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Stephan Bonfield earned a BA in undergraduate Music History and Literature from the University of Toronto, and then an MA Musicology (Music Theory) from the University of Calgary. He then moved to the Faculty of Medicine where he completed his M.Sc. in Neuroscience at U of C where he is now research associate in Dr. Jun Yan’s Lab, which studies auditory behavior and neurophysiology. He currently is at York University where he is doing more graduate research in the psychology of the unconscious and how it interacts in the history and theory of music. He is a senior Examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music in senior theoretical subjects and history. He is ballet and dance critic for the Calgary Herald and music critic for Ludwig Van Toronto. He frequently gives talks for the Canadian Opera Company and writes frequently for Opera Canada.
Mezzo-soprano France Duval studied at the Conservatoire de Québec and the Université Laval. With baritone Bruno Laplante, she gives numerous concerts and recitals in South America, Asia, Australia, Europe, without forgetting Quebec and Canada. France Duval plays several roles on stage; she has been a soloist with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the Opéra de Québec, and has been involved in the creation of Charles Gounod’s cantata Fernand. In Paris, she also plays several roles in works by Mozart, Sacha Guitry and Reynaldo Hahn. Professor of singing and French diction at the Vancouver International Song Institute, she collaborated on the development of “The Anthology of Quebec Music”, a huge project to edit our musical heritage led by Bruno Laplante. In 2017, she recorded the six melodies of André Mathieu.
Renée-Paule Gauthier is a passionate performer and teacher whose career has taken her across the United States and Canada as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. She is a member of some of Chicago’s finest ensembles, including the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, and Chicago Philharmonic, and is substitute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Gauthier is the String Area Coordinator, Co-director of the Chamber Music Program, and Violin Instructor at North Park University. She is also part of the faculties of North Central College, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Birch Creek Performance Center, as a violin instructor and chamber music coach. Ms. Gauthier was mentioned as one of the “best upcoming violinists of the new generation” in the book Violin Virtuosos, from Paganini to the 21st Century. She has won awards in several competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition and the exclusive three-year loan of the Taft Stradivari violin through the 2009 edition of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank Competition.
A native of Calgary, Christie Reside is currently the Principal Flute of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and is a proud member of the award-winning Standing Wave Ensemble. An enthusiastic chamber musician, she has performed at chamber music festivals throughout Europe and North America and has appeared as a soloist with most major Canadian symphony orchestras. Ms. Reside has previously held the position of Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony and has been Guest Principal Flute with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.
Yamaha Artist Lisa Yui enjoys a multifaceted musical career as pianist, lecturer, educator, author, and musical director, performing throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She is the top prizewinner of the Senigallia International Piano Competition in Italy and has twice been the recipient of a Canada Council Scholarship. Lisa Yui has performed as soloist with prominent orchestras in famous concert halls in Tokyo, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum in Budapest. Lisa Yui is on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Montclair State University. At Manhattan School of Music, where she is also Associate Dean of Assessment and Academic Programs, she received the School’s 2018 President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.