I have been so lucky to work with some of the best musicians and friends I know.
Their ever-lasting support, friendship, humility, and sense of humour have always been such a pleasure to learn from. I want to extend my thanks to all my musical colleagues who have partnered up with me and continue to support me with my productions and recordings!
Have a look at what they're all about here!
Michelle Kim, Pianist
Pianist, Michelle Kim received her Bachelor of Music in Performance, Master of Music in Performance, and Advanced Certificate for Performance at The University of Toronto under the tutelage of Marietta Orlov and Boris Lysenko.
As a former pianist and principal flutist of the National Concert Band, Michelle has performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Chan Centre for the Arts in Vancouver.
For her solo and ensemble performances, she has performed at the Metro Convention Centre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Nuit Blanche, and Living Arts Centre.
Ms Kim is an active soloist as well as a collaborator and has worked with the Apprentice Chorus of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company and Vic Chorus of Victoria College. Currently, she is the pianist at the Mississauga Children's Choir, Mimico Children’s Choir and Mandle Philharmonic.
During her studies, she has worked as a teaching assistant for Oratorio and Performance Topics class, and received numerous scholarships such as Greta Kraus Scholarship, David and Summer Beach Award Scholarship, Faculty of Music Fellowship, Simmonds Graduate Fellowship and many more.
Vincent Ip, Pianist & Figure Skater
Born and raised in New York City, pianist and figure skater Vincent Ip has recently completed a 35 city tour through Europe with Holiday On Ice. In the show “Time” (2016-2017), he showcased his passion and expertise on both the piano and the ice, performing at world famous venues such as Le Lido in Paris, Lanxess Arena in Köln, Festhalle in Frankfurt and Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, and Halle Tony-Garnier in Lyon.
Vincent received his Bachelor of Music at the Manhattan School of Music, studying under Andre-Michel Schub, and is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at Rice University as a full scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Jon Kimura Parker.
Most recently, Vincent has been invited to perform the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Galveston Symphony in April 2018.
After returning from the figure skating tour, Vincent resumed his studies at Rice University in August and in October, claimed the bronze medal at the 2017 Seattle International Piano Competition. In 2016, he was awarded first prize at the Sigma Alpha Iota Concerto Competition and was invited to perform as the soloist with the MSFO at the Chautauqua Institution in July this year playing the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3. He was also awarded Grand Prize at the 2016 Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition and 1st prize at the 2015 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, leading to performances at Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Other prizes include top prize at the 2014 Chautauqua International Piano Festival Competition with a jury panel including Gary Graffman and Angela Cheng, 2nd place at the 2014 Five Towns Music and Art Foundation Piano Competition, and 1st prize at the 2012 Pearl and Julius Young Music Competition.
Vincent has performed in masterclasses with renowned artists from all over the world including Jerome Lowenthal, Jon Nakamatsu, Dang Thai Son, John Perry, Christopher O’Riley, Vadim Monastryski, Malcolm Bilson. He has performed in numerous international venues including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Klavierhaus, Alexander Kasser Theater, Greenfield Hall at the Manhattan School of Music, Dolan Hall at the College of St. Elizabeth, and Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
In his spare time, Vincent enjoys singing, playing the flute, going bowling, and staying informed with the latest technologies.
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Watch Vincent Perform (Figure Skating & Piano Comedy Skit) on Holiday On Ice:
Watch Vincent Perform with the MSFO Here:
Alice Kim, Cellist
Toronto Cellist, Alice Kim, received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance at McGill University and her Master's Degree from the University of Toronto. She also holds an Artist Diploma in Cello Performance at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.
Her principal teachers over the years include Professor Matt Haimovitz, Professor Denis Brott, and Joseph Johnson & Shauna Rolston.
Ms Kim is active in the Greater Toronto Area as a collaborative musician in both chamber and orchestral music. She is regularly in high demand as a freelance musician and maintains a busy teaching schedule throughout the GTA. She was recently featured in a concert with the Women's Musical Club of Toronto which was broadcasted on CBC Radio.
Ms Kim has made regular appearances as an orchestral player with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Symphony in the Gardens at Casa Loma, London Symphonia (formerly Orchestra London Canada), and the North York Concert Orchestra as a guest principal-cellist.
During her undergraduate years, she was a member of Uccello ensemble and is featured in the CD Album “Meeting of the Spirit”, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2010.
Scholarships recently awarded to her include the McGill Fund Council Award, the Margaret Houlding Memorial Prize, and The Schulich School of Music Award. Ms Kim has also participated in summer programs such as the Casalmaggiore International Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival Academy, and The Banff Summer Music Festival.
Carolyn Farnand, Violist
Canadian-based Violist, Carolyn Farnand, has firmly established herself as a promising, up-and-coming young artist.
A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Toronto and currently pursues her Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto on a full tuition scholarship.
Principal teachers have included Eric Nowlin, Ethan Filner, Teng Li, and Steve Dann.
Known for her particular passion for chamber and orchestral music, Carolyn’s dedication has led her to perform with a variety of ensembles and musical genres, including classical, rock, and jazz. A firm supporter of New Music, Miss Farnand was invited to perform with Montreal’s Cantabile Orchestra as a soloist, leading to the premiere of “Intermezzo for Viola and Orchestra”, as well as a solo appearance with The Bathurst Chamber Orchestra in New Brunswick.
Her love for chamber music has extended to the organization of a regular chamber concerts, such as in Hamilton, performing in over 18 chamber recitals during her Undergraduate Degree, as well as performances at the Orford Arts Festival, Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy, Tuckamore Festival, Scotia Festival of Music, and an invitation to perform at the National Level with the Chroma Quartet.
Carolyn led regularly as Principal Violist of The National Youth Orchestra of Canada, University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and The National Academy Orchestra, under musical director, Boris Brott. Carolyn has also performed with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Conservatory Orchestra, and the Ottawa Youth and Chamber Orchestras.
Miss Farnand is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including The Temerty Family Scholarship to GGS, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Award of Excellence, CMC Viola Award, S.M. Blair Family Scholarship award from the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Air Canada Award. Over the years, she has accumulated various additional recognition from the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, Kiwanis Music Festival, and the University of Toronto.
In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys yoga, coffee, and running marathons!
Roland Gjernes, Cellist
Known for his rich tone and lyrical playing, Roland Gjernes is a freelance cellist based in New York City.
He is well-versed in a variety of repertoire and styles with performances ranging from NYC and Canada’s greatest halls to the backwoods of the Yukon.
A recent Master of Music, graduating from Manhattan School of Music studying with Philippe Muller, Roland is also an alumnus of the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Paul Marleyn.
As a soloist, Roland has appeared with the Manhattan School of Music Wind Ensemble, the University of Ottawa Orchestra, and, in his native British Columbia with the Fraser Valley Symphony and the Semiahmoo String Orchestra.
His orchestral experience includes two tours with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as both section member and principal cellist, performances with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and with the Semiahmoo String Orchestra.
Roland’s performances encompass early music all the way to heavy metal concerts. He has had the pleasure of performing with Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra as part of their summer institute. During his time in Ottawa, Roland was awarded a solo performance at the NAC Fourth Stage.
A founding member of the Yukon Cello Project, Roland performed, taught, and created community events at various locations in Canada’s Yukon Territory. In addition to acting as assistant coordinator for the International Cello Festival of Canada, Roland performed a metal concert as part of a cello quartet.
In the coming year, Roland looks forward to touring as part of a piano quintet with Lincoln Center Stage.
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M Gillian Carrabré, Violinist | Electric Violinist
Violinist, M Gillian Carrabré, has cultivated a diverse career that includes both popular and classical music projects. A graduate of performance programs at Mount Royal University (Dip.), McGill University (BMus), and the University of Ottawa (MMus) respectively, she is currently in her fourth and final year of a PhD in Musicology at the University of Western Ontario.
Ms. Carrabré’s orchestral experience includes two National Youth Orchestra of Canada tours (2006, 2011); Concertmaster of the University of Calgary, University of Ottawa, and University of Ottawa Opera Orchestras; Associate Concertmaster of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, alongside positions in the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the Brandon Chamber Players and as a substitute player for The National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Additionally, she has performed as a soloist in Italy at the Casalmaggiore International Festival and has participated in masterclasses with acclaimed musicians including James Ehnes, Erika Raum, Ian Swenson, Yaela Hertz, Jonathan Crow, Livia Sohn, Andrew Dawes, Andres Cardenes, Tadeusz Gadzina, Feng Ning, Cho-Liang Lin, and Kai Gleustein.
Ms. Carrabré regularly pairs with DJs in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal on electric violin, improvising over electronic dance music. Notable performances in the past include Ottawa’s Red Door Party 2013, Bash En Blanc 2014, Humura Charity Fashion Show, and The INDIE Fashion Exhibit in both 2013 and 2015. This work has led her to a partnership with the Ottawa hip hop community where she became involved with an improvisation collective, Each1Teach1, which enables live improvisation performances with local dancers and musicians. Prior to her interest with improvisation, Ms. Carrabré performed with folk- rock group Ilvekyo, sharing the stage with Matthew Good Band (Blues Fest 2013), Hollerado (Kitchissippi Fest 2013) and The Sheepdogs (Kitchissippi Fest 2014), among others. She has also performed in a stage band for Jane Siberry. As a studio musician, she has recorded with Canadian bands such as John Allaire, Pony Girl, Blakdenim, Sketch Williams, and Cast in Cadence.
Ms. Carrabré’s current academic work developed from her fascination with electronic dance music. Her dissertation topic in Canadian rave music and culture has led to numerous conference presentations at MUSCAN, StoneyBrook University, Ncounters, and more recently, the upcoming IASPM Canada conference in May. She will complete her PhD Degree in 2018.
For the past year, Ms Carrabré has been the director and host of a radio show on CHRW in London, Ontario called Elektribe, which features the work of DJs, producers, and singer-songwriters involved in the Canadian electronic dance music culture. Upcoming developments for Elektribe include a YouTube channel devoted to interviews and live performances. Elektribe was initially conceived as a fan (maga-)”zine” featuring articles on the Canadian rave scene and can be viewed online.
Ms. Carrabré currently plays on an 1890 Erminio Montefiori violin and a bow constructed by Canadian bow-maker, François Malo. She joined the Grigori String Quartet in 2016.
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Matt Antal, Violist
Matt Antal, a native of Toronto, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Viola Performance from the University of Toronto and a Master's Degree from the University of Victoria.
He has studied and performed for a variety of international artists and ensembles, including Katharine Rapoport, Joanna Hood, Timothy Ying, Marietta Orlov, The Gryphon Trio, The Prazak String Quartet, and The St Lawrence String Quartet.
He was a co-founding member of the Grigori String Quartet, which was awarded First Place in the 2013 Felix Galimir String Quartet Competition at the University of Toronto, and has performed at various outreach programs and recitals in the Greater Toronto Area, including the University of Toronto Noon Concert Series, The Arts and Letters Recital Series, and Music at Belmont House Recitals.
A passionate performer of Early Music, Matt's participation in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes have led him to invitations to perform with the world-renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir ensemble regularly in Toronto, as well as various other Early Music Ensembles such as Scaramella, Musicians in Ordinary, Rezonance Baroque Ensemble, I Furiosi, Elixir Ensemble, Talisker Players, and Magisterra Soloists of London. Currently, Matt is working towards his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Early Music at the University of Toronto under a full tuition scholarship with acclaimed specialists Patrick Jordan and Stefano Marcocchi.
Matt maintains a busy audio recording and production studio, having worked with various classical, baroque, and band artists from Toronto and New York City.
His hobbies include playing drums and the exploration of culinary arts and consumption of ethnic foods.
Tess Crowther, Cellist
Tess Crowther, from Edmonton, Alberta, holds a Performance Diploma from The Glenn Gould School, and a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from Southern Methodist University. She is currently completing a performance diploma at Southern Methodist University studying with Andres Diaz and Chris Adkins.
Tess is currently a member of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and the Waco Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Canada-India National Youth Orchestra and Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy, giving chamber appearances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, as well as performing with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Tess was a co-founding member and cellist of the Grigori String Quartet, which was awarded First Place at the University of Toronto’s Felix Galimir Competition. Tess has made regular appearances in chamber concerts in Toronto, including the Arts and Letters Club, University of Toronto Noon Concert Series, and Noon Concert Series at Christ Church Deer Park.
In addition, Tess has performed in numerous solo masterclasses across Europe and North America, including the Banff Centre and the Clandeboye Festival in Ireland. She has worked with various international artists and ensembles, including Lynn Harrell, Colin Carr, David Geringas, Raphael Wallfisch, and Melissa Kraut.
Outside of music, she enjoys reading and practicing yoga.
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