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About the KSO

Members of the Orchestra

Strings

Alexander Gangurean, Concertmaster
Nakwon Choi, Principal Violins II
Ellie Sievers, Assistant Concertmaster*
Branden Chen, Violin*
Earnest Ma, Violin*
Star Xie, Violin*
Sophia Wang, Violin*
Jing Lin, Violin*
Belinda Du, Violin*
Jasmine Zhao, Violin*
Yolanda Tang, Violin*
Kevin Song, Violin*
Tom Pan, Violin*
Braden Yao, Violin*
Garrett Kawabata, Violin*
Jarmin Weng, Violin*
Alina Dong, Violin*
Alison Chen, Violin*
Richard Xiong, Violin*
Olga Petrashkevich, Violin
Erick Oliver Wawrzkiewicz, Violin
Viktorya Dikoushina, Violin
Katherine Peter, Violin
(vacant), Violin

Valentina Tchaikovsky, Principal Viola
Angelina Sievers, Viola*
Valeria Koroleva, Viola
Natalia Laribi, Viola
Emma Vachon-Tweney, Viola
Ruth Cheng, Viola
Janet Wilchfort, Viola
Martin Levman, VIola
(vacant), Viola

Hee Yeon Kim, Principal Cello
Sung Kyong Kim, Associate Principal Cello
Rachel Chen, Cello*
Wendy Yuen, Cello*
Christopher Hwang, Cello
Lusine Navoyan, Cello
Enya Shi, Cello
Faina Sosedova, Cello
Yang Da, Cello
(vacant), Cello

David Gustilov, Principal Contrabass
Tim Fitzgerals, Contrabass
Ching Ping Lin, Contrabass
(vacant),
Contrabass

Woodwinds

Rodney Gray, Principal Flute
Jennine Garda, Associate Principal Flute
Tina Jia, Flute/Piccolo

Helen Graham
, Principal Oboe
Giovanni Alonzi
, Associate Principal Oboe

Carmen Gassi, Principal Clarinet
Leonard Corsini, Associate Principal Clarinet

Lara Farley, Principal Bassoon
Doris Feitler, Associate Principal Bassoon
Daniel Leibovitch, Bassoon
Tom Kelimbet, Contrabassoon

Brass and Percussion

(vacant), Principal Horn
Rebecca Whiteside, Associate Principal Horn
Darryl Dinniwell, Horn
Donald G. Bastian, Horn

(vacant), Principal Trumpet
(vacant), Associate Principal Trumpet
Brian Lo, Trumpet

Leon Racine, Principal Trombone
Robert Tilley, Associate Principal Trombone
Jack Colautti, BassTrombone
Christina Caccavella, Principal Tuba

Bruce Reid, Principal Timpani
Paul M. Mouradian, Principal Percussion

Antonia de Wolfe, Répétiteur


Alexander Gangurean
Alexander Gangurean
Concertmaster

Emerging from musical family, Alexander Gangurean graduated from the State University of Music in Moldova, where he was taught by the leading professors from acclaimed Odessa’s Stolyarski School and world-wide known Moscow State Conservatoire. Alexander joined the National Opera Theatre of Moldova where he worked for 7 years touring in Italy, Romania, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Ireland. During this period Alexander was also a guest musician of the National Symphony orchestra and the founder of quartet “Ad Libitum”, which performed nationally as well as in Italy and Cyprus. From early 2000 he joined one of the leading Touring Opera Companies in the UK where he worked until he moved to Toronto. Alexander is known as a member of many orchestras across GTA and is also an active violin teacher. In Toronto, he was a Concertmaster for productions of Puccini’s La Boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly; Verdi’s Il Trovattore, Aida, La Traviata, Nabucco; Bizet’s Carmen, Tchaikovski’s Eugene Onegin, Iolanta as well as in numerous symphonic programs.

Nakwon Choi
Nakwon Choi
Principal Violins II

Nakwon Choi started studying the violin at the age of 10 at Yewon School and later at the Seoul Arts High School. After moving to the United States, he entered the Peabody Conservatory in 2013 and started his study under Professor Victor Danchenko, and to continue studying with him, Nakwon transferred to the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, in 2016. During his Peabody years, Nakwon was invited to perform on various stages both inside and outside the Peabody Institute. Some of the performances included Korean Graduate Students Association Recital at Johns Hopkins University in February 2015 and serial recitals performing selections from Mozart and Brahms sonatas in April 2015. Nakwon was invited to perform in annual Peace Concerts Tour for Israel and Palestine in November 2015 and November 2016 in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Ramallah, performing in front of both Israeli and Palestinian audiences and conducting masterclasses in Bethlehem, Palestine. At Glenn Gould School Nakwon has served as a concertmaster and a principal of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra under the baton of Tito Munoz, Johannes Debus, Tania Miller, and Bramwell Tovey. He is also a designated music theory tutor at the Glenn Gould School and at the Taylor Academy. Nakwon uses a violin built by Paulus Castello in 1781. He has attended masterclasses conducted by Young-Uck Kim, Stephan Picard, Sungjoo Lee, Soovin Kim, Martin Beaver, Shlomo Mintz, and Miriam Fried.

Ellie Sievers
Ellie Sievers
Violin*

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.

Sophia Wang
Sophia Wang
Violin*

Sophia began studying piano at the age of 5, voice at the age of 6, and violin at the age of 7. Within 2 years, she passed with first class honours Grade 6 violin examinations at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also passed Grade 8 piano examinations with first class honours with distinction and Grade 4 vocal examinations with first class honours. Sophia has been awarded the 2016 Gold Medal of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is also the recipient of scholarships from the Kiwanis Musical Festival, as well as of many trophies and awards from several musical festivals and competitions. Sophia is an avid chess player and has won 2nd place at the Ontario Youth Chess Championship U10 Girls in 2016; she has attained the Dan in Taekwondo Black Belt and also enjoys reading, dancing, drawing, and science.

Earnest Ma
Earnest Ma
Violin*

Earnest Ma started playing violin at the age of age 8 in the class of Mr. Jacob Lakirovich. He is a recipient of many awards from music competitions and festivals in the GTA. He also participated in the JVL Summer School and the International Music Academiy in Cremona, Italy. In addition to playing the violin, he enjoys math and has won Grades 7 and 8 Gauss Contest. In his spare time, Earnest enjoys walking, swimming, drawing, and reading.

Brandon Chen
Brandon Chen
Violin*

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.

Belinda Du
Belinda Du
Violin*

Belinda Du began studying violin at the age of 7. She is currently pursuing her ARCT in Violin Performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has performed with various orchestras and is the recipient of many awards from music competitions and festivals.

Star Xie
Star Xie
Violin*

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 Zhao
Jasmine Zhao
Violin*

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.

Garrett Kawabata
Garrett Kawabata
Violin*

Garrett studies the piano and violin. He has completed his RCM Grade 8 Violin, Grade 9 piano, Grade 10 Harmony & Counterpoint, and Grade 9 History. Garrett has participated in competitions for both violin and piano, achieving several awards, most notably first place at the Kiwanis Music Festival of the Greater Toronto Area and North York Music Festival. Garrett also plays the alto saxophon with the IYC Band and his High School Band. Aside from music, Garrett enjoys math and science and tutors students at his school.

Tom Pan
Tom Pan
Violin*

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.

Braden Yao
Braden Yao
Violin*

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.

Yolanda Tang
Yolanda Tang
Violin*

Yolanda Tang began learning violin at the age of 8. She was a member of Mooredale Youth Orchestras for several years and has performed in numerous concerts. Yolanda also begun studying the piano at the age of 6 and has completed level 10 of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Currently, Yolanda is an IB student at Cardinal Carter Catholic High school. During her leisure time, Yolanda enjoys swimming, jogging, reading and badminton.

Kevin Song
Kevin Song
Violin*

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.

Alina Dong
Alina Dong
Violin*

Alina Dong started learning violin at the age of 6. She has passed the Grade 8 examinations in violin performance of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has been playing in theChinese Artist Society of Toronto Youth Orchestra for 2 years and has received 3 awards from the Kiwanis Music Festival. Other than playing violin she also enjoys biking, running, drawing, basketball, swimming and dancing.

Jing Lin
Jing Lin
Violin*

Jing Lin started learning violin when he was 7 y.o. He has won several awards at the Kiwanis Music Festival of the GTA and has passed grade 8 violin examinations at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He also plays trumpet at his school band and, besides music, he enjoys reading, playing soccer and badminton.

Jarmin Weng
Jarmin Weng
Violin*

Jarmin Weng, born in 2007, started his violin journey with Ms. Crystal Ye at the age 8. Within less than three years of studies, he passed Grade 8 examinations in violin performance and Grade 10 examinations in piano performance of the Royal Conservatory of Music, with first class honor. He was the 2nd place winner in 2017 Canadian Music Competition age 9 group, as well as the 1st place of 2017 Ontario Music Festivals Association concerto competition. In 2018 he also won the 3rd place of the Steinway Piano Competition in age group 10-13. Jarmin loves to compose music and completed his first piece at the age 7. He is an avid hockey player and also enjoys math, reading, painting, and swimming.

Alison Chen
Alison Chen
Violin*

Alison Chen started her violin studies at age 10. Within 3 years she completed Grade 8 examinations at the Royal Conservaotry of Music and is currently working towards her ARCT. Alison has gold and silver awards from the Kiwanis music festival. She enjoys calligraphy, photography, skiing and swimming.

Richard Xiong
Richard Xiong
Violin*

Richard Xiong started to play the violin at the age of 5. Apart from music, Richard also likes to draw and play a variety of sports, mostly swimming and soccer. Richard currently studies at Claude Watson School for the Arts.

Valentina Tchaikovsky
Valentina Tchaikovsky
Principal Viola

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
Angelina Sievers
Viola*

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
Hee Yeon Kim
Principal Cello

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.

Sung Kyong Kim
Sung Kyong Kim
Associate Principal Cello

Sung Kyong Kim graduated with a Master’s degree in cello performance from the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany where she also completed Premier Performer’s diploma. She studied with Brunhardt Boehme, Maria Luise Leihenseder Ewald and also received instruction from cellist Birgit Erichson, violist Ulrich Beetz an, in chamber music, from the members of Abegg Trio. Ms. Kim has won several prizes at international competitions in Europe while cultivating many young cellists in her private stuios. She has been performing throughout Germany and Italy and brings a wealth of experience as a former Principal Cellist of the New Prime Orchestra in Korea.

Wendy Yuan
Wendy Yuan
Cello*

Wendy Yuan began studying the piano at the age of three. She has completed Grade 10 examination of the Royal Conservatory of Music with first class honours and distinction and achieved third place at the 2015 Kiwanis Music Festival. Wendy began studying the cello at the age of ten. She completed Grade 10 examination of the Royal Conservatory of Music with first class honours and distinction and won two platinum and one gold awards at the 2017 Kiwanis Music competition. At the age of 12, Wendy was accepted into the Chinese Arts Society of Toronto Youth Orchestra where she became Assistant Principal and then in 2016 - Principal Cellist. She was also a Principal Cellist of the Senior Mooredale orchestra in Toronto. During the summer of 2018, Wendy participated in Cellosmagics - a cello festival in Spain.

Rachel Chen
Rachel Chen
Cello*

Rachel Chen began playing piano at the age of 8 and has completed her Grade 10 exmainations at the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2014. She has been playing cello as well and has been participating in bands and youth orchestras mainly playing tenor saxophone. Rachel also participates in her school's String Ensemble and enjoys composing and improvising on occasio. She is currently attending Bayview Secondary School's International Baccalaureate program, and in her leisure time she enthusiastically reads, writes, paints and does sports such as basketball, tennis and skiing.

David Gustilov
David Gustilov
Principal Contrabass

David Gustilov earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan studying with Steven Mc Lelland. He then attended Indiana University to earn a Masters of Performance with Bruce Bransby, as well as an Artist Diploma from Cincinnati College Conservatory with Albert Laszlo. He attended many summer music camps including Congress of Strings, The Aspen Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget Academy, and Centre díArts Orford. David performed with the Regina Symphony Orchestra for ten years, as well as several seasons with Opera Saskatchewan. Upon moving to Toronto, David has performed as Principal Bass with Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Masterworks of Oakville, and Opera Bel Canto of York. David and his wife enjoy their summers kayaking, swimming, hiking, and working on building projects.

Rodney A. Gray

Rodney Gray
Principal Flute

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. 

Jennine Garda

Jennine Garda
Associate Principal Flute

Jennine Garda graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree. She has performed with the Laurier Wind Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra, the Brock University Wind Ensemble, and the Niagara Youth Orchestra. In 2008, she had the opportunity to travel to Europe with the Niagara Youth Orchestra and placed third in the International Youth Music Festival in Vienna. In 2010 Jennine attended the International Flute Summer School in St. Andrew's, Scotland where she was inspired by renowned flutists such as Peter Lloyd, Ian Clarke and Wissam Boustany.

Tina Jia

Tina Jia
Flute/Piccolo

Tina Jia began studying the flute at the age of 10, and is currently enrolled in the Arts program at Unionville High School. Tina is pursuing Grade 10 in flute performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and all her previous exams were completed with honors. In 2014, Tina attended her first competition at the Kiwanis Music Festival and received a mark of 94 (platinum). In 2017, Tina played in the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra and the showtime pit band for the musical Crazy for You. In 2018, Tina attended the Interprovincial Music Camp where she played in the symphony orchestra. This year she will be playing in the Ontario Provincial Honour Band. In her spare time Tina enjoys figure skating, swimming, and reading.

Helen Graham

Helen Graham
Principal Oboe

Helen has appeared as a soloist with numerous Ontario ensembles, performing works by Bach, Marcello, Morricone, Mozart, Vaughan Williams and several local composers who have created works to feature her sound.  She studied oboe performance with Richard Woodhams, long-time Principal Oboe with Philadelphia Orchestra and Professor of Oboe at the Curtis Institute of Music, and is grateful to have had excellent coaching from Sarah Jeffrey and Jonathan Crow in chamber music performance. Helen is also the principal oboe with the Rose Orchestra, and a member of Fanfarones wind dectet.  In her spare time, Helen can be found watching baseball, writing poetry and tending her garden.

Giovanni Alonzi
Giovanni Alonzi
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
Carmen Gassi
Principal Clarinet

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.

Leonard Corsini
Leonard Corsini
Associate Principal Clarinet

Leonard Corsini graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honors degree in Physics and Mathematics and a Bachelor of Education. Mr. Corsini has performed with the North York Concert Orchestra and the Oakville Symphony. For 20 years he was a member of the Taffanel Wind Ensemble which performed chamber music in a variety of venues including Roy Thomson Hall and the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg. Musical theatre orchestras have included productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Seussical and the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire. Mr. Corsini has also performed with the Northdale and the North York Concert Bands and is currently principle clarinetist with the Markham Concert Band.

Lara Falrey
Lara Farley
Principal Bassoon

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.

Doris Feitler
Doris Feitler
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 Leibovitch
Daniel Leibovitch
Bassoon*

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.

Rebecca Whiteside
Rebecca Whiteside
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.


Darryl Dinniwell
Darryl Dinniwell
French Horn

Darryl Dinniwell began studying Horn at the age of 14. Under the training of Harcus Hennigar, he has won such awards as the Ontario Grade 9 Brass Silver Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music and two time winner of the Top Senior Brass Instrumentalist from the Barrie Kiwanis Music Festival. Darryl played with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Huronia Symphony Orchestra, the Barrie Concert Band, and the University of Toronto Wind Orchestra. Aside from Horn, Darryl also plays piano and harpsichord.


Donald Bastian
Donald G. Bastian
French Horn

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.


Brian Lo
Brian Lo
Trumpet

Brian started learning piano at the age of 5 and trumpet at the age of 8. He was part of his school’s jazz band and performed in numerous concerts while winning many awards in various inter-school competitions. He has passed the Grade 8 piano examination at the Royal Conservatory of Music and is currently working toward Grade 10 level. During his university years, he continued to study trumpet and conducting privetely while pursuing a degree in accounting. He is currently also a member of the Canadian Sinfonietta youth orchestra. Brian appreciates various athletic activities and has won two silver medals in track-and-field inter-school competitions. He also enjoys creative writing, film making, and swimming.

Leon Racine
Leon Racine
Principal Trombone

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.

Robert Tilley
Robert Tilley
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.

Jake Colauti
Jake Colautti
Bass Trombone

Jake Colautti began playing the trombone and euphonium at the age of 9. He has performed with a variety of brass bands, wind ensembles and orchestras across the greater Toronto area, and is a student of the Arts Mackenzie program at Alexander Mackenzie High School. Aside from music, he thoroughly enjoys the study of the sciences and mathematics, and is an avid squash and badminton player.

Christine Caccavella
Christine Caccavella
Principal Tuba

Playing the tuba for over 30 years, Ms. Christine Caccavella started her studies in high school with Jane Maness (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony) and continued at the University of Western Ontario with Claudio Engli. She has performed with the Guelph Youth Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra, the Metropolitan Silver Band, and the North York Concert Orchestra. She also recorded for the children's television series Ruffus the Dog, and has performed Tubby the Tuba with Sharon, Lois, and Bram.

Bruce Reid
Bruce Reid
Principal Timpani

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 Mouradian
Paul M. Mouradian
Principal Percussion

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
Répétiteur

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.