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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Composer ANDREW STANILAND has firmly established himself as one of Canada’s most important and innovative musical voices. His music is regularly heard on CBC Radio 2 and has been performed and broadcast internationally in over 35 countries. As a leading composer of his generation, he has been recognized by election to the Inaugural Cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Royal Society of Canada in 2014. Andrew is the lead composer/educator with the Gryphon Trio’s Listen Up! education initiative, created and produced in collaboration with the Gryphon Trio and music educator Rob Kapilow. Andrew also performs himself, both as a guitarist and working with new media (computers and electronics). Andrew is currently on faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Joe Argentino is an Associate Professor of Music Theory at Memorial University of Newfoundland, specializing in post-tonal and serial music. His current research interests include the connection between form and text in Arnold Schoenberg’s religious works, the pedagogical study of improvisation at the keyboard and the late works of Franz Liszt. Dr. Argentino is also involved in interdisciplinary research investigating parallels between musical and linguistic structure with a focus on serial music and language games.
Dr. Argentino is a sought-after speaker and has been invited to give numerous guest talks, lectures, and keynote addresses across Canada. He has published articles in Intégral, Music Theory Online, Music Analysis, Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of New Music Research, and has a forthcoming book chapter which will appear in The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy. Argentino is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher and was the winner of the prestigious McMaster Students Union Excellence in Teaching Award in the Humanities at McMaster University in 2013.