About the KSO
Members of the Orchestra
Crystal Ye, Concertmaster
Marie-Andrée Gray, Principal Violins II
Vivian Xu, Violin
Nancy Wu, Violin
Branden Chen, Violin*
Eric Sun, Violin*
Edward Cui, Violin*
Ellie Sievers, Violin*
Star Xie, Violin*
Janey Song, Violin*
Jasmine Zhao, Violin*
Charlize Yao, Violin*
Kevin Song, Violin*
Tom Pan, Violin*
Carole Wei, Violin*
York Wei, Violin*
Olivia Zhang, Violin*
Louisa Jian, Violin*
Braden Yao, Violin*
Victoria Zhou, Violin*
Jennifer Ye, Violin*
(available position), Violin
Brass and Percussion
Jonas Feldman, Principal Trumpet
(available position), Associate Principal Trumpet
Crystal Ye has performed numerous recitals and concerts in Canada, the USA, China, Singapore, and Indonesia. In 2002 she made her debut at New York’s Carnegie/Weill Hall. Ms. Ye has appeared as soloist with the China Film Orchestra, China National Ballet Orchestra, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, among many others. As an orchestral musician, Jing Ye was appointed the Principal of the Second Violins of the China National Ballet Orchestra at the age of 22, the youngest principal ever in the history of the orchestra. She was also a concertmaster of the Philharmonia Orchestra of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and of the China Youth Symphony Orchestra; she was also a member of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Jing Ye has won the 2nd prize at the Tianjin Violin Competition, and she has also been a prize winner at the China National Violin Competition. Ms. Ye has earned a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Music degree from Central Conservatory of Music.
Principal Violins II
Marie-Andrée Gray was born and raised in Montreal where she started her musical training playing the piano at the age of 5 and taking up the violin at the age of 10. She has received a bachelor degree in violin performance from the McGill University and she spent her summers in Kingston as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada serving as Concert Master under Maestro Akiyama. Marie-Andrée has worked as a violinist with several of Canada’s major orchestras including L’Orchestre Metropolitain, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, and the Regina Symphony. She now resides in Newmarket with her husband and three children while mainainting a private violin studio and freelancing as a chamber musician.
Nancy Wu has performed with various orchestras such as the Ontario Cross-Cultural Youth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto, York Strings Chamber Ensemble, Unionville High School Orchestra, and University of Waterloo Orchestra. She has graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting & Financial Management and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, as well as watching tennis and NBA basketball.
Vivian Xu began studying the violin at the age of 4. She has earned Master degree of Violin Performance as well as a Master degree in International Economics from the Pusan National University (South Korea). Ms. Xu has won the first prize in the 2010 “Pusan String Quartet Competition” and is in a process of completing her ARCT Diploma of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Ellie Sievers plays both violin and piano and has completed Grade 9 of the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations for violin with first class honours and distinction. In 2015, Ellie achieved first place with honours in Grade 8 at the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Competition. In 2016 Ellie graduated from Greensborough Public School, where she was an honour roll student, recipient of the Grade 8 Performing Arts Award and History Award, and winner of the Grade 8 Gauss Math Contest. Ellie is currently a student in the Arts Unionville Program at Unionville High School in Markham, and in addition to music enjoys running, swimming, reading, and drawing.
Ms. Olivia Zhang has completed in 2007 a Grade 10 certificate in violin performance in China. Until 2015, she has performed with the JDF Orchestra and has participated in an exchange with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (2015). Ms. Zhang is currently pursuing her OSSD at the Unionville School for the Performing Arts.
Edward Cui started playing the violin when he was eight years old, under the tutelage of Ms. Jing Ye. He also plays the piano and is currently preparing for the Royal Conservatory of Music ARCT examination. Edward graduated from elementary school in 2013 and has received the Award of Excellence as well as the Visual Arts Award.
Carole Wei was born in North York in 1999. She is currently pursuing her studies at Markville Secondary School. She started learning the violin at the age of 7 and studying with Ms. Crystal Ye in 2012. Carole has been an active member in many school and community orchestras for the past few years. She has finished the level 10 RCM violin examination.
Eric Sun was born in Zhuhai (China). He is currently studying at Stonebridge Public School in Markham. He began studying the violin at the age of six and within 5 years has passed the Royal Conservatory of Music grade 10 violin performance examinations with first class honours. Besides classic music, Eric also enjoy computer programming.
Brandon Chen started violin studies with Ms. Jing Ye at the age of 7. He passed the Grade 8 violin examination at the Royal Conservatory of Music and won a third place award at the 2014 Kiwanis Music Festival. He also enjoys teaching basic violin skills to his schoolmates and has recently started learning Alto Saxophone at school. Besides music, he enjoys reading, traveling and computer games.
Janey Song has started learning violin at age of 14 with Ms. Crystal Ye. She has passed (in 2015) the examinations for Grade 8 of the Royal Conservatory of Music with first class honours. She has also been awarded a First place in RCM violin at the Kiwanis Music Festival of the GTA.
Star Xie started learning violin with Mrs. Jing Ye at age of 6. In 2014 she successfully passed the Royal Conservatory of Music grade 8 examinations and has won a second place at the 2014 Kiwanis Music Festival. Since 2013, Star has been playing at the Chinese Artists Society of the Toronto Youth Orchestra and performed at the 21st Annual Concert at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio. Besides playing the violin, Star also enjoys swimming, figure skating, tennis, running, reading, drawing and gymnastics.
Jasmine began her violin studies at age 6 with Ms. Crystal Ye. She has won first and second prizes at the Kiwanis Music Festival in 2012 and has passed the Royal Conservatory of Music grade 8 violin performance examinations with first class honours in 2013. Jasmine is planning to complete her RCM grade 10 examinations in 2015. In 2013-2014 she played the violin in the Chinese Artists Society of the Toronto Youth Orchestra.
Louisa began playing the violin at the age of 4 and has completed Grade 10 of the Royal Conservatory of Music for violin in 2015. She is a student at Markham District High School where she also plays the flute in the Senior Wind Ensemble and sings in the Senior Chamber Choir. In her free time, Louisa enjoys painting, snowboarding and skating.
York Wei started studying violin with Ms. Crystal Ye at the age of 9. He is currently attending Central Park Public School in Markham, and studying for Grade 10 of the Royal Conservatory of Music violin examinations. He achieved second award at the 2014 Kiwanis Festival. Besides playing the violin, York enjoys computer programming and basketball.
Jennifer Ye began playing piano at the age of 4 and the violin at the age of 10. She completed her ARCT in Piano Performance at the age of 13, and is currently working towards her ARCT in Violin Performance. In addition to the violin and piano, she has been learning to play the Chinese Zither. She frequently performs in various events throughout Ontario, and has won multiple first place awards for the piano and Chinese Zither at the North York Music Festival and Kiwanis Music Festival. She is also very involved in her community, and was awarded an Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Member of Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora for her service as the Principal Keyboard in the production of Les Misérables by Marquee Theatrical Productions.
Ian Tong (Tom) Pan began studying violin at the age of 7, has passed the Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music examination with honors and is currently working towards his ARCT in Violin performance. He has won first place at the North York Music Festival and is currently attending the IB program at Bayview Secondary School. In his spare time, Tom likes to read and play sports.
Victoria Zhou has started violin at the age of 6 under the tutelage of Oleg Volkov Rufat Amiralev. In 2016, she has passed Grade 6 examination of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also plays piano and studies at the World Academy of Music.
Braden Yao began playing the violin at the age of 4. Since then, he has won many scholarships, trophies and awards from musical festivals and competitions, such as the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto, Richmond Hill Music Festival, York Region Music festival, North York Music Festival, Peel Music Festival, Pickering Rotary Music Festival and Newmarket Lions Music Festival. He has won first and second prizes at the Canadian Music Competition several times. When he was 12 years old he completed the Royal Conservatory of Music’s violin examination for Performer’s ARCT. At the age of 11, he made his recital début with a complete cycle of Vivaldi's concerti for violin “The Four Seasons”. He performed with the Koffler Chamber Orchestra conducted by his former violin teacher Jacques Isrealievitch, who he studied with for four years. He also played at the Royal Ontario Museum on the occasion of the Chinese New Year as well as in various instrumental ensembles at the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto wehre he received First Place at the OMFA Provincial Finals.
Charlize began playing the violin at the age of 5. She completed her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music exam for violin at the age of 11, and is currently working towards her ARCT in Violin Performance. She has also completed Grade 6 of the Royal Conservatory of Music for piano. She has won first place at the Canadian Music Competition, as well as she is the recipient of many scholarships, trophies and awards from musical festivals and competitions, such as the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto, Richmond Hill Music Festival, North York Music Festival, Peel Music Festival and York region Music festival. At the age of 10 she has made her orchestral début in a performance of Vivaldi's Concerto for two violins with the Koffler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of by her former violin teacher Jacques Isrealievitch, with whom she studied for four years. She has also played at the Royal Ontario Museum on the occasion of the Chinese New Year celebrations. In addition, Charlize played in various instrumental ensembles at Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto where she won first place and received First Place at the OMFA Provincial Finals.
Kevin Song started learning the violin at the age of 4. Under the tutelage of Crystal Ye, he has passed Grade 8 examinations of the Royal Conservatory of Music. In his spare time he enjoys astornomy, physics and computer games.
Valentina Tchaikovsky has graduated with a Master in Music in viola performance from the Stefan Njaga Conservatory of Music in Kishinev, Moldova and with a Bachelor in strings pedagogy from the Muzichesku Institute of Music. Ms. Tchaikovsky has won the First Prize ”Best Performer” in the Moldova Music Contest and the Second Prize in the All Union Music Contest, Russia. She has worked as a principal viola in the National Opera Moldova for 17 Years while performing with Opera and Ballet orchestras in England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Spain and France. Ms. Tchaikovsky was the Principal viola of the Mississauga Royal Opera Canada and Principal Viola of the Bellcanto Opera. In addition, she has also performed with the North York Symphony Orchestra and the Oshawa Symphony Orchestra.
Angelina Sievers plays viola, violin, and piano. She has completed Grade 7 of the Royal Conservatory of Music exams for viola and violin with first class honours and distinction. In 2016, Angelina achieved the Gold Medal Award for RCM Grade 6 viola for the 2015 academic year. In 2016, she achieved third place honours in Grade 7 strings at the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Competition. Angelina is a Grade 5 student at Greensborough Public School in Markham, and in addition to music enjoys running, swimming, reading and drawing.
Hee Yeon Kim
Korean-born cellist Hee Yeon Kim completed her Honours Bachelor of Music Performance at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied with Paul Pulford. Ms Kim was awarded several prizes and awards, and has participated in many music festivals in Canada. Over the years, Ms. Kim has had master classes working with many distinguished artists including Colin Carr, Richard Aaron, and Philippe Muller. As a chamber musician, Ms. Kim has performed Piano Trio concert at KWCMS with her Trio, Karfour Trio. Ms. Kim graduated with Artist Diploma Program from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where she studies with David Hetherington.
Associate Principal Cello
Bjon Li, 15, started studying piano at the age of 6 under the tutelage of Mrs. Aster Lai and cello at the age of 9 with Mr. Andras Weber. He completed the highest level of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada - Associate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) in Performance for both piano and cello. He has won several national and international competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition, The American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music, The International Concerto Competition, the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and the Chopin International Competition. He has performed as a piano soloist and cello soloist with several orchestras in venues within North America, Europe and Asia such as the CBC Glenn Gould Studio, Carnegie Hall, the Polish National Home of Hartford, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Hefei Grand Theater and the Nanjing Concert Hall. Bjon Li has also won first place at the 2014 American Protege International Concerto Competition for piano and 2016 first place for cello.
Raymond Wieser began playing piano at age 6, and cello at age 10 with Orsi Lengyel. He attended Unionville High School’s Arts York program for cello while continuing private studies with Paul Widner. Raymond has also performed in several orchestras around the GTA including the Toronto Cultural Youth Orchestra, York Chamber Ensemble, and the York Symphony Orchestra. While completing a degree in Environmental & Sustainability Studies from Acadia University, he pursued a minor in Music, continuing his cello studies with Christoph Both, sitting as Principal Cellist of the Acadia University Symphony Orchestra for 4 consecutive years. While at school, he helped form the AUSOM String Quartet. During his summer breaks, Raymond worked for Music at Port Milford, and intensive chamber music camp. There, he worked with world renowned musicians and ensembles such as Marie Berard, Keith Hamm, Afiara String Quartet, Tokai String Quartet, Ensemble Made in Canada, Susan Gagnon, and Angela Rudden. While performing classical music most of his life, Raymond also enjoys to perform other genres: in University he was the leader of a heavy metal cello group, and has performed in many on-stage and pit orchestras for shows of various varieties. In his free time, Raymond enjoys being in nature, film, genealogy research, and travelling.
Ron Galaev was born in Israel and immigrated to Canada in 2005. He started piano at the age of 5 and completed Royal Conservatories ARCT in piano performance at the age of 13. When Ron was 8 he was accepted in the Toronto Children's chorus where he sang for 4 years, in some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. In addition, Ron is studying cello with Ms. Faena Sosedova and enjoys listening to classical music in his free time.
Rachelle Ngo began studying piano at age 5 and cello at age 9. She currently studies piano with Mr. Michael Berkovsky and cello with Ms. Faina Sosedova. She has completed her ARCT in Piano Performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music and has since participated and received various awards for piano at the Kiwanis Music Festival, York Region Music Festival, and North York Music Festival as well as at the OMFA provincials. In her free time, Rachelle enjoys dancing and travelling.
Edward Zhou started playing the cello at the age of 7 under the tutelage of Oleg Volkov and has since passed the Royal Conservatory’s Grade 9 Cello Examination with first class honours with distinction. He has won multiple awards in music competitions and festivals, including a 1st and 3rd place awards at the 2016 Kiwanis Music Festival. In addition to music, Edward enjoys photography, reading and media arts.
Bassist Jesse Dietschi (B.Mus, M.Mus) is a versatile musician and composer equally experienced in jazz, classical, and popular music. His most recent project, the Catalyst Ensemble, blends classical and jazz elements in new compositions, and will be featured on an upcoming recording. Jesse has earned a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Composition from Brandon University, as well as formerly serving as a faculty member at Brandon University and the International Music Camp. He performed for the premiere of Juliet Palmer’s opera Shelter with Tapestry New Opera in Edmonton, and was part of the remounting of R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis as part of the 2015 Luminato Festival in Toronto. He has appeared on international broadcasts for the CBC’s Sounds of the Season and NBC’s hit television show Hannibal. Jesse is a member of the contemporary jazz ensemble Tunnel Six, and is the Principal Double Bassist with Kindred Spirits Orchestra. He has performed, toured, and recorded with a wide range of artists, including The Headstones, the Gryphon Trio’s Jamie Parker, Robi Botos, the Canadian Tenors’ Ken Lavigne, Tapestry New Opera, Richard Underhill, Brownman Ali, Irene Torres and the Sugar Devils, and Mexico’s Northern Lights chamber music festival. In 2015 Jesse was accepted on scholarship to the prestigious Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he studies with Jeffrey Beecher.
Associate Principal Contrabass
Sara Lukjanovs earned her Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York where she played in various orchestras, the Syracuse Symphony, and was an original member of Ossia, a new music ensemble. While a member of Ossia, she took part in a new recording of Steve Reich's Tehillim, released in 2002. After moving from the U.S. to Germany, and then back to the U.S., Mrs. Lukjanovs played in the Raleigh Chamber Orchestra in Raleigh, North Carolina. She and her husband have recently moved to Markham, where they are raising their three children.
William Kwan has performed with National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Toronto District School Board Youth Orchestra, Toronto Chinese Orchestra, and Claude Watson School for the Arts orchestra. He has graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree with honours in Nanotechnology Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Rodney Gray received a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Music degree in performance flute from the University of Western Ontario. He supplemented his learning at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and during several months studying in Paris France with Pierre-Yves Artaud. Rodney attributes his main learning experience to a two year period of study in the international master class of renowned British flutist Geoffrey Gilbert, former teacher of William Bennett, Trevor Wye, James Galway, and Susan Milan. Rodney has performed with Orchestra London, London Concert Players Orchestra, and the Vancouver Island Symphony, and has appeared as a recitalist across Canada. He is an avid supporter of physical fitness and enjoys running and cycling.
Associate Principal Flute
Alexa Ball holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in flute, studying with Peg Albrecht. She has performed in master classes with many renowned flutists, including William Bennett, Peter Lloyd and Denis Bouriakov. She has also performed with the Heliconian Choir and Orchestra, the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Toronto Flute Choir and the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble, and as a soloist with the Cantabile Chorale of York Region, and Performing Arts of York Region. She has experience on flutes of all shapes and sizes, including piccolo, alto flute, bass flute and even the contrabass flute. She has also played in the orchestras for musical theatre productions, including Markham Youth Theatre and City Youth Players. Alexa teaches flute in both a private studio in Thornhill and Markham, and is the director of the Unionville Flute Ensemble.
Tai Stanley Chan
Tai Stanley Chan played clarinet and bass clarinet all through his high school years, while learning the flute. He is currently finishing his double major in Music and Culture and Mental Health Science at University of Toronto Scarborough. He currently holds Principal Flute and Piccolo in various music ensembles across Ontario, including the University of Toronto Scarborough Concert Band, Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society Orchestra, UTSC Ruckus Community Choir Chamber Orchestra, Markham Concert Band, UTSC Community and Alumni Band. Mr.Chan has also played and led numerous chamber ensembles at University of Toronto Scarborough. Aside from his flute playing he is now learning the Yangqin a traditional chinese instrument studying under Anna Guo from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Lenny Graf grew up in a family of professional musicians, and has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Eastman School of Music in Rochester N.Y., and York University, where he holds a degree in Fine Arts. He Also attended the Creighton Academy of Dramatic Art, and Actor's Equity Showcase, and is the recipient of the Grenick Award for outstanding potential in the arts, the Parent's Choice Award, and is a Juno nominee. As a musician he has toured across North America and beyond, and his award winning recordings have played on the air waves, including 4 of his pieces which were featured on the Top-10 list on the USA Radio. He has also been active as a jazz musician, orchestral musician, composer and bandleader of Toronto's "Platinum Orchestra". He has worked with such personalities as Petula Clark, Dinah Shore, Gordie Tapp, Sharon, Lois & Bram and Peter Appleyard among others. He makes regular appearances in concerts, festivals and on Canadian television, as well as on videos, shown on YTV and in the USA.
Associate Principal Oboe
Giovanni Alonzi came to Canada from Italy over 45 years ago to live the American dream. With a mechanical engineering background, he opened his own tool and die company which is still running strong. His true passion outside his family business lies in wine and music - woodwind instruments in particular. At age of 25, he began clarinet lessons with a pupil of Beny Goodman. At age of 35, he began oboe lessons with Cynthia Steljes (Quartetto Gelato). Giovanni has played in various orchestras and bands, including the Brampton Symphony Orchestra, the Italian Philharmonic, Huronia Symphony Orchestra, and the Caledon Concert Band.
Carmen Gassi has earned a Master of Music in Clarinet performance degree, a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. He has studied with Jerome Summers, Robert Riseling, and Imre Roszanyi. Mr. Gassi has performed with the Brampton Symphony Orchestra, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Oakville Symphony Orchestra, Brampton Lyric Opera, Opera Kitchener, Meadowvale Theatre, and others. An accomplished composer, Mr. Gassi wrote Diversions for Woodwind Quintet and The Last Tournament for a Brass Quintet (both published by Eighth Note). He has also been conductor of the Halton Senior Winds Honour Band, assistant conductor of Brampton Symphony Orchestra and Brampton Youth Orchestra, and Head of Arts & Moderns at the Halton District School Board.
Associate Principal Clarinet
Colin Sandquist is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education at the the University of Toronto. He has performed on both clarinet and saxophone with Dr. G. W. Williams High School band and Jazz Band and travelled to competitions in Ottawa, Chicago and New York, winning multiple platinum and gold awards including at OBA festivals. Colin also performed with the Ontario Provincial Honour Band, as well as with the York Region Provincial Honour Band and the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (TYWO) with whom he performed at Carnagie Hall and at Disney Hall, Los Angeles. Colin has also performed alongside the Canadian Brass, Jens Lindemann and, most recently, in R. Murray Schafers: Apocalypsis at the Sony Centre in Toronto.
Lara Farley has earned a Bachelor of Music Education, with a major on bassoon performance, from the University of Western Ontario. She studied with James McKay and David Haward, and was a member of the UWO Symphonic Band, the Wind Ensemble, and the Symphony Orchestra, the London Youth Symphony, as well as performing in a woodwind quartet. Lara subsequently studied at Queen's University at the Faculty of Education, receiving a Bachelors of Education while performing with the Queen's University Symphony Orchestra and in the pit orchestra for the Queen's theatre production. Ms. Farley then earned a Master degree in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario and has worked as a music teacher for twenty years in overseas international schools as well as in various school boards accross Ontario.
Associate Principal Bassoon
Doris Feitler discovered her passion for the bassoon at the age of 13, playing in school and community bands and orchestras. Although she took a hiatus from the bassoon to raise a family and develop her career as a veterinarian, she returned to her musical training, taking lessons from bassoonist Leslie Magowan. Over the past few years she played bassoon with the Markham Concert Band, Newmarket Citizen’s Band, Toronto Community Orchestra and the Blue Bridge Festival Orchestra. Doris has varied musical interests and plays baritone and trombone with a jazz band, sings with the classically based Blue Bridge choir, plays djembe, djunn djunns and native flutes with an African drumming group and plays in a recorder ensemble.
Daniel started playing the bassoon at age of 15 under the guidance of Ben Bell. Daniel also plays the piano and the cello. He performed with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and the Kawartha Youth Orchestra as well as a substituting bassoonist for various civic orchestras in the GTA. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys studying the history of, and analyzing symphonies in depth, and studies the American Civil War.
Associate Principal French Horn
Rebecca Whiteside has been playing the French Horn for over 25 years in various ensembles in Canada and the United Kingdom. At age 5, she was introduced to music through piano lessons that continued through to her successful completion of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Grade 9 piano and theory examinations. She began playing the French Horn at age 11 and a few years later, was accepted into the prestigious Ottawa Youth Orchestra. She performed with the OYO from 1989 to 1993 during which time she also studied with Dan Gress. Despite choosing to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering at Queen’s University, Rebecca was thrilled to accept a part-time opportunity to perform professionally with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 2003. She left the KSO in 2003 when her engineering career took her to England but it wasn’t long before she was performing with an amateur brass ensemble in Derby, the Nottingham Symphonic Winds and the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra. Since returning to Canada in 2005, Rebecca has also performed with the Brampton Symphony Orchestra and Brampton’s Rose Orchestra.
Kelly Kaddatz has been playing the French Horn for over 35 years. Although he was an avid musician in high school, playing multiple instruments to be in every ensemble his school offered, he chose to pursue a career in science. When his first job landed him in Deep River Ontario, he immediately joined the Deep River Symphony Orchestra and has been playing the Horn in community groups ever since. Kelly has been with the Oakville Symphony Orchestra for 19 years and performs regularly with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Masterworks of Oakville and the Hamilton City Ballet Orchestra. When he's not blowing his horn or working in front of a computer, Kelly can be found in a canoe, on a bike or on a snowboard.
Donald G. Bastian
Donald G. Bastian is a book editor and the publisher of BPS Books, a division of Bastian Publishing Services Ltd. He is one of Canada's most experienced non-fiction editors. From 1988 to 2002, he was managing editor of Stoddart Publishing. Before that he was managing editor of the trade division of Irwin Publishing. In high school and the first year of university, Donald Bastian studied French horn with Kaid Friedel of the St. Louis Symphony. Today he studies with Wendy Limbertie. He is director of the Wesley Chapel Sanctuary Choir in Scarborough, Ontario, sings occasionally with the Cathedral Singers of Ontario under Ian Sadler, including at Westminster Abbey; St. Paul's, London; and Ely Cathedral, Cambridge. Donald Bastian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Greenville College and an M.A. in Philosophy from St. Louis University.
Jonas Feldman studied trumpet at the University of North Texas where he received a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance. He has also received a Masters of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. An active musician in the Toronto area, Jonas performs all genres of music, from baroque to jazz, interpreting styles with a distinctive character. With a strong interest in trumpet pedagogy, he is an effective mentor and teacher to his students. Jonas is a member of the Canadian Forces, and trains as a power lifter in his free time. He has a strong love of animals, including his pet guinea pig and rabbit.
Leon Racine graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music Education degree where he studied with Frank Harmantas and Claude Engli. In his performance years there he studied with Gordon Sweeney, and earlier at Humber College (jazz studies) with Ian McDougall. Leon has spent several decades in orchestra pits playing musicals and operas, in jazz clubs with various large and small ensembles, and with touring groups across the country.
Associate Principal Trombone
Robert Tilley has played trombone with many orchestras in southern Ontario, including the Windsor Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, Orchestra London, and Toronto Sinfonietta. He was for many years the second trombonist in the Oshawa-Durham Symphony Orchestra. Robert studied at the University of Toronto.
Vikram Krishnamoorthy started his musical journey at a young age. When he was 7 years old, he begged his parents to get him a Casio keyboard for Christmas so he can learn to play songs by ear. It was at the age of 11, where he further developed his musical abilities when he picked the tuba as his instrument in band class. Vikram attended Mohawk College in Hamilton for two years learning jazz mechanics from Canadian jazz legends, such as the late Dave McMurdo, Pat Collins, and Don Englert of the Buddy Rich Big Band. To pursue a career as an orchestral tuba player, Vikram then attended the University of Toronto, where he studied privately with Don Harry from the Eastman School of Music, Mark Tetreault of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Sal Fratia of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Vikram is an active freelance musician and a teacher. He has performed with and has been a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Rose Theatre Orchestra. As a teacher, he often teaches privately and conducts clinics to middle schools in the Mississauga area. When he isn’t sitting behind his tuba, Vikram enjoys watching Toronto Maple Leaf hockey (to the best of his ability like most others) and spending time with family and friends whenever he can.
Bruce Reid has performed for over 25 years with various community orchestras as timpanist and percussionist, such as East York Symphony Orchestra, Etobicoke Symphony Orchestra, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Brampton Symphony Orchestra, Brampton Lyric Opera, NYCO Symphony Orchestra, Brampton Festival Singers, and Counterpoint Community Orchestra.
Paul M. Mouradian
Paul M. Mouradian was born in St. Catharines Ontario and started playing drums since he was 7years old. He holds a music performing degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Manhattan School of Music, and Artists Diploma from Freiburg Musikhochschule Freiburg Germany. He enjoyed playing music both as a free lance percussionist and timpanist in the U.S., Germany, France, and England. Mr. Mouradian's musical interests are broad and include performing operatic and symphonic repertoire, Broadway musicals, contemporary music, chamber music, steel band, African Drumming, popular and jazz music. In his leisures time, he enjoys studying law and politics and spending spending time with his wife Suzanne, son Peter and daughter Joanne.
Antonia de Wolfe
Antonia de Wolfe has graduated with a degree in piano performance from the George Enescu Institute of Music in Bucharest, Romania and, later, with another degree from the Central School of Music affiliated with the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow. She has also graduated from the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where she studied with Sergio Perticaroli, and has earned a Master in Music (piano performance) degree from the University of Toronto. In addition, Ms. de Wolfe has studied with Maestro S. Petricaroli at Mozarteum Hochschule für Musik in Salzburg (Austria). Ms. de Wolfe has given several recitals and concerts in some of the finest concert halls in Bucharest, Moscow, Rome, Paris, Salzburg, and Toronto. She has also taught piano at the Columbus Centre, Cosmo school of Music, and Koffler Music School. As a collaborative pianist and accompanist, she has been in great demand for several productions of the Centuries Opera Association, Toronto Opera Repertoire, Palestrina Choir, Ethobicoke Centennial Choir, and others.
*denotes a member of the Youth Strings Mentorship Programme