(U of Mich, retired), Cello
Anthony Elliott, Professor of Cello, and Conductor of the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra at the University of Michigan, continues a groundbreaking career in the field of classical music. He is a long time advocate for music in public and inner city schools, and has worked toward the development of new constituencies with symphony boards and foundations. He has given countless workshops, clinics and performances in schools and community centers across the country
(NACO), Bassoon and winds
Christopher Millard has been principal bassoon for Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra since 2004. He has also held positions with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra. He has appeared at festivals throughout Canada as well as with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music, Chamber Music Northwest, the Marlboro Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the World Orchestra for Peace. Millard taught bassoon at Northwestern University for seven years. He is a faculty member of the National Youth Orchestra, University of British Columbia, the University of Ottawa, Domaine Forget and the National Orchestral Institute. He has given master classes at the Curtis Institute, Manhattan and Mannes Schools, Indiana University and the New World Symphony. He has recorded with the Summit, Naxos and CBC labels. His recording of the Hetu Concerto won a 2004 Juno Award. An orchestra podcast pioneer, he is also a skilled woodwind repairman and a teacher of reed acoustics.
(OF), Conductor, strings
Jean-Philippe Tremblay is artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre de la francophonie, which he co-founded in 2001. Under his leadership, the OF has given more than 350 concerts across Canada, in China, Germany and in the USA. In recent seasons, he has conducted in Europe: l’Orchestre National de France, the Rotterdam Philarmonic, the Wiener Kammer Orchester, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Orchestre National d’Asturias. Following his debuts with the Netherlands Radio Philarmonic Orchestra in Utrecht, live on the national radio, critic Renée Reitsma wrote: « Conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay was a last-minute replacement of Serge Baudo, but he more than held his own. Conducting the orchestra with an energy that reminded me of fellow French-Canadian Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tremblay had contagious enthusiasm while still being in full control. The orchestra obviously responded well to him. »
In Asia, Tremblay has conducted the Macao Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the China Philarmonic Orchestra.
At home, he has been guest conductor with the Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Halifax, Quebec, Kitchener, Hamilton orchestras as well as the NAC Orchestra in Ottawa, the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra ad the Philharmonie Orchestra of the Americas and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra.
Jean-Philippe Tremblay studied viola, composition and conducting at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Chicoutimi, at the Université de Montréal, the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Pierre Monteux School, and at the Tanglewood Music Center.
From 1977 to 2000, Steven Dann was successively principal violist of Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He performed as soloist with these orchestras under eminent conductors, and as guest principal with other prominent orchestras
Stéphane Fontaine est clarinette solo de l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec depuis 2004. Il est diplômé avec grande distinction du Conservatoire de musique de Québec (classe de Marie Picard) et de l’Université DePaul à Chicago (classe de Larry Combs). Il est lauréat de plusieurs concours canadiens et européens, dont ceux de Dos Hermanas en Espagne et Audi-Mozart (Rovereto) en Italie.
Valérie Milot, a harpist with the soul of a rebel, knows how to make her art accessible. A sought-after soloist, Valérie performs in numerous concerts with prestigious orchestras, such as the Orchestre métropolitain de Montréal (Yannick Nézet-Séguin), Les Violons du Roy (Bernard Labadie and Mathieu Lussier) and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Bernard Labadie). Beginning with the 2008 Prix d’Europe, she has won countless awards. In addition to recording eight albums, getting millions of hits on the Web and producing the innovative Orbis, she teaches at the Montreal Conservatory of Music. Valérie plays one of only thirteen Salvi “Apollonia” harps in existence worldwide, graciously lent to her by the Canimex company of Drummondville (Quebec / Canada) and owned by the patron of the arts Roger Dubois.
Charles Settle joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Principal Percussion in 2017. He was previously a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (2004–2017), where he had been serving as Acting Principal Percussion since 2015. Charles has also appeared with many other ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic (where he was Percussion and Assistant Principal Timpanist for the 2008/09 season), Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In the summer months, Charles performs with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Sun Valley, Idaho, as well as the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Canadian violinist Robert Uchida has been hailed for his “ravishing sound, elo-quence and hypnotic intensity” (Strings Magazine). Robert joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in 2013, having previously held the same position with Symphony Nova Scotia. Robert was also invited to perform as Associate Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2005–2006 season. Engagements as a guest leader have included projects with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.Robert’s CD recordings include “Requiem 21.5: Violin Concerto” by Tim Brady for CentreDiscs, which won Classical Recording of the Year at the ECMAs, and the “So-nata for Unaccompanied Violin” by Andrew Violette for Innova Records. A passionate teacher, Robert serves on the faculty at the University of Alberta and has held teaching positions at Acadia University, the Manhattan School of Music andthe National Arts Centre of Canada’s Young Artists Program. He performs on a rare 1770 Guadagnini violin with Vision Solo Titanium strings by Thomastik-Infeld Vienna.
Denys Derome is associate principal horn with the OSM. He studied horn at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montreal and with John Zirbel at McGill University. As a soloist, he has performed with the Victoria Symphony, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. He also participated in various chamber music concerts broadcast on Radio-Canada. Mr. Derome teaches horn at McGill University.
Charles “Chip” Hamann was appointed to the principal oboe chair of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in 1993 at the age of 22. He has also been guest principal oboist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Québec’s renowned baroque orchestra, Les Violons du Roy. Mr. Hamann is a member of the National Arts Centre Wind Quintet, comprised of principal players of NACO.
Scottish-born Lorna McGhee was appointed principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2012. Known for her “exceptionally rich and vibrant tone” (Washington Post) Lorna has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has been fortunate to work with conductors such as Haitink, Gergiev, Rattle, Solti, Harnoncourt, Muti and Honeck.
For over thirty years, Joel Quarrington has served as the Principal Double Bassist of many ensembles including the Canadian Opera Company, The Toronto Symphony and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and most recently, the famous London Symphony Orchestra.
(OF, NACO retired), trumpet
Douglas (Pace) Sturdevant graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan and began his professional orchestral career with the Toledo (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, becoming Principal Trumpet at 22.
In 1975 he was appointed Principal Trumpet of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, a position he held for 23 years. He was often featured as soloist with the Orchestra, both in Ottawa and on its national tours, and with noted conductors such as Pinchas Zukerman, Trevor Pinnock, Mario Bernardi, Roger Norrington, Helmut Rilling, Alexander Schneider, Eduoardo Mata and Charles Dutoit.
Pace then became Manager of Arts Training and Outreach for NACO, he also serves as Director of Pedagogy with the Orchestre de la francophonie.