Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves, Canada’s premiere violin and piano ensemble, are partners in music and in life. The Duo’s busy international touring schedule takes them throughout North America, Europe, the UK and China, with performances at the Wigmore Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, the National Arts Centre, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Duo Concertante have released 12 CDs on the ATMA, Centrediscs, and Marquis labels. The all-Canadian album Incarnation was named one of CBC Radio’s Top 10 Classical Recordings of 2017, and was also recognized by the East Coast Music Association, which awarded Duo Concertante Classical Recording of the Year for three consecutive years. Nancy and Tim have consistently supported new music, commissioning over 65 works for violin and piano from many of Canada’s leading composers, including R. Murray Schafer’s Duo for Violin and Piano, which won a JUNO award on their 2011 CD Wild Bird. Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, they are also both Research Professors at Memorial University and Artistic Directors of the Tuckamore Festival.
Born from a desire to explore voices beyond those of standard classical chamber music, and to present engaging, off-beat performances, Trinitas Chamber Ensemble consists of three outstanding musicians with a shared vision and infectious onstage chemistry. Accomplished soloists in their own right, the members of Trinitas have performed around the world, including St. Petersburg (Russia), Llangollen (Wales), Uberlândia (Brazil), and Tegucigalpa (Honduras). Since its premier performance in 2015, Trinitas has inspired rave audience reaction at venues in Washington DC, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, the US Midwest, and at home in Newfoundland.
Nathan Cook (cello) and Michelle Cheramy (flute) are faculty members of Memorial University’s School of Music in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Phil Roberts (piano) is one of St. John’s most sought after chamber musicians, and was the founder of PlayPianoNL, an organization that inspired a deep love of the piano in countless young musicians in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dubbed “Canada’s pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist” by the Toronto Star, JAMES CAMPBELL has performed as soloist and chamber musician in over 35 countries with over 60 orchestras including the Boston Pops, Montreal Symphony and the London Symphony. He has collaborated with Glenn Gould and Aaron Copland and toured with over 35 string quartets, including the Guarneri, Amadeus and Vermeer. Of his over 40 recordings, the BBC and The Times of London rated his recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet as the best available and his CD “Stolen Gems” (Marquis Records) won a Juno. He has been inducted in the CBC Classical Music Hall of Fame, named Canada’s Artist of the Year, awarded the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Honorary Doctor of Laws, and the Order of Canada. James Campbell has been Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound since 1985 and has been Professor of Music at the famed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University since 1988.
Alexander Korsantia is one of the leading pianists of our time. A “major artist” (Miami Herald) and a “quiet maverick” (Daily Telegraph), Alexander Korsantia has been praised for a “piano technique where difficulties simply do not exist” (Calgary Sun). Ever since winning the First Prize and Gold Medal at the Artur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition and the First Prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition, Korsantia’s career has taken him to many of the world’s major concert halls. He is a frequent guest in many of the world’s leading concert series including in Warsaw, Boston, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Calgary, San Francisco, Lodz, St. Petersburg, and Blaibach and at major international festivals in Tanglewood and Verbier. Korsantia resides in Boston where he is a Professor of Piano at the New England Conservatory.
Grammy-nominated cellist/vocalist/composer and world music artist, Dawn Avery, shares contemporary soundscapes from spiritual, pop and classical elements that reflect a deep devotion to sacred traditions, her own Mohawk heritage and change. Composer, educator and GRAMMY nominated performer, she has worked with musical luminaries Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, John Cale, R. Carlos Nakai, Phillip Glass, Charles Wuorinen, Elliott Sharpe, and Ornette Coleman. She writes in a variety of styles from mystic world pop to classical, often fusing styles. She has collected awards from American Dance Festival at Duke University, Smithsonian, and the Ford Foundation’s Indigenous Knowledge, Expressive Culture grant program of the American Composers Forum, and Meet the Composer. Her works have been performed at schools and performing arts centers across the country including the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, Carnegie and Merkin Halls. She enjoys the fostering of relational collaborations with audience, presenters and performers.
EngleWinds recorded her chamber music for wind quintet Tulpe (2008). Her music has been featured in award winning films Miramax Basquiat, Smithsonian Always Becoming, PBS The Warrior Tradition. Avery also composes for theatre with Spiderwoman Theatre in NYC, the Alliance for New Music-Theatre in Washington DC and Heather Henson’s IBEX Puppetry. She has won numerous Global Music Awards for multi-media projects 50 Shades of Red, Beloved, Crane on Earth and Sky. www.dawnavery.com