Guest Artists

 

Guest Artists subject to change.

Arthur Arnold - Music Director & Conductor

Music Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and PRISMA, Arnold has been recently described as ‘one of the rare conductors who not only possesses a flawless technique, but also inspires the orchestra, giving the individual musicians creative freedom’. 

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Dennis Kim - Violin (Week 1 & 2)

Dennis Kim is the new concertmaster of Pacific Symphony. A citizen of the world, Kim was born in Korea, raised in Canada and educated in the United States. He has spent more than a decade leading orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia. 

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Richard Roberts - Violin (Week 1 & 2)

Richard Roberts is currently serving as concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Montreal appointment, he was for eight years assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra under conductor Lorin Maazel. 

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Terence Tam - Violin (Week 2)

Consistently praised for his intense musicality and impressive technique, Canadian violinist Terence Tam has performed in Canada, the U.S.A, Australia, Europe and Japan as a recitalist and chamber musician. He has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Europe, Australia and across Canada including the...

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Vicki Powell - Viola (Week 1 & 2)

Praised by the New York Times for her ​“​probing introspection​”​, and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as ​“​a star​” ​with ​“​a voluptuous tone,​” ​violist Vicki Powell has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and has been a featured artist at the Verbier, Ravinia, Caramoor, Spannungen, and Marlboro Music Festivals. 

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Brian Yoon - Cello (Week 1 & 2)

Cellist Brian Yoon has been described by the CBC (Canadian Broadasting Corporation) as “Canada’s next cello superstar”. Currently the Principal Cello of the Victoria Symphony, he has been a guest principal with the Kingston Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

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Mark Morton - Bass (Week 1 & 2)

Mark Morton is Associate Professor of Double Bass at Texas Tech University, the third largest university in the second most populous state in the U.S.. He was principal bass of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, in which he was a member for 23 years. He is also principal bass of both the Lubbock Symphony and the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestras.

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Janet Arms - Flute & Piccolo (Week 1 & 2)

Janet Arms has, for the past 16 years, been a member of the New York City Opera orchestra, where she plays flute and piccolo. Janet has also performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, as guest principal flutist with the St Louis Symphony.

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Roger Cole - Oboe (Week 1)

Roger has participated in summer music festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood, Marlboro, Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver. He performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra many times. 

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Pauline Oostenrijk - Oboe (Week 2)

Pauline Oostenrijk was principal oboist of the Residentie Orchestra (The Hague Philharmonic) from 1993 till 2018. She won a number of prizes, among which the first prize in the Fernand Gillet oboe competition in Baltimore, resulting in a recital in Carnegie Hall. In 1986 she was appointed 'Young Musician of the Year' for The Netherlands; in 1999 she received the Netherlands Music Prize...

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Alain Desgagné - Clarinet (Week 1 & 2)

Alain started his professional career in 1989 with the Victoria Symphony, then became solo clarinet of the Winnipeg Symphony in 1996 and finally, in 2001, he won his current position of "clarinette solo associé" with the "Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal".

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Marc Goldberg - Bassoon (Week 1 & 2)

Marc Goldberg’s work as musician has taken him throughout the country and around the world with a host of premier ensembles. He is currently principal bassoonist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, having previously served as associate principal bassoonist with the New York Philharmonic.



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Fokke van Heel - French Horn (Week 1 & 2)

Fokke van Heel studied at the conservatories of The Hague, Zwolle and Essen with Oldrich Milek and Hermann Baumann. As a soloist, he performed with, among other orchestras, the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest, the Orkest van het Oosten, Het Gelders Orkest and the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest. He was a member of the Nederlands Balletorkest, the Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest and the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, and was...

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Marcus Goddard - Trumpet (Week 1 & 2)

Marcus Goddard is the Associate Principal Trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has performed with Vancouver New Music, Standing Wave, the Vancouver Opera, the CBC Orchestra and the VSO Brass Quintet.



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Gordon Cherry - Trombone (Week 1 & 2)

Gordon Cherry performed as the Principal Trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony and C.B.C. Vancouver Radio Orchestra from 1974 to 2009. Previously, he performed in the same capacity with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.



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Paul Beauchesne - Tuba (Week 1 & 2)

Paul Beauchesne has been with the Victoria Symphony since 2004. Paul is on faculty as Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music

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Cheryl Losey Feder - Harp (Week 1 & 2)

Cheryl has appeared as a soloist with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, National Repertory Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Sarasota Orchestra. As an orchestral harpist she played in the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony and the New World Symphony under conductors including Michael Tilson-Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, and Franz Welser-Most. 

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William Linwood - Timpani, Percussion (Week 1 & 2)

A native of Saskatoon, William (Bill) Linwood studied with renowned percussionist George Gaber at Indiana University and continuedhis studies with Cloyd Duff (Cleveland Orchestra) and Kurt-Hans Goedicke (London Symphony Orchestra).



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Edwin Kim - Piano (Week 1 & 2)

Pianist Edwin (Sungpil) Kim has been praised for his “magic in its atmosphere, individuality and poise along with considerable technical finesse,”by International Piano MagazineMost recently, his all-Chopin recital was aired on WWFM radio for its “Celebrating Our Musical Future” and WBJC radio’s “Music in Maryland.”



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Lauren Margison - Soprano (Week 1)

Recognized at an early age for her ability to communicate with an audience, soprano Lauren Margison was a member of the prestigious Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal for two seasons. Lauren was a Jeune Ambassadrice Lyrique for 2015, and the youngest finalist to appear in the prestigious and highly competitive Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Vocal Competition...



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Jaelem Bhate - Composer in Residence

A proud PRISMA alumnus, Jaelem Bhate is a conductor, composer, and percussionist from Vancouver, B.C. whose musical diversity has come to define his career. Mr. Bhate is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at UBC, having previously received his undergraduate degree in percussion performance...

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Guest Artists Biographies Below


Arthur Arnold - Music Director

 
Arthur Arnold is Music Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra (MSO). The rich association between Arnold and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra (MSO) dates back to 2001 and a momentous debut in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The Russian orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Arnold, performed two different programs to full houses on two consecutive nights. These concerts did not go unnoticed by the Dutch press: “The Moscow Symphony Orchestra was exceptionally convincing. This was mainly due to young Dutch conductor Arthur Arnold, who had his debut in the most beautiful concert hall of the Netherlands […].” The success produced an immediate return invitation a mere two weeks later, again to rave reviews in the Dutch newspapers: “The Russians played an entirely Russian program under the strong and convincing leadership of Arthur Arnold, who, until his two performances in the Concertgebouw two weeks ago, was a virtually unknown Dutch conductor. Arthur Arnold radiates serenity and natural authority. He conducted the great repertoire in grand style and in tranquil tempi that allowed the typical Russian sound of the orchestra to flourish, thanks to an excellent balance.” Arnold was soon appointed the Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra and its conductor have been regularly invited back to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. This productive partnership has deepened over recent years, Since 2010 Arnold has conducted all the concerts of the MSO Master Series in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. In 2012 he was appointed Music Director.

Arnold’s career has also taken him to North America, where he is the Music Director of the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA). Arnold is the spirit behind the festival and academy, which he co-founded in 2012. In Canada, Arnold has conducted the Victoria Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of the Glenn Gould School of Music and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. Arnold was the Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific for nine consecutive years through 2012 and the orchestra conductor and adjudicator for the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival from 2000 – 2012. In the USA, Arnold has been a regular guest at the Woodstock Mozart Festival in Illinois.

Annual engagements take Arnold frequently to Romania and Poland where he conducts many of the state philharmonic orchestras, such as the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra Iasi, the Targu Mures State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra, the Banatul Philharmonic Orchestra Timisoara, the Arad Philharmonic Orchestra and the Podlasie Opera & Philharmonic.

In his home country Arthur Arnold has conducted the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Netherlands Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nieuw Ensemble. National radio programs with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (Belgium) were all broadcasted live from the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. From 1997 – 2001 Arnold was the principal guest conductor for Seoul National Symphony Orchestra in South Korea. More info about Maestro Arnold: www.arthurarnold.com.

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Richard Roberts - Violin

Richard Roberts is currently serving as concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Montreal appointment, he was for eight years assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra under conductor Lorin Maazel.

Mr. Roberts received his early violin tutelage with the distinguished teacher Norman Carol, and at the age of seventeen, made his debut as soloist with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole with Stanislow Skrowaczewski conducting. He then pursued studies at Indiana University where he studied violin with Josef Gingold, and chamber music with Janos Starker and William Primrose.

He has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals in Canada, South America, Australia, the United States, and Europe, as well as performances with the orchestras of Minnesota, Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland, Montreal, and many others. He has performed the entire cycle of Bach's Sonata and Partitas for violin alone at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and was a frequent lecturer in the Cleveland Orchestra pre-concert lecture series. Richard Roberts is a violin professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal and has also served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec.

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Terence Tam - Violin

Consistently praised for his intense musicality and impressive technique, Canadian violinist Terence Tam has performed in Canada, the U.S.A, Australia, Europe and Japan as a recitalist and chamber musician.
 
He has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Europe, Australia and across Canada including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia. His performances have been heard on Canadian and Australian national radio and television. Tam made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1994 and his Paris concerto debut in 2000 playing the Ligeti violin concerto with the Academy of 20th Century Music Orchestra.  His CD recording of Dutch composer Wim Zwaag’s violin concerto was chosen as one of CBC In Concert’s best classical recordings of 2011.
 
Currently concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony, he also previously held this prestigious position with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia and Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada. An active chamber musician, Tam’s performances have taken him to the Sarasota, Ravinia, Meadowmount, Banff, Aspen, Encore, Hamptons, Scotiafest and La Conner music festivals. He has collaborated with musicians from the Juilliard, St. Lawrence, Ying and Pacifica string quartets. In recent seasons he has been featured as guest violinist at the Montreal Symphony’s ‘La Viree Musique’ festival, the Sweetwater Festival in Ontario, Music in the Morning in Vancouver, the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival, the St. Cecilia Concert Series in Halifax, the 35th International Viola Congress in Australia and at the Eine Kleine Summer Music Festival in Victoria.
 
Tam has been a top prizewinner of multiple international and national competitions including the Pierre Lantier International Violin Competition in Paris, the Rameau International Violin Competition, the CBC Young Artist’s Competition, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition and the Canadian Music Competition. Tam is also a recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the Chalmer’s Foundation of the Ontario Arts Council.
 
Tam studied at the Glenn Gould School of Music Toronto where he completed a double major with full scholarships in violin and piano. Subsequently, he pursued post-graduate studies at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore as well as the Hochschule fur Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, Germany.
 
Tam regulary gives masterclasses and chamber music coachings across Canada.  He is a faculty member of the annual summer Symphonic Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in British Columbia and has also taught at the Elder School of Music at the University of Adelaide.

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Dennis Kim - Violin



"Kim's interpretation of Mozart's A Major violin concerto was of an internationally acclaimed standard. Mozart doesn't get any better than this.” - Harri Hautala, Aamulehti


Dennis Kim is the new concertmaster of Pacific Symphony. A citizen of the world, Kim was born in Korea, raised in Canada and educated in the United States. He has spent more than a decade leading orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia. Most recently, he was concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. He was first appointed concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. He then served as the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, before going on to lead the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland.
 
As guest concertmaster, Kim has performed on four continents, leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Montpelier Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of Navarra. He served as guest concertmaster with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on their 10-city tour of the United Kingdom and led the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in their BBC Proms debut in 2014.
 
After making his solo debut at the age of 14 with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Kim has gone on to perform as a soloist with many of the most important orchestras in China and Korea. Highlights include performing on 10 hours’ notice to replace an ailing William Preucil, performing Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” 20 times in one week and touring Japan with the Busan Philharmonic in 2008. During his tenure as concertmaster with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, he was featured annually as a soloist. Over the last two seasons, he was a guest soloist with the Lebanon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra NOW, with repertoire ranging from Mozart and Haydn to Glass and Penderecki. Future engagements include those with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.
 
A dedicated teacher, Kim has served on the faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada’s PRISMA festival and the Interlochen Center for the Arts as Valade Concertmaster in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra summer program. He has also been on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Korean National University of the Arts, Yonsei University, Tampere Conservatory and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival and Suolahti International Music Festival. His students have been accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music, Colburn School, Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory and the Queen Elizabeth College of Music and play in orchestras around the world.
 
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, Kim's teachers include Jaime Laredo, Aaron Rosand, Peter Oundjian, Paul Kantor, Victor Danchenko and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. He plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor.

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Vicki Powell - Viola

Praised by the New York Times for her ​“​probing introspection​”​, and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as ​“​a star​” ​with ​“​a voluptuous tone,​” ​violist Vicki Powell has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and has been a featured artist at the Verbier, Ravinia, Caramoor, Spannungen, and Marlboro Music Festivals. 
 
Ms. Powell is the recipient of a Gold Award in Music from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Other awards include Third Prize and the Sonata Prize at the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition, as well as First Prizes of the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition, the Johansen International Competition, and the Aspen Low Strings Competition. 
 
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Powell performs throughout Europe with the Boccherini Trio (​www.boccherinitrio.com​). She has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, Musicians from Ravinia​’​s Steans Institute, and Curtis on Tour, and performs with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City. Recent highlights include performances at the MITO Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Zurich Tonhalle, and Konzerthaus Berlin. She has also previously collaborated with such reknowned artists as Mitsuko Uchida, Christian Tetzlaff, Steven Isserlis, Nobuko Imai, and Pamela Frank. 
 
Ms. Powell is the Principal Viola of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and has been invited to perform as Guest Principal Viola of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and Camerata Bern. 
 
In addition to her pursuits as a violist, Ms. Powell is passionate about using music to engage communities from diverse backgrounds in order to strengthen social ties, as well as to raise awareness for humanitarian efforts across the world. As Director of the Verbier Festival Academy​’​s ​“​Reaching Out​” ​program, she helped enable musicians to broaden their business and networking skills in order to be innovative and active participants within their own communities. Ms. Powell has also collaborated with the Medair organization 
 
(relief.medair.org), which helps people who are suffering in remote and devastated communities around the world survive crisis, recover with dignity, and develop skills to build a better future. 
 
Born in Chicago in 1988, Ms. Powell began her musical studies in Madison, Wisconsin with Eugene Purdue and Sally Chisholm. She is a graduate of the Hochschule f​ü​r Musik “​Hanns Eisler​”​, the Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute of Music, and studied with M​á​t​é Sz​ű​cs, Misha Amory, and Roberto Diaz.

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Brian Yoon - Cello

Cellist Brian Yoon has been described by the CBC (Canadian Broadasting Corporation) as “Canada’s next cello superstar”. Currently the Principal Cello of the Victoria Symphony, he has been a guest principal with the Kingston Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Brian also served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in the second half of the 2017/18 season. Since winning First Prize at the 35th Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, he has been presented in recital from coast to coast, with performances of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Shostakovich and Metallica. As a soloist, Brian regularly performs with orchestras across Canada: his performance of Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 at the National Arts Centre was praised by the Ottawa Citizen as an “impressive account” with “exquisite phrasing”.

As a teacher, Brian is regularly invited on faculty of summer festivals and to lead master classes. His students have been accepted into cello performance programs at the University of Victoria, University of Ottawa and McGill University.

Born in South Korea, Brian started music lessons at the age of six. After immigrating to Canada, he continued cello studies with Judith Fraser at the Vancouver Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Certificate in Music Performance. He began post-secondary studies in the Faculty of Science at UBC, but later completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa studying with Paul Marleyn, and a Master of Music at Rice University studying with Desmond Hoebig. Brian has been generously supported by the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation.

He currently plays a 2010 cello by David Wiebe (Woodstock, NY) and a 2014 bow by Reid Hudson (Duncan, BC).

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Mark Morton - Bass

Mark Morton is Associate Professor of Double Bass at Texas Tech University, the third largest university in the second most populous state in the U.S.. He was principal bass of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, in which he was a member for 23 years. He is also principal bass of both the Lubbock Symphony and the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestras. First-prize winner of the 1990 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition in New York, Morton has soloed in Europe, South America, Canada, and the U.S. He has been a featured double bass soloist on radio broadcasts including NPR's "Performance Today.” Earning his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School in New York, Dr. Morton is only the second bassist to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the history of Juilliard. His critically acclaimed Thresholds and Russian Rendezvous CDs, have become reference recordings of standard double bass repertoire. He also shares a CD with bassist Gary Karr of double bass music by Paul Ramsier. Classical CD Reviews proclaimed him as “a most artistic representative of the new generation developed in the last half century.” His recent release on Albany Records, Bottesini Greatest Hits features Morton accompanying himself on piano, for which American Record Review says, “Mark Morton is a fine player on both instruments, and the music is lovely…” The DrMarkMorton YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/c/drmarkmorton has garnered over 1700 subscribers and more than a quarter-million views.

 

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Janet Arms - Flute & Piccolo

Janet Arms has, for the past 16 years, been a member of the New York City Opera orchestra, where she plays flute and piccolo. She has also performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, as guest principal flutist with the St Louis Symphony in the US and throughout Europe. She has played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston, at Tanglewood, and on tour. Janet has soloed in the U.S. and abroad with the New York Chamber Soloists. Ms Arms has a decade long association with the Bard Festival Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra at Bard, and is a former member of the San Francisco Ballet orchestra.  

She now makes her home in New York where she is active in commercial recording. Recent chamber music activities include performances with musicians of the NYC Opera at Lincoln Center, and guest artist with the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival in St Michaels, Maryland. Ms Arms is a prizewinner in both the NY Flute Club competition and the Concert Artists International competition.  



She made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall while completing her Masters degree at Juilliard, and has been an adjudicator and guest master class artist at NY Flute Club events. Ms Arms received her Bachelors degree from The Hartt School, where she is now a member of the flute faculty.

 

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Roger Cole - Oboe

Roger Cole has been Principal Oboist of the Vancouver Symphony since 1976. He has been Principal Oboe of the Carmel Bach Festival since 1997. He also played Principal Oboe in the CBC Radio Orchestra. He received his early musical training in Seattle, Washington where he studied with Bernard Shapiro, Principal Oboist of the Seattle Symphony. He went on to become a scholarship student at Yale University and The Juilliard School where he studied with the renowned American oboist, Robert Bloom.

Roger has participated in summer music festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood, Marlboro, Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver. He performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra many times. He has collaborated with Vancouver pianist Linda Lee Thomas on a CD for the CBC Musica Viva label entitled The Expressive Oboe. Roger is the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. He teaches at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music and also teaches many private students in his home studio.

 

 

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Pauline Oostenrijk - Oboe

Pauline Oostenrijk was principal oboist of the Residentie Orchestra (The Hague Philharmonic) from 1993 till 2018. She won a number of prizes, among which the first prize in the Fernand Gillet oboe competition in Baltimore, resulting in a recital in Carnegie Hall. In 1986 she was appointed 'Young Musician of the Year' for The Netherlands; in 1999 she received the Netherlands Music Prize, the highest State Award for classical music.
 
She studied oboe and piano at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and finished a degree in Dutch Language and Literature at Utrecht University.
Pauline’s activities as a soloist and chamber musician have been recorded on a considerable number of cd’s. Several composers have written compositions for her, among which Louis Andriessen ('To Pauline O' for oboe solo). Until 2007 she was a professor of oboe at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague; in 2018 she accepted a similar position at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen.
 
Pauline is also active as a composer under the name Pauline O. and as a writer of columns and short stories.

 

 

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Alain Desgagné - Clarinet

Alain Desgagné won a "Premier Prix" from the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec and later obtained a Master's and Certificate degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, under the direction of Robert Marcellus. He started his professional career in 1989 with the Victoria Symphony, then became solo clarinet of the Winnipeg Symphony in 1996 and finally, in 2001, he won his current position of "clarinette solo associé" with the "Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal".

Desgagné has been on the Marrowstone Music Festival faculty since 1990 and was named principal clarinet of the National Orchestra of Italy in Martina Franca for the summer of 2005. Alain was a featured soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. He was for several summers the Principal Clarinet of the New European Chamber Orchestra in Seattle, Washington.  He is a member of the Faculty of Music at McGill University and a member of the group Kiosque. Following his studies at Northwestern, he was admitted in the Pi Kappa Lambda Musical Honor Society.

 

 

 



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Marc Goldberg - Bassoon

 

Bassoonist Marc Goldberg’s work as musician and educator has taken him throughout the country and around the world with a host of premier ensembles. A member of the renowned New York Woodwind Quintet, he is currently principal bassoonist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, and Riverside Symphony, having previously served as associate principal bassoonist with the New York Philharmonic.

A frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Orpheus chamber orchestra, he has toured with these ensembles across four continents and joined them on numerous recordings. Goldberg has also made guest principal bassoon appearances in Japan with Seiji Ozawa’s Tokyo Opera Nomuri, Saito Kinen Orchestra, Mito Chamber Orchestra, and in Korea with Myung Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Solo appearances include performances with the Brandenburg Ensemble at Boston’s Symphony Hall and New York’s Avery Fisher (now David Geffen) Hall, and performances throughout the U.S., in South America, and across the Pacific Rim with the American Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, New York Chamber Soloists, Riverside Symphony, and New York Symphonic Ensemble. He has been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Da Camera Society of Houston, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Musicians from Marlboro, the Brentano Quartet, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Band, Boston Chamber Music Society, and the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival.

B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School. Studies with Harold Goltzer. Also faculty of The Juilliard School Pre College, Mannes College, The Hartt School, Columbia University, NYU, and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

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Fokke van Heel - Horn

Fokke van Heel studied at the conservatories of The Hague, Zwolle and Essen with Oldrich Milek and Hermann Baumann. As a soloist, he performed with, among other orchestras, the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest, the Orkest van het Oosten, Het Gelders Orkest and the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest. He was a member of the Nederlands Balletorkest, the Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest and the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, and was appointed first horn player with the Nederlands PhilharmonischOrkestƖNederlands Kamerorkest in 1998. Fokke van Heel regularly plays in several chamber music ensembles, such as the Nieuw Ensemble, AskoƖSchönberg and the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble. From 2007 to 2015 Fokke was a pricipal subject teacher at the ArtEZ Conservatory of Zwolle, and currently teaches trombone as a principal subject at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam Sweelinck Academy.

 

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Marcus Goddard - Trumpet

Marcus Goddard is the Associate Principal Trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has performed with Vancouver New Music, Standing Wave, the Vancouver Opera, the CBCOrchestra and the VSO Brass Quintet. Recent performing highlights with the VSO include playing Mahler's Blumine movement from the First Symphony and the trumpet solo of Gyorgy Ligeti's virtuosic Mysteries of the Macabre. Goddard is a member of Vancouver's Turning Point Ensemble.

Goddard has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe. As principal trumpet of the Tenerife Symphony, he participated in a recording of Mahler's Third Symphony. He has held principal positions in the Owensboro Symphony, the Colombus, Indiana Philharmonic and has played Co-principal trumpet in the Spoleto Festival, the Aims Festival in Graz, Austria and the National Orchestral Institute. Goddard received a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan under Armando Ghitalla and Charles Daval and earned a Masters from Indiana University as a pupil of John Rommel.

As a composer, Goddard has over thirty-five works in his catalog, including four recent pieces for large orchestra as well as many works for varied chamber ensembles. His most recent work, I Send Only Angels, was commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and premiered in February 2007 with Roberto Minczuk conducting. Critics, musicians, and audience members alike praised the work, describing its "shimmering, translucent, winning eloquence" and "perfectly judged" form and structure. Following the critical acclaim of that premiere, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal programmed I Send Only Angels for performance in November 2007, to be conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

Goddard has had three other orchestral works performed during the last several years. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performed My End Is My Beginning and Stay On the Sea while the Victoria Symphony performed Angels. Goddard's Voices Rising, for chamber ensemble, was premiered by the Turning Point Ensemble in March 2006, was broadcast on CBC Radio, and was performed again in Powell River, B.C. by members of the Chicago, Columbus, Vancouver, and Victoria Symphony Orchestras. Alexander Varty of the Georgia Straight wrote in his review that "Marcus Goddard's Voices Rising was just beautiful."

Prior to his focus on works for orchestra and large ensemble, Goddard composed many pieces for chamber ensemble. He performed his work, Exothermic, for trumpet and piano trio, with both the Quiring Chamber Players and Standing Wave Ensemble. Goddard's Millennia Music for brass quintet was performed by the VSO Brass Quintet in 2002 and broadcast by CBC Radio.

His work for large brass ensemble, Supernovas Collide, was premiered by the Vancouver Brass Choir in the fall of 2001 and Desolation Sounds, for brass quartet, was premiered by members of the Chicago and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras in 2005. Goddard recently completed Reflections on Slayton Pond, a work for flute and piano commissioned by the Vermont duo, Sarabande. He has composed a piano trio and violin duo as part of a series of chamber works for young players in the Quiring Chamber Music School in Vancouver.

Goddard's String Quartet was performed for many young audiences in British Columbia public schools during 2002. Goddard composed and produced the score to the film, Breakfast at Sharkey's, and has composed two modern dance works, which were staged in Indiana.

Goddard was born in 1973 in Vermont to an American father and French Canadian mother. He has participated in seminars with William Bolcom, William Albright, and Krystof Penderecki and has attended lectures of Philip Glass and Samuel Adler and is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre.

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Gordon Cherry - Trombone

Gordon Cherry performed as the Principal Trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony and C.B.C. Vancouver Radio Orchestra from 1974 to 2009 Previously, he performed in the same capacity with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Gordon studied Trombone with the late Emory B. Remington, graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 1971 with a Bachelor of Music in Trombone performance. In 2000 Mr. Cherry began Cherry Classics Music which now has over 350 works in its catalog including the well known "Complete Collection of Low Brass Orchestral Music". Mr. Cherry lives in Vancouver and has been married to his lovely wife Joyce, a Pianist and music teacher. They are often heard in recital together.

 

 

 

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Paul Beauchesne - Tuba

Paul Beauchesne (Principal Tuba, Victoria Symphony) has been with the Victoria Symphony since 2004. He is on faculty as Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music and a guest artisit at the  Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy each summer. Prior to moving to Victoria he performed across Canada and the United States with the Calgary based Foothill Brass Quintet. His first orchestral position was with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa.While living in Durban he enjoyed getting to know the South African wines, exploring the game parks, and learning to SCUBA dive.  He has performed with various ensembles including the Boston Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Vancouver Symphony.  Paul has been Section Head of Brass for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival since 2006, is a Yamaha Performing Artist and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Victoria in 2011.

 

 

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Cheryl Losey Feder - Harp

Cheryl Losey Feder has earned distinction as one of America’s leading young harpists, receiving national and international awards, and performing in diverse settings around the world. Top prizes she has received include the Alice Rosner Prize at the Munich ARD International Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious music contests; First Prize and Grandjany Prize in the American Harp Society’s National Solo Competition; and First Prize in the American String Teacher’s Association National Solo Competition. In May 2008, she was appointed Principal Harp of the Sarasota Orchestra, a position she held until 2016 when she resigned to pursue a performance career.

      

Ms. Feder’s love of sharing music has led to performances in eighteen countries and six continents. This season’s highlights include multiple performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, and debut recitals with the Dallas Harp Quartet. In summer of 2017, Ms. Feder will perform as Principal Harp of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Past festival performances include the Pacific Music Festival in Japan; with Tanglewood, Spoleto, and Aspen Music Festivals; with the Sun Valley Symphony and with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas throughout South America. As concerto soloist, she has appeared with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, National Repertory Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Sarasota Orchestra. As an orchestral harpist, she has performed with ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony and the New World Symphony under conductors including Michael Tilson-Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, and Franz Welser-Most. 

A passionate advocate of music education, Ms. Feder founded the Gulf Coast Harp Festival for harpists of all ages to receive intensive summer training in Sarasota, Florida. Additionally, she has led the harp department of the Luzerne Music Center and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In Fall of 2015, Ms. Feder was honored to be interim head of the Harp Department of Arizona State University.

Ms. Feder received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of soloist and recording artist Yolanda Kondonassis. Summer study includes Xavier de Maistre, June Han, and Nancy Allen. She is a native of Harpswell, Maine where she began study of the harp at age five with Jara Goodrich.

For more information, visit www.clfharp.com.

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William Linwood - Percussion

A native of Saskatoon, William (Bill) Linwood studied with renowned percussionist George Gaber at Indiana University and continued his studies with Cloyd Duff (Cleveland Orchestra) and Kurt-Hans Goedicke (London Symphony Orchestra).  Bill has been Principal Timpani with the Victoria Symphony since 1982 and has performed with many leading orchestras in both Canada and England.

Bill has been the Percussion Instructor at the University of Victoria since 2000.  In March of 2001 he directed the Canadian Premiere of George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique (original version 1924) with the University of Victoria Percussion Ensemble and in the following year directed a program dedicated entirely to the music of Edgard Varèse. In March 2006, Bill led the UVic Percussion Ensemble in a collaborative concert with Montreal’s Quasar Quartet.  This concert featured Sofia Gubaidulina’s In Erwartung,for saxophone quartet and percussion sextet.



In addition to teaching MUS333 (Percussion Techniques) Bill has offered numerous masterclasses and clinics for professionals, students and educators across Canada.  He has also contributed to several journals including a series of articles for the Canadian Band Journal. Since the summer of 2004, Bill has been the percussion instructor for the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in Powell River, BC and has been the percussion instructor at the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre since 1994.  

A strong advocate of new music, Bill is the co-founder and artistic director of Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble.  He has conducted such classic repertoire as Boulez’ Derive I, Ligeti’sChamber Concerto and Ferneyhough’s Flurries, as well as Canadian premieres of a wide variety of Canadian and international repertoire.  Highlights include the Canadian premieres or Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' De Assumtione Beatae Mariae Virginis, Thomas Ades' Concerto Conciso with Louis Lortie as piano soloist and the November 2007 Canadian premiere of Pierre Boulez’ Dérive II (2006).  A champion of the music of Quebec composer Gilles Tremblay, Bill has conducted several programs devoted to his music and recently led Aventa in “Le signe du lion”, the first in a series of Centredisc CDs devoted to the music of Gilles Tremblay.  Conducting highlights of the 2006-2007 season included the North American premiere of Norwegian Rolf Wallin’s The Age of Wire and String, the North American premiere of Anders Nordentoft’s opera On this Planet and the US premiere of Poul Ruders Abysm in New York City.

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Edwin Kim, Piano

Award-winning pianist Edwin (Sungpil) Kim performs as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist across the US, in the UK, and in his native South Korea. Praised by International Piano Magazine for performances infused with “magic in atmosphere, individuality and poise,” his repertoire encompasses timeless masterpieces of the piano literature along with innovative new compositions.

Appearances as a soloist with orchestra include performances with the Manchester Camerata in England, where he performed the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 by F. Chopin and the Changwon Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra in Tongyeong, South Korea, which featured him performing the Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by S. Rachmaninov.

As a recitalist, he performs in prestigious halls as well as casual venues that support his mission to make classical music accessible to people everywhere. He has not only appeared on the Yamaha Rising Artist Series in Seoul but also performed on the same city’s House Concert Series. In 2015, he was heard by thousands in the New York metropolitan region performing an all-Chopin recital live on WWFM radio.

Mr. Kim was awarded the first prize at the 2011 Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition in Colorado and the 2009 South Orange Symphony Orchestra Artist Competition. As the third prize winner at the 2009 Manchester International Piano Competition in Manchester, U.K., he gave a recital during the Chetham’s Summer School of Music for Pianists in 2010. He was also the fourth prize winner at the 2010 Isang Yun International Music Competition in Tongyeong, Korea.

A prodigious child, within his first year of piano studies, Mr. Kim won top prizes in six national competitions in Seoul, including, at the age of 12, a grand prize at the 2000 Junior Korea Times Competition. In 2001, he performed in the 18th Young Musician’s Festival, which annually invites the winners of the major national competitions in Korea. He also gave recitals that were part of the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation’s Prodigy Concert Series in 2001 and 2002.

Mr. Kim earned the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied with renowned artist-teacher Yong Hi Moon. Previously, he studied for four years with the eminent pianist Martin Canin at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division in New York. Today, along with his international appearances, Mr. Kim is completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody, in the studio of Brian Ganz.

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Lauren Margison, Soprano

Recognized at an early age for her ability to communicate with an audience, soprano Lauren Margison was a member of the prestigious Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal for two seasons. Lauren was a Jeune Ambassadrice Lyrique for 2015, and the youngest finalist to appear in the prestigious and highly competitive Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Vocal Competition. A finalist and prizewinner in the 2017 George London Foundation Awards, Lauren went on to take first prize in the 2018 competition. In 2018, she becomes a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.
 
In the summer of 2017, she sang Mïcaela in Carmen with the Brott Music Festival, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Highlands Opera Studio and appeared in concert with the PRISMA Festival in Strauss’s Four Last Songs. Continuing her 2017-2018 season, Lauren returned to Atelier lyrique and appeared as Clorinda in La Cenerentola with l’Opéra de Montréal and Missia in the Atelier lyrique’s production of La Veuve joyeuse. This season Lauren also appeared as a soloist in Hommage à Reynaldo Hahn with the Société d’art vocal de Montréal, in the new opera Mishaabooz’s Realm with the Highlands Opera Studio and Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, and in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Mozart’s Requiem with Vox Luminosa and Choeur de Laval.
 
A versatile soprano, she has performed extensively both in Canada and internationally, specializing in classical, jazz and pop repertoire. Some highlights to date include performances for Opera Ontario, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Beaches Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Cincinnati Pops, Hannaford Street Silver Band, the noon hour concerts at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts – Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Ottawa Choral Festival Gala, and the Venetian Ball under the baton of Marco Armiliato, (fundraiser for Villa Charities, Toronto) held on the main stage of the Four Seasons’ Centre for the Performing Arts.
 
She was chosen as one of four singers to perform the music of Gordon Lightfoot for Gordon Lightfoot at the Lifetime Achievement Heart and Vision Awards ceremony and concert and was a featured soloist on the City TV Christmas Carol Sing aired across Canada. She has shared the stage with such distinguished artists as Gordon Lightfoot, Rufus Wainwright, Russell Braun, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Measha Brueggergosman, Nicole Cabell, The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Louise Pitre, Sheila McCarthy, The Tenors, Jackie Richardson, Rex Harrington, John Fanning, Elaine Overholt, and her father, Richard Margison.
 
Lauren has appeared as a guest artist with Argentinian tenor, Jose Cura, at the Pavilhao Atlantico in Lisbon, Portugal, performing before an audience of 8,000 and a pan-European television audience. Lauren has also been part of the 4-member female vocal group, ‘The Real Divas’ and their CD, Café Society, is currently in release. After a successful tour of British Columbia and appearing as guest performers on the CBCTV broadcast of the National Jazz Awards, the young women appeared in concerts across the country.
 
In 2011 she attended the prestigious Castleton Festival in Castleton, Virginia, the brainchild of the late Lorin Maazel, as one of the youngest participants in the vocal division, and in August 2014 was the youngest member of the Highlands Opera Studio. Lauren performs across Canada with her father, Richard Margison, in their vocal duo, ‘Back to Back’, and continues to hone her vocal art under the tutelage of Margison and Valerie Kuinka.

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Jaelem Bhate - Composer

A proud PRISMA alumnus, JAELEM BHATE is a conductor, composer, and percussionist from Vancouver, B.C. whose musical diversity has come to define his career. Mr. Bhate is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at UBC, having previously received his undergraduate degree in percussion performance. He graduated first in his class and received a prestigious Wesbrook Award for academic achievement and leadership. He has conducted many ensembles throughout the Lower Mainland and is heavily involved in new music projects. 
 
Mr. Bhate is active as a composer both locally and internationally, having written music for a wide array of ensembles and soloists. He has been commissioned by a number of schools throughout British Columbia for new jazz and wind ensemble music as well as professional ensembles including BRAZZ and the LJO. He founded and directs the 45th Ave Jazz Band, a 17-piece jazz orchestra that exclusively performs his compositions. His works have been featured on recital programs throughout Canada and the US, and his music was be featured as part of the 2018 Jean Coulthard Readings, presented by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he was commissioned to compose an orchestral setting of the Tla’Amin Nation’s Hɛhɛwšɩn Song for PRISMA on the Beach.
 
Mr. Bhate was recently named the assistant conductor of the 2018 National Academy Orchestra, and will study under Maestro Boris Brott this summer in Ontario. He recently appeared as a conductor at the International Society for Contemporary Music Festival and the Canadian Music Center New Music series. Mr. Bhate has pursued his conducting studies at a number of professional masterclasses as a participant. These include the New York Conducting Institute in Manhattan to study with Paul Nadler of the MET Opera company, and the University of Oregon workshop with Maestro Niel Varon of the Eastman School, and Dr. David Jacobs.  He also was an assistant conductor at the 2017 Pacific Regional International Summer Music Academy with Maestro Arthur Arnold of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
 
For more information, visit jaelembhate.com.
 

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