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Members of the KSO

Strings

Concertmaster

Alexander Gangurean

Principal Violinist

Clare Pellerin

Violin

Eskender Bekmambetov 
Lilit Zakarian
Jarmin Weng 
Olga Kostianiuk 
Aileen Gemmell
Selina Mei
Viktorya Dikoushina
George Sun 
Christine Wang 
Katelyn Xie


Saba Marzabadi
Erin Merkley
Faranak Honarvar
Leonard Taranov-Isaacs
Tiara Lai
Selena Zhang
Sophia Wang
Hansen Cheng
Vacant

Principal Viola

Emma Vachon-Tweney

Viola

Valentina Tchaikovsky
Martin Levman
Janet Wilchfort
Natalia Laribi
Ruth Cheng
Valeria Koroleva
Fanny Tang
Vacant

Principal Cello

Hee Yeon Kim

Cello

Gretchen Lee
Michelle Zhao
Gayane Sahakyan

Faina Sosedova
Lusine Navoyan
Stella Leng

Frank Qian
Austin Yuhan Dong

Principal Contrabass

David Gustilov

Contrabass

Lisa Haddock
William Dietrich
Sara Lukjanovs
Vacant

Woodwinds

Principal Flute

Rodney Gray

Associate Principal Flute

Jennine Garda

Flute/Piccolo

Alexa Ball

Principal Oboe

Claire Kobayakawa

Associate Principal Oboe

Giovanni Alonzi

English Horn

Helen Graham

Principal Clarinet

Carmen Gassi

Associate Principal Clarinet

Leonard Corsini

Bass Clarinet

Ken Fudurich

Principal Bassoon

Vacant

Associate Principal Bassoon

Vacant

Contrabassoon

Tom Kelimbet

Brass and Percussion

Principal Horn

Vacant

Associate Principal Horn

Rebecca Whiteside

Horn

Darryl Dinniwell
Donald G. Bastian

Principal Trumpet

Vacant

Associate Principal Trumpet

Gary Sheehan

Trumpet

Brian Lo

Principal Trombone

Leon Racine

Associate Principal Trombone

Jonah Shapiro

Bass Trombone

Vacant

Principal Tuba

Christina Caccavella

Principal Timpani

Bruce Reid

Principal Percussion

Paul M. Mouradian

Principal Pianist

Antonia de Wolfe

Frank Qian

Cello

Frank has been playing cello since the age of seven. He was a cellist in Shanghai City Youth Orchestra before coming to Canada in 2020. Frank performed with the orchestra in a dozen concerts and charity events, including several concerts dedicated to raising awareness and funds for children with autism. He passed ABRSM Grade 7 cello exam with distinction. In addition to cello, he also learned piano and once played a leading role in the musical The Sound of Music. Currently a student at St Theresa Lisieux High School in Richmond Hill, Frank enjoys reading history books, bicycling and swimming. 

Stella Leng

Cello

Stella Leng began learning the cello at the age of 7. In July 2017, she won the first prize in the string music primary school group of the 16th Chengdu Art Talent Competition, and was awarded the title “Top ten competitors” in string elementary school group of the 18th Chengdu Children’s Art Competition. In 2018, she joined the Chengdu Youth Symphony Orchestra and won a gold medal in the 2018 “Earth & Environment” International Youth Painting and Calligraphy Competition. In 2020, she won Bronze award at the 2020 Canada International Music Festival and Competition (IMFC). She enjoys art, mathematics, drawing and playing tennis.

Alexander Gangurean

Concertmaster

Alexander Gangurean

Emerging from a 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.

Clare Pellerin

Principal Violin

Clare Pellerin began playing violin at age 5. She studied violin and composition at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and at Colgate University in upstate New York, and earned an MA in Composition at York University in Toronto, where she was concertmaster of the York University Symphony.  She is a current student of Mayumi Seiler (violin) and Chan Ka Nin (composition), and previously studied with Adele Armin, Laura Klugherz, Zechariah Goh Toh Chai, and Zhou Tian.  Clare recently premiered her Psyche String Quartet with the Grenadier Quartet, of which she is a founding member.  She performed the Canadian premiere of John Rutter’s Visions for solo violin and choir with Cantores Celestes in 2018, and opened for Romeo Scaccia at the Glenn Gould Studio with Saint-Saëns’ Rondo Capriccioso in 2015.  She has recorded with Protest the Hero, with the choir of St. James Cathedral, and for film composer James Mark Stewart.  Clare has played with many ensembles including the Seiler Strings, Symphonia London, the Eramosa Ensemble, the Society for New Music, the Emperor Quartet, and Volker Hartung’s Swing Band.  She serves as concertmaster of Unitatis Strings, and is a regular recitalist at Belmont House and in the Guelph Connections concert series.  Clare also holds an honours BA in political science from the University of Toronto and an MA in political studies from the University of Saskatchewan, and has training in ballet and flamenco.

Erin Merkley

Violin

Erin Merkley started studying the violin at the age of 4 with Jane Plewman, a Suzuki-trained violin teacher, with private and group lessons. She is currently taking private violin lessons with Corey Gemmell and has been studying with him since May of 2016. Erin has performed as a soloist and in ensembles such as annual holiday concerts and Durham community events. She was a finalist at the Pickering Rotary Music Festival and was featured in the Uxbridge Rising Stars Concert in 2016. Erin has played in the Symphonic Orchestra at National Music Camp since the summer of 2011 and has been Concertmaster and Assistant Concertmaster. In 2018, Erin was the soloist for the Senior Camp Solo Competition at the National Music Camp and she was the junior soloist with the Symphony on the Bay in Burlington. Erin also played in the Ontario Strings Association Youth Orchestra for two years and in the Thomastik-Infeld Canadian String Orchestra from 2018-2021.

Aileen Gemmel

Violin

Aileen Wang Gemmell started her violin studies at the age four. Aileen has performed in several recitals at the Royal Conservatory of Music as a member of Angel Wang’s violin studio. With a keen ear and a love for music she has pursued Royal Conservatory of Music examinations since the age of seven, completing her Grade 10 in the summer of 2021. Aileen has performed with the National Music Camp of Canada orchestra since she was 9 and has performed in string quartets and other chamber groups, each season. Aileen is presently a student at Unionville High School where she is a participant in the Arts Unionville program for violin under the direction of Larry Beckwith. An avid lover of all arts, Aileen is a gifted visual artist, working in water colours and digital art. Her other passions include love of birds, in particular her baby lovebird, Kiwi.

Faranak Honarvar

Violin

Faranak Honarvar

Faranak Honarvar is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Music performance at York University, after completing the Royal Conservatory of Music program. She plays violin in the Summerhill Orchestra and participates in the Canadian Amateur Musicians reading sessions. Faranak started learning the violin when she was 12 y.o., first with Roksana Reyhanian in her home country Iran, then with Bijan Sepanji and Mark Skazinetsky in Toronto.

Christine Wang

Violin

Christine Wang
Christine Wang has been playing violin since 2010 under the mentorship of Mandy Zhao, starting at the age of six. She has earned her ARCT in both the violin and piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has won various awards, the most notable being the RCM gold medal for Grade 10 violin performance. She has been a part of the Arts Unionville program at her high school, where she studies performance and musicianship. In her spare time, she likes to write poetry, compose and listen to music.

Leonard Taranov-Isaacs

Violin

Leonard Taranov-Isaacs started studying the violin at the age of 15 with Alexander Gangurean and within 2 years was able to successfully complete 7 levels of the Royal Conservatory of Music violin performance program. and I currently 17 years old. In his spare time, Leonard learns competitive swimming and skating as well as Tae Kwan Do, in which he has won first place at the World Master Olympics. 

Jarmin Weng

Violin

Jarmin Weng, born in 2007, started piano at 6, violin at 8 and cello at 12. Having his favourite instrument as the piano, he pursues the LRCM in piano after completing the ARCT with first class honours with distinction. He has also just completed his level 10 violin exam with first class honours. In the past few years, he won prizes in the CMC, the grand prize for his age group in the Toronto Steinway Competition, and many other competitions such as the MMF, NYMF, IMFC, and CCC.

Selina Mei

Violin

Selina has been playing the violin since 2011.. She has completed the Royal Conservatory of Music ARCT examinations in violin performance, history and theory. Selina has won awards at the Kiwanis music festival and enjoys art, math tutoring and skiing.

Selena Zhang

Violin

Selena Zhang started learning the piano at the age of 7 and violin at the age of 10. In 2018, she won second place at the Chopin Pianoforte Competition and in 2019 – first-place at the violin devision of the YIP’s Music Festival. She has successfully passed the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations for Grade 9 violin and grade 10 piano, music history, harmony and counterpoint. She is enrolled at French immersion school and in her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music and playing Sudoku.

Chelsea Wong

Violin

Chelsea Kwong

Chelsea started learning piano at the age of 6 and violin at the age of 8. As part of her high school’s symphony orchestra she performed in numerous concerts while winning many awards in various inter-school competitions. She has passed the Grade 10 violin examination at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Chelsea appreciates various athletic activities and is an experienced swimmer. She has won medals in inter-school swimming competitions and also enjoys track-and-field and badminton.

Saba Marzabadi

Violin

Saba has played the violin since she was 7 y.o. She has completed the ARCT in violin performance and the ARCT in theory of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She graduated from the Claude Watson strings program at Earl Haig and is currently studying kinesiology at York University. She plays in the TDSB Youth orchestra and the Sarv strings orchestra where she has been a concertmaster since 2016. She has been studying violin with Serghei Grosu and has won numerous awards for her violin performance, including first place prizes at the Kiwanis Music Festival and at the Unionville Music competition.

Sophia Wang

Violin

Sophia Wang started learning piano at the age of 5, voice at the age of 6, and violin at the age of 7. In 2021, at the age of 14, she completed the Associate Diploma (ARCT) in violin performance of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) with First Class Honours with Distinction. She is currently pursuing ARCT performance in piano performance. In 2016, Sophia was awarded by the RCM a gold medal for achieving the highest  examinations mark in the province of Ontario. She is also the recipient of a scholarship from Kiwanis musical festival, as well as of many trophies and awards from several music festivals and competitions. Sophia is an avid chess player, has attained the Dan in Taekwondo Black Belt, and enjoys composing, learning Latin, math and history.

Hansen Cheng

Violin

Hansen Cheng was born and raised in Hong Kong to Canadian parents.  When he was about 7 year old, he took up the violin through school music class. In primary school, he auditioned and got accepted into the Diocesan Boys’ School PD Junior Orchestra and won awards in inter-school competitions. Later, he auditioned and was accepted into the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO) of Hong Kong. During the 4 years as a member, he has performed many times on stage, as well as flash mobs in public malls, and with guests such as Nick Vujicic and one-armed violinist Adrian Anatawan. Hansen was one of 18 selected MYO members who joined a summer music program in Vienna and stayed in Mürzzuschlag, Austria, at the Brahms Music School. In 2021, Hansen will be in Grade 9 at the Brebeuf College School for boys.

George Sun

Violin

George started learning the violin at the age of eight and within a few years, he has passed the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Level 7 examinations with first class hounours. In 2021, he was admitted at the Claude Watson Arts School and is preparing for the RCM Level 10 examinations. He has received several several prizes and awards at the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto. In his spare time, he reads books and plays badminton.

Violin

Tiara Lai

Violin

Tiara Lai started learning violin from the age of 3 with Janet Wilchfort.  IN 2021, she is attending the Claude Watson strings program at Earl Haig Secondary School. Tiara is also a senior strings student at The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists where she studies violin with Atis Bankas and plays in the Academy Chamber Orchestra.  She also studies piano with Dr. Michael Berkovsky and has recently completed her ARCT examination at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM).  Tiara has participated in many local competitions and a few provincial competitions and has received  awards, prizes and scholarships.  She received a gold medal for her RCM Grade 7 violin performance examination . 

Katelyn Xie

Violin

Katelyn  has been playing  violin since the age of eight. In 2021, she has been working on her Grade 10 violin examination at the Royal Conservatory of Music.  She has been a member of OCMS Youth String Orchestra, her school string quartet and symphony orchestra, since she was in grade six. She performed with the orchestra in a dozen concerts and charity events. In her spare time Katelyn enjoys reading,  hiking and swimming.

Emma Vachon-Tweney

Principal Viola

Emma Vachon-Tweney has been performing as a professional violinist and violist for over 10 years. Based in Toronto, Emma regularly performs with her mariachi bands Mexico Amigo Mariachi and Mariachi de los Gallos. She has been featured in many tv shows, including City TV Breakfast Television. She also regularly performs with her string quartet, Alexander Ensemble and many different orchestras throughout the city. Emma has toured and performed with her mariachi bands in many countries including USA, Mexico and China. She has been featured in many world music festivals including Chinese New Year, Taiwanese and Iranian music festivals. She is featured on professional recordings and performed with Down with Webster, Arcade Fire and Arkells band. She resides in her hometown of Toronto, Canada.

Hee Yeon Kim

Principal Cello

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 an Artist Diploma Program from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where she studies with David Hetherington.

Michelle Zhao

Cello

Michelle Zhao started learning the cello in 2015 and has completed Grade 10 cello examination at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She played in the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival string orchestra through out high school and played in various strings chamber groups. Michelle also played the flute, double bass and electric bass for different bands, for which she has received a Conspicuous Musician Award in 2021. Outside of music, Michelle was a competitive figure skater for 6 years and is currently enrolled in the honours bachelor of science program at the University of Toronto. 

Gretchen Lee

Cello

Gretchen Lee is an active, enthusiastic musician, performer, and teacher who is currently studying cello performance at the University of Toronto under the direction of Shauna Rolston. At a young age she started learning piano, cello, and training in ballet, and had achieved many successes in both her music and dance career since then. She has received awards such as the Top Female Triple Threat Award from Show Choir Canada (2015), Performer of the year award and the Bob and Lorna Richardson Music Scholarship from Unionville High school (2018), the Ontario Volunteer Service award from the government of Ontario, the drama coalition award from the University of Toronto and many more. Gretchen is now a cellist at the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and CAST Philomusica Orchestra, a licensed Toronto Transit Commission performer, a song-writer, a singer and keyboardist on the Markham Chinese Baptist church worship team, a music teacher, and a cheerleader at the Varsity Blue football season Pom team. 

Frank Qian

Cello

Frank has been playing cello since the age of seven. He was a cellist in Shanghai City Youth Orchestra before coming to Canada in 2020. Frank performed with the orchestra in a dozen concerts and charity events, including several concerts dedicated to raising awareness and funds for children with autism. He passed ABRSM Grade 7 cello exam with distinction. In addition to cello, he also learned piano and once played a leading role in the musical The Sound of Music. Currently a student at St Theresa Lisieux High School in Richmond Hill, Frank enjoys reading history books, bicycling and swimming. 

Stella Leng

Cello

Stella Leng began learning the cello at the age of 7. In July 2017, she won the first prize in the string music primary school group of the 16th Chengdu Art Talent Competition, and was awarded the title “Top ten competitors” in string elementary school group of the 18th Chengdu Children’s Art Competition. In 2018, she joined the Chengdu Youth Symphony Orchestra and won a gold medal in the 2018 “Earth & Environment” International Youth Painting and Calligraphy Competition. In 2020, she won Bronze award at the 2020 Canada International Music Festival and Competition (IMFC). She enjoys art, mathematics, drawing and playing tennis.

David Gustilov

Principal Contrabass

David Gustilov

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 Gray

Principal Flute

Rodney Gray

Rodney Gray has served as Principal Flute in the KSO since 2013.  He 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, Vancouver Island Symphony, and Cambridge Symphony, and has appeared as a recitalist across Canada.  Constantly in demand as a flutist, Rodney performs as the Principal Flutist with the Southern Ontario Lyric Opera orchestra, and is a regular member in the orchestras for the Brampton Musical Theatre, East West Orchestra, and other Toronto based performing groups.  He is an avid supporter of physical fitness and enjoys running and cycling.  Rodney is a frequent performer in the KSO pre-concert recitals and lectures.  He plays an Altus model 1607 flute with a Yamaha head joint.

Jennine Garda

Associate Principal Flute

Jennine Garda

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.

Alexa Ball

Flute/Piccolo

Alexa Ball is a flute performer and teacher based out of Thornhill. She has performed with several local orchestras, including the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a member of Flute Street, Toronto’s professional flute choir, performing on flutes of all sizes including piccolo, alto, treble and contrabass flutes. She is a certified teacher with the RCM and ORMTA, and has a thriving flute studio which has produced multiple RCM gold medal winners, and successful university candidates who have gone on to pursue studies at the University of Toronto, Western University, Queen’s University and more. Alexa obtained her Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Peg Albrecht and continued her studies with Nora Shulman, former Principal Flutist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Alexa was also the National Gold Medalist upon receipt of her ARCT with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Claire Kobayakawa

Principal Oboe

Claire Kobayakawa has been playing with various GTA orchestras since 2011, the year she first worked with KSO, but her first appearance at Markham Theatre was in 1992 with Markham Youth Theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Music (performance), and could most recently be found in the pit orchestras of Whitby Courthouse Theatre, Unionville Theatre Company and others. 

Giovanni Alonzi

Associate Principal Oboe

Giovanni Alonzi

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 Benny 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.

 

Helen Graham

English Horn / Oboe

Helen Graham

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.

Carmen Gassi

Principal Clarinet

Carmen Gassi

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

Associate Principal Clarinet

Leonard Corsini

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.

Rebecca Whiteside

Associate Principal French Horn

Rebecca Whiteside

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

French Horn

Darryl Dinniwell

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 G. Bastian

French Horn

Donald 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.

 

Brian Lo

Trumpet

Brian Lo

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 privately 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

Principal Trombone

Leon Racine

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.

Jonah Shapiro

Trombone

Jonah Shapiro

Jonah Shapiro has been learning trombone and euphonium since he was 10 y.o. and currently, at the Arts Mackenzie music program. He plays with the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, the York Brass Band and the Richmond Hill Concert Band. In addition, he has passed grade 8 piano examinations at the Royal Conservatory of Music. In his spare time, he enjoys playing chess and table tennis, and learning chemistry and math.

Christine Caccavella

Principal Tuba

Christine Caccavella

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.

Gary Sheehan

Associate Principal Trumpet

Gary Sheehan has developed an appreciation of music from an early age. He started playing trumpet when he was 10 years old and continued working on his music passion in high school by joining the NTCI Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band. Gary has a bachelor’s degree in Music from Western University, where he was the recipient of the Donald McKellar Award for highest achievement in brass, woodwinds, and percussion. He completed his Bachelor of Education degree at U of T’s OISE and has been an elementary school teacher in the private and public sectors over the last 8 years. Mr. Sheehan has an Honours Specialist in Music designation from the Ontario College of Teachers. In his spare time, he enjoys making YouTube videos where he is an avid guitarist and performer. His other hobbies include songwriting, golfing, and hiking.

Bruce Reid

Principal Timpani

Bruce Reid

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

Principal Percussion

Paul Mouradian

Paul M. Mouradian was born in St. Catharines Ontario and started playing drums since he was 7 years 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 leisure time, he enjoys studying law and politics and spending time with his wife Suzanne, son Peter and daughter Joanne.

Antonia de Wolfe

Principal Pianist

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, Etobicoke Centennial Choir, and others.

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