Suzanne Shulman

Flute

Suzanne Shulman"I should have considered Suzanne Shulman's flute playing alone worth the trip…a voice of robust smoothness, with a feeling for long arches and agility to burn." - The Times of London

"Miss Shulman's flute tone had the roundness and solidity associated with the flute playing of Jean-Pierre Rampal, and her splendid breath control allowed for spacious phrasing." - New York Times

One of Canada's foremost flutists, Suzanne Shulman has earned international critical acclaim for solo recitals in renowned venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall and the Chopin Institute in Warsaw. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto where she studied with Robert Aitken. As a three-time Canada Council grant recipient she also trained in Europe with Christian Lardé, Michel Debost, Marcel Moyse and Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Ms. Shulman has appeared as soloist with major Canadian and international orchestras and is a frequent guest at music festivals at home and abroad. She has performed with the Orford, St. Lawrence and Penderecki string quartets, and also with the late Glenn Gould with whom she collaborated on a variety of recording projects available on the Sony Classical label. With more than 30 recordings in her discography Suzanne can be heard on the CBC, Folkways, Crystal, Golden Crest, Centrediscs, Opening Day and Marquis labels. She is the flute soloist on all the award-winning Classical Kids recordings.

As a founding member of the outstanding ensembles Camerata Canada, Trio Lyra and ChamberWORKS Suzanne Shulman has premiered commissioned works by many prominent Canadian composers including Harry Freedman, Srul Irving Glick, Andrew MacDonald, Milton Barnes, Marjan Mozetich, Glenn Buhr, Christos Hatzis and Jacques Hétu. She currently performs with pianist Valerie Tryon, harpist Erica Goodman and the Festival of the Sound ensemble.

Suzanne Shulman's extensive teaching career has included the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. She now accepts a limited number of students in Hamilton at McMaster University, at her home studio as well as by invitation to teach master classes abroad.

Erica Goodman

Harp

erica goodmanWidely recognized as one of Canada's most skilful and versatile musicians, Ms. Goodman performs for TV and film soundtracks, on radio and television, and throughout Canada in concerts, recitals, and at festivals. She is renowned for her technique and interpretive skills in all styles of music, from Baroque to contemporary. Her repertoire includes works from a broad range of composers, both well-known and little known, and several women composers.

A proponent of Canadian and new music, she has commissioned and premiered works for solo harp and has made over thirty recordings for several record labels. A native of Toronto, Ms. Goodman comes from a musical family (her father was the well-known violinist Hyman Goodman) and she began her musical studies on piano at an early age, adding harp to that almost immediately.

She has been a concert performer since her teens. Ms. Goodman is also a highly regarded orchestral and chamber ensemble player, having played with the TSO, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Esprit Orchestra, in Trio Lyra, Tapestry New Opera Works, Trio Desirée, among others.

She is a charter member of New Music Concerts and has won a Juno for her solo recording Erica Goodman Plays Canadian Harp Music, and a Grand Prix du Disque Canada for her recording Flute and Harp with Robert Aitken. Her most recent recordings consist of more flute and harp repertoire with Suzanne Shulman.

Evan Pyne

Violin

Since his solo orchestral debut at the age of 12 with the Canadian Sinfonietta, violinist Evan Pyne has been given the opportunity to perform essential concerti of the violin repertoire with the Greater Toronto Area's North York Concert Orchestra and Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.

Evan PyneEvan won third prize at the International Ilona Fehér Violin Competition in Budapest during the summer of 2019, and first prize in the 2018 Canadian Music Competition.

In Madrid at the 8th International "Noche en Madrid" Competition, he won second prize in its solo category and a first prize in its chamber category.

Evan was a finalist at the 13th International Grumiaux Competition.

Currently, he is a finalist in the Classicalia competition and recently won the Taylor Academy concerto competition.

Often participating in local music festivals, Evan has been numerously awarded at the Kiwanis and North York music festivals and won the Excellence String Award and Bach Trophy Class at the 2018 and 2020 Unionville Music Academy Competitions.

As an orchestral musician, Evan served as associate concertmaster of the Moordale Senior Orchestra in its 2016-17 season and played in three seasons with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. He received one of 10 awards of excellence from the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2021.

Evan is in his final year at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists studying under Marie Berard and Barry Shiffman and is a grade 12 student at Appleby College.

Recently, Evan was awarded a full tuition scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music and received acceptances from the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School. In the fall of 2022, he will be studying with Ilya Kaler at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

He currently plays on an award-winning violin made by Maurizio Tadioli which is a replica of the 1742 Guarneri 'Lord Wilton' violin.

Ellen Annor-Adjei

Piano

Ellen Annor-Adjei was born in Moscow into a family of mixed African and Russian ancestry. Brought up in Moscow she studied at the Ellen Annor-Adjei Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She has given a number of successful concerts in Russia, Europe and North America. Ms. Annor-Adjei's virtuosity on the piano has impressed audiences all over the world. Music critic Izvestia, Moscow wrote: "Ellen Annor-Adjei's performance is emotional, passionate and technically brilliant".

Ellen Annor-Adjei currently lives in Toronto where she has completed many solo recitals. Her repertoire includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Rachmaninoff, and other Classical, Romantic and Contemporary composers.

Miss Annor-Adjei is Director and Founder of Musical Arts Academy.
The Academy is located in the heart of Etobicoke and serves as the Etobicoke location for The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) examinations.

Miss Annor-Adjei's objective for Musical Arts Academy is to provide students with a well-rounded musical education.

"Music is the form of art which makes our lives rich, enjoyable and complete"

Olivia Esther

Olivia Esther is a sought after performer, recording artist, educator and, advocate for the arts in Canada.

As a french horn player, Olivia has performed with many of Canada's finest orchestras (Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony), music festivals (Festival of the Sound, Toronto Jazz Festival, Kensington Market Jazz Festival) and Olivia Estherwith internationally acclaimed artists such as Adele, Barbra Streisand, Sarah McLachlan, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Wainwright, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Boy George, David Bryne, Supertramp's - Roger Hodgson, Il Divo, The Tenors, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Jann Arden, Holly Cole, and Steven Page.

Olivia loves playing for theatre. She has played several shows including Sweeney Todd (Theatre STU), Wizard of Oz (TNB) Anastasia, The King & I, A Gentleman's Guide to love and Murder (Mirvish) and Les Miserables (Upper Canada Chorus), Sousatzka (LivEnt), The Secret Garden, Nine (Podium Concerts), and Beauty and the Beast (Angelwalk Theatre). She has recorded for film, CBC, CTV, Naxos and many independent Canadian labels.

During the pandemic Olivia created and leads an all inclusive multi-generational community horn group called Sonic Horn Revolution which provides pop up performances to surprise and delight audiences all over Toronto.

Olivia is proud to be a member of the Canadian Sinfonietta and is honoured to present the Canadian premiere of Xavier’s Kamouraska in Cobourg, ON.

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Elizabeth Dolin

Cellist

Since her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1985, Elizabeth Dolin is recognized as one of Canada's finest cellists, in demand as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout Canada and the United States, and as soloist with major Canadian orchestras under such conductors as Mario Bernardi, Yannick Nezet-Séguin and Simon Streatfield. Referring to her Mendelssohn recording with Bernadene Blaha on the Analekta label, The Strad writes that she "performs these works with technical finesse and just the right level of delicacy that Mendelssohn...demands. Highly recommended"

Elizabeth DolinA founding member of several highly regarded ensembles (Les Cordes Romantiques, Duo Fouquet-Dolin, Reiner Trio), she has collaborated with such artists as Martin Beaver, Bernadene Blaha, Steven Isserlis and Pinchas Zuckerman. Her regular appearances at Festival of the Sound, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Orford Festival, Chamber Music Kincardine and the Fredericton Chamber Music Festival, among others, have been enthusiastically received. Highlights of note include a tour of Beethoven's Triple Concerto with l'Orchestre Metropolitain and a performance of Schumann's Concerto for Cello with the Victoria Symphony.

Elizabeth Dolin's large and varied discography includes works by Chopin, Coulthard, Debussy, Dolin, Franck, Mendelssohn, Mozart, St-Saëns, Widor, Rachmaninoff and Vierne, for the Naxos, Analekta, ATMA, CBC-Musica Viva, Fonovox , Espace XX1, and Pélleas labels. Her recording of the Rachmaninoff and Debussy sonatas, as well as the complete works of Mendelssohn for cello and piano, both for Analekta, were nominated for Best Album of the Year by l'ADISQ in 2002 and 2004 and received rave reviews.

In addition to being an active member of Montreal's chamber music scene, Ms. Dolin is Assistant Professor of Cello at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, as well as Professor of Cello at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. She is also on faculty at Domaine Forget.

Elizabeth Dolin plays on a François Nicolas Voirin bow, graciously provided to her by the company CANIMEX INC. from Drummondville (Quebec), Canada.

Meagan Milatz

Piano

meagan milatzAn experienced performer, Meagan Milatz has appeared as soloist with several Canadian orchestras including the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and l'Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke. Named by CBC as one of Canada's “30 hot classical musicians under 30” in 2019, she has been the top prize winner at the Shean Piano Competition, the CFMTA National Piano Competition, the McGill Classical Concerto Competition, and the Canadian Music Competition.

For the 2019-2020 season, Milatz and violinist Amy Hillis, otherwise known as meagan&amy, toured to 50 different cities across Canada as winners of the first ever “Pan-Canadian Partnership” recital tour offered by Jeunesses Musicales, Debut Atlantic, and Prairie Debut. Passionate as a collaborative pianist, Milatz is currently based in Montreal and works regularly with top musicians from l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal including concertmaster Andrew Wan, associate principal cellist Anna Burden, and principal clarinetist Todd Cope.

During the 2018-2019 season, she appeared in concert with Stefan Dohr, Principal Horn of the Berlin Harmonic, violinist Jinjoo Cho, and as guest pianist with Trio Saint-Laurent.

Milatz began her studies in Saskatchewan with Cherith Alexander, and holds a Master's degree from McGill University where she studied modern piano with Ilya Poletaev and fortepiano with Tom Beghin. She subsequently spent a year studying collaborative repertoire with Philip Chiu. She attended the Kneisel Hall Young Artist Program in 2017 and was the winner of a Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award.

Laurence Kayaleh

Violin

Laurence Kayaleh has performed as guest soloist with many distinguished orchestras: Zurich Tonhalle, RTBF Symphony Orchestra (Belgium), Russian National Orchestra, National Symphony (Washington), Lamoureux (Paris), Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the major orchestras of Cleveland, St. Louis, Caracas (Simon Bolivar), Basel, Mexico City, under such conductors as Slatkin, Dutoit, Kogan, Pletnev, Nowak, Wakazugi, Carewe, Turnovsky and Venzago.

Laurence KayalehShe gave major recitals in world centres including Paris, Montreal, Prague, Messina, Brussels, Zurich, Milano, Sofia, Dublin, Bern, Bologna, Moscow, Modena and Geneva. Le Figaro world-renowned critic, Pierre Petit, used the phrase " L'Archet Royal " to describe her golden tone. She performed at the Bolchoï and Tchaïkovsky Halls (Moscow), Théâtre du Châtelet, Pleyel and Gaveau Halls (Paris), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Victoria Hall (Geneva), Verdi Hall (Milano), Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas), Donizetti Theater (Bergamo), Place des Arts (Montreal), The John F. Kennedy Center (Washington), Powell Hall (St. Louis), Pollack Hall (Montreal), and at The Tsu Center for The Performing Arts (Japan). Other engagements include 20th-century chamber music concerts, recordings for the CBC-Series (Canada), and for major European radios/TVs.

Guest of international music festivals - Lucerne, Blossom, Cervantino, Divonne, Ottawa, Parry Sound, Annecy, Abbey Bach Festival - she shared concerts with Viktor Pikayzen, Ida Haendel and Igor Oïstrakh. Laurence has recorded for NAXOS Records the complete works for violin and piano by N. Medtner, A. Honegger and G. Catoire.

Upcoming recording releases will include J. Raff's complete sonatas for violin & piano (2 volumes), as well as F. Rebay's complete sonatas for violin & guitar, and viola & guitar (NAXOS).

Invited to conduct violin masterclasses in the world, Ms. Kayaleh is member of jury in international music competitions. Canadian composer, F.-H. Leclair, dedicated to her his piece for violin and piano " Le Retour des Oies ". She plays a magnificent 1742 Pietro Guarneri of Venice which belonged to the eminent violinist and pedagogue, Carl Flesch. (www.laurencekayaleh.com)

Alexander Panizza

Piano

Acclaimed by the critics and the public alike, Alexander Panizza appears regularly in the Americas and Europe. Born in Toronto, he received his musical education in Canada, Argentina, France and Spain, completing a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music, in London.

Alexander PanizzaAmong the main attributes of his artistic personality, his extraordinary mastery of pianistic sonorities, intensities and shades, his virtuosity and the scope of his repertoire stand out. He has performed as a soloist in recitals  and with more than thirty orchestras in very important halls worldwide, including the Barbican Hall in London, Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires, Amphitheater Richelieu at the Sorbonne, Palas Theatre in Athens, Ciurlionis Museum in Lithuania, Teatro Nacional in Panama City and Herkulessaal in Munich. Among his memorable performances there were renderings of concerti by Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Beethoven and Schumann. He is also interested in collaborating with chamber musicians, participating in festivals such as Soesterberg Music Festival (Holland), Long Island Mozart Festival and Festival de los Siete Lagos (Argentina).

Alexander Panizza has recorded Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas (EMR), and Alberto Ginastera’s complete piano works (Tradition), as well as works by Winkler (Naxos, American composers series), Clementi (Cascade) and Guastavino (Espacio Santafesino). Alexander enjoys also teaching, holding a post at Universidad Pontificia Católica Argentina and conducting master classes in various countries.

Trey Lee

Trey LeeCellist Trey Lee joined EMIC for selected Mosaique Project performances including a tour of the prairies in January/February 2019, which included concerts in northern communities Snow Lake and Norway House. He also joined EMIC this year in January 2020 on their most recent performances in British Columbia.

As a soloist, Trey has also performed with BBC Philharmonic, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Trondheim Soloists, and the chamber orchestras of London UK, Stuttgart, Munich and Romanian Radio. He was a featured artist with The IMAGINE Project with Yoko Ono, Hugh Jackman and ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the UN General Assembly Hall.

Lee has studied at Juilliard, Harvard, the New England Conservatory, Madrid's Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia, and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. He plays a 1703 "Comte de Gabriac" cello by Matteo Goffriller and is currently based in Berlin, Germany.
https://www.trey-lee.com