Artists

Kate Read

St. John’s based violist, Kate Read, is violist of the award winning Atlantic String Quartet and Principal Viola in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. She is also violist for Dark by Five, resident ensemble at Gros Morne Summer Music, and Principal viola with Opera on the Avalon.

In 2004 Kate won a position with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London, England where she was a member for 6 years. Kate also regularly played with the renowned Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2011 Kate moved to the north of Norway to play for 2 years with versatile chamber group MiNensemblet, with performances in Norway and internationally.

In demand as a teacher and adjudicator, Kate is sessional Viola professor at Memorial University and runs her own studio.

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Adam Gravelle

Canadian pianist, Adam Gravelle, has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Vienna, Prague, Scotland, and Slovenia. Born in North Bay Ontario, he began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at an early age. He holds an advanced diploma in piano performance from Cambrian College, a BM degree from Memorial University and a MM degree from Rowan University in New Jersey. His primary teachers include Dr. Charlene Biggs, Timothy Steeves, and Veda Zuponcic.

Adam’s active participation in both chamber music festivals and piano masterclasses has lead him to working with some of the finest musicians of today such as Louie Lortie, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Larissa Dedova, Richard Raymond, Robert Silverman, and Gilbert Kalish.

Mr. Gravelle currently has a teaching studio in Orange County, where he strives to instill in each student: enthusiasm in a love of learning and of music. He has produced many award winning students, and has recently had students successfully audition into the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA).

 

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Adrian Irvine

Adrian Irvine works as a freelance violinist, music producer, and violin instructor in Toronto, Canada and surrounding areas. He received his Masters in Violin from the University of Toronto where he studied with Erika Raum and performed as Concertmaster with the U of T Symphony and Opera Orchestras in select programs. As a member of the Aeris String Quartet, he was a recipient of the U of T Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music in 2018.

Prior to the COVID-19 lockdowns, Adrian performed regularly with ensembles throughout southern Ontario including the National Academy Orchestra, the Mandle Philharmonic, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and the Freesound Ensemble, amongst others. He can be heard on recordings for Centre Disks, Universal Music Mena, and Paper Bag Records along with releases from independent artists spanning genres from hip-hop to folk. In 2018 the premiere recording of Bekah Simm’s Granitic, on which Adrian played violin, was nominated for a JUNO award.

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Jennie Press

A native of St. John’s, NL, Jennie Press made her solo debut with the Newfoundland Symphony at thirteen and has since had solo appearances with orchestras in Canada and the United States. Ms. Press has been a national finalist numerous times in the Canadian Music Competitions, the Shean Strings Competiton and the National Music Festival, both as a soloist and chamber musician. She has also been a prize winner in the Marbury Violin Competition, the Yale Gordon String Competition, the Alexandria Symphony Competiton and the Wellesly Symphony Competition. Ms. Press has performed in symphony and chamber orchestras including the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Key West Symphony, and the CBC Radio Orchestra, and has served as concertmaster in several orchestras including Royal Opera Canada, Annapolis Opera, Washington Summer Opera, De Camera Chamber Players.

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Emma Fisher

Canadian cellist, Emma Fisher was introduced to the cello at the age of three. Coming from a musical family, she has been surrounded by the sounds of strings her whole life. Her solo debut was in 2010, performing the Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major under the baton of the late Jacques Israelievitch. In 2018, Ms. Fisher performed Strauss’ Don Quixote with the Hart House Orchestra. Ms. Fisher has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the first prize at the 2015 Ontario Music Festivals Association at the Provincial level.

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