Meet the Jeunes Virtuoses of Montreal

Date: September 30, 2021 Author: russell@festivalmontreal.org Categories: News
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Ryan Davis

Hailed as a “lovely violist” (The WholeNote), Ryan Davis is swiftly emerging as a
singular creative voice. Ryan was named one of “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians
Under 30” by CBC Music in 2021. Ryan is an innovative composer-performer under
the moniker Radia, combining inspiration of classical, folk, electronic, and hip-hop
music. His compositions have been featured in diverse spaces and communities,
including in Toronto’s Koerner Hall, The Violin Channel, The Banff Centre, in Los
Angeles’s Skid Row, and on ABC Channel 7 News LA. He holds music degrees from
McGill University, Yale University, The Colburn School, and was the first ever violist
accepted to the Rebanks Family Fellowship & International Performance Residency in
Toronto.

Marianne Di Tomaso

Grand Prize winner of the 2006 Canadian Music Competition, Marianne Di Tomaso won the second prize and Award for Best Performance of a Compulsory Work at the 44th edition of Concertino Praga. She also received the second prize and Award for Best Performance of a Canadian Work at the OSM Standard Life Competition in 2010. In 2014, she received the Peter Mendell Award Scholarship, and in 2018 was awarded the first prize at the Virtuoso e Belcanto violin competition in Italy. Ms. Di Tomaso has worked for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, I Musici de Montréal, and the Montreal Bach Festival. She holds an Artist Diploma from the Montreal Conservatory, a Master of Music, and a Master of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music, as well as a Graduate Diploma from McGill University.

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Kendra Grittani

Kendra Grittani is an experienced young cellist, having started at only four years old. Kendra has completed her Masters in cello performance at McGill University with accomplished symphonic and chamber musician, and cello professor, Elizabeth Dolin.

After forming the piano trio, Trio Meira, the chamber group swept the McGill Chamber Music Competition 2018, being awarded 1st prize. Along with a debut performance in Montreal, Trio Meira was awarded a week-long residency at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Kendra has also had the privilege to perform alongside accomplished professionals such as Axel Strauss, Stéphane Lemelin, Elizabeth Dolin, Ariel Barnes, Riko Higuma and many more. Kendra is currently a substitute musician with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Kendra is working as a freelance cellist, chamber musician and as a private teacher in Toronto.

Bora Kim

Violinist Bora Kim is from Toronto, Canada, where she made her soloist debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2009, performing 7 concerts at Roy Thomson Hall. Recent highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Steinway Hall in New York, recitals in Australia and the Netherlands, chamber collaborations with pianist Emanuel Ax and the International Sejong Soloists, and masterclass for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Agnes Langlois

Agnès Langlois started her musical studies with Kirsten Madsen at the age of four. At nine years old, she entered the Montreal Conservatory of Music and began her formation with Carole Sirois. In 2018, she graduated from the Montreal Conservatory with a Price with Grand Distinction. Since 2006, she takes part in numerous national musical competitions such as the Canada Music Competition (National Final from 2008 to 2014 and various prizes). In 2014, Agnès was a semi-finalist of the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra Competition. She did many musical summer academies, such as Orford International Academy and the Young Artist Program of the National Art Center of Ottawa. She also took part of the Institute for Orchestral Studies of the National Art Center Orchestra (Ottawa) in February 2019. In August 2019, she had the chance to perform as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Concerto for two cellos with Raphaël Dubé and Les Violons du Roy after winning a Concerto Competition at Domaine Forget Academy. Agnès has received several positive comments from judges and teachers. She just completed a Specialized Diploma with Yegor Dyachkov at Université de Montréal. In the summer of 2020, she founded the Festival Unisson, a classical music Festival offering one-on-one concerts in the Montreal area, with her colleague Élisabeth Pion.

Thierry Lavoie-Ladouceur

Thierry Lavoie-Ladouceur switched from the violin to the viola at the age of 17 and the numerous prizes he obtained since then confirmed that he made the right choice. Just to name a few, he has won Desjardins Music Excellence Awards, Montreal Conservatory Scholarships, the People’s Choice Award at the Cégeps en concert competition and Domaine Forget Awards. He won the 2019 concerto competition at the Montreal Music Conservatory and made his solo orchestral debut with the William Walton concerto. Thierry plays regularly for orchestras such as I Musici, the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia de Lanaudière. He has played in chamber music concerts for the Schubert Festival in Lachine, the Domaine Forget Summer Academy and the National Youth Orchestra. He also enjoys performing pop music for artists like Jonathan Roy, as well as for television productions such as The Voice Quebec. He obtained his Master’s degree in viola performance with distinction at the Montreal Music Conservatory and currently follows a cultural organizations management program at HEC Montreal.

Onyou Lee

Based in Montreal, freelance violist Onyou Lee serves as a principal violist of Pronto Musica and Mcgill Symphony Orchestra. Currently studying with Neal Gripp, he was a part of various programs including Les Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal, Curtis Mentor Network, L’Orchestre de la Francophonie, Orchestra of the Americas, and National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He recently graduated from Mcgill University studying with Professor André Roy, and his other principal teachers included Professors Rennie Regehr, Andrew Dawes, and Robert Rozek.

Julia Mirzoev

Violinist Julia Mirzoev has been featured as CBC’s “Top 30 Classical Musicians Under 30”, and on Toronto’s classical 96.3 FM. Her awards include top prizes at the Klein international strings competition, the OSM competition, the Broadus Erle Graduating Prize at the Yale School of Music, and grand prize at the CMC competition. Her solo performances with orchestra include the Toronto Symphony and Canadian Sinfonietta. As an avid chamber musician, Julia has been a fellow at the Yellow Barn, Perlman Music Program, Toronto Summer Music, Sarasota, and Manchester music festivals, as well as having received the Yale chamber music prize. Her teachers include Jacob Lakirovich, Jonathan Crow, Ani Kavafian, and currently, Andrew Wan.

Buon Park

Violinist Buon Park is prized as an artist of exceptional imagination, refinement, and integrity. Her playing has conveyed pure joy to audiences across Korea and Canada, where she has performed as a chamber musician, orchestra member, and soloist.

A passionate collaborative musician, Buon Park has been invited to such internationally renowned programs as Music By The Sea at Bamfield on Vancouver Island, the Rebelheart Collective at Aeolian Hall in London, Ontario, and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, UK. She has also appeared as soloist with the Hart House Orchestra of the University of Toronto, performing concerts in Toronto and Ottawa.

Maria-Sophia Pera

Originally from Ottawa, Maria-Sophia Pera is currently studying in Montreal, where she obtained her Bachelor in Violin Performance at the University of Montreal. Her role as the faculty orchestra’s concertmaster gave her the opportunity to collaborate with Maestro Kent Nagano, Maestro Alain Trudel and Marie-Nicole Lemieux. She has also participated in the Kronberg Academy, Orford Musique, and Orpheus (Vienna) summer festivals, during which she worked with Professors Michael Frischenschlager and Mauricio Fuks. This year, Maria-Sophia completed her Masters degree at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. As a member of Professor Violaine Melançon’s studio, she will remain at McGill to complete the Graduate Diploma in Performance. Looking forward, Ms. Pera plans to continue preparing for competitions. In May 2021, she received the 3rd prize in the Concerto category of the Festival-Concours de musique de Sherbrooke. Previously, she has participated in the finals of the Marta Hidy competition in Toronto and she received 1st place in her category at the Canadian Music Competition.

Georgia Vogeli

Canadian violinist Georgia Vogeli is an imaginative performer, collaborator, and educator. Having performed extensively across Canada, Georgia has played with the Opera on the Avalon, Calgary Civic Symphony, Serenata at St. John’s, and Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur de Mélomanes, among others. Georgia holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, as well as a Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. Georgia’s primary mentors have been Jonathan Crow, Denise Lupien, and Axel Strauss. In 2020/21 Georgia received an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Award and she is currently on faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary.

Xueao Yang

Xueao Yang began studying the violin at the age of four and was accepted to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing at the age of twelve. Xueao received her Artist Certificate in violin performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and earned both Bachelor and Master's degree in music at the McGill University. Xueao has played with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, and recently served as guest principal 2nd at the Regina Symphony. She has attended music festivals such as Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, Green Mountain Music Festival, Zodiac Music Festival, National Academy Orchestra of Canada and Pacific Music Festival.

Danielle Greene

Native of St. John's, Newfoundland, Danielle Greene holds degrees from the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, and is currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma from McGill.

Danielle has served as Concertmaster for a number of orchestras including the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Colorado College Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Danielle is a two-time winner of the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition and has won several concerto competitions.

Danielle has performed alongside top Canadian violinists including Jonathan Crow, Nancy Dahn and Jeanne Lamon.

Bruno Tobon

Bruno Tobon is a graduate of the Montreal Conservatory of Music, where he studied with renowned cellist Denis Brott. He took part in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis and Mischa Maisky. Bruno is the recipient of prestigious scholarships, emeritus career development grants and arts recognition awards. He has participated in music programs such as the New York String Orchestra Seminar 2017, won 3rd prize at the 2016 MSO Manulife competition in the String B division, a finalist for the ''Classe d'Excellence'' 2019 at the Louis Vuitton Fondation in Paris, led by renowned cellist Gautier Capucon.

Having received praise from the press including the ''Times Argus'', Bruno collaborated with such artists as Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jacques Lacombe, Glen Montgomery and many others. Bruno has been Professor of Cello at the Montreal Preconservatory of Music since 2019 and currently features as an artist in residency at the ''Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program'' at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto ON.