Evaluation Committee

First Round

Ariane Brisson


“Discovery of the Year” at the 2019-2020 Opus Awards gala of the Conseil québécois de la musique and First Prize of the Prix d’Europe in 2013, flutist Ariane Brisson captivates audiences and critics with the finesse of her playing and the sincerity of her interpretations. Principal flute with the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra and the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Ariane has collaborated for many years with Quebec’s leading orchestral ensembles, including the Violons du Roy and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, leading her to perform regularly in North America, Europe and Asia. Ariane Brisson has been invited in recent seasons to perform as a soloist with the Violons du Roy, the Trois-Rivières and Drummondville Symphony Orchestras and the Neues Zürcher Orchester. The musicians of the Pentaèdre wind quintet invited her to join the ensemble in 2016; she has been its artistic director since 2019. A passionate chamber musician, she has nurtured a fruitful collaboration with pianist Olivier Hébert-Bouchard since 2015 and it has taken the two artists on tour across Canada under the aegis of the Jeunesses musicales Canada. Since 2019, Ariane Brisson is a lecturer and teaches flute at Université de Montréal’s faculty of music. She plays on a Yamaha flute made of grenadilla wood, as well as a 10K Powell flute courtesy of Canimex Group, owned by patron Roger Dubois.

Mary Castello


Mary Castello is the Staff Accompanist for the School of Music at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and an active freelance collaborative pianist and piano teacher. Mary is currently the accompanist for the Aeolian Singers in Halifax, and a member of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers Association, maintaining a growing private piano studio in Wolfville, NS in addition to her work at Acadia University. In the past few seasons, Mary has been engaged by Nova Scotia Youth Choir, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Acadia Summer Band Camp, and Saratoga Sings for Seniors (Opera Saratoga). Her recent recital partners have included cellist Rachel Desoer, saxophonist Tristan De Borba, mezzo-soprano Paula Rockwell, flutist Jack Chen, mezzo-soprano Marie Engle, soprano Bethany Hörst, and flutist Melissa Mashner. She is an alumna of the operatic training programs Opera NUOVA in Edmonton, AB; COSI in Sulmona, Italy; Opera McGill; and Opera on the Avalon. In July of 2016, Mary participated in the Franz-Schubert-Institut Master Course “Poetry and Performance of the German Lied” in Austria. In 2016-2017, she was a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program at Vancouver Opera, and in summer of 2018, an Apprentice Artist at Opera Saratoga. Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, Mary holds a BMus in Piano Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MMus in Collaborative Piano Performance from McGill University, where she was a student of Michael McMahon.

Roger Cole


Roger Cole was appointed Principal Oboist of the Vancouver Symphony by Kazuyoshi Akiyama in 1976. At age 22 he was the youngest principal player of the VSO. Today he is the oldest principal player. From 1976-2008 he was also the principal oboist of the CBC Radio Orchestra. Mr. Cole received his early musical training in Seattle, Washington and went on to become a scholarship student at Yale University and The Juilliard School where he studied with the renowned American oboist, Robert Bloom. Mr. Cole has participated in the summer music festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood and Marlboro. He has recently taught, conducted and performed at the Marrowstone Music Festival and the PRISMA Music Festival. He performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared as soloist with the VSO and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra many times. He has recorded a CD for CBC Records with his VSO colleague, pianist Linda Lee Thomas entitled “The Expressive Oboe”. Mr. Cole teaches at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Academy of Music and the VSO School of Music. He has given master classes across North America and in Asia. In June 2003, Mr. Cole was named Music Director and Senior Orchestra Conductor of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. Under his guidance, the VYSO has flourished and is considered one of the finest Youth Orchestras in Canada.

Rachel Desoer


Canadian cellist Rachel Desoer studied at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, at the Oberlin College in Ohio, at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and at the Banff Centre. Rachel was the cellist of the Cecilia String Quartet from 2010 to 2018. With this ensemble, Rachel toured extensively around the world, recorded four albums on the Analekta label and taught chamber music at the University of Toronto. Touring has allowed Rachel to perform at such inspiring venues as Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Konzert Haus Berlin and many more. The Cecilia Quartet also made educational programming a priority and performed hundreds of presentations for schools. In 2014, the quartet created a concert series called Xenia concerts specifically designed for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Exemplifying their commitment to the equal representation of women in music, Rachel spearheaded the commissioning of 4 string quartets by Canadian women composers in 2016. Rachel continues to regularly play recitals and concertos with orchestras. She has worked in orchestras, most notably, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company. Two of her recordings have been nominated for Juno Awards. Rachel is currently the principal cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia. She plays the 1929 Carlo Guiseppe Oddone cello generously on loan to her from an anonymous donor.

Uliana Drugova


Very active on the Canadian music scene, violinist Uliana Drugova made her solo debut in 2009 with the Laval Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Université de Montréal’s faculty of music, she completed a doctorate in performance in 2012 under the direction of Claude Richard. On several occasions, she has been a guest soloist with Ensemble Arkea and collaborates as a chamber musician with the Island Trio and the Voxpopuli Quartet, both of which she helped found. At the age of eleven, Uliana was a winner and finalist in the McGill Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition and the Canadian Music Competition. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and mentions from the Fondation de soutien aux Arts de Laval, the Université de Montréal’s faculty of music and the Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture. Uliana Drugova is currently Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at École de musique Vincent-d’Indy and teaches violin at the Université de Montréal’s faculty of music. She regularly gives master classes in various institutions and participates in juries at various festivals and competitions.

Lee Duckles


Lee Duckles, former Principal Cello and soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, received his early training in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his degree in performance from the University of Illinois and participated in master classes with cellists Mstislav Rostropovich, Janos Starker and Harvey Shapiro.

An active chamber music performer, recitalist, and adjudicator, he has participated in music festivals in British Columbia, Ontario, California, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and South Korea. For 35 seasons, he was the Principal Cello at the Cabrillo Music Festival of Contemporary Music in California where he premiered several new works for cello and orchestra and worked with composers Aaron Copland, Lou Harrison, Phillip Glass, A.J. Kernis, John Corigliano and John Adams. In Vancouver, Mr. Duckles has enjoyed an association with the Vancouver Academy of Music, the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver New Music Society and the Masterpiece Music series. He has recorded for the CBC, the Musical Heritage Society of America, Polydor Records, Heliodor Records and most recently, Skylark Records, with the Viveza ensemble. He is currently a Co-Director of The Vancouver Chamber Players, a member of the Vancouver Cello Quartet, and the President of the Vancouver Cello Club.

Antonio Figueroa


Born in Montréal, tenor Antonio Figueroa began his career with the Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier lyrique. The recipient of numerous prizes, he was awarded the Silverman Prize by the International Vocal Arts Institute. His highly acclaimed debut in the role of Nadir (Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles) at Opéra d’Avignon paved the way for further European engagements. He has been invited to sing on such prestigious stages as the Opéra-Comique and the Philharmonie de Paris, the Théâtre du Capitol de Toulouse, in Liège, Lausanne and at the Theater an der Wien, while concurrently developing his career in Canada and the United States. He took on the role of Tamino in Peter Brook’s production of Die Zauberflöte at Paris’ Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and then around the world on tour. His repertoire extends from baroque music to contemporary creations, with a particular fondness for Mozart, French opera and bel canto. He has several recordings to his credit (Intégral des mélodies de Fauré, Prima Donna on the Deutsche Grammophon label, Lully’s Armide with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset). Mr. Figueroa graduated from Université de Montréal’s Faculty of music and is currently pursuing his doctoral studies there.

Normand Forget


Normand Forget has been the Artistic Director of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) since the autumn of 2016 and is particularly interested in musical creation. His collaborations with composers feed his reflection on the role of the performer, thus approaching music as a raw material to sculpt, movement to dance and colour to paint. An oboist and founding member of the NEM, he was its general manager from 2013 to 2019. Involved in all aspects of the musical and administrative life of the Ensemble, he owns the keys and is at the heart of its tradition. Linked to Pentaèdre for more than thirty years, he developed all kinds of projects and created chamber versions of various repertoires both symphonic and more intimate. He currently teaches oboe and chamber music at the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski.

Sandra Joy Friesen


Sandra Joy Friesen is a pianist with a broad range of repertoire and musical interests, from traditional to contemporary, to interpretation of pictorial scores and interdisciplinary improvisation. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada, in the United States, and several countries in South America and Europe. She is the pianist in the duo RESPONS2 with visual artist Werner Friesen, blending music with live-response painting, and integrating artistic disciplines with others composers, dancers, and actors. Sandra Joy’s 2014 recording “Sound Reflections, Vol. 1: Off the Shelf”, is dedicated to Canadian composers and addresses challenges in contemporary techniques and notation. A music educator since 1992, Sandra Joy continues to investigate the developments in piano techniques, styles and aesthetics from the 20th-21st centuries and has dedicated a large part of her career to lectures, presentations, workshops and concerts of contemporary music. After 16 years of professional work in British Columbia, she completed the Doctor of Music degree as a scholar of the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies in the University of Alberta. She holds degrees from the University of British Columbia (Master and Bachelor of Music) and Canadian Mennonite University (Bachelor of Church Music). Dr. Friesen was Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano in the Department of Music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota from 2013-2015. She now coaches chamber music at the University of Calgary, teaches from her Sound Reflections Music Studio in NW Calgary, and continues to perform a full spectrum of repertoire.

Marjolaine Goulet


A graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, Marjolaine Goulet has been an associate principal horn with the Québec Symphony Orchestra since 2004. She has given numerous concerts in some of the most prestigious concert halls across the world (in Asia and Europe with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra (MSO)) or as solo French horn for the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. As a soloist, she performed with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Lanaudière International Festival Orchestra, and has been a guest artist at the 51st Horn Symposium in Belgium. She has also performed with the Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, with Vienna’s 1-Frauen Kammerorchester von Österreich, at the Tage der Barok Musik Festival in Regensburg, Germany, and most recently with the Champs-Élysées Orchestra. She recorded for Atma and Analekta. Marjolaine Goulet has received numerous awards, scholarships and honours: winner of the The Paxman Young Horn Player International Competition; recipient of the Paul-Merkelo Scholarship; the SOCAN Award for Best Performance of a Canadian Work at the MSO Competition; McAbbie Foundation Fellow; Recipient of the Aspen Music Festival Award in Colorado; winner of the First Prize, in the brass category, of the National Music Festival of Canada and grant recipient of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Marjolaine Goulet taught French horn at the Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay from 2016 to 2018; she currently teaches at the Conservatoires de musique in Québec and Montréal.

Hélène Guilmette


Hailed for her luminous tone and her refined musicality, Canadian soprano Hélène Guilmette has pursued a brilliant international career since her Second Prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium in 2004. Her work is known by its varied repertoire, easily moving from the baroque repertoire (Rameau, Handel), to the classical (Glück and Mozart) to the French repertoire (Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc). Over the years, she has been heard in many roles, as well as in recital and in concert, all over the world: in Munich, Toronto, Lyon, Brussels, Lille, Montréal, Strasbourg, Paris, Amsterdam, Versailles, Toulouse, Tokyo, Avignon, Istanbul, Rome, London and New York. Her discography includes some fifteen titles for various labels including ATMA, Analekta, Harmonia Mundi and Decca. Hélène Guilmette graduated from the Université Laval in Quebec City with a degree in music and piano education, and received her vocal training from Marlena Malas in New York City. She has been a recipient of grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Jacqueline-Desmarais Foundation. Hélène Guilmette teaches voice at the Université Laval’s Faculty of music.

Brett Gunther


Classical guitarist Brett Gunther has been performing for over 25 years. Brett studied with Ralph Maier at Mount Royal University graduating in 2007 with a Diploma in Music Performance. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2010, and his Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance in 2012 both from the University of Calgary. He has performed in masterclasses for many internationally famous guitarists, and has competed in major competitions including the North West Guitar Festival and Competition winning 3rd Place in 2009, and 2nd Place in 2010. Brett has been serving on the board of governors for the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary as their artistic director since June 2010, and director for the Classical GuitarFest West guitar festival since 2015. He is currently on the faculty at Mount Royal University Conservatory teaching private lessons as well as ensemble classes for the Academy program. Brett is in high demand as an adjudicator for festivals across Canada, and is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Brett’s debut CD, Guitar Music, released in 2012, examines the music of some of the most significant composers for the guitar in the 20th century. Included are works by Rodrigo, Britten, Barrios, Brouwer, Tarrega, Domeniconi, and Moller. His most recent release, An Idea (2017), explores selections of some of his favourite composers from the 18th, 19thand 20th centuries featuring works by Schubert, Mertz, Legnani, Moreno-Torroba, Bach, Brouwer, and Giuliani.

Alina Havrylyuk


Alina Havrylyuk began her career in music instruction and as piano master in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Alina completed her advanced training at Ivano- Frankivsk Music University and at Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University in Ukraine earning the highest possible teaching rank and prestige in Ukraine. Alina has performed with vocalists and instrumentalists in Canada, as well as with numerous chamber orchestras in Ukraine. Her performances have aired on both radio and television in Saskatchewan. Additionally, Alina is a pianist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Music Festival. Alina has been a piano instructor for over 25 years, and currently teaches at Manitoba’s Conservatory of Music and Arts. She enjoys sharing her passion for music through enthusiastic and pedagogical approaches with students and musicians of all levels.

Chiharu Iinuma


Japanese pianist Chiharu Iinuma has been increasingly in demand as a teacher, coach and ensemble pianist. A founding member of the Ridge Trio, the Chamber Ensemble Bloomington and the Duo Gillham-Linuma, for many years she was the studio pianist for Joseph Gingold, Janos Starker, Franco Gulli, Neli Shkolnikova, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Miriam Fried, Yuval Yaron, James Campbell and for the String Academy at Indiana University. In 1993, she was invited to participate in the inaugural Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She has been heard on NHK and CBC radios over the years. In recent years, she has played in concerts and festivals in Asia and Europe, as well as across the U.S. and Canada. From 2001 to 2004, she was the Director of Accompanying at the University of Central Arkansas where the Duo Gillham-Linuma was “Duo in Residence”. Chiharu has served as a staff pianist and coach at institutes such as the Meadowmount School of Music, Indiana University Summer String Academy and currently at the Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy in Quebec. Chiharu was born in Nagano and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Following her graduation from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she was awarded the Asahi Beer Arts Foundation Scholarship, which enabled her to study at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is now on the piano faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

Michele Jacot


Michele Jacot is a musician with an active schedule of performing, conducting, adjudicating, teaching online clarinet lessons, online saxophone lessons, online flute lessons and concert production. Besides being in demand for her skills as a clarinetist, she is equally at home as a saxophonist and flutist. She has played with symphony orchestras and opera companies across Ontario, as well as in theatre pit orchestras including Mirvish Productions and the Shaw Festival. Michele was extremely honoured to be the Associate Conductor for Canadian musical icon, Howard Cable, and appeared with him as guest conductor of several Canadian orchestras. Michele is also the Artistic Director of Toronto’s Wychwood Clarinet Choirs. She is proud to be a Yamaha Canada Spotlight Artist, and an Artist at Vandoren, Paris, France. Born in Toronto, Michele holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music in Performance from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Chris Kelly


Chris Kelly was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He studied piano with Janet Wendland and was a member of the Prince Albert Boys Choir under the direction of Margo Fournier. Chris entered the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan as a piano performance major and voice minor. He studied voice with Dorothy Howard and piano with Nadya March. He convocated with a double major — completing performance and academic requirements in both voice and piano. In 1996, Chris received his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Western Ontario, where he studied under Alvin Reimer. Chris was a sessional lecturer in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Music for nearly 20 years — teaching voice and serving as an accompanist. He maintains a private voice and piano studio and performs regularly in recital, opera, and oratorio. Chris has performed as guest soloist with the Saskatoon and Regina Symphonies. He has also had numerous lead, chorus and accompanying roles with Saskatoon Opera. In addition to teaching, Chris accompanies singers and instrumentalists and is a church organist and choir director. Chris is a member of the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association. He recently completed his term as President of the SRMTA.

Marc-André Lalonde

Keyboard Percussion

Principal timpanist with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra since 2001, Marc-André Lalonde is also the percussion teacher at the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières.He performs regularly with the Violons du Roy. He has played with most orchestras in Montréal, on percussion or timpani, before becoming principal timpanist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Real Filharmonía of Galicia.

Upon returning to Canada, he was appointed principal timpanist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Marc-André Lalonde studied with Guy Lachapelle at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where he was awarded prizes in percussion and chamber music. He went on to study the timpani repertoire with Louis Charbonneau at the Université de Montréal’s faculty of music.

A dynamic teacher, he has taught for a number of years in Canada and in Spain. As a chamber musician, he has performed in Canada, the United States and in Europe. He has made regular appearances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and at the Domaine Forget International Festival where he recorded some Mahler works in collaboration with the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society and Santa Fe Pro Musica.

Rudin Lengo


Winner of the 2017 DMA Competition at the University of Toronto and the 2012 Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition, Rudin Lengo was also the Second prize winner at the 40th William C. Byrd International Competition and winner of the Mary Winston Smail Memorial Award for Best Pianist at the 2011 WAMSO Minnesota Competition. In past seasons, he has been a soloist with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, the Hart House Orchestra and with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Choir. Future engagements include solo recitals and a concerto appearance with the Georgian Bay Symphony. He was also invited to play with the West Coast Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver and the Toruń Symphony Orchestra for the 6th Paderewski Piano Academy. Other performances include a concert with John Palmer and the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, and recitals in Hastings (United Kingdom) and Utrecht (Netherlands). Mr. Lengo has also participated in summer programs and festivals at The International Holland Music Sessions, the Banff Centre, Orford Musique, the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, where he performed for world-renowned pianists such as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Andrea Bonatta, Anton Kuerti, Jacques Rouvier, and John O’Conor. Rudin Lengo began his piano studies at the Servete Maçi School of Music in Tiranë, Albania. After immigrating to Canada, he continued his studies under the guidance of James Anagnoson at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. Mr. Lengo is currently pursuing Doctoral studies at the University of Toronto with Enrico Elisi and Jamie Parker.

James Manishen


James Manishen, artistic & operations associate with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, is a longstanding figure in Manitoba’s music community. Joining the WSO as a clarinetist in 1966, he was the youngest full-time member in the orchestra’s history and holds a master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He was the classical music columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and was a well-known CBC broadcaster, hosting his own national radio show and appearing on many other CBC classical music shows as host, writer, and commentator. As a writer, he has been published in every major Canadian music journal as well as international journals. As an adjudicator, he has judged the Canadian Music Competitions, the JUNOs, Indies, and Prairie Music Awards. In April 2010, Mr. Manishen conducted the WSO for the final round of the Doris McLellan Competition for Solo Performance.

Véronique Mathieu


Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu enjoys an exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and music educator. Her CD ARGOT was recently featured on a BBC series dedicated to the music of Lutoslawski, and receives frequent airplay in the US. Recent highlights include the premiere of Adam Scime’s violin concerto with Esprit Orchestra, concerto appearances in Brazil, Canada and the USA, as well as the release of a third solo CD with pianist Jasmin Arakawa for Parma Records. An avid contemporary music performer, Dr. Mathieu has commissioned and premiered many works by American and Canadian composers, and recorded for the CD series New Music at Indiana University, as well as the Radio-Canada, Parma, Centrediscs, and Pheromone labels. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Shenyang Symphony Orchestra (China), Saskatoon Symphony, Kokomo Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Indaiatuba (Brazil). Dr. Mathieu holds the David L. Kaplan Chair in Music at the University of Saskatchewan where she serves as an Associate Professor of Violin. She previously served on the faculty at State University of New York in Buffalo and the University of Kansas. Véronique Mathieu is a graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, McGill University, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the Glenn Gould School in Toronto.

Uri Mayer

Uri Mayer, Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Toronto, has taught on the faculties of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Rice University Shepherd School of Music in Houston, McGill University in Montréal and at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music (GGS). Renowned for his command of broad symphonic, operatic and ballet repertoire, Mr. Mayer ha conducted many of the leading orchestras around the world including the Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver symphonies, the Houston and Utah symphonies, London Mozart Players and the English Symphony Orchestra, NDR Philharmonie in Hannover, Slovak Philharmonic and Sophia Philharmonics, Israel Philharmonic, NHK Orchestra and Osaka Symphony in Japan and National Symphony of Taiwan. He served as Principal Conductor of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra in Osaka, Japan and Artistic Director of the Israel Sinfonietta. In Canada, Mayer was Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony and Orchestra London. Uri Mayer has also conducted numerous opera productions in Canada, the U.S, the Netherlands, Hungary and Israel. Some of the distinguished soloists who have collaborated with him include Elly Ameling, Kathleen Battle, Maureen Forrester, Frederica von Stade, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Peter Oundjian, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, Claudio Arrau, Emanuel Ax and Sir András Schiff. Mayer has recorded for the Arabesque, CBC, Denon Japan, Hungaroton and Koch labels. Under his direction, the Edmonton Symphony became one of Canada’s most frequently played orchestras on radio. In 2009, the University of Western Ontario conferred on Mayer a Doctor of Music Honoris causa in recognition of his contribution to the musical life in Canada.

David Moroz


A graduate of the Juilliard School, Winnipeg-born pianist David Moroz enjoys a career as one of Canada’s most versatile artists. 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. A gifted and dedicated teacher, he was guest instructor at The Banff Centre’s Special Studies for Young Musicians in the mid-1990’s, and in 1999 was appointed to the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music, where he serves as Chair of the Piano Faculty, and teaches piano, piano repertoire and chamber music. In 2000, he began his long and rewarding association with The Morningside Music Bridge as coordinator of its Piano Department; his work alongside the early core members of the MMB Faculty made significant contributions to the development and success of this elite program through its first 20 years. Mr. Moroz was awarded a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Montréal, and holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the celebrated Juilliard School in New York City. 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. Artistic Director of The Winnipeg Chamber Music Society since 1987, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada, in recognition of his contribution to the Arts.

Justine Pelletier


Career highlights of pianist Justine Pelletier include performances with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kent Nagano, Orchestre de la Francophonie and conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Orchestre Classique de Montréal and conductor Boris Brott, a tour of solo recitals organized by the Jeunesses musicales Canada as well as chamber music collaborations with well-known Canadian artists and ensembles such as the Pentaèdre wind quintet, trumpetist Paul Merkelo and violinists Nikki and Timothy Chooi. As a chamber musician, her playing has been praised for its “supple, enveloping and poetic expressivity” (Crescendo magazine, Belgium). Justine Pelletier has received many prizes including the Special Prize for the best collaborative pianist at the Récital-concours international de mélodies françaises (Festival Classica 2017), the first prize in piano and the John-Newmark prize at the 2012 Prix d’Europe competition, first prizes at the Canadian Music Competition and the National Music Festival competition and second prize at the MSO Manuvie competition. She holds a masters degree from the Juilliard School in New York City where she studied with Julian Martin and a doctoral degree from the Université de Montréal’s faculty of music where she studied with Jean Saulnier and Jimmy Brière, and where she has taught piano performance as a lecturer since 2016.

Julien Proulx

Julien Proulx has been Artistic Director of the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra since 2014. Through his bold and refined programming and his frank and human approach, he has energized the musical life of his community. A generous and imaginative musician, he is also a renowned choirmaster and his great knowledge of the choral world leads him to frequently conduct the symphonic repertoire with choir. Julien Proulx has been conductor-in-residence with I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra under the tutelage of the late Yuli Turovsky and has conducted several orchestras in Canada as guest conductor, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Violons du Roy, the Lanaudière International Festival Orchestra, and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra. He was very involved with young musicians, conducting the Sherbrooke Youth Orchestra and the Laval University Orchestra for several years, and has taught at Camp Père Lindsay. He is also a lecturer at UQAM and is frequently invited as a judge in competitions. Also a cellist and a singer, he specialized in music writing and conducting at the Université de Montréal’s faculty of music and through numerous international internships.

Kathleen Solose


Professor of Piano at the University of Saskatchewan, Canadian pianist Kathleen Solose earned prestigious degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City, from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and from the Moscow Conservatory, where she studied with renowned artist-teachers Adele Marcus, Carlo Zecchi and Stanislav Neuhaus. The recipient of numerous Canada Council Grants for study abroad, she was first prizewinner at the Casagrande International Competition in Italy. Her solo credits include performances in recital and with orchestras in Germany, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, Australia, the United States and Canada. She has recorded for RAI-TV, Radio Svizzera Italiana, National Public Radio (US) and for the CBC. Kathleen Solose is pianist and Artistic Director of the Elixir Ensemble, which has presented ten seasons of adventurous chamber music repertoire. She has been the founding member of several other chamber ensembles in Toronto, Victoria and Saskatoon, including the Toronto Kammertrio and Musici Amati. The Solose Duo (Kathleen & Jane Solose) has performed virtuoso two-piano and duet literature throughout the US and Canada. Kathleen Solose is also dedicated to performance of the piano literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries on historical instruments. She performs on a reproduction of an 1814 Viennese Streicher fortepiano which is the piano of Beethoven, Schubert and his contemporaries.

David Sussman


Calgary audiences have know the Calgary Philharmonic’s Assistant Principal Oboe and English Horn player David Sussman for his expressive playing since 1981. He was born in Toronto and studied at the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan with Harry Sargous. Mr. Sussman has appeared often as featured soloist with the CPO, playing on either the oboe, the oboe d’amore or the English horn. He has also been soloist with the Calgary Bach Society, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Kensington Sinfonia and at two annual conventions of the International Double Reed Society. He has performed with the Mount Royal Wind Quintet and the chamber music groups Rosa Selvatica, Aubade, and Land’s End. He has commissioned a new work for oboe and been recorded for CBC Radio Two. David is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator. He has taught oboe students of all ages at the Mount Royal University Conservatory and the universities of Calgary and Lethbridge. He is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. For several years, he taught the adult education course entitled “Symphony Anyone?” for the Calgary Board of Education. He is known to Calgary audience members as a friendly voice from the orchestra through his articles in the CPO’s Prelude magazine.

Annie Vanasse


Annie Vanasse teaches double bass at the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski where she is also the director since 2018. Previously, Ms. Vanasse taught at the Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay for 17 years. In 1993, she joined the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Symphony Orchestra as solo double bass, a position she holds to this day. She regularly plays with various ensembles, including the Quatuor Saguenay (Alcan), La Pietà, Les Violons du Roy and the Quebec, Sherbrooke and Rimouski symphony orchestras. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Quebec Musicians Guild since 2010. Recipient of a unanimous first prize in double bass and chamber music, as well as a Certificate of Orchestral Development Internship (CSPM) from the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, she has won numerous scholarships and several prestigious competitions. In addition to her musical career, Ms. Vanasse holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Throughout her career, she has worked in management for various organizations in the cultural, education, tourism and technology sectors.

Eileen Walsh


Clarinetist Eileen Walsh is currently Principal Clarinet with Symphony Nova Scotia, and has held the position of Second Clarinet and Bass Clarinet with the orchestra since October 2007. Formerly the Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet with the South Bend Symphony, Eileen earned her Master of Music degree and Performer Diploma from Indiana University in the studio of Eli Eban, and her Bachelor’s degree at the University of British Columbia in the studio of Wesley Foster. Eileen’s love of chamber music has led to the co-founding of the Fifth Wind Woodwind quintet and the Jollimore Trio, and most recently to her joining Rhapsody Quintet. Eileen is currently on faculty at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, and she lives in Halifax with her husband, flutist Jack Chen, and their two young boys. Other pursuits include performing on period instruments and teaching.

Miranda Wong (Wilkins)


As solo recitalist, chamber musician and teacher, Miranda Wong is equally at home with the traditional classical repertoire as she is with the complexities of the contemporary idiom. Her solo career has taken her to stages across Canada, the United States, England, and on many occasions, before the microphones of CBC Radio. During her tenure as pianist of Aventa Ensemble, a chamber group renowned for its vision and innovative programming in the contemporary music scene, her performances have embraced numerous world premieres (notably chamber works by the eminent British composers, Peter Maxwell Davies and Michael Finnissy), and appearances at contemporary music festivals in Europe and North America. She holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Victoria; the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and the Peabody Conservatory. Robin Wood, Leonard Shure, and Leon Fleisher sit as the triumvirate of her musical inspiration and philosophy. Miranda Wong currently serves on the faculty of the School of Music at the University of British Columbia.