Angela Chan - Founder & Director of Lambda School, Prof. in Piano & Piano Pedagogy
Angela Chan is an accomplished pianist who has performed in Canada, Europe, the U.S.A. and Hong Kong, and has been featured on the Discovery Channel (Canada), Global TV, CBC, the Australian Television Network, CJAD, CJOH, and other media networks. Her works have also been featured in Maclean’s Magazine, La Scena Musicale, Montreal Gazette and the National Post.
Angela Chan holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance, Pedagogy and Education from Concordia University, Montreal, and she is the founder and Director of Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts.
Dr. Chan has adjudicated a number of competitions, including the Richmond Hill Music Festival, Concours de Jeunesses Québec-Ontario, the Young Music Explorers Videotape Piano Competition, and the Young Music Explorers Piano Scholarship Competition.
An outstanding teacher, Dr. Chan currently hosts a column on piano pedagogy in MusiFax, a publication of the Quebec Registered Music Teachers Association. She is also an RCM (The Royal Conservatory of Music) piano examiner and workshop clinician. Dr. Chan also serves as pedagogical consultant to the iScore Project – an online pedagogical platform co-developed by the RCM, Concordia University and Queen’s University.
At Lambda School, Dr. Chan maintains a joint piano studio with Montreal-Korean concert pianist, Dr. Wonny Song, grooming young concert pianists. Many of Dr. Chan's young students have won first prizes in national and international piano competitions and have been invited to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York as well as in Europe. She is also the author of the new Lambda piano method series developed to help learners progress at an accelerated pace.
Martin Karliček - Piano
Czech-Canadian pianist Dr. Martin Karlíček teaches piano at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal (Canada) and gives concerts as a soloist and a chamber musician. His piano playing has been described as “inspiring, rich, sensitive, stylistically taut and arresting, precise, crisp, brilliantly controlled, wonderfully colorful and always imaginative. His very impressive command of the instrument comes out as a completely natural support of musical expression.” His performances, masterclasses and lectures have been enthusiastically received by audiences in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Canada, Greece, U.S.A. and Japan.
Martin Karlíček’s orchestral debuts took place in Prague Rudolfinum Hall (Czech Republic) and in Montreal Pollack Hall (Canada); both in 2003. In 2004, Mr. Karlíček introduced a world premiere of Félix Frédéric Baril’s piano concerto Déviations, and in 2005 Martin Matalon’s Las siete Vidas de un Gato as a North-American premiere conducted by Denys Bouliane. In 2008 he and his wife, Japanese violinist Mana Shiraishi, established Duo Ventapane that instantly embarked on tours of Europe and Japan receiving praise and admiration: “Duo Ventapane is an event to experience...” Aside from establishing his reputation as a dynamic promoter of Czech music, Martin Karlíček’s large solo and chamber music repertoire includes standard and contemporary works: one of his last projects was a CD of complete piano & piano and cello works by a young Canadian composer Andrew Yin Svoboda (1977-2004).
Mr. Karlíček is a holder of the Bedřich Smetana Prize in the Bedřich Smetana International Piano Competition 1994 (2nd Prize: 1st not awarded) and the First Prize and Ferenc Liszt Prize in the South Bohemian International Piano Competition 1995. In addition, he received the Béla Bartók Prize, Leoš Janáček Prize and Bohuslav Martinů Prize in the Prague-Vienna-Budapest International Summer Academy Competition in 2001.
Martin Karlíček studied at the Conservatoire in Plzeň, Academy of Music in Prague (B.Mus, M.Mus), Utrecht Academy of the Arts in Holland and at McGill University in Montreal in Canada (M.Mus, D.Mus) as a recipient of number of awards and scholarships. Among his teachers were Kyoko Hashimoto, Anton Kuerti, Květa Bilinská, Miroslav Langer, Karel Friesl, Ivan Moravec, Milan Škampa, Michael McMahon and Denys Bouliane.
Tristan Lauber - Piano
Tristan Lauber, pianist, chamber musician, masterclass teacher, competition adjudicator, recording artist—has a wealth of experience behind him. He has won prizes at many competitions, including the Concours de Musique du Canada and the Concours de Musique du Québec, and he is the founder of the Allegro Quintet.
Prof. Lauber has performed solo and with symphony orchestras around the world, including the United States, Japan, Korea, Philippines, and Malaysia, in addition to performing across Canada and Quebec. Reviews of his performances describe his playing as “refreshingly beautiful and unexaggerated” and as possessing “arresting tonal colors, wit, majesty and eloquence". Mr. Lauber holds a Doctorate degree in piano performance from the Université de Montréal.
Jacinta Ionno - Graphic Arts
Jacinta Ionno is the founding professor and advisor of the Lambda Graphics Arts program since 2008. Jacinta has been a professional artist for more than 15 years, has been actively involved in the art community and is a member of the Canadian Federation of Artists and the Artist Association of Dollard. She participates in numerous juried and non-juried shows. She has also held solo exhibitions at Pierrefonds, Kirkland, Beaconsfield and Roxboro libraries. She has received several awards for her works.
Prof. Ionno holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Commercial Arts Degree. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University.
Grégor Monlun – Violin (Available at Lambda Downtown and Lambda West Island Location)
French Canadian violinist, Grégor Monlun started to study violin at the age of 6 in the class of R. Papavrami in Bordeaux, France. After that, he decided to develop his skills at the Conservatories of Bordeaux and Paris. In 1998 at the age of 14 years only, he became the youngest 1st prize winner of the prestigious Concours Radio France in Paris. Impressed by his outstanding performance, famous violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin invited him to play as soloist with numerous French and foreign orchestras, among them Orchestre de Normandie and Orchestre de Radio France, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in Spain and Frankfort Symphony Orchestra in Germany.
Thereafter, he pursued his musical training under the guidance of such maestros as M. Rostropovitch, Isaac Stern, V. Tretyakov, G. Rojdestvenski, A. Dumay and G. Poulet. Then he left for well-known Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory where he entered the class of E. Gratch and M. Gotsdiner (both former students of A. Yampolsky and David Oistrakh). He graduated from the Conservatory of Moscow with the 1st prize and the maximum grade in 2007. At the same time he was performing as a soloist and chamber musician with such renowned artists as Ivry Gitlis, Gilles Apap, Sergey Babayan and also Jean-Philippe Collard in prestigious concert halls all over the world (Germany, France, Russia, Great Britain, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Japan, South Africa, China, Brazil, Ecuador, Canada...).
He also frequently collaborates with several differents orchestras and ensembles in the province of Québec, and has obtained as well a Master's degree in 2009, and a Doctorate in Violin Performancein 2012 at the University of Montreal, in the class of professor Vladimir Landsman.
Frédéric travaille depuis 20 ans sous le signe de la polyvalence. Il a complété deux Baccalauréats à l’Université de Montréal où il s’est formé en piano-classique, en piano-jazz avec Art Robert, Pierre Leduc, Loraine Desmarais, Luc Beaugrand et Richard Provencal tout en complétant ses cours en technique d’écriture classique.
Comme claviériste il a commencé sa carrière à L’Empire des futus stars et à Rock en vol dans le groupe électro-pop original Ralph et les Baronics vers la fin des années ’80 et dont il était sorti quelques vidéoclip à Musicplus. Frédéric a accompagné beaucoup de chanteurs et chanteuses dans des styles aussi variés que le jazz, la chanson française, ou la musique populaire américaine. Il a, entre autres, travaillé avec Bel Gazou, Estelle Esse et Yoland Sirard et beaucoup d’autres voix. Parallèlement à ces projets d’interprète il a écrit et arrangé de la musique: comme arrangeur et compositeur il a signé la musique livrée par le quatuor vocal masculin Figaro lors du Gala de l’ADISQ hors onde à l’automne 1994. Il a aussi mis sa plume sur quatre disques compacts de musique instrumentale classique et world-beat tant comme pianiste, arrangeur que compositeur, avec les orchestres à cordes L’Île de la Cité (Paris) et I Musici (Montréal), le Quatuor vocal Figaro et le quatuor à cordes Euterpe(ancêtre de l’actuel quatuor Bozzini). Comme arrangeur il a reçu 2 bourses du Conseil des Arts et Lettre du Québec en 1996 et en 1998. De 1996 à 2004, on l’a entendu 2 fois par semaine au piano dans le commerce Les Ailes de la mode, jouant avec versatilité un grand répertoire de musiques populaire, jazz, classique ainsi que les musiques de film.
Le 7 juillet 2004, le Frédéric Brunel Jazz Quartet joua ses propres compositions dans la programmation du Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Les spectacles hommages l’intéressent tout particulièrement : en duo il interprété Michel Legrand, Charles Trenet et Jean-Pierre Ferland. Depuis l’an 2000 il est aux claviers avec le projet Hommage à Joe Dassin avec Raphaël Torr,et pour lequel il reproduit toutes les sonorités populaires et orchestrales des cette époque. Cet hommage s'est rendu de la salle André-Mahieu à Desjardins-Telus à Rimouski en passant par Hector-Charland partout au Québec en passant par Vancouver, à raison de plus de 350 spectacles depuis 8 ans.
Comme chef de choeur à la maison des Arts de Laval, il dirigea les choeurs d’enfants du Programme musical de l’École des Cèdres au Mondial Choral 2006. En mai 2007 il retourna sur la même scène comme pianiste-chef pour accompagner un hommage à Édit Piaf chanté par Nancy Woodbury. Aussi en novembre 2007 et 2008, en tant que « pianiste de jazz et arrangeur » , Frédéric a joué à la Place Des Arts au Festival du Monde Arabe pour le projet jazz/ethnique de Randa, chanteuse de jazz Libanaise ayant deux CD sur le marché. Avec Randa en novembre 2008 il a aussi joué deux fois en direct à la chaîne culturelle de Radio-Canada Espace Musique (100,7FM) et à la première chaÎne (95.1FM). Parallèlement , a terminé en 1998 un certificat en enseignement collectif de la musique à l’UQAM et s’est spécialisé en pédagogie Dalcroze à Rochester, au Centre Orford et l’Université du Maryland. Depuis 1999 il enseigne à temps plein la composition, la rythmique Dalcroze, la chorale, les percussions Orff et la littérature musicale au Programme musical primaire de l’École Des Cèdres à la Commission scolaire Laval.
Alexandre Ethier - Guitar & Electric Guitar, Ukulele
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.
Alexandre 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.
Steve Cowan - Classical Guitar / Acoustic Guitar / Bass Guitar (Available at both Downtown and West Island Lambda locations)
Steve Cowan is an award-winning classical guitarist hailing from St. John's, Newfoundland. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He has won top prizes at numerous local and national music festivals; most notably, he took 1st place in the guitar category at the 2012 FCMF National Music Festival, and then took the Grand Award competing against all other classical music categories in the final Gala concert.
As a chamber musician, Steve is a two-time winner of the Lillian Fuchs Competition in New York City. He was the 2012 recipient of the Andres Segovia/Rose Augustine award from Manhattan School of Music, as well as the winner of the 2012 Newfoundland Registered Music Teachers award from the Kiwanis Federation of Newfoundland.
In addition to his classical career, Steve is well versed in the styles of Jazz, Rock, Folk, Metal, and Blues, and has performed and toured across Canada as a professional Rock musician. Steve has been teaching guitar students of all levels and styles in the areas of Newfoundland and New York City for the past 7 years.
Rosa Pyon - Piano, Music Theory
Rosa Pyon studied at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in the Piano Performance Program with professor Luba Zuk. She is currently a student of Jean Saulnier at the Université de Montréal.
At a very young age Rosa began intensive training in music theory and history and showed great ability and skill. While still a high school student, she became assistant instructor in several theory classes at the École de musique de Verdun.
As soloist, Rosa has participated regularly in a number of competitions where she was placed in the top category: she won several prizes at the Concours du Festival de musique classique de Montréal, the Concours Inter-Élèves de Vincent-d'Indy and the Association des professeurs de musique du Québec. Moreover, she was national finalist several times in the renowned Concours de musique du Canada and she won the prestigious Concours de l'Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières in the 15 and under class. Most recently, Rosa won the First Prize at the 2007 Thousand Islands International Piano Competition for Young People held in Cape Vincent, NY.
Rosa also participated in several recitals, notably at the Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur, at the Théatre du Rideau Vert and at the Spinelli concerts in Lachine. She was also invited to play in Les Matinées Jeunesses with the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal under the direction of Rolf Bertsch. Moreover, she has participated in the recording of a compact disc produced by the Centre de musique canadienne and l'Association des professeurs de musique du Québec.
Sylvia Niedlzwiecka - Flute
Sylvia obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree with High Distinction in flute performance and Master of Music in solo flute performance from McGill University. She holds two D.E.S.S. diplomas (Diplôme d’Études Superiéures Spécialisées) with specialization in Interpretation and Orchestral Excerpts from Université de Montréal. Her principal teachers include Timothy Hutchins, Denis Bluteau, Carolyn Christie and Heather Howes.
Sylvia performed in master classes with Jeanne Baxtresser, Peter Lloyd, Tadeu Coelho, Gary Schocker, Barthold Kuijken and other renowned flutists, and as a member of Lithium Ensemble she was a recipient of a winning 2002 CBC Debut award. She is an active performer whose projects include solo, small ensemble and orchestral performances. She enjoys working with young students, and teaches flute using the Suzuki approach. She studied Suzuki pedagogy with David Gerry and Kim Lorimier, and is an active member of Suzuki Association of Americas and Suzuki Musique Montreal.
Caroline Holden - Voice (Soprano) [Available at Lambda Downtown and Lambda West Island Locations]
Canadian soprano, Caroline Holden holds degrees from both McGill University (B.Mus) and Manhattan School of Music (M.Mus). She twice received scholarships to attend the prestigious Aspen Music Festival, and spent a summer in Urbania, Italy coaching with Maestro Ubaldo Fabbri. While still a student she appeared at the Aberdeen Music Festival where she sang the demanding part of the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. A leading role in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Charles Dutoit soon followed. She went on to sing numerous roles including Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, La Maitresse de la Maison in the Canadian premiere of Jean Francaix’s Paris à Nous Deux, and the wood nymph in Rusalka as well as perform at the famous Bernhard Theater in Switzerland. She also collaborated with the Gisela Rocha dance company in the world premiere of “Itself” as part of the Zurich Festspiele. A passionate recitalist, Ms. Holden has founded 2 chamber ensembles: Camerata Ouest and Serendipita.
A supporter of Canadian music, she recently performed recitals of all-Canadian women composers in Montreal and Ottawa for International Women’s' day. Ms. Holden has been a featured soloist with the Swiss Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mobile, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Les Jeunes Virtuoses, and Musica Camerata, and recorded the CD, "Purcell Songs" for the Montagsverlag label in Switzerland. Upcoming performances include Francis Poulenc's one-woman opera "La Voix Humaine" in March 2013. With a desire to help singers recover from vocal strain or misuse, she became a Canstat certified teacher of the Alexander Technique in 2009, and strives to bring a balanced and holistic mind-body approach to singing, using hands-on work at every voice lesson.
Dora Cojocaru - Music Theory
Dora Cojocaru completed her studies in Romania and Germany, where she received her Ph.D. degree in musicology and stylistics. As a composer, Dr. Cojocaru has received numerous prizes and grants, including the Paul Sacher, Socrates, Gaudeamus, D.A.A.D., European Community, Heinrich Böll grants, as well as several grants from Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec.
Her compositions have been published by Müller&Schade AG in Bern/Switzerland, and are performed worldwide (“World Music Days”-I.S.N.M./Luxembourg, Schoenberg Centre/Vienna, Marianischer Saal/Luzern, Deutschlanfunk/Köln, Sumida Triphony Hall/Tokyo, CUMS Conference/Lethbridge, UNAM/Ciudad de Mexico etc.)
As an associate professor at the Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, Dora Cojocaru has taught composition, music history and theory. She has also been invited to give lectures, workshops and conferences in major Canadian universities as well as in Europe. Dora Cojocaru has published two books, and a number of articles in various musical journals. She has also adjudicated many musical competitions and collaborated with the “Westdeutscher Rundfunk” in Germany.
Karen Ho - Piano & Music Initiation Classes
Karen Ho is a teacher, performer, and music therapist. Karen Ho graduated from Université de Montréal and studied jazz piano under Pierre Leduc and Luc Beaugrand where she completed her Bachelors of Music and Masters of Arts. She has taught piano since 2002 and has completed the Lambda's Piano Teacher Accreditation Program. Her musical involvements also include being a liturgical pianist and a music consultant.
Miss Ho's background in music and psychology sparked her interest so that in 2010 she began working towards an accreditation in music therapy. She completed the Graduate Certificate program in music therapy at Concordia University where she focuses mainly on the elderly population and children with special needs. Here she witnessed how the systematic use of music was able to help individuals achieve non-musical goals such as communication abilities, sensory motor skills, emotional regulation, social skills, and better quality of life. It is with this passion for music that motivates her in her work with people of all ages and abilities.
Jihyun Kim - Piano, Jazz Piano, Music Rudiments
Jihyun Kim (Piano, Jazz Piano) - Born and raised in Korea, Jihyun Kim moved to Canada to study at Capilano College in Vancouver, BC, and McGill University in Montreal. Her teachers include renowned jazz pianists Chris Sigerson, Jeffrey Jonston, and John Roney. Having played in an array of ensembles, from duos to big bands, Jihyun is well versed in numerous musical styles and performance contexts. Jihyun holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree with distinction in Jazz Performance from McGill University. In addition, she also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in German Language and Literature from Yeongnam University in Korea.
Jihyun helps students learn to play different styles of music on the piano. With a rich background in jazz and popular music, Jihyun cultivates in her students a solid musical foundation through developing aural sensitivity and expressive performance on the piano. While encouraging students to learn by ear, Jihyun also teaches students musical notation and theory in her own unique way.
Meng Jie Xiong - Piano
MengJie Xiong is actively involved as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Having won the third prize of World Piano Competition and the first prize in the Quebec Music Educators' association Music Festival, she also participated at the Canada Music Competition, Standard OSM Life competition and Festival of classical music of Montreal. Recently, she received the “Zoya Solod Mem Scholarship” for her Master studies.
Mengjie has also participated in numerous music festivals including the International Music Workshop and Festival (2013), MusicAlp (2011), Mozarteum International Summer Academy (2010) and Orford (2010). In these music festivals, she studied with Jacque Rouvier, Olivier Gardon, Kyoko Hashimoto, Rafael Rosenfeld and Laura Andriani. MengJie Xiong has also studied with renowned teachers including Richard Raymond and Sara Laimon. She is currently pursuing her Master degree in piano performance at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.
Kathleen Lee - Piano, Music Rudiments (Available at Downtown Lambda only)
Kathleen Lee, Korean-Canadian, is a patient and dedicated teacher who is also involved as a soloist and a collaborative pianist. Originally from Vancouver via Seoul, she received intensive musical training in piano and theory at Langley Community Music School and was involved with dozens of festivals and music camps.
More than a virtuoso, Kathleen’s outstanding talent in music composition was recognized in 2007 when she won the “Young Composer’s Competition.” In 2008, she was commissioned to write a 25th Anniversary piece for the “Vancouver Phoenix Choir.” Kathleen will receive her Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University in December 2012. She is enrolled in piano performance (major) under the tutelage of Marina Mdivani, and minor in both music composition and music education. She has participated in masterclasses and workshops of renowned pianists such as Sara Laimon, Bergmann Duo, Eugene Skovorodnikov and Dr. Seung-Hye Lee.
Marie-Michèle Bertrand - French Horn
As an orchestral musician, Marie-Michèle has played throughout Canada and the United States with the Orchestre de la Francophonie, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Orford Academy Orchestra. She also had the opportunity to work with renowned artists Radovan Vlatkovic and Frodis van Wekre at Domain Forget Music Academy.
Marie-Michèle is passionate in bringing classical music to her community. She regularly creates outreach programs, bringing chamber music into public schools and senior homes in Montréal and Boston. Marie-Michèle wishes to bring her passion for the horn and music to all persons by providing private lessons and coachings.
In 2012, Marie-Michèle received her Master’s degree from New England Conservatory, under the tutelage of James Sommerville, principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She received her undergraduate degree from McGill University where she studied with hornists Denys Derome and John Zirbel of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. She has also been deeply inspired by the teaching of Nadia Côté, with whom she continues to work in Montréal.
Annabelle Renzo - Harp
Since graduating from McGill University where she studied with Jennifer Swartz, principal harpist at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Annabelle Renzo has been invited to play with the city's major orchestras; she is currently principal harpist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil and plays regularly with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Sherbrooke, Drummondville, Rimouski and many other ensembles around Montreal.
Judy Loman, Isabelle Perrin, Fabrice Pierre and Rita Costanzi are amongst the renowned harpists under which she was trained. Annabelle has also participated in music festivals in Asia (NYOC tour, 2002), in France for the MusicAlp (2005), and in British Columbia where she played with the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific (2004).
With her new electric harp, Annabelle shows her great versatility by playing at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Fred Alarie (2006), at the Festival d’été de Québec with Kanye West (2007) and with Dennis DeYoung at la Place des Arts, From 2006 to 2008, she was sailing all over the world on cruise ships where she invented her new and unique show; Moonlight Melodies. She is now a guest entertainer on famous cruise lines such as the Holland America and Celebrity Cruises.
In addition to her career as a performer, she is interested in sharing her passion for the instrument and has taught students of all ages for the last 10 years. Recently, Annabelle has been engaged by Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada to present shows that she has created specifically for young children.
Joanne Grant - Cello
Joanne Grant is an accomplished 'cellist and teacher who has performed with orchestras across Canada. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of Alberta, she continues to perform regularly as a member of the duo Jaï with oboist Stewart Grant.
Since moving to Québec in 1995, she has maintained a highly successful studio, training young 'cellists and teaching the Music for Young Children method for young musicians and aspiring pianists. In 2007-08, Joanne was the Music Specialist for Christmas Park School.
Matthieu Bélanger - Clarinet
Clarinettiste polyvalent, Matthieu Bélanger a fait ses premières armes avec Marie Picard (Clarinettiste à l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec) au conservatoire du Québec à Hull pour ensuite se diriger vers le jazz à l’Université McGill à Montréal. Suivent alors un premier stage à New-York avec le saxophoniste Patrick Brennan sur l’improvisation jazz, ensuite, au Banff International Center for the Arts avec des artistes mondialement connus que sont Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas et Kenny Werner; et enfin, un tout dernier avec monsieur Werner en privé encore à New-York pour étudier et approfondir sa technique d’improvisation tirée de son livre « Effortless Mastery ».
Depuis 2006 Matthieu Bélanger est professeur à L’Université Concordia en clarinette jazz. Il allait aussi se mériter deux prix : le Garnet Menger Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement, et le Charles Ellison-Stanley Aléong Award for Jazz Studies in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement.
Reconnu par ses pairs, il obtient aussi deux bourses importantes du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec et de l’organisme Musicaction pour enregistrer son premier disque de ses compositions intitulé « Insomnia » en 2008. Aussi, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec et le Conseil des arts du Canada ont eu recours à ses services afin d’être juge pour l’obtention des bourses pour les musiques jazz, actuelles et musique du monde.
Depuis 1991, Matthieu se produit à chaque année avec Le Dixieband, groupe de Jazz traditionnel, au Festival international de jazz de Montréal, ainsi qu’avec une multitude d’autres formations. (Il remportait en 1994 le premier prix du FIJM Du Maurier avec l’Ensemble Normand Guilbeault ou il y joue toujours.) Il a enregistré plus de vingt-cinq disques.
Stef Jackson - Saxophone
Finding his passion for music at the age of 7 when he started piano with Jacques Harvey, Stef discovers classical music at a young age. Opting for the saxophone at the age of 12 years old, he discovers a new world of music all over again and takes pleasure in learning about jazz and instruments like percussion, drums, electric bass, the guitar, and even softwares for sound and composition. Stef has 3 years of self taught experience when he passes the audition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal, to study with Claude Brisson, student of the renowned Marcel Mule and Daniel Deffayet.
Stef Jackson has since completed his Bachelor's Degree in music, completed his 'Concours' recital at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal with a distinctive '1er Prix à l'unanimité avec distinction' and has worked with great masters of the saxophone like Arno Bornkamp, Vincent David, Jan Schulte-Bunert, Jean Yves-Fourmeau, Marie-Bernadette Charrier and Peter Weniger. He has also participated in various competitions and has won nearly a dozen awards, including a 2nd place at the well known Canadian Music Competition and has been a recipient of the Bourse de la Fondation du Conservatoire. Aside from his projects of electronic music, chamber music, recording and composition, Stef Jackson is preparing a unique program for the International Saxophone Congress of 2015 in Strasbourg and is working as a teacher and artist in residence for the Fondation Musicart.
Anick Pelletier - Musical Theatre
With her many talents in music, theatre and dance, Anick Pelletier has made her mark with an undeniable stage presence and the truthfulness of her interpretations. Since her graduation in “musical theatre,” she has participated in workshops with filmmakers Robert Favreau and Lea Pool, while continuing her studies in dance and voice. Her musical theater credits include Val in A Chorus Line (Marvin Hamlish), Boss in Code 99 (François Archambault and Yves Morin), and she toured in Europe and around Montreal in Âmes Sœurs, a musical play for children directed by Serge Marois and produced by “L’Arrière Scène.” For the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, she was part of the cast of Dina, a new musical by Louis-Martin Lanthier.
Her operetta credits include Gabrielle in La Vie Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach, La Chauve-souris by Johann Strauss (in which she seduced her audience with a glamorous interpretation of Marilyn Monroe), and the title part in Gosse de Riche by Maurice Yvain. She can be heard on a recording with “L’Ensemble et Chœur Radio Ville-Marie“ entitled Noël en Nouvelle-France, directed by Simon Fournier with who she's often invited to perform these pieces and other seasonal sacred music in concert. Besides her interpretation career, she also direct and teaches musical theatre. She teaches at Lambda since the opening, directs Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval and Les Voix boréales in their end of the year shows. We can also see her at Montessori school, Les Petits Archets de Montréal, Hebrew foundation CPE and during the summer at Camp Musical Père Lindsay.
Marc-O'Heil McCreavy - Visual Aesthetics and Design
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Marc-O’Neil McCreavy attained a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design from Humber College. Although initially drawn to a career in design due to a life-long obsession with automobiles, he discovered a deep passion for interior decorating and design during his studies.
Mr. McCreavy's desire to pursue this new-found passion as a career was solidified with his role as the Interior Designer for the Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts. He current resides just out side of Toronto, Ontario as a freelance designer and model.
Roberto Arenas Junior - Latin Dance
Born in Valparaiso, Chile, Roberto started emerging in the art world at the age of 6 years as a musician and then continued his training as a theatre actor, dancer, ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. It is also formed as an artistic director and choreographer. Graduated from the University of Salsa in San Juan, Puerto Rico in July 2006 and also style Salsa Yorkers recognized by Eddie Torres in 2007.
In 1996, Roberto left his homeland and moved to Montreal where he founded his first dance studio'''' Roberto Arenas Jr. Only nine months after his arrival in Canada, it is recognized by the organization PARCLAQ (Promoter of Latino art and culture-Quebec) as'' Excellent promoter of art and culture Latin American''.
In 1998, he received an award as the best dancer tropical. In 2002, Roberto worked for the renowned hotel chain'''' CLUB MED as a teacher and facilitator, where hundreds of students march every week.
Roberto was choreographer in various TV shows such as'' 2004'' Celebration Loto Quebec (Gatineau), where he has choreographed for popular artists such as Eric Lapointe, Gildor Roy, Ginette Renaud, Patrick Normand and Wilfred Le Bouthillier. He also participate in the show'' Sabado Gigante'' hosted by Don Francisco recognized in Miami.
In 2004, Roberto founded'' The Latin Dance Company Chilital'' which has remained one of the largest dance company in Canada until his retirement in 2010. In 2008, Roberto started his company'''' Chilital Production. Its mission is to organize the'' Summer Salsa Festival'' in which the hearing was over 10,000 spectators. During this conference, all present had the chance to enjoy five days of workshops and performances by the best dancers in the world and practice her dance orchestras social and international DJs during the 3 nights weekend.
In September 2009, Roberto was invited as an international judge for the World Salsa Championships in Cali, Colombia (Plaza de Toro).
Roberto had three podiums in the prestigious “World Salsa Championship in Florida” that was broadcast by ESPN around the world. He won a third place in the world to Las Vegas in 2005, was vice-world champion in Orlando, Florida in 2007 and third in the world in Miami in 2009.
Roberto has also led professional teams such as his band called'' Pro'' Chilital who qualified as Canadian National Champion'''' and reached the rank 5 at the World Salsa Championship'''' in 2009. In May 2010, he was awarded a platinum record in Los Angeles for his contribution to the community of Salsa in Canada as a producer and instructor.
In 2011, Roberto has organized the first International Salsa Congress in Chile was an unparalleled success. In addition, he has performed on stage at the show in Montreal and Daddy Yankee recently, in July 2012, the spectacle of Marc Antony held at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. In 2013, ila danced in the show Prince Royce, Metropolis in Montreal and show Victor Manuel Laval.
With a strong reputation he traveled around the world demonstrating his unique style on stage and offering workshops in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Puerto Rico, Bermuda , Colombia and Chile, among others.
Currently, Roberto Arenas Jr teacher, choreographer and artistic director of the Dance Center'' Anacaona'' on the South Shore of Montreal. In addition to these merits globally, it holds more than 15 North American titles. He also hosts his own television program'' self'' Caliente'' aired on TV Nuevo Mundo'' (ext. 269) on Videotron.