|Artists in residence|
Wonny Song - Associate Director, Director of Artists in Residence Project
Hailed by the Washington Post as "a versatile, intelligent, and deeply musical young pianist" , Korean-Canadian pianist WONNY SONG has already established an exciting and busy international career. Highlights of his career include a solo recital as Canada's musical ambassador to the 1993 World Expo in Korea and a 1998 performance in Bangkok at the closing ceremony of the Asian Olympic games, an event attended by Thailand's Royal Family. He also performed at the annual United States Supreme Court musicale in 2007, hosted by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Alexandre da Costa - Violin
ALEXANDRE DA COSTA was born in Montreal Canada in 1979. Winner of many prestigious national and international first prizes, he has appeared as soloist in nearly 1000 concerts throughout the world. He has recorded 9 CDs for the XXI-21 Record label, including a world premiere recording of Portuguese composer Luis de Freitas Branco's Violin Concerto. It has been met with great critical acclaim, and has been nominated for a Juno award in 2006.
Alexandre Ethier - Guitar
Alexandre Éthier was born in a small village, St-Aimé, located close to Sorel. He was first introduced to classical guitar by his father. Éthier has studied with guitar masters including Alvaro Pierri, Sergio and Odair Assad. He is the founder of Forestare , an ensemble of twelve young guitarists specially assembled by Éthier. He won the Felix award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year (2007) for his first recording under the ATMA label. Éthier's ensemble will be embarking on a 40-concert tour in the province of Quebec for the 2008-2009 season. Besides frequent appearance as a soloist. Alexandre has also shared the stage with prominent concert artists such as Richard Desjardins, Alexandre Da Costa, Gilles Vigneault, Alain Lefebvre, and Normand Guilbault. As a teacher, Éthier has a decade of experience of sharing his art with students of all ages and levels, notably at the Camp Musical de Lanaudière and at the École St-Clément in Mont-Royal.
Jean-Philippe Tremblay - Conductor
Universally hailed by the Canadian press as “a great interpreter” with “a true musical vision” , 28-year-old French Canadian conductor and violist Jean-Philippe Tremblay has developed an impressive and varied international career.
Amelie Fradette - Cello
Canadian cellist Amélie Fradette was born in Saguenay, Quebec where she studied at le Conservatoire de musique de Chicoutimi. She obtained her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from le Conservatoire de musique de Montreal with Guy Fouquet. She was honored with le Prix avec Grande Distinction, the conservatory’s most prestigious award. Amelie Fradette continued her graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Richard Aaron and at Yale University with Aldo Parisot. Since 2001, Amelie Fradette is a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic orchestra.
Jorge Chamine - Baritone
Aline Kutan - Soprano
Helmut Lipsky - Violin
German-born violinist and composer Helmut Lipsky is well versed in a variety of musical styles and idioms. His composition and improvisation cross boundaries between classical and jazz as well as between pop and world music. Lipsky was raised in Switzerland, a student in the United States and has been a resident of Montreal since 1980. He has written music for film, television, radio and multi-media exhibitions. As performer and bandleader, he has been invited to numerous music festivals including The Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival, The Montreux International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and has played in the United States at P.S.122 and Studio 54.
A former violin student of the renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman and the late Juilliard School professor Ivan Galamian in New York City, he has opened shows of such greats as Stéphane Grappelli and Dave Brubeck. Artistic collaborations include personalities as varied as Québec’sGilles Vigneault and U.S. cellist David Darling. He can be heard on albums of wellknown musicians like Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider (Kryptos, on Sony Classic label) and has been invited as soloist on the soundtracks of some of Canada’s most famous films, notably for Québec director Denys Arcan. Lipsky has recorded several albums of his own and in collaboration with some of Canada’s greatest artists such as Karen Young, Michel Donato and James Gelfand. He won first prize in the international competition Jazz à la carte and his last two CDs were nominated for best jazz and instrumental album at the Felix Awards (l’ADISQ) in Montréal.
Barbara Lewis - Voice
Barbara Lewis is a singer/songwriter and composer whose voice has been praised for its beauty, power and wide range. Barbara also maintains a web site as a teacher: She has written five original music theatre pieces, including Crossroads, Book Of Dreams, Hara's Quest, Home on the big Spaceship Earth, and Rachel’s Song. Lewis’s two TV-quality music videos that play on Bravo, Classical Arts showcase and other PBS stations in Canada and the U.S.
Luo Di - Cello
Luo Di began playing cello at the age of seven and went on to earn his Bachelor of Music degree from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. He studied under famous cello teachers in China. Wang Pei Fan, Zhong Po and Yu Ming Qing. In 1994 Mr. Luo Di joined the Youth Symphony Orchestra of China, and later the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, as an associate principal cellist. Luo Di came to Canada in 1998 to pursue a Master Degree in music performance at the Universite de Montreal, studying with renown cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky (artistic director of I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra).He also participated in many music festivals and master classes with artists such as Yo Yo Ma and Janos Starker, among others. In 1999, Mr. Luo Di won second prize at the Fourth Orford Arts Center International Competition. Luo Di is a founding member of the Muczynsky Trio and Muczynsky Duo, which won numerous awards and competitions. The Grand Prize at the2002 Canadian National Music competition and the First prize at the 2004 international Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Krakow, Poland. The trio performed a 20-concert tour throughout Canada for Jeunesse Musicales of Canada and was invited by the prestigious chamber music society Pro Musica to perform in their Topaz Series in 2006. Since Luo Di..s arrival in Montreal he actively participates in numerous orchestral and chamber music concerts, solo recitals and TV and radio recordings. He plays on many occasions with I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra, has been principal cellist of the Universite de Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the FACE Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has played on many occasions with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of China, the FACE Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Universite de Montreal. He played for Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Chinese ambassador of Canada Shumin Lu in the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Chinese .Canadian relations in October 2005. Luo Di completed his Doctor of Music degree at Universite de Montreal in December 2005.Up till now Luo Di has recorded one Trio and two Solo Cello CDs. In the summer of 2006 Luo Di has performed four solo recitals around China.
A professional violinist, Natasha Turovsky discovered visual arts not more than fifteen years ago. Shortly after starting her first drawing lessons, she realized that art would become much more for her than a mere hobby. She decided to pursue professionally her passion for visual arts by enrolling in the Fine Arts program at Concordia University in Montreal in 1992, where she specialized in painting and printmaking.
Even with her busy schedule as a musician, she is an extremely prolific artist. Although she finds both professions equally demanding and important, Natasha is discovering that each discipline nourishes the other. She has produced hundreds of paintings and monotypes, along with several opera sets and series of paintings made after such musical cycles as Song of the Earth by Mahler and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky.
Natasha's first solo exhibition was in Montreal in 1995. To date, she has had more than forty solo and group exhibitions in Barcelona, Cleveland, Boston, New York, Hong-Kong, etc. Her works are in many private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, England, Spain, France, Russia, China and Iran. Natasha's latest exhibition in Montreal was in spring 2008 at Cirque du Soleil
In 2006 , together with her father Yuli Turovsky and a digital artist Gael Hollard , Natasha made a short film Pictures at an Exhibition ( Choreographed paintings ), an animation based on the paintings she made to the Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition". Picture at an Exhibition has already been performed with I MUSICI de Montréal on tour in the United States, Spain, Brazil, Canada and Colombia. This short animated movie has been selected for several international film festivals such as Syracuse International Film and Cannes Short Film Corner
In November 2007 Natasha received an 'excellence in cinema award' for Choreographed Pictures at an exhibition from the prestigious New York Independent film and video festival.
Liu Fang - Pipa, Guzheng
Montreal resident Liu Fang has achieved an international reputation for her masterful and deeply spirited pipa playing. Born in 1974 in Kunming in the Chinese province of Yunnan, Liu Fang began studying the pipa at the age of six and gave her first public performance as a pipa soloist when she was nine. In 1985, she played for Queen Elizabeth during Her Majesty's visit to China. Honoured with several provincial and national prizes, Liu Fang graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she also studied the guzheng, a Chinese zither. Since moving to Canada in 1996, Liu Fang has built a remarkable artistic profile by captivating audiences and critics with the richness and grace of her playing as well as her wide ranging repertoire.
Liu Fang is most well-known for her virtuosic and expressive interpretation of traditional pipa and guzheng music from the classical and folkloric traditions. Celebrated in the press as being "one of the greatest virtuosos", "the empress of pipa" (L'actualité, 2001) is able to transmit in an erudite and significant way the beauty and the richness of this ancient music as well as the subtle sonorities of the instruments by the power and sensibility of her play.
Among the numerous solo recitals, concerto performances and concerts at festivals throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and South America, Liu Fang has premiered new compositions by a number of accomplished composers. In fact, she has appeared in the spectacular world premier of R. Murray Schafer's opera The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix, playing outstanding solos on both the pipa and the guzheng. She has also collaborated with traditional master musicians from various traditions. She performed two concerti for pipa and orchestra (the "Ghost opera" by celebrated Tan Dun and the "King Chu Doffs his Armour" by Zhou Long) with the Moravia Symphony Orchestra in Prague (1999), and in November 2003 she performed with the orchestre des pays de Savoie in France improvised music in Gustav Mahler's "Liede der Erde" (Song of the Earth) and was highly praised (in Le Monde de la Musique, No. 282). Recently Liu Fang performed with the renowned Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne and SMCQ in Montreal, the Alcan string quartet in Quebec, and the Quartetto Paul Klee Venezia and Xenia Ensemble in Italy, and the Spiegel String Quartet in Belgium. Since last year she has been collaborating with Malcolm Goldstein, an internationally renowned violin maestro, on new and improvised music.
Liu Fang has also made numerous national and international radio recordings and television appearances, given performances recorded for films, and released seven CDs. Liu Fang has been invited as one of the featured artists (including also the world renowned Russian violinist - Vadim Repin) by BBC World Service for the concert on November 7, 2003 dedicated to World AIDS Day. The recording of this concert has been broadcasted in all of the 43 World Service Language Services with the current World Service audience across all platforms in the region of 150 millions. On November 16, 2005, Liu Fang was invited to perform at the concert dedicated to the 60th anniversary of UNESCO in Paris.
Liu Fang has been awarded a number of grants by the Canada Council for the Arts. On June 5th, 2001, she received the prestigious Future Generations Millennium Prize from the council. In the jury's words: " Liu Fang's mastery of the pipa and the guzheng has established her international reputation as a highly talented young interpreter of traditional Chinese music. She aspires to combine her knowledge and practice of eastern traditions with western classical music, contemporary music and improvisation, thereby creating new musical forms, uniting different cultures and discovering new audiences."
On Auguest 4, 2006, Liu Fang received the prestigious l'Académie Charles Cros award.
Liu Fang Press Reviews: http://www.philmultic.com/pressreview/index.html
Ngan Siu-Mui (Chinese Calligrapher and Painter)
Chinese artist Ngan Siu-Mui was born in Hong Kong and has been living in Montreal since 1988. Disciple of the greatest masters, she has been, for the past 30 years, devoted to calligraphy, painting and seal carving. She was founder and president (1981-1991) of the Xiao Feng Arts Society, Hong Kong. From her very first 1981 solo exhibition in Hong Kong City Hall, she has gained outstanding prestige: a rare talent to be conversant with calligraphy, painting, seal carving and poem at the same time. Her solo exhibitions had been also shown in many universities in North America, galleries in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. She was invited to give lectures and demonstration in Malaysian Institute of Art; Bishop, Toronto, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and McGill Universities in Canada; McCord and Royal Ontario Museum in Canada; the Old School Gallery in Australia; Temple and Drexel Universities in Pennsylvania.
In 1988 she immigrated to Montreal in the category of Professional Artist with a Cultural Contribution to Canada under the Canadian Immigration Status. In 1991 she founded the Traditional Chinese Culture Society of Montreal and Ngan Siu-Mui Art School.
As a calligrapher, her artwork was selected for carving into stele by the Calligraphy Stele Committee of the long dam of Wei River, China. She was invited to be the speaker in the International calligraphy Conference held by the Ministry of National Affairs, China; and the calligraphy seminar held by the Culture Art Research Institute, Korea. She has contributed to the film The Red Violin and to the advertising of the Xi’an Exhibition held at the Quebec Civilization Museum; the film Merging Colors focusing on Chinese artists, features her as a prominent artist working in Montreal.
She has received many honors: Certificat québécois de la citoyenneté pour sa contribution au rapprochement culturel; Honor Certificate for the Calligraphy works by the [Record of History] Museum in Shaanxi, China; Medal of Excellence from the Asia Art Award Selection Committee in Korea; Certificate of Distinction for her Solo Exhibition by the Art Education Center in Taiwan.
Her artworks are collected worldwide: [Record of History] Museum in China, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Cultural Art Research Institute in Korea, Redland District Council in Australia, Japan’s Coalition of International Calligraphers Association, the Art Education Center and the History Museum in Taiwan.
Ngan Siu-Mui has written Chinese Calligraphy, Abstract Art, Mind Painting and The Art of Ngan Siu-Mui; she also co-wrote The Art of Ngan Siu-Mui and her Group.