2022 Guest Artists and Faculty
Acclaimed for its “bold interpretive strength, robust characterization and commanding resonance” (Calgary Herald), the Verona Quartet has firmly established itself amongst the most distinguished ensembles on the chamber music scene today. The group’s singular sense of purpose most recently earned them Chamber Music America’s coveted 2020 Cleveland Quartet Award, and a reputation as an “outstanding ensemble… cohesive yet full of temperament” (The New York Times).
For almost 50 years, concert pianist Janina Fialkowska has enchanted audiences and critics around the world. She has been praised for her musical integrity, her refreshing natural approach and her unique piano sound thus becoming “one of the Grandes Dames of piano playing” (Frankfurter Allgemeine).
Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin and Timothy Steeves, piano) are Canada’s premiere violin and piano ensemble. Known for the passion and brilliance of their performances, their extraordinarily unified voice has become one of the most striking features of their work.
Gryphon Trio is firmly established as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. For more than 25 years, it has earned acclaim for and impressed international audiences with its highly refined, dynamic, and memorable performances. The Trio’s repertoire ranges from traditional to contemporary, and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia. It is committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.
Artistic creativity, versatility, technical precision – these are the primary ingredients of the perfect recipe for a performing arts ensemble. One other ingredient, that indescribable something that we tend to call audience appeal, makes the picture complete. These are precisely the elements that make up Nordic Voices, a six-voice a cappella group that has been making waves not only in Norway, but in places as far afield as South Africa, Taiwan, Bolivia and USA.
A critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano of Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations, English, Irish and Scottish heritage, Marion Newman is sought-after as one of Canada’s most accomplished singers in works ranging from Vivaldi to Vivier, and operatic roles including Carmen and Rosina in The Barber of Seville.
Mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah is a singer, actress and broadcaster who dazzles audiences with her engaging personality and her rich, expressive voice. She has sung for leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals, and chamber music ensembles around the world.
Pianist Robert Kortgaard is a favourite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups. He is Artistic Director of the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario.
Acclaimed by the New York Times as an "extraordinary violist" of "immense flair," Dov Scheindlin is a member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and an associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also been violist of the Arditti, Penderecki and Chester String Quartets.
Violinist Katherine Fong has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for over 20 years. Katherine leads a multifaceted existence as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, soloist, entrepreneur, and mother.