Yolanda Bruno, violin

Yolanda Bruno is a brilliant young Canadian violinist with an intense devotion to communicating with audiences. She has been praised for her “total control of her instrument with infinite variety in the sound palette” (La Presse). Recently named on CBC’s Hot 30 Canadian Classical Musicians under 30, she is also the recent winner of the 2017 Isabel Overton Bader Competition.

Yolanda performs on the c.1700 'Taft' Stradivari Violin on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.

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Arnold Choi, cello

Described by The New York Times as having a “Rich tone, and muscular style”, Canadian cellist Arnold Choi has performed to great acclaim throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He is a prize winner of Korea’s Gyeongnam (Isang Yun) International Cello Competition, and Mexico’s Carlos Prieto International cello competition. Mr. Choi has also won the grand prize at numerous competitions throughout North America including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, the Kingsville International String Competition, the Canadian National Music Festival, the CMC Stepping Stone Competition, and the Shean Competition, among others.

Mr. Choi has performed as soloist with several orchestras around the world including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Civic Symphony, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, and the Banff Festival Orchestra. At the age of 14, he gave his first solo recital tour in Mexico. Since then, he has given several recital tours throughout North America as a soloist and chamber musician.

As a former member of the Janaki String Trio, Choi received the Grand Prize at the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2006. The trio has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States playing in major chamber music venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Centre and the Kennedy Centre. They also toured Australia with celebrated Australian pianist Kathy Selby and played at the American Academy in Rome.

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Catherine Cosbey, violin/viola

Canadian violinist Catherine Cosbey adores chamber music. She first graced the concert stage at the tender age of twelve, as a member of her family ensemble, the Cosbey Trio, when she was a guest artist with the Regina Male Voice Choir in a highly memorable performance   predominantly because they were two-thirds redheads, though, possibly, the concert is only memorable in the mind of Ms. Cosbey who distinctly remembers the exhilarating feeling of walking out on stage. She was piqued by the performing bug.

Since then, Ms. Cosbey has performed all over the States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and has been inspired by collaborating with many incredible artists, including Peter Frankl, Jeffrey Kahane, Michael Brown, Annie Fullard, the Tokyo Quartet, Richard Stoltzman, Jason Vieaux, Peter Salaff, Donald Weilerstein, James Dunham, Zuill Bailey, and Jana Baty.

As a founding member of the critically acclaimed Linden String Quartet, Ms. Cosbey is a prize-winner at the 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the 2009 Coleman Competition, the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition, and the 2011 Borcciani Competition.

An avid teacher, Ms. Cosbey has taught all over the United States and Canada. With the Linden String Quartet, she has been the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, the Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, and has been in short-term residence all over the continent, including the Detroit Chamber Music Society, the University of Iowa, the Chamber Music Society of Logan, and Music at Port Milford.

Catherine holds degrees from Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Yale School of Music where her principal teachers were Erika Raum and Paul Kantor. Other invaluable mentors include the Cavani Quartet, Peter Salaff, and the Tokyo Quartet.

This season, Ms. Cosbey is thrilled to be a member of the Pialli Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at Chamber Music Society of Mexico. In January 2015 she appeared with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in Canada along with her brother Thomas Cosbey in a performance of Bach’s Double Concerto. Ms. Cosbey is also proudly the assistant director of Regina Summer Strings, a week-long chamber music institute in July in her hometown, Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Katherine Dowling, piano

Praised by the New York Times for her “crystalline performances, gestural expressiveness, and careful attention to color”, award-winning Canadian pianist Katherine Dowling has performed across North America and the United Kingdom.  Equally compelling as a solo, collaborative, and ensemble performer, Katherine holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University (December, 2014).

Recent engagements include her solo debut with the Britten-Pears Festival Orchestra under the baton of Oliver Knussen at the Aldeburgh Festival, a cross-Canada tour with violinist Joshua Peters under the auspices of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, regular performances as a member of California-based ensemble Son à Trois, solo recitals at live@CIRMMT (Montréal) and Gallery 345’s ‘Art of the Piano’ series (Toronto), and appearances at the Ottawa, Regina, Ritornello, and Silicon Valley chamber music festivals. Upcoming projects include her Dutch debut at the Orlando Festival and adjudicating the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition. Dr. Dowling is further familiar to audiences as a multi-year fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, as a New Fromm Fellow, as a Britten-Pears Young Artist, and through extensive involvement at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

She credits her teacher Gil Kalish, as well as Henri-Paul Sicsic and Janice Elliott-Denike, as the major influences in her musical life.

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Amy Hillis, violin

Amy Hillis is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music in Violin Performance at McGill University with the esteemed violin professor, Axel Strauss. A recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Amy completed her Master of Music in 2014 with renowned pedagogue and performer, Ian Swensen. Amy also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from McGill University where she studied with former concertmaster of the Orchestre Métropolitain, Denise Lupien. Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Amy studied with the concertmaster of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Eduard Minevich, before she moved to Montreal in 2008.

A passionate orchestral musician, Amy is currently concertmaster of Montreal’s Pronto Musica as well as an associate member of Chicago’s Civic Orchestra. She was concertmaster of the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra and was also concertmaster of SFCM’s New Music Ensemble. In Aldeburgh, England, she has performed on multiple occasions with Aldeburgh Strings and the Britten-Pears Orchestra. Amy was a first violinist in the Regina Symphony Orchestra during her last two years of high school. In addition, she was concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2008 under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis and Maestro Jacques Lacombe.  Recognized for her leadership, Amy has won many orchestral awards including the prestigious Stephen Sitarski Leadership Award from the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Amy is the recipient of numerous scholarships including a Presidential Scholarship and the Peter and Jacqueline Hoefer Scholarship from SFCM. She was also awarded a Graduate Excellence Fellowship, a Lloyd Carr-Harris scholarship, the Women Associates Scholarship in Music, and the J. W. McConnell Scholarship from McGill University. A recent winner of the Regina Musical Club Recital Competition, Amy will perform a recital with pianist, Meagan Milatz, during the RMC’s 2014-2015 season. Amy has attended distinguished summer music festivals such as the Domaine Forget Chamber Music Academy, the Banff Violin Summer Institute, Morningside Music Bridge, the Orford Academy of Music, the Moritzburg Academy Music Festival, the Ritornello Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Casalmaggiore International Festival, and the Scotia Festival of Music. She has studied with renowned chamber musicians including Kim Kashkashian, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Mark Sokol, Mack McCray, Masuko Ushioda, Mauricio Fuks, Jonathan Crow, Elizabeth Dolin, Douglas McNabney, André Roy, Yegor Dyachkov, Roger Chase, Janet Ying, and Andre Emelianoff. She has also worked with members of the Kronos Quartet, the New Orford String Quartet, the Miro String Quartet, and the Ying Quartet.

With funding and support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Amy is also dedicated to performing school concerts as violinist and manager of the Horizon String Quartet (HSQ). During three different tours, the HSQ has performed approximately 58 concerts for over 10,000 students in eleven different cities across southern Saskatchewan.

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Clark Schaufele, piano

Alberta-born pianist Clark Schaufele recently completed his Doctorate in Musical Arts (Piano Performance) degree at Canada’s Université de Montréal in June of 2017 under the tutelage of Canadian pianist and educator, Paul Stewart. No stranger to the Canadian performance scene, Clark has participated in the Banff Centre Fall/Winter Creative Music Residency programs of 2009-2010 as well as the 2012-2013 season under the direction of Henk Guittart. A devoted collaborative pianist, he has had the privilege of serving as the studio pianist of Sylvia McNair for her opera workshop, and works as a freelance vocal coach/accompanist throughout Montreal, Toronto, and Western Canada.

In the summer of 2017, he served as the vocal pianist for the Orlando Festival vocal masterclass, working daily with students from Western Europe. Clark enjoys a multi-faceted career, spanning genres beyond classical piano - on both the piano and the double bass, he has been involved in a variety of performances, tours, and studio recordings, ranging from classical and jazz to country and folk; he is also a double bass alumnae of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

A dedicated educator, Clark has spent the summers of 2009-2013 as the musical director for Odeum Theatre, producing performances such as Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Monty Python’s Spamalot and most recently, the Broadway hit, Grease. Ever since its formation in 2013, he has also enjoyed working as an educator and collaborative pianist at the Banff Summer Strings Program. Recently, he has participated in numerous music series and festivals throughout Canada and Europe, including the 2017 Orlando Festival at the historic Rolduc Monastery in the Netherlands. Clark has benefited prominently from the musical guidance of Paul Stewart, Henk Guittart, Marc Durand, Jean Saulnier and Wayman Chin.

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