Artists

Heather Tuach

Heather Tuach is cellist of the Greenwich Trio and also Artistic Director of  Wintertide Music Festival in Newfoundland. She is also a Trustee of the The Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation, which supports young musicians through instrument loans and more.

​Heather was a member of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet from 2008 to 2016. During that time she performed throughout the UK, including at Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London, and toured North America, Europe and South Africa.  She appeared live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and was in residence at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Bucknell University, Pennsylvania.

In 2018, Heather joined the acclaimed Greenwich Trio, with violinist Lana Trotovšek and pianist Yoko Misumi.  The Greenwich Trio performs regularly in London, including at Conway Hall Sunday Concerts and at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. They are recording the complete Brahms Piano Trios in 2021.

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Eastern Owl

Eastern Owl is an Indigenous-led all nations group of women who blend the styles of First Nations Drum Music and Contemporary Folk to create their own innovative sound. Based primarily out of St. John’s, NL, the women of Eastern Owl hail from all across Ktaqamkuk (the island of Newfoundland). A powerful ensemble of eight vocalists, they have been captivating audiences across Canada since 2011.

With deep roots in community, Eastern Owl has committed to deepening their connection with their traditional practices while helping to educate Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences through song. They are the recipients of the 2016 ArtsNL CBC Emerging Artist award, the 2019 Music NL Indigenous Artist of the Year Award and most recently have been namedthe 2020 ECMA Indigenous Artist of the Year.

 

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Shelley Neville

Whether in concert, opera, or recital, Shelley Neville enchants audiences with her “1000-watt smile” her sumptuous voice and engaging presence.

Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Shelley Neville received a conjoint degree of Bachelor of Music in 1993 and Bachelor of Music Education in 1994 from Memorial University. Shelley then continued her education at the University of Toronto where she obtained an Artist Diploma (Honours) in 1996 then went on to complete an Opera Diploma (Honours) in 1999 where she received the Most Distinguished Graduate Award and in the same year was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions finalist.  In 2007, Shelley received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Memorial University where she is currently instructing voice part-time.

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Patrick Cashin

Described by CBC Radio as “a truly original interpretive voice,” pianist Patrick Cashin is becoming known as a distinctive presence on the Canadian music scene. He designs unique recitals centred around the best of the piano repertoire and particularly enjoys playing Mozart piano concertos, in which he improvises and composes cadenzas in the style of Mozart.

As a student of Timothy Steeves at Memorial University, Patrick won several competitions including the Atlantic Young Artist and Petro-Canada Young Artist Competition, resulting in some early success playing recital tours and concertos with local orchestras. He left Newfoundland to study for two years at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, then went on to complete a Master’s and Doctorate in performance at l’Université de Montréal under the guidance of legendary piano pedagogue Marc Durand. Patrick wrote his doctoral research paper on improvisation in the Mozart concertos and began integrating his own material into performances, appearing as guest soloist with l’Orchestre philharmonique des musiciens étudiants de Montréal (OPMEM) and the Memorial University Orchestra. He works as a collaborative pianist and teacher in Montréal, Québec.

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Vernon Regehr

Vernon Regehr is an active recital, chamber and orchestral musician, conductor and teacher who has made festival appearances with the First Avenue Chamber Players of New York City, Trinidad Arts Festival, International Festival of Ensembles in St. Petersburg, Russia, University of Victoria, Artspring, SoundaXis New Music Festival, Hilton Beach, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Music in the Barns and the Chamber Music Societies of Quebec and Kitchener-Waterloo. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Shanghai, Afiara, Fitzwilliam and Lafayette string quartets, Andrew Burashko, Mark Fewer, Suzie Leblanc, and Leon Fleisher.   Full Spectrum, his first solo record on the Centrediscs label features new Canadian works for solo cello, including the 2014 East Coast Music Award for Composition of the Year (Lamentations). John Terauds of Musical Toronto writes, “…Regehr executes [Versprechen] with elegant ease, as he does every other one of the very difficult pieces on this album.”  He is currently on faculty at Memorial University School of Music where he teaches cello, bass, and conducts the chamber orchestra.

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