Cheryl Duvall is a multi-faceted musician and pianist. She is active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher and adjudicator and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Italy, England, Argentina, the Netherlands and the U.S. She is especially passionate about contemporary music, which has led her along with friend and violinist Ilana Waniuk, to co-found the Thin Edge New Music Collective, now in their third season. Cheryl is also a member of the experimental project, Bespoken, a mixed ensemble comprised of musicians from different genres, who released a new album, Aigre Douce – music of Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes, in November 2013 under Divorce Records’ Heavy Fog label. Ms. Duvall is also the pianist for the Toronto based Bell Arte Singers and the internationally renowned Oakville Children’s Choir, to which she has toured and competed internationally with gold standings. Cheryl has attended the Casalmaggiore Music Festival in Italy, the Palazzo Ricci masterclass series, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and held two artistic residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2009, she was awarded a SSHRC grant for her pedagogical research on how to incorporate aspects of the Alexander Technique into lessons with beginner piano students. Besides performing, she maintains a full private piano studio and adjudicates piano competitions across Canada. Ms. Duvall completed an Honours Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano Performance and Theory and a Diploma of Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Master’s of Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto. Her main teachers and influences include Guy Few, Chris Foley, Midori Koga, Carmen Piazzinni, Nina Tichman, Henri-Paul Sicsic, and Anya Alexeyev.
Ilana Waniuk is a versatile violinist and contemporary chamber music addict with interests ranging from classical music and improvisation to visual arts. She has held artistic residencies at the Banff centre for the Arts, Avaloch Farms Music Institute and Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland, and has been a guest artist in residence at the SoundSCAPE festival of contemporary music in Italy. Ilana has participated in the Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival at Mass MoCA, and been a fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival New Music Workshop. Along with pianist Cheryl Duvall, Ilana is a founding member and co-artistic director of the Thin Edge New Music Collective (TENMC). Ilana has toured across Cape Breton and Ontario as part of the Bicycle Opera Project, performed at contemporary music festivals including Open Ears in Kitchener/Waterloo and the Royal Conservatory’s 21C festival in Toronto as well as with the Madawaska String Quartet, Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra, Essential Opera, Toy Piano Composers, Mississauga Chamber Music Society, NUMUS’ Perimeter Players, Westwood Concert Series, Chicago's Ensemble Dal Niente, and The Music Gallery’s Emergents Series. She received a Graduate Performers Certificate from Northern Illinois University studying with Blaise Magniere, and Marie Wang of the Avalon String Quartet where she was a winner of the 2009 concerto competition and a recipient of the Dutton String Fellowship. Ilana completed her Master’s degree in performance at the University of Ottawa studying with David Stewart, and received her undergraduate degree in performance and a diploma in chamber music from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with Jeremy Bell and Jerzy Kaplanek of the Penderecki String Quartet. Ilana is a winner of the 2014 Orford String Quartet Award.
Violinist Suhashini Arulanandam enjoys a full schedule as a performer, private teacher and orchestral coach. She performs regularly as a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic and Windsor Symphony Orchestras, as well as freelancing with other ensembles including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Suhashini thrives on variety, and welcomes the challenge of switching gears quite frequently between new music and early music, as well as anything in between or beyond. In addition to performing with TENMC, Suhashini has been performing on Baroque violin as part of the Aradia ensemble, and will be attending the American Bach Soloists workshop this summer. Suhashini has also ventured outside the realm of western classical music and has performed with Sufi rock musician Salman Ahmad and tabla player Samir Chatterjee. She toured with three-time Juno nominee Sarah Slean on the singer-songwriter's Canadian tour last winter, and has also performed with Ian Kelly and Basia Bulat. A dedicated pedagogy nerd, Suhashini has a full studio of violin students both privately and through Reaching Out Through Music, a program serving the St. Jamestown community. She coaches the Halton Missisauga Youth Orchestra violins and has been a guest coach for the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Durham Symphony Youth Orchestra. Suhashini holds a Master's degree from the City University of New York, Queens College, from the studio of noted pedagogue Burton Kaplan. Her other principal teachers include Erika Raum and Annalee Patipatanakoon, with whom she studied with at the Glenn Gould School while completing a Performance Diploma. In addition to her university studies, Suhashini spent four summers at the Banff Centre for the Arts, studying with Lorand Fenyves, Erika Raum, and Scott St. John, and participated in summer festivals including chamber music at Le Domaine Forget and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Charleston, South Carolina.
AMAHL ARULANANDAM (cello)
With tastes ranging from baroque music to death metal, Toronto-based cellist Amahl Arulanandam is known for his musical versatility and ability to adapt to many different genres. Feeling at home in studios, small clubs and large concert-halls, Amahl hopes to convey that musical expression is beyond genres and labels.
In the “classical” realm of Toronto, Mr. Arulanandam is quickly becoming known as a strong advocate for the music of our time, performing with ensembles such as Soundstreams, New Music Concerts, Tapestry Opera, FAWN Chamber Creative, Caution-Tape Sound Collective, Thin-Edge New Music Collective (TENMC), Music in the Barns and Esprit Orchestra, as well as regular appearances at the 21C Music Festival. In his time with these ensembles, he has had the opportunity to work closely with leading composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Ana Sokolovic, Luna Pearl Woolf, Brian Current and John Rea.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Arulanandam has presented several recitals and performed alongside artists such as David Geringas, Steven Dann, Angela Cheng, Mark Fewer and Jeffrey Beecher. He has toured the US with Matt Haimovitz’ all-cello ensemble, Uccello and been a featured artist at the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival and Ottawa Chamberfest. He was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition, and performed Barber’s Cello Concerto with the McGill Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2014. Upcoming endeavours include a Canadian tour with TENMC and several performances with the VC2 cello duo, including the 2017 editions of 21C and Ottawa Chamberfest.
Amahl completed his undergraduate studies in 2012 at the University of Toronto under Shauna Rolston where he received the Gabriella Dory Prize and Suba Institute Award as top graduating performance major. He received his Master’s degree from the McGill University under Matt Haimovitz where he, as part of the Strathcona Piano Trio, won the 2013 chamber music competition, and was runner up in the 2014 concerto competition. He wrapped up his studies at the Glenn Gould School where he received an Artist’s Diploma and was winner of the 2015 chamber music competition. Amahl is the proud new owner of a cello made in 1924 by Amédeé Dieudonné and takes special pleasure in playing on areas other than the strings.
With a voice that has been described as a “powerful demonstration of musical artistry wed to superb technique”, soprano Stacie Dunlop is an avid performer of contemporary music. Highly involved in the creation of new music, Stacie has commissioned works from Canadian composers R. Murray Schafer, Harry Freedman, Peter-Anthony Togni, Juhan Puhm, Clark Ross, Scott Godin, Tawnie Olson and Aaron Gervais. It is her passion to develop programs that push the boundaries of safety, challenging audiences, yet at the same time bringing them the highest quality experience that will touch them, leaving them with a captivating memory and a want for more. Labeling herself as a multidisciplinary artist, Stacie incorporates both theatre and visual arts in her productions, thus affecting audiences in an expansive array of experiences. Past performances include a cross-Canada tour of Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments, Peter Maxwell-Davies’ Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot, premieres of new works by composers Norbert Palej, Laurie Radford and Adam Scime with Toronto’s New Music Concerts and The Hands of Orlac by Scott Good with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Ms. Dunlop was the understudy of The Woman for the Canadian Opera Company’s Dora nominated production of Erwartung. Recent engagements include the workshop of The Harvester by Aaron Gervais in January 2016, the premiere of Strange Flesh by emerging composer Cecilia Livingston with Thin Edge New Music Collective in February 2016 and recitals of music of Mexican composers in Poland in May 2016. Future engagements include Balancing on the Edge in November 2016, a second-stage workshop of The Harvester Erwartung project, along with a return to Poland in February/March 2017 for the next set of concerts in the Journey to Mexico project. Ms. Dunlop can be heard on the Centrediscs label in My Life in Widening Circles (music of R. Murray Schafer) and Hymns of Heaven and Earth (music of Peter-Anthony Togni). If there were a triple threat category in the new music world, Stacie would hit all the boxes: performer, producer and commissioner. She is determined to bring new creations to life on the stage and beyond to encompass a full existence into touring and recording and is an unstoppable presence in the new music community. www.staciedunlop.com
Oboist Elizabeth Eccleston has always had a love of music. She began playing with the Kamloops Symphony at age 15. Later during her undergraduate years at Wilfrid Laurier University, she free-lanced in Ontario with the KW Symphony, Orchestra London, and the Windsor Symphony. In graduate school, she performed with numerous ensembles in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Her interest in new music developed during her time at Laurier, where as an undergraduate studying with James Mason of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, she collaborated with numerous young Canadian composers for the performance of new chamber works on the Student Composers Concert Series, including Ryan Trew and Nick Storring. During this time, she was also involved with the WLU Improvisation Concerts Ensemble, under the direction of composer Glenn Buhr. At the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, she earned her Master of Music in oboe performance. Heavily involved with chamber and orchestral music performances, she was also featured as concerto soloist with several orchestras in Kamloops, Waterloo and Cincinnati during her graduate studies. This included a performance of Lutosławski’s Concerto for Oboe and Harp with the Cincinnati Café Momus Ensemble. In addition, she has performed both new and traditional music in chamber and orchestral settings during many years of travel with festival tours through China, Italy, the United States, as well as Canada with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Recently, Elizabeth held a full-time position with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra as Second Oboe/English Horn for four seasons. She is a member of the Toronto-based Thin Edge New Music Collective, premiering works by Canadian composers for this select chamber ensemble each spring. www.elizabetheccleston.com
Bryan Holt’s versatility, whether it be as a classical, jazz or contemporary musician, has taken him to three continents and numerous alternative venues across the globe. Though chamber music is his greatest love, he is very active as an orchestral musician and recital soloist. Bryan prides himself on being comfortable playing in any performance space, whether it be a stage, living room, bar, or subway station. Bryan’s has been described as "...a rising young cellist imbued with passion, daring and a faultless technique. Not to be missed!" by Music Monday’s Artistic Director Eitan Cornfield. Mr. Holt is currently a member of the roster for Pocket Concerts; a new in-home recital series, as well as the Thin Edge New Music Collective, and will play several concerts for both ensembles during the 2013-2014 season. In October 2013 he will travel south of the border as a member of the all-cello ensemble “Uccello” to assist his former teacher Matt Haimovitz in premiering “Angel Heart: A Musical Story Book” in California and New York. He will be making appearances in the cello section of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as other orchestras in Ontario. Bryan spent the 2012-2013 season as a core member of the Thunder Bay Symphony where he was also the cello coach for the Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra. In the spring of 2013 he travelled to India as a mentor to help form the Canada-India Youth Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Alain Trudel. Throughout the summer Bryan played in numerous venues, with his most successful show occurring at a bar: a program featuring string quartet works by Brahms, Ives, Grieg and the Notorious B.I.G. Bryan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, where he was a two time recipient of the Felix Galimir Award in Chamber Music Performance. He also holds a Masters degree from McGill University in Solo Cello Performance. Bryan is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Cello Performance at the University of Toronto. He is highly sought after as a teacher and maintains a private studio in the downtown core of Toronto while also visiting several schools as a guest coach.
Both active a clarinetist and a conductor, Xavier Brossard-Ménard is the artistic director of Ensemble QAT. Xavier has focused his playing on contemporary chamber music, leading QAT, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music, the exploration of the link between music and other art forms and to the renewal of the traditional concert form. QAT was resident ensemble at Theatre La Chapelle in Montreal, has collaborated with Array Music in Toronto, has premiered the opera The Dybbuk at Colorado College in Colorado Springs and composed the soundtrack for a stop-motion animation film by Toronto filmmaker Stephanie Dudley. In 2012 QAT was invited to perform a series of 5 concerts by Opéra et Orchestre national Languedoc-Roussillon in Montpellier (France) and won the touring prize of the Montreal Arts Council. Xavier has premiered and commissioned pieces by Canadian composers Jimmie Leblanc, Simon Bertrand, Katarina Curcin amongst others. He was part of the cutting edge new music ensemble Kore in Montreal and was invited to conduct Ensemble Chorum in Montreal in a Sciarrino project. He has led many choirs for Université de Montréal, McGill University, The Toronto Children's Chorus, Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville, École de musique Vincent d'Indy and F.A.C.E.
Described as “imaginative and magical”, ﬂutist Terry Lim is a charismatic performer with a colourful tone and brilliant artistry. He received his Bachelor of Music degree with an international soloist, Lorna Mcghee, at the University of British Columbia and completed his Master of Music degree at New York University with a renowned ﬂutist, Bradley Garner. Terry was a faculty member at the UBC Summer Music Institute and New York University. Terry also played in many of BC based ensembles such as Redshift Society, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, and Burnaby Symphony. Terry has performed in various music festivals and concert series across North America, including Domaine Forget, Orford, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Banff Centre and Pierre Monteux. He also has been heard on the radio and in concert halls throughout the United States, Canada and Asia, performing at the Chan Center, Kimmel Center, Carnegia Hall, DiMenna Center, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall. He also has passionately delivered weekly solo and chamber music lessons, designed aural skills, and theory courses, and given various master classes and workshops. Additionally, as an energetic proponent for contemporary music, Terry has worked closely with numerous composers and has given several world premieres of works written for him. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Terry is the founding member and ﬂutist of Canadian professional ﬂute quintet, “Charm of Finches” where he presents innovative and unusual programs along with showcasing many of emerging composers and new works.
Flutist Sarah Yunji Moon is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with virtuosity and technical assurance. Sarah’s dedication in promoting and performing new music has led her to creating innovative concert programs, and focusing on communicating with her audience. As an active chamber and orchestral musician, Sarah regularly performs with Ontario Philharmonic and National Academy Orchestra. Sarah held the principal Flute position with Symphony Nova Scotia for two seasons from 2008-2010. She is the founder of the Rosedale Winds, a group dedicated to performing the hidden gems of contemporary woodwind quintet repertoire. She frequently performs with the Thin Edge New Music Collective. As a soloist, she has performed concertos with numerous orchestras in North America and Asia such as the Seoul Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Moon has been chosen to tour Eastern Canada for six weeks giving recitals of contemporary Flute repertoire as part of Jeunesses Musicales’ 2014-2015 concert season. Broadening her interest into academic studies and research, Sarah is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto. Sarah holds Master’s of Music degree in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. http://sarahmoon.ca/
Juan Gabriel Olivares is regarded for his successes as a performer of new music, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. Throughout his career, he has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, and serves as principal clarinetist of the Ontario Philharmonic. A frequent performer of contemporary music, Mr. Olivares has worked closely with composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Osvaldo Golijov, Beat Furrer, and Salvatore Sciarrino. As an ensemble member, he has performed with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, International Ensemble Modern Academy, CONTACT Contemporary Music, and Against the Grain Theatre. He was also the curator and artistic advisor of New Art/New Music, a Houston-based multi-media gallery series.
Percussionist Nathan Petitpas was born and raised in Cape Breton Nova Scotia and now enjoys a busy performing career based in Toronto.
Nathan has been a member of the Thin Edge New Music Collective since 2012. Since joining the collective Nathan has had the honor of touring with them across Canada, performing in Argentina, recording on their first studio album, and premiering dozens of new works by living composers from Canada and abroad. Thin Edge was ensemble in residence with Array Music for the 2015/2016 season and is continuing this position through the 2016/2017 season.Nathan is also a founding member of Duologue, a violin and percussion duo with violinist Suhashini Arulanandam. They are committed to expanding the repertoire for this unusual combination by commissioning new works.He has performed with organizations such as Cirque du Soleil, the Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company, FAWN Opera, Bad New Days, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Stereoscope Saxophone Duo, and Rose Orchestra to name a few. He has also performed in various festivals and concert series including Nuit Blanche Toronto, New Works Edmonton, New Music Calgary, Music on Main (Vancouver), Open Spaces in Victoria, NUMUS, and twice in the Cape Breton International Drum Festival. Outside of a classical context Nathan performs regularly on drum set with various projects in the Toronto area. He can also be heard on the debut album of Brooklyn-based orchestral pop band San Fermin. The album was released on Downtown Records in 2013, it was praised by NPR as "one of the year's most surprising, ambitious, evocative and moving records," and it reached #18 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers album chart.
As a composer, Nathan has had his music performed by the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, the Stereoscope Saxophone Duo, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, Duologue, and the Acadia University and University of Toronto Percussion Ensembles. Nathan teaches a variety of music programs through the Regent Park School of Music as well as private drum set and percussion lessons from his studio in Toronto. He has also coached the University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble, the Toronto All City Band, the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, Calgary Youth Orchestra, and Edmonton Youth Orchestra. Nathan holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto where he studied with Russell Hartenberger, Beverley Johnston, and Mark Duggan as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Acadia University where he studied with Mark Adam. He has also completed two ten-week independent music residencies at the Banff Centre.
Chelsea Shanoff is a diverse Toronto-based saxophonist, with a strong interest in contemporary music. Chelsea holds a Masters of Music degree from Arizona State University, where she studied saxophone performance with Dr. Timothy McAllister. She received her Honours Bachelors of Music degree in saxophone performance from the University of Toronto in 2009, studying under Dr. Wallace Halladay. Chelsea is currently one of the applied saxophone instructors at the University of Toronto; she is also the saxophone teacher at Havergal Collegiate Institute, Cardinal Carter School for the Arts, and Interprovincial Music Camp. In 2012, Chelsea completed a yoga teacher training program at Ahimsa Yoga Centre and has since led “yoga for musicians’” classes.
As one-half of the Duo Incendium, Chelsea collaborates with New York vocalist Charlotte Mundy, performing new and unique works for saxophone and voice. Duo Incendium received a 2012 Toronto Arts Council Grant for “Project Alchemy”, a series of concerts and educational workshops focusing on Canadian repertoire. The Duo Incendium commissioned works by Adam Sherkin, Shannon Graham, Patrick Power, and Mitch Renaud, and have performing in Toronto, Montreal, New York, and Baltimore. Recently, Chelsea has joined forces with cellist Nadia Klein to form Cellophone, a duo focused on the creation and performance of works for cello and saxophone.
As a soloist, Chelsea has commissioned works by up and coming composers Patrick Power, Mike Romaniak, James Lowrie, and Jordan O’Conner. Chelsea was featured as an emerging artist on the 2010 X-Avant Music Festival at the Music Gallery. She has also appeared in performance at the University of Toronto with Dr. Wallace Halladay. Chelsea has performed with the National Ballet Orchestra, Contact Contemporary Ensemble, Sinfonia Toronto, Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestra, the Arizona State University Orchestra, the Toronto Wind Orchestra, and the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. Chelsea has participated in master classes with Nobuya Sugawa, Timothy McAllister, Serge Bertocci, Rhonda Taylor, and the PRISM saxophone quartet. www.chelseashanoff.com
Olaf Szester is a Toronto based percussionist/drummer and composer. Olaf graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2006 where he specialized in Orchestral Performance and Composition. In addition, he had the opportunity to perform across Holland while studying percussion at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag (Koninklijk Conservatorium), which is renowned for its focus on New Music. He graduated from Koninklijk Conservatorium with a second Bachelor Degree in Percussion in 2008, where he studied with Luuk Nagtegaal, Hans Zonderop, Fedor Teunisse, Ali N’Diaye Rose, Wim Vos, and Stefan Kruger. In Canada, Olaf has had the pleasure of studying percussion with Trichy Sankaran, Dave Campion and Gary Tomlin. In the field of composition he has studied with Michael Coghlan, Richard Windeyer, Peter Hatch, Glenn Buhr, and Linda Catlin Smith. Olaf currently focuses his energies on freelancing, teaching and exploring a variety of diverse projects. In addition to playing percussion with the Thin Edge New Music Collective, a group that focuses on premiering new music from contemporary composers, he plays drums and percussion with Lazybones, a roots-folk-reggae fusion band that have had notable success opening for artists such as Tom Cochrane, Skydiggers, Great Big Sea, and Hey Rosetta. Olaf is also the drummer for a Toronto based high energy punk alternative band BROOMFILLER, who have released and toured several albums to date. Furthermore, Olaf can be found on the self-titled album of the progressive rock band Duck Duck Goose.
As a freelance clarinetist, Anthony Thompson performs with many Toronto-based ensembles. As an orchestral musician, Anthony appears frequently with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has performed under the baton of renowned conductors Leonard Slatkin, Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian, Kerry Stratton, and Sir Andrew Davis. Anthony has also appeared with the Toronto Concert Orchestra, the Arizona Opera Orchestra and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.Anthony has a deep passion for contemporary music, performing regularly with many of Canada's premier new music ensembles such as New Music Concerts, Continuum, and Soundstreams, with which he traveled to Asia to perform at the National Concert Hall in Taipei and the Beijing Modern Music Festival. Additionally, he is a full-time member of the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble and the Thin Edge New Music Collective. As a founding member of the Blythwood Winds woodwind quintet, Anthony is also an active chamber musician, performing regularly at many of Toronto’s musical and cultural venues. In addition to his performance career, Anthony has a private teaching studio and also composes music for solo clarinet and bass clarinet. Anthony holds an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, a Master of Music from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Music from California State University, Northridge. His teachers include Joaquin Valdepeñas, Dr. Robert Spring, Dr. Julia Heinen, and Keith Lemmons.
Cellist Amber Walton-Amar has recently reclaimed Toronto as her home base after several years of studying and working in the United States. As a free lance musician she enjoys collaborating with an eclectic range of artists performing a variety of music – from cabaret and black box theatre to glamourous electric ensembles and symphony orchestras.
Amber has held principal and assistant principal positions with ensembles including the Chicago Composers Orchestra and South Shore Symphony, with whom she and her husband Zebulun Barnow toured China in 2014.
Amber received her Masters in cello performance from Stephen Balderston at DePaul University in Chicago and her Bachelors from Simon Fryer at the University of Toronto. She recognizes valuable mentorship from former principal of the Lyric Opera Daniel Morganstern.Amber is honoured to play a personally commissioned 2013 David Wiebe Cello.
Ms. Dobrochna Zubek, a native of Poland is a disciple of renowned cello pedagogue, Cecylia Barczyk. Having obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance from Baltimore’s Towson University she went on to attain a performance diploma from the Conservatoire de Versailles in France with Professor Barbara Marcinkowska. Highlighting Ms. Zubek's numerous competition awards are: first place award of the Peggy Friedman Gordon Music Competition (2002), first place award of the Sidney Liebermann Music Competition (2004) and winner of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Competition (2007). In an evolving, multi-faceted career Ms. Zubek has worked as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and orchestra cellist in Europe at England’s Dartington International Summer School in England, the Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, Spain and in North America for the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, to mention a selected few. Currently, Ms. Zubek is pursuing a doctoral degree in cello performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Professor Shauna Rolston. Awarded a graduate assistantship Dobrochna is Ms. Rolston’s teaching assistant.