Caron Allen

Strings, Winds

Caron Allen graduated from Queens University School of Music as a double performance major in cello and flute. After receiving her Bachelor of Music she travelled to Vienna and performed in the Kursalon orchestra as a flautist. After travelling throughout Europe she relocated to Kingston, earned her Bachelor of Education and founded two string programs. As a cellist she studied with Julian Trzycynski, Daniel Domb, and played in the Kingston Symphony, while continuing to teach strings and vocal music in the school system.

Upon moving to Mississauga, she founded two more string programs in the Peel District School Board, in addition to teaching choral and band music. Caron has performed as a professional freelance cellist in orchestras across Ontario and in 2011 she embarked on a Yangtze Triangle tour of China as a cellist with Ontario Festival Symphony Orchestra. At present Caron lives in Mississauga, Ontario and continues to conduct the “Philharmonia”, a division of the Halton Mississauga Youth Orchestra. Her orchestras, concert bands and jazz bands have earned gold standings at both the Provincial and National levels over the span of her teaching career. In addition to teaching cello and flute in her studio, Caron is sought after as a clinician and adjudicator across Canada.

Sophie Dansereau


Born in Sorel-Tracy, Québec, Sophie Dansereau is currently assistant-principal bassoon and contrabassoon for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She has also been heard as the principal bassoon and contrabassoon in several orchestras around the world, including the National Art Centre Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. Sophie received several top prizes in Canadian and international competitions. She has been featured as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Vancouver Symphony and was heard as a soloist and chamber player across Canada on the CBC radio and Radio-Canada.

Sophie is an active chamber music bassoonist and soloist. She has the privilege to count several works written especially for her and the group she founded, the Ad Mare Wind quintet. She counts numerous performances featuring Canadian composers including Jocelyn Morlock’s Nightsong (for bassoon and harp) and Christopher Kovarik’s Quintets no.1, 2, 3 (for wind quintet). Parallel to her performing career, Sophie is on the faculty of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music and the Vancouver Academy of Music. A demanded clinician, she also serves on the faculty of Douglas College, the West Coast Amateur Music Society, and teaches in her personal studio.

Simon Docking


Simon Docking studied piano in Australia with Ransford Elsley, and holds a doctorate in piano performance from SUNY Stony Brook, where he worked with Gilbert Kalish. Upon graduation, he was awarded New York State’s Thayer Fellowship for the Arts. In 2011, Simon received an Established Artist Recognition Award from the province of Nova Scotia. Simon is on the faculty of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax. As an accompanist and coach he has worked at the Univeristy of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Dalhousie University and the Acadia University.

He has appeared for Toronto’s Soundstreams, the Winnipeg New Music Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music, Symphony Nova Scotia, Acadia University’s Shattering the Silence, Australia’s Aurora Festival, the new music group Stroma in New Zealand, and MATA Festival in New York. Active as a chamber musician, Simon has been a founding member of several ensembles, including the Toronto-based group Toca Loca, which has been presented by nearly every new music series in Canada from St John’s to Vancouver, as well as appearances in New York, California and at the C3 Festival at Berlin’s legendary Berghain. Simon is on the faculty of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax.

Louise Forand-Samson


Louise Forand-Samson’s name is inseparable from the musical life of Québec City and the whole province. She was artistic director for le Club musical de Québec for over 40 years. A trained pianist, Ms. Forand-Samson has taught at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec for almost 25 years. She received numerous grants and prizes and did numerous tours across Québec, Canada and Europe.

She has organized numerous masterclasses in association with le Conservatoire de musique de Québec andthe Faculté de musique de l’Université Laval. As a member of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil Québécois de la musique, she regularly participates in conferences in the United States and Europe. In 2006, the Prix de la Fondation de l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec is attributed to Louise Forand-Samson to recognize the excellence of her contribution to the development of classical musical in greater Québec City. On June 3rd 2010, Québec’s Prime minister, Jean Charest, admitted Louise Forand-Samson to the rank of Officer of l’Ordre national du Québec, Québec’s most prestigious distinction.

Kristine Gray


A native of Calgary, Kristine Gray began her musical studies at an early age studying classical guitar and saxophone. Kristine obtained her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Calgary, under the direction of Dr. Jeremy Brown. Kristine also received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary and her Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance from The Boston Conservatory. In 2015, Kristine completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance through Boston University, under the direction of Kenneth Radnofsky. She has been an educator in Calgary, Toronto and Boston as well as having an active private studio. In the fall of 2005, she completed a twelve-week Music and Sound Residency at the Banff Centre for Performing Arts and Creativity.

An active performer and advocate of new music, Kristine has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony, throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Thailand and Scotland. She has adjudicated music festivals from Terrace, British Columbia to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Kristine has been the saxophone instructor at the University of Lethbridge and currently she is on faculty at Mount Royal University Conservatory, the Calgary Board of Education and Strathcona Tweedsmuir School.

Brian James


Originally from Washington, D.C, Briand James holds degrees from the Florida State University School of Music and the Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brian became Solo English Horn and Second Oboe with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2005. He is often featured as a concerto soloist with the orchestra and premiered J.S. Bach’s Oboe d’amore Concerto in A Major in 2013. Prior to his appointment in Halifax Brian, performed regularly as principal oboe with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Opera Lyra Ottawa and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Toronto Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. Brian James has recorded extensively with baroque music specialist Kevin Mallon and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Ontario-based woodwind octet ‘The Festival Winds’ for Naxos and CBC, respectively.

He can often be heard in solo and chamber music recitals across the Maritimes. Brian teaches oboe at Dalhousie University and has previously held teaching positions with Wilfrid Laurier and Acadia Universities. He is a sought after reed maker and offers workshops and lessons in this unique craft.

Leslie Kinton


Leslie Kinton was born in Toronto and studied the piano with Pierre Souvairan and Boris Berlin as well as composition with Samuel Dolin. He also studied the piano in New York City with Jeaneane Dowis and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. He has a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Schenkerian analysis; his dissertation was an exhaustive study of Dvořák’s Symphony no. 7 with two of the world’s most renowned Schenkerian theorists, David Beach and Edward Laufer.

From 1976 to the present, as a member of the Anagnoson & Kinton piano duo, Leslie Kinton has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The duo has played with the major orchestras across Canada including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Victoria Symphony, and the C.B.C. Vancouver Orchestra; they have a discography of nine recordings. Leslie Kinton is one of Canada’s best-known and most sought-after chamber musicians and is a founding member of ARC (Artists of the Royal Conservatory), the resident chamber ensemble of The Glenn Gould School. He is an associate professor of piano performance at Western University.

Irina Krasnyanskaya


Irina Krasnyanskaya is very active on the Quebec scene both as solo pianist and chamber musician. Her broad musical activities range from the traditional classical concert to the areas of musical theater, art direction, and avant-garde music. Irina graduated with honours from the famous Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and she holds a doctorate in performance from the Université de Montréal. She has won several awards in international competitions and has given recitals in more than ten different countries.

Irina is a member of several chamber music ensembles including the Montréal Piano Duo, with which she performed throughout the country, and the Ensemble Quatrix (2 pianos-2 percussions), specializing in the contemporary repertoire. She is also the pianist for the theatre company L’Arsenal à Musique. Irina Krasnyanskaya is a lecturer at the University of Montréal and a private piano instructor. Many of her students are winners of provincial and national competitions. She is also the artistic director of the Montréal Russian Seasons, the first Canadian classical music festival entirely devoted to Russian repertoire.

Renaud Lapierre


Born in Montréal, Renaud Lapierre grew up in Saint-Lambert, Quebec in a musical family. He first began playing the violin at age five, and spent more than ten years studying music at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Raymond Dessaints. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree, post-graduate diploma and Master’s degree in Performance under Anne Robert and Vladimir Landsman at l’Université de Montréal.

Renaud Lapierre has performed and toured with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal throughout Canada, Japan, Korea, and Europe, where he visited twelve cities in two weeks. He has also toured in the U.S. with Les Violons du Roy, playing in Los Angeles at the Walt Disney Centre and in New York at Carnegie Hall. In 2005, Renaud Lapierre was winner of the Trois-Rivières Symphonic Orchestra Competition. Previous appointments as Concertmaster include the Orchestre de la Francophonie canadienne and Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal. He also held the position of Principal Second Violin for Symphony Nova Scotia in 2011/12 and has been First Violin for Symphony Nova Scotia for three years.

Ji Eun Lim


After her education with Gerard Kantarjian in Canada, Ji Eun achieved her Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and professional studies program under the guidance of Hyo Kang at the Juilliard School in New York. She continued her studies with legendary artists such as Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet), Donald Weilerstein (Cleveland Quartet) and Norbert Brainin (Amadeus Quartet). Following her win at The Artist’s International competition, Ji Eun Lim was awarded a debut recital at the Carnegie Weill hall the following year. She made her debut at the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center with the Juilliard Orchestra after winning the Juilliard competition. In Korea, she made her debut with Leipziger Kammer Orchester in the 2001 Seoul International Music Festival and, the same year, was the soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in the New Year’s Gala Concert. Ji Eun has appeared with numerous orchestras, toured more than 15 different countries playing recitals, chamber music concerts and international festivals.

For more than ten years, Ji Eun taught violin and chamber music at YonSei University and HanYang University in South Korea, and also at the Montpellier International Music Academy and International Sommerakademie Schloss Heiligenberg. After the recent move to Vancouver, she has been on the violin Faculty of The Vancouver Academy of Music.

David Moroz


A graduate of the Juilliard School, Winnipeg-born pianist David Moroz enjoys a career as one of Canada’s most versatile artists. He was awarded a Doctor of Music degree from the Université de Montréal, and holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the celebrated Juilliard School in New York City. He has been Artistic Director of The Winnipeg Chamber Music Society since 1987, and presently serves as Chair of the Piano Department of the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music.

In 2000, he began his long association with The Morningside Music Bridge as coordinator of the Piano Faculty, and has since visited China annually, performing, teaching and giving masterclasses at major Schools and Conservatories in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. As a soloist, he has performed in every major Canadian city, and, as a collaborative artist, he appears regularly in recital with Canada’s most distinguished musicians. Twice nominated for Manitoba’s Artist of the Year, he is a frequent guest of CBC Radio and is a veteran performer at Canada’s most important music festivals. Most recently, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada, in recognition of his contribution to the Arts.

Julia Nolan


Julia Nolan has numerous commissioned works by Canadian composers with a special interest in those from British Columbia including: Denis Bedard, Dorothy Chang, Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, Alan Matheson, Alain Mayrand, John Oliver, Robert Pritchard, Jeffrey Ryan, and Fred Stride. She performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver New Music, and the Turning Point Ensemble as orchestral saxophonist in addition to performances as soloist.

Her Recent performances and guest teaching include the American Saxophone Academy (July 2016) and the University of North Texas (January & April, 2016). In April 2016, Julia Nolan performed the U.S. premiere of Jeffrey Ryan’s concerto Brazen with the Lubbock Symphony and premiered the concerto, Cool Cut by John Oliver with the Turning Point Ensemble. Julia Nolan has been a guest artist-teacher at international saxophone workshops in Taiwan and Hong Kong and performs regularly at Saxophone Congresses. Nolan served as an international judge at the 5th Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition (Belgium, 2010) and was the head judge at the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) (Georgia, US, 2012 & 2014). Dr. Nolan teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the University of British Columbia.

Monique Pagé


Born in Québec, the soprano Monique Pagé is a well-known figure in Canada’s lyric scene for her opera roles and the musicality that shines through her recitals and concerts. Monique Pagé also enjoys a varied concert and oratorio repertory. She has distinguished herself in such roles on the stages of the Opéra de Montréal, Québec, Vancouver, Manitoba, Edmonton and Saskatchewan, with l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and on tour with Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.

Monique Pagé is a winner of several prizes, she is also a scholarship recipient from the Conseil des Arts du Canada. Monique Pagé’s recent engagements include a recital with La Société musicale André Turp (Haydn’s The Seasons) and the role of Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) at Opera Saskatchewan. Upcoming engagements include the roles of Elvira (Don Giovanni) with l’Opéra de Québec and Mimi (La Bohème) with Opera Lyra Ottawa.

Ian Parker


Charismatic and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. Hehas appeared with the philharmonic orchestras from Buffalo to Calgary, as well as the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, and the symphonies of Cincinnati, Edmonton, Greenwich, Honolulu, National (Washington, D.C.), San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Spokane, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg, among many others.

An enthusiastic recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Parker has performed across the United States, throughout Canada, Western Europe, and Israel. He made his Lincoln Center recital debut at the Walter Reade Theater in 2004, and since 2005, he has toured extensively with the internationally renowned Vogler Quartet. During the 2016/2017 season, he will make his debut with the Illinois Symphony performing his vibrant Gershwin repertoire.

Nathalie Paulin


Soprano Nathalie Paulin has established herself in the United States, Canada and Europe as an interpretive artist of the very first rank. An Université de Montréal alumna, she won prizes at the Montréal Symphony Competition, George London Foundation in New York, and the Canadian Music Competition. Winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Opera Performance, she has collaborated with internationally renowned conductors including Jane Glover, Michael Christie, Robert Spano, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Antony Walker, Bernard Labadie, and Andrew Litton on both the concert platform and in opera. Ms. Paulin debuted for L’Opéra de Montréal as Mélisande in Pélléas et Mélisande and sang the title role in Semele for Chicago Opera Theater.

Recent and upcoming engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 for the Kingston and Ottawa Symphonies, Mozart’s Requiem for Symphony Nova Scotia, Carmina Burana for Festival de Lanaudière, and the title role in Theodora for Vancouver Early Music. She has been featured at the Wexford Festival, Bard Summerscape, Opera Lafayette in D.C. and New York, Seattle Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston. Ms. Paulin is currently a member of the Vocal Department at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

Brigitte Poulin


Montréal pianist Brigitte Poulin is an active and accomplished soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist and teacher whose repertoire covers all periods from the invention to the deconstruction of the piano. A proponent of 20th and 21st century music, Brigitte has commissioned and premiered more than fifty works for solo piano, prepared piano and various chamber ensembles. Brigitte studied at the Vienna Music Academy, the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, and has been a frequent guest at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity before obtaining a doctorate from l’Université de Montréal. She has performed in Italy, Belgium, France, Cyprus, Holland, Austria, Germany, England, USA and throughout Canada.

A founding member of Ensemble Transmission, she counts among her frequent and faithful collaborators singers Ingrid Schmithüsen and Vincent Ranallo, doublebassist Ali Yazdanfar and pianist Jean Marchand. Brigitte Poulin teaches as a part-time lecturer at both The Schulich music School of McGill University and Université de Montréal. She is regularly called upon to adjudicate Arts Councils grant proposals as well as various Canadian music competitions. She is as well a member of the Summer Academy of the Domaine Forget since 2001.

Allen Reiser


Allen Reiser has performed with various orchestras in England and Canada, and recital engagements have taken him to nearly every major center in Western Canada. He is a pianist of diverse musical interests, with a particular interest in Canadian piano music and the music of Franz Liszt. Allen Reiser is active throughout Western Canada as a performer, adjudicator and master class clinician. He has presented workshops and recitals for local, provincial and national Registered Music Teachers’ Associations.

A National Gold Medalist of the Toronto Conservatory of Music, he has also been honored by Calgary’s Mount Royal University with a Distinguished Faculty/Teaching Award. His two major teaching positions have been at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and at Calgary’s Mount Royal College, now Mount Royal University. He has been guest piano instructor at summer schools in Cranbrook, Camrose, Sundre and Victoria. Allen Reiser’s former instructors include Peter Katin (England) and Dr. Robin Wood (Canada). He currently operates a private piano studio in Calgary. His first released CD, A Canadian Piano Album, was nominated for a 2001 Prairie Music Award in the category of Outstanding Classical Recording.

Daniel Scholz


Originally from Regina, Daniel studied at the University of Regina, McGill University and at the University of British Columbia. He was a prize winner at the Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind, held on the Isle of Mann. Mr. Scholz is the Principal Viola of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, and the Rembrandt String Quartet. As a solo artist, Daniel has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Musickbarock, the Okanagan Symphony and the Vancouver Chamber Players. Daniel has also toured Europe with the Nordic Symphony of Tallinn, Estonia as Guest Principal Viola.

Highly sought after as a teacher, Mr. Scholz is an instructor at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba as well as the conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has performed and taught at many of Canada’s major festivals and is a faculty member of the Rosamunde Summer Academy in Winnipeg and the Amici Summer Strings in Calgary. Mr. Scholz was also invited to perform and teach in Perth, Australia by the Australian String Teachers Association and the West Australian and New Zealand Viola Society.

John Thompson


John Thompson has recently retired after serving as Principal Viola in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for forty-three seasons. During that time, he was an active performer as a soloist, chamber musician, appearing with the orchestra and visiting artists on many occasions. He has always had an enthusiasm for working with youth, as a teacher at the Mount Royal University Conservatory and the University of Calgary, as a conductor with the Calgary Youth Orchestra and the Conservatory Strings, and as a chamber music coach in the Academy programme at MRUC.

Many of his students have received honors at local, provincial and national competitions and a number of his students may be found performing with professional orchestras across North America. John is regularly invited to adjudicate across Canada and continues to be active as a violist in a variety of settings. He has been honored with an Alberta Achievement Award and a Distinguished Teaching Award from Mount Royal University for his services to young musicians.