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Violin

Joyce Lai Currently concertmaster and artistic director of the Canadian Sinfonietta, violinist Joyce Lai enjoys a career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has been featured as a guest artist with orchestras around the world, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Szeged Symphony Orchestra of Hungary, the Canadian Chamber Academy, and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. As an avid chamber musician, Joyce performs regularly in chamber settings and has been featured at various festivals including the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival in Manitoba, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Festival and the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival in B.C. Joyce is also first violinist in the Riverdale Ensemble, a chamber group that specializes in performing rare and unique works, as well as premiering new Canadian works. The Riverdale Ensemble’s highly praised CD, Twelve by the Moon-dial, was released in 2008. In addition to her performing career, Joyce is also an enthusiastic educator as well as a pianist and has a private studio of violin and piano students ranging from ages 3 to 73. She has taught at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Baptist University, in addition to giving violin clinics in the Ontario area. She is currently the conductor for the Canadian Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra (CSYO) Junior Strings. Joyce holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters of Music Degree and Performer Diploma from the Indiana University.

Violinist Alain Bouvier graduated with an honors bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Glenn Gould School, where he studied with such notable violinists as Mark Fewer (concert master, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) and Annalee Patipatanakoon (Gryphon Trio). He was also was a mainstay member of The Veritas Piano Quartet (2002-2005). This ensemble-in-residence performed the famous works of Mozart, Brahms, and Schumann in Toronto (CBC Radio two), Guelph (Guelph Spring Festival), Barrie (Colours of Music Festival), as well as various cities in Quebec.

In addition, Mr. Bouvier was a member of The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (2001-2005) where he played first violin for such maestros as Simon Streatfield, Leon Fleisher, the late Richard Bradshaw (Canadian Opera Company) and Bramwell Tovey (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra). He is also the concertmaster of Toronto’s own Upper Canada Chorus Symphony, and principal second of the Oakville Chamber Orchestra. Between Mr. Bouvier’s busy orchestral schedule, he also performs with The Alexsandre Ensemble, of which he is the founding member. This ensemble performs regularly throughout the city for various concerts and events. Alain also keeps a busy teaching schedule at The Music Spot and The Academy of Music, both in downtown Toronto.

Ms. Burford completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto with Honours in 2004. There she studied with Mark Skazinetsky, Associate Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In the fall of 2004, she completed a Career Development Residency at the Banff Centre performing in a chamber music setting with Canadian and International artists Alain Trudel, Gwen Hoebig, and Marc Durand to name a few. She also holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto, both completed through studies with Erika Raum.

Jennifer performed as a soloist with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra after winning their Youth Concerto Competition in 1999. Since then she has appeared in solo recitals annually.

As a chamber musician, Jennifer has been featured in national and international festivals, including the Casalmaggiore International Summer Music Festival, Stanford String Quartet Seminar with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Guelph Spring Festival, Soundstreams, Domaine Forget Summer Festival, Barrie’s Colours of Music, and as a member of Klezfactor at the Ashkenaz Festival. She is a recipient of the Felix Galimir Award, the University of Toronto’s highest award for chamber music performance.

Orchestral playing has been a part of Jennifer’s musical life from an early age. She has been a member of several orchestras in the Toronto area and beyond. Recently she has performed with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Oshawa-Durham Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta, and Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra where she holds the position of Principal Second Violin. She also was a member of Diana Krall’s southern Ontario touring orchestra in May 2009. Her orchestral training has extended to several summer festivals, including the Banff Centre Master class and Opera Orchestra sessions, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and three seasons with the National Academy Orchestra.

Ms. Burford enjoys teaching violin privately to children and adults. She has been a member of the North York Suzuki School string faculty since 2006.

Irina graduated from Belorussian Academy of Music and received a Master’s Degree of Music in Violin performance. Since her graduation, she performed with various symphony orchestras in-concert and toured around Europe. For the last fifteen years, Irina taught violin technique as well as music theory to children and adults. Her students won prizes for the best music composition and performance.

Violinist Jin Lee Youn, born in Jeonju, Korea, started violin at the age of four. She attended Pre-College program at The Korean National University and graduated from Yewon Arts School (1999 – 2002) studying with Nam Yoon Kim, Seoul Arts High School (2002 – 2005) studying with Sung Sic Yang and Ik-Hwan Bae. After she moved to New York, USA, she completed her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in violin performance at The Juilliard School as the scholarship’s recipient, studying with Mr. David Chan and Mr. Lewis Kaplan and Ms. Sally Thomas, and Mr. Nick Eanet (2006 – 2012). She also completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance at Stony Brook University, where she studied with Sooovin Kim and Philip Setzer, and Hagai Shaham (2012-2015).

She was awarded Gold Medal at Korea Music Competition in Seoul, Korea 1993, Winning a Prize at Seoul Music Competition in Seoul, Korea 1997, First Place at Music Competition of Paju in Korea 1999 and 2000, Second Place at the Nation-wide Music Competition sponsored by CBS in Seoul, Korea 2003, Winning a Prize at New York Artists International Competition, 2015.

She has Performed Mozart Concertante in E-flat Major with New York Classical Symphony Orchestra in Lincoln center, New York, NY 2015, Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo capriccioso with Inspired Passion Chamber Orchestra in Aram Art Hall, Goyang, Korea 2008, Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor op.64 with Romania National Symphony Orchestra in Youngsan Art Hall, Seoul, Korea 2000.

She is actively performing both solo and chamber music throughout the countries. She is a violinist of Starry Duo, Duo for Violin and Viola, with violist Dahm Huh and they released an album in South Korea entitled “Hymns and Passcaglia” in January 2015. She was a violin faculty member at the New York Conservatory, in New York. She has coached young musicians at Youngnak Orchestra and she is a member of the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra and the Canadian Sinfonietta in Toronto, Canada.

Viola

Mr. Gajic graduated in violin at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia, and subsequently received his Masters Degree from the Belgrade Faculty of Music where he studied under Professor Maja Jokanovic.

During his studies, he distinguished himself as a member of many chamber ensembles and as Concertmaster of the Academic Symphony Orchestra. In 1992, he was awarded the Amadeus scholarship in London.

While living in Serbia, Mr. Gajic was a member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Belgrade String Quartet and Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Television of Serbia. Hw was a founding member of the Bellotti String Quartet, with whom he recorded and performed in Serbia and abroad for seven years. He has also played and recorded with the world-renowned Yugoslav composer Goran Bregovic.

Since immigrating to Canada, Mr.Gajic has performed with the Oshawa Durham Symphony, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

Moira began her violin studies at the age of five, at the Kodaly Music School in Ottawa. At the age of thirteen, she was awarded the Flora Golden Memorial Scholarship, which enabled her to pursue her studies at a higher level. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and her Master’s in Viola Orchestral Performance from McGill University.

Moira is currently a freelance professional violist and violinist and can be seen performing regularly throughout Ontario. From the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to the Hamilton Philharmonic, from the Canadian Sinfonietta to Toronto Philharmonia, Moira is a busy musician on both the viola and violin, Recent guest appearances have included the Nova Scotia Symphony as well as with Sarah McLachlan, the Canadian Tenors, Canadian Jaxx singer Molly Johnson and Canadian pop band RyanDan.

Her playing has allowed her to perform throughout Canada, the United States, France, Belgium, Japan, Hong Kong, Cuba, and Grenada.

Ian Clarke hails from Toronto where he is a member of the viola section of the Canadian Sinfonietta (CS), in addition to being concertmaster of the York Chamber Ensemble and Unionville Symphonia, both orchestras with whom he is also a frequent guest soloist. Ian was concertmaster of the Matsumoto Symphony Orchestra in Japan from 1998-2000 and still returns several times a year to perform. Ian is an avid chamber musician and in addition to working regularly with members of the CS, he has collaborated with prominent Canadian musicians including James Ehnes, Rachel Mercer, Yehonatan Berick and Lara St. John. He can be heard playing in various Canadian festivals including the Kitchener- Waterloo Chamber Music Festival, the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival in Manitoba and the Pender Harbour Music Festival in B.C. In addition to his musical career, Ian also holds an engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and is currently Director of the Software Research & Development department at Epson Canada.

Cello

András Weber received his musical training in Budapest, Hungary. His mentor, Janos Starker, has been a major influence in his work. He has been principal cellist with orchestras in Hungary, Mexico City and Canda. Has given concerts in North America, Europe, and Korea. He was the winner of DEBUT in Montreal where The Gazette called him a “generously gifted” musician who plays with a “nicely colored and singing tone.”

Mr. Weber has recorded in Hungary and Canada and plans to release some CD’s: music for cello and organ with his wife Ran Kim, works for harp and cello with the acclaimed Mexican harpist Mercedes Gómez and solo cello works.

Mr. Weber is the founding artistic director of the Toronto series ‘Music Alive!’ and teaches at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is a member of Sinfonia Toronto and Canadian Sinfonietta chamber orchestras. He has played concertos with many orchestras around the world.

In May 2005 he toured in Hungary, appearing in recitals and chamber music ensembles and giving master classes. Over the summer he played in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City in chamber music festivals. Mr. Weber plays the 17th century Mariani cello.

Greg Gallagher began his musical career in Saint John, N.B. where he studied music and eventually made his professional debut as a soloist with the New Brunswick Symphony in 2005. At that time, he was studying to receive his BMus in Performance from Western University in London where he studied under Prof. Tom Wiebe. Greg won 1st place in the Concerto Competition at Western and was previously awarded the 1st prize in the string division at the National Music Festival of Canada.

More recently Greg received his Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of Music where he studied under Paul Widner and led the cello section of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra under the baton of conductors such as Peter Oundjian, Mario Bernardi, and Uri Mayer.

Currently, Greg is working as a teacher for the Sistema Toronto music program as well as freelancing as a professional cellist in Toronto. He hopes to continue teaching and performing in Toronto as his career develops. He enjoys being active with sports or outdoor activities and enjoys a well-cooked meal at home or out on the town.

Bass

Tim FitzGerald was a member of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for over 15 years and formerly played with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra London.

Over the past several years Tim has composed and performed vocal settings, in various styles, of Bahá’í Sacred text. Other performing interests include jazz bass, traditional Irish music, and singing: in a chorus and as a soloist, often for groups of children. His own two daughters, Julie and Zoë, have reached the ages of 20 and 30 in spite of being subjected to many of these performances early on.

This is Tim’s fifth season with Canadian Sinfonietta.

Flute

One of the most versatile flutists in Toronto, Stephen Tam is equally comfortable as soloist, chamber musician or orchestral player, performing repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary.

Stephen is the First-Prize Winner of the 32nd CBC/Radio-Canada National Competition for Young Performers. His past concerto engagements include appearances with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Banff Festival Orchestra and the Canadian Sinfonietta. His performances have been broadcast on multiple occasions nationwide on CBC Radio.

As a chamber musician, Stephen has performed at The White House, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa Valley Music Festival, and the Hong Kong Government House. Also in demand as the interpreter of contemporary music, Stephen is regularly featured at the Music Gallery and is a frequent guest of Toca Loca, the Toronto New Music Projects, Contact Contemporary Music and 5-Penny New Music Concerts (Sudbury).

Stephen is currently the principal flute of the Canadian Sinfonietta and is a founding member of the Sinfonietta Winds, a recently-formed woodwind quintet. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and the Ontario Philharmonic, and has served as principal flute with many choral groups around Toronto, including Pax Christi Chorale and Cantores Celestes.

An experienced and passionate teacher, Stephen is the newest flute faculty member at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. In 2011/12, he was a guest flute faculty member of the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Stephen’s private students have been represented in the prestigious Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) in each of the past six years. Many of them have won numerous prizes in competitions throughout the GTA, while some have gone on to pursue music degrees at the University of Toronto and McGill University.

Stephen received his Master of Music in Orchestral Performance degree and the Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a student of Jeanne Baxtresser and Michael Parloff. He also studied with Douglas Stewart at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, where he obtained his Bachelor of Music in Performance with Honours. He was a recipient of many scholarships during his academic career, including being designated a University of Toronto Scholar four times.

Oboe

A native of Poland, oboist Marta Agnieszka Kosek was a finalist of the International Music and Fine Arts Competition in Takasaki, Japan in 1997. New to the North American music scene, Ms. Kosek had her Canadian debut as a member of Lodos Woodwind Quintet performing at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto for broadcast on CBC Radio 2.

Ms. Kosek is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Krakow, where she obtained a Masters Degree in Instrumental Performance. She continued her studies at Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Leipzig, Germany, in the studio of Prof. Christian Wetzel. As a recipient of the Frederic Harris Scholarship, she pursued an Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from the studio of Richard Dorsey.

Ms. Kosek has been a prize winner at the International Oboe and Bassoon Competition in Lodz, Poland, in 2002, as well as at the Polish Academic Woodwind Competition in Sieradz, Poland, in 1999.

Before moving to Canada, Ms.Kosek was the principal oboist at the Olsztyn Philharmonic, Polish Chamber Orchestra, and the Ladies First Symphony Orchestra, where she was featured as a soloist, both on Oboe and English Horn. She is currently performing as the Principal oboist for both the Canadian Sinfonietta and the Ontario Philharmonic. In the 2010/2011 season, she served as Principal oboist of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Kosek performs regularly with many Canadian orchestras including Toronto Symphony, Niagara Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra among others.In her spare time, Marta enjoys gardening, all kinds of crafts and singing in a choir. She is married to a Toronto saxophone player, Steven Bijakowski, and they live in Toronto’s west end.

Clarinet

Kaye Royer was born in Canada and has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Canada, the United States, England and Italy, and as a soloist in concertos by composers such as Mozart, Weber, R.Strauss, Beethoven, Finzi, Dubois, Telemann and her husband, composer Ronald Royer. Kaye has been a soloist with the Canadian Sinfonietta, Stratford Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, Niagara Symphony, Brantford Symphony, CLW Chamber Orchestra (Los Angles), Susquehanna Symphony, Toronto Sinfonietta, Scarborough Philharmonic, Mississauga Symphony, and Symphony Hamilton Chamber Orchestra. She currently holds the position of principal clarinet with the Toronto Sinfonietta, Brantford Symphony, Canadian Sinfonietta, Scarborough Philharmonic and the Stratford Symphony Orchestra.

She also performs regularly with Niagara Symphony and Sinfonia Toronto, and has worked with orchestras such as the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Orchestra London, Talisker Players, Sinfonia Mississauga, Toronto Concert Orchestra and the Orchestra at Niagara Fallsview Casino. Also active as a chamber musician, Kaye’s performances include the Niagara International Chamber Music Series, the University of Toronto Chamber Music Series at Hart House, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Les AMIS concert series.

Her principal teachers include Avrahm Galper, Toronto; Stephen Pierce, London, England; James Kanter, Los Angeles; John Bruce Yeh and Larry Combs, Chicago. As a recording artist, she has worked on the sound tracks of such films as Prisma, The Dog, and The Happy Couple, as well as the compact discs The Storyteller’s Bag, Conrad Chow’s Premieres and Toronto Sinfonietta’s Romancing Chopin, on which she performed as a soloist. Kaye received screen credit for her work as a featured performer on the sound track of the Canadian feature film, Gooby, starring Eugene Levy and Robbie Coltrane. Kaye has also been featured on the Naxos released recording The Hollywood Flute.

She performed with the orchestra on the Ontario portion of a Diana Krall world tour and toured the People’s Republic of China where she performed as principal clarinet with the Ontario Festival Symphony Orchestra. Their New Year’s Eve concert was broadcast live on Chinese television. She has been heard on radio broadcasts on stations CJRT, CFMX, and throughout Canada on CBC 1 and 2 and the United States on NPR.

Bassoon

Born in Toronto, bassoonist Larkin Hinder graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor of music degree in performance. Since then she has freelanced in and around the Toronto area with orchestras including the Windsor Symphony, London Symphony, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Esprit Orchestra and the Canadian Sinfonetta. She was also an occasional player in the Showboat and Phantom of the Opera pit orchestras. Most recently she has been very actively involved with a chamber music collective called Alchemy whose mandate is to provide high quality chamber music to audiences in facilities such as retirement residences and hospitals

Horn

New Brunswick’s own Olivia Esther has been establishing herself as soloist, chamber musician, educator, and advocate for the arts in Canada. Her unique, beautiful sound and deeply compelling interpretations make her a sought after performer. Olivia holds a Bachelor of Music in performance and is currently pursuing a Master of Education from Acadia University. Past teachers and mentors include Joan Watson, John Zirbel, Denis Derome, Roger Kaza and Mary Lee.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Esther held a year position with Kvintten Nord, the only fully professional brass quintet in Finland in 2007. She has been a guest performer at the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival and the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s annual summer concert series. In 2010, Ms. Esther was invited to be ‘Musician-in- Residence’ at the University of New Brunswick where she performed as a recitalist on the Music on the Hill Concert Series. During the residency Olivia initiated Viva Arts, a not for profit organization that promotes and supports music and arts education in the public school system. Since its inception, Viva Arts has run Viva Camp, teaching children ages 9-13 to play a band instrument from scratch. In 2011, the camp was hailed as, Òthe best money ever spent on a camp.Ó Viva Arts has produced educational concerts in New Brunswick as well as brought internationally renowned composer, musician, and educator, David Amram, to Toronto, Canada for a week of lectures, workshops, and concerts. She also gave the Canadian premiere of Amram’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra with the York Symphony Orchestra in 2012.

Olivia resides in Toronto performing as an extra in the horn sections of the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet Orchestra, the Esprit Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Toronto Brass Quintet and will appear this summer as a guest for Music Mondays Summer Concerts. Ms. Esther holds the principal chair of the Canadian Sinfonietta and is a founding member of the Sinfonietta Winds.

Olivia resides in Toronto performing as an extra in the horn sections of the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet Orchestra, the Esprit Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Toronto Brass Quintet and will appear this summer as a guest for Music Mondays Summer Concerts. Ms. Esther holds the principal chair of the Canadian Sinfonietta and is a founding member of the Sinfonietta Winds.

Percussion

Percussionist Tim Francom maintains a diverse musical career. He has been Section Percussionist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra since 2004 and was Principal Percussionist of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra from 2012 o 2014. In addition, Tim has performed with many other orchestras in Toronto and across the province. He appears regularly in new music performances (both as a soloist and in a chamber music setting). Tim received a DMA from the University of Toronto in 2011; his researched focused on a particular genre of composition in North Indian tabla drumming and included an extended period of study and research in Lucknow and Delhi, India. Tim teaches percussion privately and at the Regent Park School of Music in Toronto.

Piano

Pianist Erika Crino is very active both as a chamber musician and a soloist, performing extensively both in North America and Europe. Several of her performances have been featured on CBC Radio both as a soloist, as the winner of the Debut Series, and in chamber music settings, collaborating with percussionist Salvador Ferreras, clarinetist Francois Houle, and pianist Brett Kingsbury. Since her move to Toronto, Erika has been regularly heard in several important venues, among which, the Glenn Gould Studio, where she performed and recorded Bach’s Triple Concerto with pianists Robert Silverman and Brett Kingsbury, and the Koffler Chamber Orchestra directed by Jacques Israelievitch, as well as premiered Michael Pepa’s TREMA, for piano, percussion and orchestra , with the Canadian Sinfonietta. Erika has performed at the historic Massey Hall directed by William Shookoff, at the University of Toronto where she collaborated with cellist David Hetherington. In duo with Marianna Humetska, she was also invited to perform at the 7th Meridian-ISCM International Festival in Bucharest, Romania. After obtaining the Diploma in Piano at the conservatory of her own town, Trieste, and the Diploma in Chamber Music with the Trio di Trieste, Erika studied with M. Bruno Canino in Milan. Shortly after, she moved to Canada where she completed her Doctorate in Piano Performance with Dr. Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia. Erika is currently faculty at the Kingsway Conservatory and teaches part time at U of T.

Composer in Residence

Michael Pepa studied composition with Dr. Samuel Dolin at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from which he graduated with an ARCT diploma. Having passed the necessary examinations in the Theory and Practice of Composition, he was admitted FELLOW (FTCL) of Trinity College of Music, London, England. He holds a Teacher’s diploma in the Art of Violin Playing (LTCL) from the same college. Mr. Pepa is also a graduate with a degree of Master of Arts in Music Education.

As well as being the founder and artistic director of Les AMIS Concerts, he is the composer-in-residence of the Canadian Sinfonietta, a member of the Canadian League of Composers, SOCAN, and an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

Mr. Pepa has composed over 70 works for solo instruments, chamber groups and orchestra. Most have been commissioned and broadcast here in Canada as well as U.S., Netherlands, France, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania. His music has been performed by international groups such as the Filarmonica BanatulTimisoara, Romania; Hungarian Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, Budapest; Utrecht’s Conservatorium Orchestra, Netherlands; SOUNDSTAGE CANADA at the Zagreb Biennale (’81) of Contemporary Music. His music has been performed many times in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Utrecht, Belgrade, Budapest, Sofia, Bucharest and Timisoara. Notable international artists such as Claire Bernard, Alexandra Gutu, Jovan Kolundzija, Nada Kolundzija, and Canadian artists Scott St. John, Martin Beaver, Barry Shiffman, Lynn Kuo and Rivka Golani have included Pepa’s works on their programs. St. Lawrence Quartet commissioned two of Pepa’s four quartets and in 1996 premiered Quartet No. 4 in Paris, France.

In January 2003, Lynn Kuo gave the world premiere of Pepa’s Metamorphose I, a work for solo violin written for her. CBC Radio broadcast her performance. April 2003 marked the world premiere of its chamber orchestral version, Metamorphose II, with Lynn as soloist and Canadian Sinfonietta conducted by Tak-Ng Lai. In October 2003, Metamorphose II was performed by Miss Kuo and BRANDON CHAMBER PLAYERS in Brandon, Manitoba with the composer conducting.

The Canadian Sinfonietta and world-renowned violist Rivka Golani commissioned Musical Offering for viola and strings. It was premiered on March 20, 2004 at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Variations for Piano and Chamber Orchestra was commissioned by the Canadian Sinfonietta. It was premiered at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on January 22, 2005 with pianist Angela Park for whom it was written.

Metamorphose I continued to enjoy success. At its US premiere on April 25, 2004, LA violinist Claire-Jeanne Martin dazzled the audience to a standing ovation. Fantaisie bohémienne, was written for Miss Martin who premiered it in Toronto on January 23, 2005 with a subsequent performance in Los Angeles, on January 30, 2005.

Michael Pepa’s recent international activity was a tour of the Balkans in October and early November of 2005. He was a guest of The 37th Belgrade Music Festival – BEMUS – where his Waltz of The Mystic Bird (2005), a work for solo piano, received its premiere. The well-known Belgrade pianist Nada Kolundzija performed it. Canadian violinist Lynn Kuo performed Fantaisie bohémienne with Belgrade pianist Natalija Mladenovic on TRIBINA, XIV International Review of Composers, Belgrade, Serbia. The two performers included the work on a recital in Belgrade at which Miss Kuo also performed Métamorphose I for solo violin. The recital was repeated in Timisoara and Bucharest, Romania. The pianist on these occasions was Valentina Kohonicz from Romania. Canadian Ambassador F.D. Pillarella hosted the Bucharest concert. The final concert of the tour was in Pernik, Bulgaria, where Lynn Kuo performed with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Raitcho Christov, the orchestrated versions of Métamorphose I (Chorale Partita) and Fantaisie bohémienne. Nadja Christov was the pianist for this performance. Lynn Kuo’s and Michael Pepa’s tour was made possible by the grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Pepa’s last work, Squamish, for violin and electroacoustic sounds (realized by Dennis Patrick), was premiered in June 2006 at the SoundaXis festival in Toronto.

Touring through Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia, the Les AMIS Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Michael Pepa, presented an all-Canadian programme to numerous European audiences to great success in April/May of 2007.

The world premiere of Michael Pepa’s Katajjaq, written specifically for the Les AMIS Ensemble (Lynn Kuo, violin; Lori Freedman, clarinet(s); Rachel Mercer, cello; Joseph Macerollo, accordion; Marianna Humetska, piano) to perform on tour, was officially presented at the Music Biennale Zagreb Festival in Croatia. Katajjaq, which meansthroat-singing in Inuit, is a quintessentially Canadian work, featuring icy depictions of the harsh Canadian North inspired by Michael’s visit to Nunavut.

The tour also featured: MUTATIONS for cello and strings Rachel Mercer with ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA of Bulgaria, conducted by Raitcho Christov (Pernik, Sofia); Squamish Violinist Lynn Kuo (Belgrade); Moldovenesca Lynn Kuo, violin; Lori Freedman, clarinet; Marianna Humetska, piano (Bucharest); Moldovenesca and Fantaisie bohemienne Lynn Kuo, violin and Marianna Humetska, piano (Budapest).

INVOCATION II, commissioned by the CANADIAN SINFONIETTA for cellist Winona Zelenka, was premiered on May 12, 2007 at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Ms Zelenka has commissioned a new work for cello and percussion from Pepa for her upcoming recording project.

Michael Pepa was born in Romania. He came to Canada with his parents in 1953.