2011-2012 Musicians

Violins

Marie-Josée Arpin

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Véronica Thomas

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Veronica Thomas studied the violin with Hratchia Sevadjian. She was a finalist in both the Québec and Canadian music competitions several times and took first prize at the Prix d’expression musicale in 1984 and 1986. Veronica won the audition for principal second violin and later assistant concertmaster in the Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec. She then went on to play for several years with Les Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal and the Ottawa String Quartet. Veronica is presently principal second violin in the Laval Symphony Orchestra as well as the McGill Chamber Orchestra and is a member of the Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.

Veronica has also recorded and performed with many popular and jazz artists such as Celine Dion, Dave Brubeck, George Benson and many more. She is often in studio recording for film and television sountracks and was very involved in the film industry in Quebec as a ‘violin coach’ for many years.

Veronica is also a highly respected chamber musician. She was a founding member of the Ottawa String Quartet, played for several years with Angele Dubeau and La Pieta and most recently has helped found the Montreal Quartet in which she plays 1st violin. She has also performed and recorded with the Montreal Tango Ensemble and the Romulo Larrea Tango Ensemble.

 

Solange Bouchard

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Ana Drobac

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Ana Drobac was born in Belgrade, Serbia. She came to Canada in 2003 where she finished her Masters and Doctorate degree at University of Montreal under Anne Robert.  Ana is a member of Orchestre Symponique de Trois-Rivieres and Orchestre Symphonique de Laval. She was a member of ensemle Angele Dubeau & La Pieta. In 2010 Ana was Concertmaster of Youth Orchestra of the Americas,  which gave performance at the World Economic Forum at Carnegii Hall, as well as the Summer Tours  in 2010-2011 in(Colombia, Peru, Brazil , Ecuador and Mexico). In August 2011 she participated in Days and Nights Festival in California. Ana is a member of Aldeburgh Strings, new ensemble founded at Aldeburgh in England.  Since 2005 Ana is a member of a Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany with whom she toured in Japan, Brazil, Russia, Armania, Lituania and play with conductores such as Christoph Eschenbach, Ivan Fisher, Christopher Hogwood, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Jaap van Zweden, Eiji Oue, and Yutaka Sado.

She was also member of Youth Orchestra of the Americas with whom she toured in Brazil, Argentina and played under Lorin Maazel and Kent Nagano. Ana participated in Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in 2008 in England.In May 2009 Ana participated in the outreach program of the Peace Music Festival in Chicago teaching children and performing in the Peace Chamber Orchestra under Alex Klein, and performing with Richard Young, Rachel Barton Pine, and many others.  In November 2008  Ana participated in the outreach program of the El Sistema program in Brazil.  In Summer 2004  Ana spent six weeks at Heifetz International Music Institute where she worked with professor Yuri Mazurkevich, Victor Danscenko and Tom Kornacker.

 

Émilie Rabaraona

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Mana Shiraishi

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Mana Shiraishi graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music under Toshiya Eto and

Tsugio Tokunaga. She also worked with Jonathan Crow. Currently,Mana Shiraishiplays

solo as well as chamber music and is a sought after violin teacher. Her recent projects

include promotion of all violin and piano works of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski and a project called “The Three Faces of Kreisler” that explores the rich output of the violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler.

In 2002, she was chosen to enjoy chamber music collaboration with Midori Goto at

Midori’s career 20th anniversary concert inJapan. She participated in a concert tour

“Mozart meets Jazz” with Paquito D’Rivera and Makoto Ozone, and made an

appearance at music festivals such as Martha Argerich’s Meeting Point in Beppu, La

Folle Journée au Japon, Takefu International Music Festival, and at the Czech Music

Festival inOita.

She is a member of Ensemble Germ, Fiore Quartet and Duo Ventapane. The Duo played

successful concert tours through Europe andJapanin 2009, 2010 as well as in 2011; it

won an award for Smetana at the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition in

2011

Natalia Kononova

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Alexander Lozowski 

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Céline Arcand

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Céline Arcand began playing the violin at age five. She pursued her training at McGill University, the Utrecht Conservatory (Netherlands) and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has frequently taken part in chamber music recitals in both Europe and Canada. As a freelance musician in Montreal, she performs regularly with the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Grands Ballets Canadiens Orchestra and the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, in addition to Appassionata.

Arianne Bresse

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Violas

Margaret Carey

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Margaret Carey began her musical studies at the age of four, studying the violin, piano and voice before switching to viola. She is currently a DMA student at the University of Montreal with Professor Jutta Puchhammer-Sedillot. She has obtained her Artist Diploma (2008) and MM degree (2007) at the Yale School of Music with Professor Jesse Levine. Other professors that she has studied with are Bruno Giuranna, Roger Chase, Gerald Stanick and Nick Pulos.

She worked as principal violist of several reputable orchestras in São Paulo Brazil; Stockholm, Sweden; and the Kansai region of Japan.

Margaret has attended Competitions, Congresses and Festivals and has won several awards. She was a winner of the Yale Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, performing the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra on January 23rd, 2009 with Peter Oundjian. She was also a first prize winner of the 2010 Alexander & Buono International String Competition, and the CMC Competition at the 2006 International Viola Congress inMontreal.

 

Jean René

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Jean René has a Bachelor’s degree in composition from the Université de Montréal. He has studied viola and conducting; Raffi Armenian, Michel Longtin, and Bruno Guiranna were his professors. From 1991 to 2002, he was associate principal violist with l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal. He still freelances with a number of ensembles. Since 1990 he has collaborated with many artists, including André Duchesne, Pierre Cartier, Jean Derome and René Lussier. He also headed the group from the Ensemble SuperMusique for the Symphony of the Millennium.

 

Jocelyne Bastien

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Jocelyne Bastien was a member of the viola section of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1987 until 2004. During these years, she got the chance to tour around the world and did over 50 recordings. Her experience with the orchestra has permitted her to play most of the great orchestral repertoire with renowned conductors and soloists.

In 2004, she decided to leave the orchestra and devotes herself to teaching and chamber music playing.

She is currently the viola teacher at the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal. She is passionate about pedagogy and participates regularly in training courses that improve her teaching approach, based on a healthy posture and a good mental preparation.

Jocelyne Bastien also studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She gives workshops that provide the students with tools for a better control over performance anxiety.

 

Regan Toews

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Regan Toews is originally from Saskatoon Saskatchewan. She holds a bachelors degree in performance from the University of Victoria and a masters degree from McGill University where she studied with André Roy. She was a winner of the Canadian Viola Music Competition held at the Congrès international d’alto in Montreal in 2006.

Regan is the assistant principal violist of the Trois-Rivières Symphony and sits third chair with the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Symphony Orchestra. Regan plays regularly with numerous other prestigious orchestras such as the Orchestre Metropolitain and the Lanaudiere Festival Orchestra. She also maintains a large teaching studio and teaches at the Stewart Hall Cultural Centre as well as the McGill Conservatory.

Regan has a passion for the culture and language of Japan. She taught English there for two years. During her leisure time, she enjoys gardening and cycling.

 

Cellos

Pierre-Alain Bouvrette

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Carla Antoun

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Vincent Bernard

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String bass

Richard Capolla

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