Our Featured Artists

2020-21 Season Featured Artists

Ahmed Moneka and Friends

Ahmed Moneka, voice & percussion Since arriving in Toronto from Iraq Baghdad, 5 years ago, my contributions as a performing artist in music and theatre have been welcomed and notable. The scene has warmly embraced my Iraqi artistic heritage – my stories and songs – into its own growing cultural… Read more

Jenna Marie Pinard, voice and Jay Yoo, guitar

Jenna Marie Pinard and Jay Yoo are a jazz duo from Toronto, Canada. Individually and in a variety of ensembles, they have performed at prestigious Canadian venues such as Old Mill Toronto, The Rex Hotel, Upstairs Jazz, House of Jazz, Koerner Hall, Canadian Stage, Meridian Arts Centre, and Banff Centre for… Read more

Past Featured Artists

Luanne Homzy, violin and Tommy Davy, guitar

Luanne Homzy Internationally acclaimed French-Canadian violinist Luanne Homzy is highly sought-after for her technical facility, sensitive musicality and expansive versatility. She has brought home First Prizes in international and national competitions and has performed concerti with orchestras such as the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the Colburn Chamber Orchestra. She has… Read more

The Mercer-Park Duo

Since their debut recital in 2006, cellist Rachel Mercer and pianist Angela Park have delighted audiences across North America with their passionately committed performances and “dazzling blaze of virtuoso musicianship”.  Having performed worldwide as soloists and chamber musicians, they currently work together in such acclaimed groups as the Mercer-Park Duo,… Read more

Ladom Ensemble

Ladom Ensemble combines piano, cello, accordion, and percussion in a unique blend of acoustic chamber and world music that is passionate, sophisticated, and wild. The group met and formed in 2007 while studying music at the University of Toronto. Individual members hail from Alberta (Michael Bridge – accordion), Toronto (Beth… Read more

Rolston String Quartet

With their debut recording, “Souvenirs” recently named BBC Music Magazine ‘recording of the month’, Canada’s Rolston String Quartet continues to receive acclamation and recognition for their musical excellence. As the 2018 recipient and first international ensemble chosen for the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America, their accolades and… Read more

Roger Feria Jr, piano

Roger Feria Jr., a native of Taiwan, completed a Master of Music in Composition at the University of Calgary, and has studied with Allan Bell, David Eagle, and William Jordan. He began piano studies at the age of three, and studied with Peter Turner and with Marilyn Engle at the… Read more

The Cecilia String Quartet

Hailed for its “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “dauntingly perfect” (Berliner Zeitung) performances, the Cecilia String Quartet performed from 2004 to 2018 for leading presenters around the world as one of Canada’s most celebrated classical ensembles. Engagements included performances at such renowned venues as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Beethoven-Haus in… Read more

Catherine Cosbey, violin

Violinist Catherine Cosbey, violin, of the Cavani String Quartet, leads an adventurous career as both a vibrant performer and presenter of chamber music. Catherine’s international performing career has taken her throughout the US and abroad. Ms Cosbey has made appearances at the Honens Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Festpiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in… Read more

Laura Swankey, vocalist

  Based in Toronto, Canada, Laura Swankey is an eclectic and skilled improvising vocalist known for her versatility, creativity and open mindedness. In 2015 she completed a Bachelor of Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto and attended the Banff Centre’s Creative Music Workshop thanks to the Ken Page… Read more

Emily Westell, violin

Canadian violinist Emily Westell has established herself as a versatile musician. Since her debut as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic at age 15, she has performed as soloist and conductor with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, and has played concerti with the Tanglewood, Banff Festival, and University of Calgary… Read more

The Rosebud String Quartet

The Rosebud Quartet was formed in 2013 in Rosebud, Alberta at the inaugural Rosebud Chamber Music Festival, an annual summertime showcase of chamber music in rural Alberta. Based in Toronto during the year, the quartet appears regularly at various festivals and series, including the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Chamber Music Series,… Read more

Angela Park, piano

Pianist Angela Park has established herself as one of Canada’s most sought-after pianists. Praised for her “stunningly beautiful pianism” (Grace Welsh Prize, Chicago), “beautiful tone and sensitivity” (American Record Guide), and for performing “with such brilliant clarity it took your breath away” (Chapala, Mexico), Angela’s versatility as both soloist and chamber… Read more

The Bedford Trio

Founded in 2016, the Bedford Trio is already thrilling audiences with their dynamic, elegant, and energetic performances. In November 2018, the Bedford Trio competed and were finalists in the Anton Rubinstein International Chamber Music Competition in Dusseldorf, Germany. The trio has performed in Canada, the United States, and Europe, and… Read more

Julia MacLaine, cello

Assistant Principal Cello of the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 2014, Julia MacLaine performs worldwide as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in music ranging from classical to contemporary and from ‘world’ to her own arrangements and compositions. Most recently, she has performed with her string quartet Ironwood in Mahone… Read more

Rebekah Wolkstein & Drew Jurecka

Celebrated for her stunning virtuosity, nuance and broad musical versatility, Wisconsin-born violinist, Rebekah Wolkstein has established a strong presence on the Toronto music scene. As a classical violinist, Rebekah has performed and toured extensively with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada, The Canadian Opera Company, and in… Read more

VC2 Cello Duo

VC2 is an innovative cello duo able to captivate audiences through their performances of classical masterworks, unknown gems and boundary pushing music. Comprised of cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, the Toronto-based duo presents artistically challenging yet accessible programs and have performed in venues ranging from intimate pubs to Roy… Read more

Ensemble Made In Canada

Ensemble Made In Canada (EMIC) is rapidly gaining recognition as Canada’s premier piano quartet. Awarded the 2006 CBC Galaxie Stars Award from the Banff Centre for the Arts, EMIC was featured in 2008 Chatelaine Magazine’s 80th anniversary issue as “Women to Watch” as an ensemble that is leading the next generation… Read more

Lara Dodds Eden

With a career spanning three continents and experience across the arts, Lara moved to Canada following a twenty week residency as the Banff Centre’s Collaborative Pianist and Associate Artist in 2013-2014. She is currently a student of Lydia Wong and a Doctoral candidate in Collaborative Piano at the University of Toronto,… Read more

Alex Samaras

Alex Samaras is recognized as one of North America’s leading singers in the jazz, experimental and new music idioms. He has performed with Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble, Beverley Glenn Copeland, Jackie Richardson, Marvin Hamlisch among others.  Alex leads his own vocal group GREX, exploring the extremes of the human voice in the context of ancient… Read more

TorQ Percussion Quartet

  Described by the Ottawa Citizen as “Outstanding – no, make that astonishing!”, Canada’s premiere percussion ensemble TorQ Percussion Quartet continues to bring new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance in every situation and opportunity. Renowned for their engaging performances, members Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake, and Daniel Morphy… Read more

Leopoldo Erice, piano

Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice enjoys a performing and teaching career, which has brought him to Europe, the two Americas, Asia, and Africa.  Among his performances, the recitals with cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, clarinettist James Campbell, the Cecilia, Quiroga, Vega, and Penderecki String Quartets, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española… Read more

Keith Hamm, viola and Julie Hereish, cello

Keith Hamm is a native of Rosebud, Alberta. He received his training at the Glenn Gould School of Music under the instruction of Steven Dann, and at the Mount Royal Conservatory with Nicholas Pulos. Other influences include Pinchas Zukerman, Mark Fewer, Richard Lester, the London Haydn Quartet, and especially formative… Read more

Quatuor Despax

(FR) Cendrine Despax, violon Jean Despax, violon Maxime Despax, alto Valérie Despax, violoncelle Formé en 2003 à Gatineau par quatre frères et sœurs, le QUATUOR DESPAX donne régulièrement des concerts dans la capitale nationale du Canada, en Outaouais ainsi qu’à Montréal. Il se produit dans différents festivals ou séries de… Read more

Michael Bridge

Lauded as “a wizard of the accordion,” Michael Bridge is internationally-renowned for his warm stage personality, stereotype-smashing versatility, and blazing virtuosity. Named one of CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30”, he made his solo orchestral debut with the Boston Pops at 17 and gives over 100 concerts per year… Read more

The Gryphon Trio

The Gryphon Trio is firmly established as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. For more than 25 years, it has earned acclaim for and impressed international audiences with its highly refined, dynamic, and memorable performances. The Trio’s repertoire ranges from traditional to contemporary, and from European classicism to modern-day… Read more

Min-Jeong Koh, violin & Bo-Yon Koh, piano

  Praised for her “extreme versatility” and “simply unbeatable beauty of tone” (Berliner Zeitung), Min-Jeong Koh maintains a busy schedule as a concert violinist and as an educator. As a member of the Cecilia String Quartet, First prizewinners of the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition and prize winners of… Read more