All our faculty members are approachable and accesible. We encourage interaction among students/teachers and everybody breaks bread together in the "festival compound".
Masterclasses and Q&A over Skype with friend of the festival and international soloist Julian Rachlin.
Violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon is one of Canada’s most respected performing artists. A laureate of the Queen Elizabeth Violin Competition in Brussels, Belgium, as well as a First Prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition and the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for Canadian Music, Annalee is a graduate of Indiana University and the Curtis Institute of Music, and is Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. As a founding member of the two-time Juno Award winning Gryphon Trio, Annalee can be heard on the Trio’s seventeen recordings on the Analekta and Naxos labels, and maintains a busy touring schedule across Canada and the United States each season. She serves as Artistic Advisor to the Ottawa Chamber Music Society, and is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and Trinity College. Gryphon Trio performances are regularly broadcast nationwide on CBC Radio Canada.
Equally in demand as a teacher of violin and chamber music, Annalee has taught and conducted masterclasses at Rice University, Stanford University, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Hochshule für Musik-Mainz, Domaine Forget, the Orford Academy, the Tuckamore Festival and School, Mount Royal University, and many more. With the Gryphon Trio, Annalee leads educational projects in music schools and communities across the country, including the group’s flagship Listen Up! outreach program which will travel to the community of Barrhaven-Ottawa during the 2016-2017 season.
Violinist Mark Fewer leads a multi-disciplined life in music. Violin soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, artistic director, conductor, arranger, teacher, jazz violinist, recording artist and occasional radio host, he has performed worldwide to great critical acclaim. Described as “intrepid” (The Globe and Mail), “genre-bending” (National Post), “profound” (The WholeNote), and “freaky good”(The Gazette), he has performed around the world in halls such as Carnegie, Wigmore and Salle Pleyel, and is equally at home in recital venues such as Bartok House (Budapest) to Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) to The Forum (Taipei). As a soloist, he has performed with the symphonies of Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Quebec, San Francisco and Melbourne, as well as groups such as the Fodens-Richardson Brass Band (UK), the Zapp Quartet (Amsterdam), and the McGill Percussion Ensemble. As a conductor he has directed I Musici de Montreal, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, the Newfoundland Sinfonia, the McGill Baroque Orchestra and the choir Capella Antica.
Mr. Fewer’s discography includes collections of works by such varied musical voices as the baroque gypsy Giovanni Pandolfi (released on the Smithsonian’s prestigious Friends of Music label, it has been a best-seller at the museum since 2009), the American “Bad Boy of Music” George Antheil (with pianist John Novacek, it is regularly used as soundtrack material for the cult American hit tv series “American Horror Theater – Freak Show”), jazz great Phil Dwyer (Changing Seasons, a work written expressly for Mr. Fewer showcasing his unique talents in both classical and jazz idioms, it won the 2012 Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and was an iTunes bestseller), and Bramwell Tovey (Nine Daies Wander, winner of two UK Brass Band Record of the Year awards, the piece has Mr. Fewer reciting famous lines of Shakespeare while re-enacting the publicity stunt of comedic actor William Kemp in 1600). Other recordings include the Violin and Piano Sonatas of Johannes Brahms (with pianist Peter Longworth), and the Jazz Sonata of Bohuslav Martinu (with Art of Time director Andrew Burashko, piano). His latest recording of the Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord Obbligato by J. S. Bach was released on the new LEAF MUSIC label. 2018 will see the online record release of his own music, written to be performed alongside American street poet Idris Goodwin’s “The Body In Crisis”. Also forthcoming are recordings of the Mozart Piano Quartets (using Thomas Jefferson’s violin), Schubert’s Trout Quintet with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and the complete String Sonatas of Rossini.
Over the next three seasons, he will premiere new violin works by composers Bramwell Tovey, David Braid, Drew Jurecka, Matthias Maute, Richard Mascall, John Novacek, Alissa Cheung and others.
As a collaborator, Mr. Fewer has been violinist with the Duke Piano Trio for more than twenty years, a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players for 12, and was, until recently, violinist with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. He has shared the classical stage with performers such as Edgar Meyer, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Leon Fleisher, Elizabeth Wallfisch, James Campbell, Anssi Kartuunen and others, and the jazz stage with Dave Young, Phil Dwyer, Jim Vivian, Jodi Proznick, Brad Turner, Gene DiNovi and Pekka Kuusisto. In 2016 he was a featured soloist with Stevie Wonder and his band during the Songs in the Key of Life tour.
Mr. Fewer has been a dedicated teacher for 20 years, having been on the faculties of the Glenn Gould School, the University of Toronto, McGill University, and most recently as Artist-inResidence at Stanford University. He has taught during the summers at the Domaine Forget for more than 15 years, as well as having taught at the Banff Centre, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, NYO Canada, the Vancouver Academy of Music, the Dresden Hochschule, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the University of British Columbia, the University of California Santa Barbara, Arizona State University and others. His students have distinguished themselves by winning positions in major ensembles and orchestras in North America and Europe, including the Handel & Haydn Society (concertmaster), the Montreal Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Danish Philharmonic and others. He began a new appointment as William Dawson Scholar at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in September 2015 where he teaches violin, baroque violin, chamber music and string improvisation.
He is the founding Artistic Director of the SweetWater Music Festival, which recently celebrated its 14th anniversary with a new recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto (which he transcribed for chamber ensemble with James Campbell, clarinet) and the Partita in d minor of J.S. Bach for solo violin.
Born in South Korea, Minju Kim has performed throughout North America, Central America and Europe. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Minju studied with renown pedagogues such as Paul Kantor, Grigory Kalinovsky, Mauricio Fuks, and Ik-Hwan Bae. She also had the opportunity to study with Alex Kerr, Nam-yun Kim, Henri Gronnier and Stanley Ritchie on baroque violin. At IU, she was a recipient of the Assistant Instructor Fellowship, Dean’s Scholarship and Artistic Excellence Award.
As a chamber musician, Minju has been invited as a guest artist to music festivals most recently including Festival de Febrero, Strings Music Festival, and Chamber Music Workshop UNC. Her diverse interests have taken her to perform with various ensembles such as IU New Music Ensemble and the Jankovic Ensemble. With the Jankovic Ensemble, she taught masterclasses, commissioned new pieces, and performed at venues such as the Roundtop Institute and was broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Minju has also appeared at many national and international festivals including Aspen Music Festival where she spent four summers on full scholarship, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival, Banff Master Class, Orford Academy, and International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove. She has had the opportunity to work with eminent musicians such as Ronald Copes, Monica Huggett, Mark Kaplan, Soovin Kim, Gerhard Schulz, Andres Cardenes, and Roman Totenberg, and her chamber music mentors include the members of the Cleveland Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, and Cavani Quartet.
As an orchestral musician, she is the second violin principal of CityMusic Cleveland and has also led as concertmistress in the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, IU, and CIM Orchestra. She has also played with the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Aspen, Britt Festival Orchestra, and at Artosphere Arts Festival. With a minor in music education, Minju is passionate about teaching and making a positive impact in the community through music. She has taught at various institutes, workshops, and summer festivals, such as Encore Chamber Music, IU Summer String Academy, Fairview Violin Project, Habitat4Music, and Chamber Music workshop at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also enjoys engaging in musical outreaches in her community and connecting with people through music. Minju previously served as an Assistant Instructor at the Jacobs School of Music Indiana University, where she taught undergraduate and graduate students. Currently, she is on faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Program, Community Music School at Oberlin College, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Akron School of Music. Away from music, she enjoys hiking, running, practicing yoga, healthy eats, and being a lifelong learner.
Hailed as “One of Canada’s proudest exports” by Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, Guillermo Rishchynski, Christopher Wilshere leads a varied, diverse and unique musical career. Having performed solo and chamber music recitals in Europe, Canada, Mexico and the United States, he’s also the founder and artistic director of the Northern Lights Festival de Febrero (now in its 16th season).
Christopher has been featured in newspapers and magazines across Canada and Mexico such as the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Hamilton Spectator, the Ojo del Lago and the Ochos Colomnos. Having received one of Canada’s most prestigious arts awards, the Governor General’s award, Christopher continues to travel between his two beloved countries performing and teaching regularly throughout both.
Many of his students already occupy professional positions in orchestras across Mexico, and have been top prize winners in major national competitions. This has brought him to become the director of the new conservatory of music at PALCCO in Guadalajara.
Canadian violinist Aaron Schwebel has performed throughout the world in various musical roles. Based in his native Toronto, Aaron currently holds the positions of Concertmaster with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster with the Canadian Opera Company. As a guest concertmaster, Aaron has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Les Violons Du Roy, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Orchestra London.
Aaron has performed as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Lanaudiere, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, and McGill Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber music performer, he is a founding member of the Toronto-based Penrose Trio, LARK ensemble, and Rosebud Quartet, and has been on faculty at Toronto Summer Music Festival and Klezkanada. He has been invited to take part in Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Music By The Sea in Bamfield, British Columbia, and the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival. Aaron is grateful to be playing on a 1753 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin, on loan to him from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank.
Aaron did his studies at McGill University and Indiana University with teachers Jonathan Crow, Yaela Hertz, Mauricio Fuks, and Andre Roy. As a student, Aaron was a member of the Roddick String Quartet, representing Canada at the London International String Quartet Competition, and the Kuttner Quartet, Indiana's resident string quartet. Upon graduation from McGill, Aaron was awarded the Schulich School of Music’s Golden Violin Award.
Juan Miguel Hernández
An artist defined by the critics as "…tender, lyrical, loaded with personality" (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pierre Ruhe). In September 2009, Juan-Miguel won the first Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition, for which he is delighted to join as a juror for the 2017 edition, in Austria, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition in 2006, presented by JPMorgan Chase. As a featured guest soloist, Juan-Miguel has appeared with the Atlanta, Seattle, Colorado Symphonies, as well as the Rochester Philharmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Performances in recent seasons have brought Juan-Miguel on tour throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, South America, Canada and the United States. In 2010, he was honored with the medal of the National Assembly of Quebec.
Juan-Miguel has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Kim Kashkashian, Gérard Caussé, Nicolas Dautricourt, Misha Dichter, the Weilerstein trio as well as Jazz living legends Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Stanley Clark and Paquito D’Rivera. Recent festival and program appearances as guest artist and teacher include the Festival Pablo Casal (Prades, France), the Festival Des Arcs (France), the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), Orford Academy (Canada), Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (South Africa), the Salzburg Festival, the Brevard Summer Institute, the Mozaic Festival, Festicamara (Colombia), Montreal Jazz & Panama Jazz Festivals and Musica Mundi International Festival (Belgium).
A dedicated chamber musician, Juan-Miguel is the newest member of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet and a founding member of the Harlem Quartet with whom he performed from 2006 to 2012. Juan-Miguel is also a founder and member of the "Trio Virado" (Flute, Viola, Guitar) as well as the "Boreal Trio” (Clarinet, Viola, Piano), both specializing in the creation of new repertoire. From 2005 to 2010, he was also an active member of the I Palpiti orchestra, a cast of international laureates forming a world class string orchestra based in Los Angeles. The 2017 summer season saw his return with the I Palpiti orchestra, this time as soloist, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in Disney Hall (Los Angeles), and the Mozarteum's Solitaire Hall (Salzburg).
On radio airwaves and television broadcasts, Juan-Miguel has been heard and seen on nationally-syndicated programs throughout Canada, and the United States. His discography includes four quartet CDs, released on the Naxos, Cedille records, the White Pine and Navona labels as well as multiple collaborations on various other labels including with artists like Chick Corea and Gary Burton as well as Norah Jones. Fall of 2015 saw the release of Trio Virado’s debut album, “Mangabeira”, featuring music by Piazzolla, Leo Brouwer and original music by Sergio Assad.
His strong commitment to educate and engage new audiences all around the globe have brought him to reach young musicians and various communities through art convoys in South Africa and Venezuela, various music festivals in South America and outreach projects in Europe and North America. In the Fall of 2016 Juan-Miguel was appointed to the faculty of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music (London) as Professor of Viola.
Juan-Miguel Hernandez was born in Montreal, Canada in 1985 and began studying the violin at age seven, then switched to viola at age twelve under the tutelage of Jean McRae. He received his Bachelor degree from the Colburn Conservatory in 2010 studying with Paul Coletti and Graduate Diploma in the Professional String Quartet program in 2012 with Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory, working privately with Kim Kashkashian and Dimitri Murrath. He also worked before Pinchas Zukerman, Roberto Diaz, Paul Neubauer, Karen Tuttle, Steven Dann, James Dunham, Barbara Westphal and Robert Vernon.
Juan-Miguel plays a beautiful 2008 Miralles viola from Altadena CA.
Praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for his “glowing refinement,” violist Luke Fleming‘s performances have been described by The Strad as “confident and expressive…playing with uncanny precision,” and lauded by Gramophone for their “superlative technical and artistic execution.” Strings Magazine said of a recent performance by Mr. Fleming: “With tender lyrical lines, the viola’s richness suited the music wonderfully…I wished I could put [him] on repeat.” Festival appearances include the Marlboro Music School and Festival, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, Perlman Music Program, the Norfolk and Great Lakes Chamber Music Festivals, the Melbourne Festival, Bravo!Vail, Festival Mozaic, and the Virginia Arts Festival, as well as concerts and residencies across North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
From 2009 – 2015, Mr. Fleming was violist of the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet, with whom he served as Quartet-in-Residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School. Mr. Fleming was also awarded First Prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and top prizes at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, as well as the National Federation of Music Clubs Centennial Chamber Music Award. In 2015, Mr. Fleming became the Founding Artistic Director of both the Manhattan Chamber Players, a New York-based chamber music collective, and the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival, a mission/outreach-centric festival held every summer in his hometown, New Orleans.
Mr. Fleming has been featured on a Live from Marlboro CD release on the Archiv Music label, and his recordings with the Attacca Quartet on Azica Records were released to widespread critical acclaim. He has performed as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Sejong Soloists, Ensemble Connect, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Classical Players, and the Serafin and Canterbury String Quartets, and has given masterclasses at UCLA, Louisiana State University, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, Melbourne University, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, among others.
He has served on the faculties of the Innsbrook Institute, Renova Music Festival and Houston ChamberFest, and Fei Tian College, writes frequently for Strings Magazine, and is currently Director of Outreach Activities at Louisiana State University’s School of Music and Dramatic Arts and Lecturer-in-Residence for Project: Music Heals Us. Mr. Fleming holds the degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma, and Master of Music from the Juilliard School, a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Louisiana State University. He is represented by Arts Global, Inc. lukefleming.com
Over the course of two decades, cellist and producer Roman Borys has distinguished himself as one of Canada’s leading artistic voices. As a founding member of the two-time Juno Award-winning Gryphon Trio, he has released 17 acclaimed records on the Analekta and Naxos labels, toured internationally since 1993, and broken new artistic ground through cross genre collaborations and multimedia performances. In 2013, the Gryphon Trio was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts’ Walter Carsen Award for Achievement in the Arts.
As the Executive and Artistic Director of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society, Roman oversees all aspects of programming its summer Chamberfest, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, and its fall-winter concert series. Deeply committed to classical music outreach and audience development, Roman has conceived, developed and produced the Gryphon Trio’s flagship educational program Listen Up! in communities across Canada since 2010.
Roman lives and works in Toronto and has an Honorary Doctorate from Carleton University.
Described as creating a “mesmerizing musical experience” by combining his “deep personal connection” (Toronto Live Music Report), “luscious tone and technical prowess”(The Vancouver Sun), Ariel Barnes has been hailed as “truly an inspiring artist…the outstanding Canadian Cellist of his generation” (Maestro Bramwell Tovey). His international concert engagements include concerto appearances, chamber music collaborations, solo recitals and world premiers of contemporary art music. As both a celebrated performer and recording artist, Ariel is often broadcast by CBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3, and was selected as one of 6 cellists across Canada as a featured artist in CBC Radio’s Canadian Bach Cello Suite Project.
His concerti appearances include the Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Okanagan Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, Turning Point Ensemble, PRISMA Festival Orchestra, Festival de Febrero Chamber Orchestra and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Inspired by the innovative and unique compositional voices of our time, he has given the World Premier of well over 50 works and is engaged in creating art music written by those such as Jocelyn Morlock, Ana Sokolovic, Glenn Buhr, James Maxwell, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Brett Dean, Owen Underhill and Dorothy Chang. Ariel has received generous project support from the British Columbia Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts, most notably as a winner of the 2012 Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition. The breadth of his musical interests and abilities have led to collaborations with performing artists such as Patrick Watson, Michael Buble and The Tragically Hip to Baroque specialist Elizabeth Wallfisch and maverick harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani.
With a passion for communicative music making, Ariel finds the chamber music genre at the core of his nourishment as an artist. His chamber music partners include the Zodiac Trio, Dover String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Musica Intima, Trio Verlaine and members of the Attacka String Quartet, among many others. He has enjoyed numerous appearances at the Saronic Chamber Music Festival (Greece) Ottawa Chamberfest (Canada), Victoria Summer Music Festival (Canada), The Zodiac Music Festival and Academy (France), and the "Northern Lights Festival de Febrero" (Mexico). Along with Harpist Heidi Krutzen, Ariel forms COULOIR, an award winning cello/harp duo dedicated to developing 21st Century Art Music for this colourful and evocative combination of instruments (www.couloir.ca). Nourished by his experience in all major genres, Ariel’s natural musicianship is recognized in his collaboration with musicians throughout the world..
Internationally award winning British cellist Jacob Shaw, has given acclaimed concerts across Europe, USA and Asia in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Guangzhou Opera and the Royal Albert Hall.
His 2015 2CD album DEBUT won rave reviews internationally – Remy Franck, director of the International Classical Music Awards wrote “No doubt: Jacob Shaw is one of the most charismatic and distinctive performers I have heard in the last time“
Equally in demand as a teacher, he is the director of the Scandinavian Cello School and gives masterclasses worldwide. Jacob Shaw is a Pirastro Artist and co-directs the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente.
Jamie Parker’s achievements are both lengthy and impressive. His musical roots can be traced to the Vancouver Academy of Music and University of British Columbia where he studied with Kum Sing Lee, and then went on to complete his Masters and Doctoral with Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School. Dr. Parker continues the teaching tradition as the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance on the music faculty at the University of Toronto.
Beginning in 1984 with a first prize at the Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition, James served notice that he was a rising star. The CBC competition concurred, selecting him winner of the 25th National Competition for Young Performers. The Virginia P. Moore Award as the most promising young classical artist soon followed, further solidifying Parker’s place as one of Canada’s best.
On-air programs have repeatedly sought out his performances. Mr. Parker has made frequent appearances on CBC, and performances on Bravo!, the CanWest Global Network, MuchMusic and a myriad of stations across the globe.
Jamie’s style has earned him The Globe and Mail’s praise as “One of the most searching musical intellects and 10 of the nimblest fingers in the business.” James has enthralled audiences in North America and Europe, counting diplomats and dignitaries among his receptive audiences.
A consummate professional, James is recognized as a soloist and chamber musician. As well as being the pianist for Canada’s foremost ensemble, the Gryphon Trio, he has critically acclaimed performances with major Canadian symphonies like Toronto, Vancouver, National Arts Centre, Nova Scotia and many in between. With two JUNO recording awards and many other nominations from his vast discography, James Parker continues to graciously strive to do it all.