principal Viola of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, and the Rembrandt String Quartet.
A native of Toronto, Desiree Abbey has appeared as a cello soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, she has toured Europe with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestral Academy, played at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra Seminar and served as Assistant Principal Cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season.
Born in Winnipeg, Andrea Bell holds Bachelor Degrees in Music and Education from the University of Manitoba where she was a student of Julie Banton. She completed a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of British Columbia as a student of Eric Wilson.
Principal Cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Yuri Hooker is well-known for his passionate and soulful interpretations of a wide range of repertoire. His frequent solo appearances have met with critical and audience acclaim.
Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Meredith Johnson is the Principal Bassist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2004. Meredith began studying the double bass with Edgar Meyer at Vanderbilt University while pursuing a degree in English Literature.
Daniel Perry moved to Winnipeg to join the WSO in 2014, and has since been establishing himself locally as a performer and educator. In addition to his regular obligations with El Sistema and private instruction, Daniel's teaching experiences have included the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy, the Masterworks Festival, and the University of North Dakota.
He holds the position of Assistant Professor at Providence University College, as well as Sessional Instructor at the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music.
Her love for piano music has directed her path from the age of six, culminating in a Master of Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of distinguished Canadian artist, Jane Coop.
Leanne has loved playing the piano for as long as she can remember and particularly enjoys collaborating with other musicians. Leanne earned Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba, specializing in piano and choral music.
Herbert Pauls grew up in Northern Saskatchewan. He began studying with British pianist Robin Harrison at 14 and by the end of his undergraduate years in Saskatoon he had mastered a large literature including the 24 Etudes of Chopin.
Canadian conductor Michelle Mourre is an engaging and elegant presence on the podium. As the Artistic Director of the Brandon Chamber Players from 2006-2010, she distinguished herself as a conductor of artistic vision and integrity.
Karen’s background in classical music brings a wealth of insight into her career as a personal trainer and yoga instructor. With practical and intuitive awareness she is able to guide individuals towards healthier ways of moving in their bodies.
Reid Harrison has been active in Winnipeg’s arts community for many years as an instrumentalist, a singer and actor, a theatre director, an educator and as an arts administrator and board member.