Marie Berard (violin), Concert Master Canadian Opera Company Orch., sought after chamber musician, soloist, recording artist and teacher. Former member Toronto Symph. Orch. Highly regarded as interpreter of new music. Solo recordings include solo sonatas of Bright Cheng, Anthony Davis, Alfred Schnittke Concerto Grosso #1 and "Meditation" from Thais. Regular performer at numerous chamber music festivals.
Susan Gagnon (cello), Principal contributor to new RCM cello syllabus. RCM examiner. Adjudicator and workshop teacher in Montreal and Ontario area. RCM faculty since 1984. Member Hamilton Philharmonic and String Quartet Panache. Mus. B., U. of Western Ontario. Master Classes with Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.
Rohan Gregory (violin), Member, award-winning Arden String Quartet. Wide-ranging interest in chamber music, including performance with Klezmatics and Itzhak Perlman, tours to Thailand with flutist Abbey Rabinovitz, to India with the Indo-jazz group Natraj, and nationally with the SophiaBilides Greek Folk Ensemble. Active freelancer throughout New England, has played with Boston Symphony, B.S.O. Pops, Boston Ballet Orchestra and Boston Lyric Opera. Coached for Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Mus.B. from Oberlin Conservatory with Marilyn McDonald; M.M. from Univ. of Mass. with Charles Treger.
Rachel Handman (violin), Extensive work with alternative string styles: Bolivian Salsa Band, Guapacha, Accoustic Folk Bluegrass Band, Barebones and Wildflowers. Healing Through Music Project. Has accompanied Richie Havens, Livingston Taylor, Roberta Flack, Ray Charles among others. Member Tourmaline String Quartet, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Ridgefield Symphony.
Peter Longworth (piano) is a well known and acclaimed solo performer, chamber musician and teacher in Canada and abroad. From his base in Toronto, Mr. Longworth has performed in New York, Chicago, London, Montreal, Nice and other cities in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has been soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras across Canada. In addition, he has appeared at the Caramoor Music Festival in New York, was artist-in-residence and featured soloist at the Icicle Creek Music Festival in Washington State, and plays annually at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Longworth is a founding member of the Duke Trio, which has performed in New York and Chicago as well as throughout Canada. He is heard often on CBC National Radio and his recordings include a collaboration with Amanda Forsyth and a forthcoming CD by the Duke Trio of music by Shostakovich and Copland. Mr. Longworth is a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he also maintains a private studio. Having given classes throughout North America, he is in demand as a chamber coach and an adjudicator at competitions and festivals.
Kelly Parkins-Lindstrom (violin), continues to actively pursue her passion for stringed instruments as a teacher, adjudicator and examiner exploring the link between pedagogy and performance. As a teacher she has supported students who have been recipients of the highest marks awarded at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals, the Canadian Music Competition and the prestigious Silver Medal Awards (Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto). Currently the Strings Department Head at The Royal Conservatory of Music Community School (RCM), she also conducts the RCMâ€™s Beginner Reading Orchestra, Junior and Intermediate Training Orchestraâ€™s. Her duties include coordinating the Junior Prep Strings Programs of The Young Artists Performance Academy at The Glenn Gould School (RCM) in Toronto. As a master class clinician and member of The Royal College of Examiners (RCM), Ms. Parkins- Lindstrom adjudicates for The Music Teachers' Association, Suzuki workshops, Kiwanis music festivals across North America. Her performance history includes work with CBC Radio and Television, Canadian Stage productions, The Shaw Music Festival and orchestral freelancing with The Hamilton Symphony and The National Ballet of Canada. Ms. Parkins-Lindstrom is a member of the Ontario Suzuki Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the American Federation of Musicians and the American String Teacher's Association. She has recently completed a two and a half year musical journey of compiling the RCM 2013 Violin Series/Syllabus publication.
Angela Rudden (viola), Principal violist National Ballet, member Canadian Opera Co. Performances as soloist and chamber musician in Europe and Japan. Private teaching studio, Toronto. Mus.B. Queens U., M.M. Musik Hochschule Munich.
Paul Widner (cello), is active as a cellist in Toronto and has performed throughout Erope, the United States and Canada as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. He is on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto and is the assistant principal cellist of the Canadian Opera Company orchestra. His expertise and specialty has been in contemporary music. He is the principal cellist with the Esprit orchestra, founding member of the Continuum ensemble and performs regularly with New Music Concerts, Arraymusic and Soundstreams. He has debuted and commissioned numerous Canadian works. He has recently performed as soloist in the North American premiere of the Penderecki "Triple Concerto" and "Seven Words" by Sofia Bubaidulina. Mr. Widner records with CBC records and other independent labels. He has performed at numberous music festivals including Huddersfield, Chicago, Amsterdam, Athens as well as the Edinburgh Festival.