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One of Canada’s most versatile violinists, Chris Anstey is a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland. He plays first violin with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.
He has appeared as soloist with the WSO, Newfoundland Symphony, Etobicoke Philharmonic, and Brandon Chamber Players. A strong supporter of traditional music, Chris was a four-time finalist at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championships in Ottawa.
Recognized as one of Canada's most outstanding violinists, Gwen Hoebig is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City. A champion of new music, she has performed all the major violin concerti with orchestras across Canada, the United States and Europe. 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. She also founded Morningside Music Bridge, an international summer program featuring the finest young violinists, cellists and pianists from across China, Europe, the United States and Canada.
Violinist Rodica Filipoi Jeffrey has been a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 2010. She has held positions in orchestras in Canada and the United States, including Assistant Concertmaster and acting Concertmaster of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and has been a member of the Eugene Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra. more . . .
Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy and Festival, Elation Pauls has served as Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 2009. In constant local demand for her lush sound and expressive solo and chamber music performances, she is violinist with Trio Exchange (clarinetist Micah Heilbrunn, pianist Madeline Hildebrand) and maintains an active private teaching studio. more . . .
Karl Stobbe is recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished violinists, known for his dedication to excellence on the violin and classical music in all its forms. As a concertmaster, soloist, and chamber musician, Karl has been an audience favorite in small settings and large venues. His diverse career has included performances of all six Ysaÿe Sonatas for Solo Violin, all 16 Beethoven String Quartets, and all ten Mahler Symphonies. He is as comfortable directing an orchestra without conductor, as he is giving an unaccompanied recital. Noted for his generous, rich sound, and long, poignant phrasing, he is described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as “an artist with soulful musicianship,” and by London’s Sunday Times as “a master soloist, recalling the golden age of violin playing… producing a breathtaking range of tone colours.” more . . .
Violist Elise Lavallée was appointed Assistant Principal Viola of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1997 and appears regularly with various organizations in the city including Groundswell, Music at the Millenium, Camerata Nova and Winnipeg Chamber Music Society. Elise received her Bachelor of Music from Le Conservatoire de Musique de Québec and later pursued a Master’s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music and an Artist Diploma at McGill University. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, Elise is an instructor at the University of Manitoba. She has also been a host for music appreciation lectures at the University of St-Boniface and a chamber music series music director at the St. Boniface Cathedral and the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre.
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. As a solo artist, Daniel has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Musickbarock, the Okanagan Symphony and the Vancouver Chamber Players. Daniel has also toured Europe with the Nordic Symphony of Tallinn, Estonia as Guest Principal Viola. more . . .
Born in Winnipeg, Andrea Bell holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of British Columbia. Andrea is founding member, manager and cellist of the Rembrandt String Quartet, performing for concerts, weddings and events in Winnipeg. A passionate music educator, Ms. Bell is the Director of the String Orchestra Program at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. She maintains a large and vibrant private cello studio and is the Director of the “Mini-Rosie” program at the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy. more . . .
Karin is active as a performing cellist, piano accompanist, teacher, coach and Sistema instructor. She studied at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts with Mihaly Virizlay (principal cello Baltimore Symphony and principal strings of the Philadelphia Orchestra), as well as at Indiana University. After two years as principal cello of the Windsor Symphony, she returned to Winnipeg , playing principal cello of Musik Barock for 20 years. She performs frequently with the WSO, MTC, MTYP, RWB and Rainbow Stage. more . . .
Longtime principal cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Hooker is well-known for his passionate and soulful interpretations of a wide range of repertoire. His frequent solo appearances have met with acclaim, garnering him plaudits in the Winnipeg Free Press (“mesmerizing”, “[a] sublime musician and audience favourite”), and in the The Strad magazine. Career highlights include Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the WSO and Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 with the Manitoba Chamber and Grand Forks Symphony Orchestras; world premieres of John Tavener’s Popule Meus for cello and orchestra, Michael Oesterle’s Agate Rosary (large ensemble version), and the Western Canadian premiere of Henri Dutilleux’s concerto Tout un monde lointain; as well as performances of Britten, Jocelyn Morlock, and Mendelssohn at the International Cello Festival of Canada. more . . .
Cellist Leanne Zacharias is an interdisciplinary artist known for unique collaborations across genres and geographies including Music for Spaces; recently presented in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Listening Booth: solo recitals for solo audience member, Sounding the Wake of a Glacier, a Canada150 commission, CityWide: 50 simultaneous recitals presented by the International Cello Festival of Canada and Sonus Loci: a sound installation on ice, selected by Winnipeg’s Warming Huts Competition. more . . .
A native of Alabama, Meredith Johnson is the Principal Bassist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2004. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe with numerous ensembles, and is a member of the six-time Emmy Award winning All Star Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral career, Meredith is an active teacher and clinician. He is the founder of Bassitoba, a Winnipeg based program that helps develop young double bassists, and has given masterclasses at several Canadian universities, the Eastern Music Festival and Penn State University. He is an active chamber musician and was the Principal Bassist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra from 2004-2013. more . . .
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.
Acclaimed Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker describes Madeline Hildebrand as “an extraordinary young artist whose communicative skills convey the essence of all that she plays. Her pianism is of the highest level, and she has an instinctive understanding of beautiful sound.”
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.
Since graduating from Brandon University with a B.Mus in Piano Performance, Winnipeg conductor Michelle Mourre has had a rich and varied career. In addition to her current role as pianist for the Aspirant program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (and the RWB's music teacher), Michelle is conductor of Winnipeg’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She was Conductor in Residence of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Andrey Boreyko and served as Artistic Director of the Brandon Chamber Players from 2006-2010. In both positions she distinguished herself with her engaging and elegant presence on the podium, her thoughtful and unconventional programming, as well as her advocacy for contemporary composers and emerging artists. more . . .
Winnipeg based Victoria Sparks is an active solo, orchestral and chamber percussionist. She completed her bachelor’s degrees in Music and Education studying with Rob Gardner and Jauvon Gilliam (University of Manitoba) and she completed her Masters in Percussion Performance with Jon Crabiel (Butler University). Active as a soloists in a variety of chamber music series in Winnipeg (Music’n’Mavens, Millennium Library, etc) Victoria also performs regularly with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. She is principal Timpani/Percussion with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra as well as working with many other local arts organizations including the Brandon Chamber Players, the Groundswell New Music Series, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Winnipeg Singers. more . . .
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. In 2009 he was inducted onto Rainbow Stage’s Wall of Fame, testament to his twenty-seven productions at that theatre, fifteen on stage and twelve in the pit, as well as to his many other contributions to Winnipeg’s arts life. more . . .