Musicians – 2020

Wind instruments

Flûte - Ingrid Bidet

Ingrid Bidet

France | Flute

Surrounded by musicians from a very early age, it seemed natural that Ingrid Bidet would begin studying the transverse flute at the age of seven in a Rhône-Alpes region music school. She studied successively under Christelle Schweitzer, Annick Sarrien-Perrier, Franck Edouard and Jean-Marc Boissière, before entering Magali Mosnie’s class in 2017 at the Pôle supérieur d’enseignement artistique Paris Boulogne-Billancourt. In September 2020, Ingrid will be undertaking a Master of Arts (concert) at the Geneva Haute école de musique, under the direction of Michel Bellavance.

In 2015, Ingrid founded the duo Ilios with her harpist friend, Anne Lise Monnin. Keenly interested in chamber music, she had an opportunity to participate in the Debussy OFF Festival in 2019. In 2019 and 2020, she performed with the Pasdeloup and Victor Hugo Franche-Comté orchestras as extra flautist. Ingrid was also chosen to be principal flute at the Academy of the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France for 2020.

Kyle Myrfield

Kyle Myrfield

Canada | Flute

Kyle Myrfield is an emerging orchestral and chamber ensemble flutist based in Ottawa, Ontario. As a devoted pedagogue, he has been an active private flute instructor for the past 10 years, guiding students of all ages and abilities. Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kyle completed his Bachelor of Music Honours in Performance at the University of Saskatchewan while studying under Randi Nelson. Recently, he earned his Master of Music in Performance degree at the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of Camille Churchfield. In September 2018, Kyle won the position of Acting Second Flute and Piccolo for the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra during the 2018-2019 season. A dedicated performer, Kyle has attended multiple summer music festivals, including the Pender Island Flute Retreat, The Consummate Flutist, and Orford Music Festival. He has performed in numerous master classes including those led by Leone Buyse, Alberto Almarza, Soo-Kyung Park, Joanna G’Froerer, Susan Hoeppner, and Denis Bluteau.

Lukas C. Erikson - Basson

Lukas C. Eriksen

Canada | Bassoon

Born and raised in the prairies of Alberta, Lukas Eriksen is a budding musician that has travelled the country to pursue a degree in Bassoon Performance. They currently study at the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of Christopher Millard and Richard Hoenich. They also has a very cute kitty named Kierkegaard that loves napping during practice sessions and reed making.

Luca Ortolani

Canada | Oboe

Oboist Luca Ortolani has performed with the Orchestre de la francophonie, the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble and Symphony, amongst others. Luca regularly plays in chamber ensembles, and over the last two years has collaborated with and played in quintets at the University of Toronto.

Luca is the recipient of the Anna Margaret Wallace and Willam Alexander McCoy Scholarship, Le Prix d’Excellence Artistique 2018, deuxième prix du Centre d’Excellence Artistique de l’Ontario, as well as multiple awards from the Kiwanis Music Festival (2014 to 2018) for his work in chamber groups and large ensembles.

Luca was part of the Orford Winds Chamber Program in 2018, and attended the University of Michigan’s Summer Music Program in 2017, studying under Dr. Nancy Ambrose King. Luca has studied with Anna Petersen, principal second oboe and English horn, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and is currently attending the University of Toronto Faculty of Music for oboe performance under the tutelage of Sarah Jeffrey, principal oboe, Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Matthew Svec - Clarinette

Matthew Svec

United States | Clarinet

Matthew Svec (clarinet, 19) is a first-year student from Roanake, Virginia. Currently studying at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Matthew is a Kenan Music Scholar, one of four selected for a full music scholarship. In Roanake, he studied under Teresa Hedrick and Dr. Cassandra Hibbard and was an active member in the Roanoke Youth Symphony, Winds of the Blue Ridge, the Roanoke Valley Community Band and Blasmusik Aschheim, as an exchange student in Munich, Germany. In addition, he has soloed with his youth symphony and community band and performed in the Blue Ridge Music Festival. He performs as principal clarinet with the UNC Symphony Orchestra and with the chamber music program. He intends to pursue a career either with an orchestra or perhaps in public health. Matthew is a student of Donald Oehler; he enjoys playing the piano and learning new languages.

Luca Marcoux

Luka Marcoux

Canada | Oboe

A graduate of McGill University, the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and the Université de Montréal, Luka Marcoux is an active chamber musician who frequently plays with orchestras in and around Montréal. He performs with several ensembles and plays both the English horn and the oboe. He has participated in several internships over recent years, including with the Orchestre de la francophonie in 2018 and the Pommersfelden Collegium Musicum in Germany in 2019.

Max Ostic

Max Ostic

Canada | Bassoon

Max Ostic has been a musician since early life, at first a choir boy and violinist, albeit briefly, during his early childhood. At age 11 he began playing the bassoon in Jo Ann Simpson’s beginner bassoon class and has been playing ever since. The following year, he enrolled in the conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau, where he studied for five years, until receiving his certificate d’études préparatoires en musique. Since leaving the Conservatoire, he has been studying under the instruction of professors Christopher Millard and Richard Hoenich at the university of Ottawa. He is in his third year of his undergraduate degree. His main areas of musical interest are chamber and orchestral music performance, both of which he has been participating eagerly in since starting his musical studies.

Clarinette - Valentina Pennisi

Valentina Pennisi

Netherlands | Clarinet

Valentina Pennisi is enrolled in the Codarts University of Arts, in Rotterdam, where she is completing a second Master’s Degree in the class of Julien Hervé and Bruno Bonansea, and where she is taking part in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra Academy. In the past, she attended the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” in the class of Alessandro Carbonare and the “Accademia di Musica Scatola Sonora” in the class of Calogero Palermo, Rome.

She has been a member of the OGI-Italian Youth Orchestra and the OFJ-French Youth Orchestra. Among other others orchestra, she has been performing with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonia Rotterdam, the Orchestra Mitteleuropa, the Orchestra Senzaspine of Bologna, the Orchestra Europa Incanto in Rome and appears in Reserve List for the EUYO-European Union Youth Orchestra (2019), the Lucerne Festival Academy (2019), the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (2017). She was awarded with the 2nd Prize at International Clarinet Competition “Chalumeau” in Maruggio (2019).

Horns

Cors - Graham Lovely

Graham Lovely

United States | French horn

Originally from Washington DC, Graham Lovely is in his first year at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studies with Eli Epstein. Coming from a musical family, Graham began his musical studies at five, singing with the Maryland State Boychoir, and began touring North America with the group at seven. He began playing horn at ten years old, attracted by the instrument’s unique sound. In 2016, Graham became a member of Brass of Peace, a scholarship program, directed by former National Symphony Orchestra hornist Sylvia Alimena. In 2017, he was accepted to the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program, a scholarship program that gives high school students the opportunity to study with NSO musicians, perform at the Kennedy Center and play side-by-side rehearsals with NSO musicians. Graham plays with Benjamin Zander’s Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and was a member and principal horn of the American Youth Philharmonic.

Hanan Rahman

United States | Horn

Hanan Rahman recently completed a Master of Music in Horn Performance and Literature at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying with Bernhard Scully. She previously earned a Bachelor of Music at Boston University, studying with Eric Ruske.

Ms. Rahman was the third place winner in the 2020 MTNA Young Artists’ Competition National Finals. In past years, she was a semifinalist for the American Prize in instrumental performance and a semifinalist for the Naftzger Young Artist Awards.

Ms. Rahman holds the position of Third Horn with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with Sinfonia da Camera, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. During the summers, Ms. Rahman has studied at various summer festivals, including Festival Napa Valley, Mostly Modern Festival, Marrowstone Music Festival, National Music Festival, Miami Music Festival, Orford Music Academy, and Bay View Music Festival.

Trompette - William MacDonald

William MacDonald

United States | Trumpet

William MacDonald started attending the Saxony State Secondary School of Music “Carl Maria von Weber” at age 11, where he switched from cello to trumpet after two years. He was admitted to the university studio of Prof. Helmut Fuchs at the Dresden Conservatory of music for his last two years of high school, graduating in 2019.

William has performed with both student and professional orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra, Kapell-Musiker Dresden Chamber Orchestra, and Brown University Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with the Dresden University Orchestra and can be heard on a CD with the Children’s Choir of the Saxon State Opera.

He has studied with Sergei Nakariakov, Prof. Wolfgang Bauer, Raymond Mase, David Krauss, and Benjamin Wright. During the winter of 2019, he gained acceptance to conservatories, including the Juilliard School of Music, and the Dresden College of Music. William studies biology — in addition to his musical studies — at Brown University.

Cors Nikita Solberg

Nikita Solberg

United States | Horn

Nikita Solberg is a New York City based French Horn performer and currently performs with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

These engagements have included concerts with guests Andrea Bocelli, Kathleen Battle, and Bernadette Peters. Nikita regularly substitutes with many organisations in New York City such as the Greenwich Village Orchestra, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and the newly created New Conductors Orchestra.

Nikita completed their Masters in Orchestral Performance at Lynn Conservatory and studied with Gregory Miller, previously of the Empire Brass. Past instructors have included Brice Andrus of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and James Nickel of the National Symphony Orchestra. Nikita recently was appointed an Associate Artist with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass and played with the ensemble on their Northeast tours in 2019 and 2020.

Cors - Julien Moussa

Julian Moussa

France | Horn

Trompette - Daniel Venglar

Daniel Venglar

United States | Trumpet

Daniel Venglar has studied at the New England Conservatory with Benjamin Wright, and studies with Steven Emery. He traveled to Montreal to perform, work and study with the Orchestre de la Francophonie. Being a player who prioritizes the production of exciting but technically sound performances, I found value in efficient production, as executing under the demands of weekly concerts and recordings is not a traditionally easy thing for most brass players.

He has great interest in the music of the 20th century, and new music. He has commissioned composers like Ian Wiese and Lila Wildy Quillin In the past. He is an avid recitalist, in addition to being an orchestral player. He has also recently spent time recording etudes by Theo Charlier, and Hans Werner Henze’s Sonatina.

Strings

Léo Laniece

Léo Lanièce

Canada | Double bass

Born in France, raised in Saskatoon Saskatchewan and now Montreal based artist, Double Bassist Léo Lanièce currently pursues a career in orchestral performance at McGill University. Léo has played in the bass section of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (2017-2019), performed as Principal bass for the Saskatoon Opera and participated in Hamilton’s National Academy Orchestra 2019.

Not only versed in the classical style, Léo has experience performing in a variety of music genres such as freelance jazz gigs and playing the electric bass in pit orchestras (Grease, Shrek the musical, Little Women, Charlie Brown and Fiddler on the roof, HMS pinafore).

Léo currently pursues a Master of Music degree in orchestral performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music with Eric Chappell, the Associate Principal Bass of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

Sébastien Malaval

France | Violin

Born in Paris in 1996, Sébastien Malaval studied violin at the Conservatoire du 15ème arrondissement. After graduating from high school, he studied engineering in Lyon. During this period, he never stopped practising music. Classically trained, Sébastien collaborated on contemporary dance, musical theatre and theatre projects as a violinist.

Violon - Louis Noël

Louis Noël

Netherlands | Violin

Belgian violinist Louis Noël was born in 1994. While completing his baccalaureate under Professor Igor Tkatchouk, he also studied law for two years at the University of Namur. In 2018, he graduated with a specialized master’s degree, having studied under Marc Danel. Louis is currently completing a second master’s degree at Codarts (Rotterdam Conservatory).

Louis was a laureate of the Concours national de Cavatine and the Concours international des jeunes solistes du Luxembourg. He plays as extra violinist with the Orchestre national de Belgique and has performed on numerous occasions with the Namur Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre de l’Opéra royal de Wallonie. He is also a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy.

Louis participates in many youth orchestral projects and was a member of the Young Belgian Strings Chamber Orchestra. In 2020, he joined the Orchestre de la francophonie. He has also performed with the Camerata de Namur.

Violon - Ewerton Candido

Ewerton Candido

Violin | Brazil

Ewerton is a 25 year old violinist from Brazil. He began studying violon at 16. He participates in festivals in Brazil including: Festival Internacional de Curitiba (2012), Festival Internacional de Belém (2015), Festival Internacional de Londrina (2016), Festival Internacional de Barra Mansa( 2017), and Festival Internacional de Pelotas (2018). In 2014, he travelled to Germany to with a Brazilian Orchestra in five cities. He is a graduate of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro under teacher Daniel Guedes.

Violon - Gabrielle Nowicki

Gabi Nowicki

Canada | Violin

Born in Winnipeg, MB, Gabi has been playing violin for 14 years; she is currently studying at University of Ottawa with Yehonatan Berick. She plays water polo, and loves dogs.

Aiden Russell

Canada | Cello

Currently pursuing his master’s degree at the Peabody Institute of Music, Canadian cellist Aiden Russell is studying privately with professor Alan Stepansky. Prior to attending Peabody, Aiden attended McGill University, where he studied with Matt Haimovitz. During his time at McGill, Aiden had various ensemble experiences having the opportunity to work with coaches including Ted Baskin, Denise Lupien and André Roy, among others. During recent summers Aiden attended the International Cello Institute, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Orford Music Festival, working with renowned cello teachers Brian Manker, Astrid Schween, Michel Strauss and the Formosa Quartet. Aiden made his solo debut with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto when he was just 16 years of age. In the most recent academic year at Peabody, Aiden was seated as the principal cellist in a Peabody Symphony Orchestra concert conducted by Marin Alsop.

Ricardo Vera

Ricardo Vera

Belgium | Cello

Ricardo Vera is a cellist formed at The Juan José Landaeta Conservatory of Music and The National Network of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela (El Sistema), who took cello lessons with Alejandro Sardá, Germán Marcano, Marek Gajzler, and Wilfredo Perez, and has participated in masterclasses with internationally renowned teachers as Emmanuelle Bertrand, Antonio Meneses, Johan Stern, Blair Lofgren, among others. On the other hand, he has been invited to play with important, local orchestras as the Chacao Youth Symphony Orchestra, Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, working with conductors as Ulysses Ascanio and Diego Matheuz, to name but two. Nowadays, he continues his formation at the workshop of Marie Hallynck and Didier Poskin, at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

Violon - Mathieu Deveau

Matthieu Deveau

Canada | Violin

In 2010, even before attending university, Matthieu Deveau was awarded a Performance

Associateship Diploma (ARCT) in Violin from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He then completed a Bachelor of Music (violin) and a degree in Orchestral Studies from the University of Ottawa. Matthieu studied under such prominent professors as Paul Campbell, David Stewart, Yehonatan Berick and Jonathan Crow. He recently completed a Master’s degree in violin performance at the Université de Montréal under the direction of Annick Roussin.

Matthieu has played with several orchestras, including the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la francophonie, the New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic Sinfonia. As an orchestral musician, Matthieu has performed on prestigious stages in Italy, China and South Korea. He is currently a violinist with the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra in Montréal and extra violinist with the Ottawa and Gatineau Symphony Orchestras.

Ben Heard - Contrebasse

Ben Heard

Canada | Double bass

Double bassist Ben Heard obtained his Bachelor of Music in 2019 from Toronto’s Glenn Gould School, with the support of a full-tuition Henry White Kinnear Foundation scholarship. An active chamber and orchestral musician, Ben has performed chamber music with Andres Diaz, Steven Dann, Mayumi Seiler and Barry Shiffman, and performs as a substitute musician with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Also a devoted advocate of new music, he has performed with Toronto’s New Music Concerts and Against the Grain Theatre, as well as appeared in Koerner Hall’s 21C Music Festival. Always eager to enjoy the versatility of the double bass, Ben is an accomplished improvising musician, having performed at the international jazz festivals of Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, and most recently at the Savannah Music Festival in Savannah, Georgia.

Ben will begin his master’s degree at McGill University in fall 2020, studying with Montreal Symphony Orchestra principal bassist, Ali Yazdanfar.

Violon - Onyou Lee

Onyou Lee

Canada | Viola

Based in Montreal, violist Onyou Lee is currently taking Graduate Diploma of Performance in Mcgill university with Professor Andre Roy. He has performed music with various orchestras in Vancouver, Montreal, New Brunswick, and Ottawa.

Camille Mireault-Lancette

Canada | Viola

Camille Mireault-Lalancette first studied the piano and at the age of 12, she discovered the viola. On numerous occasions, she ranked among the top three at the Victoriaville competition for soloists and small ensembles, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Between 2012 and 2014, the young violist performed with the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montréal. In 2014, she entered the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal where she obtained a diploma of college studies (DCS). Camille then studied under Jutta Puchhammer at the Université de Montréal, where she graduated with a bachelor’s in Performance and is currently completing a Master’s degree. She also developed her skills at the Camp musical des Laurentides, the Domaine Forget, the Orford Arts Centre, the Solsona International Music Academy in Spain, the Zemtsov Masterclass in the Netherlands and with the Orchestre de la francophonie and the Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden in Germany. A freelance violist, Camille also teaches privately and with the Share the Warmth El Sistema program.

Violon - Shelby Thompson

Shelby Thompson

United States | Viola

Shelby Thompson began playing viola in her elementary school orchestra at 7. Now in demand as a chamber and orchestral violist and as a teacher, Shelby is a performs frequently with the Immaculata Chamber Music Series and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. She is also a Suzuki-certified teacher for Cincinnati Strings and maintains a private studio of young viola and violin students. She has been a frequent guest with the Tallahassee and Albany Symphonies and principal violist of the Florida State Symphony Orchestra. During her master’s, Shelby was a member of FSU’s graduate string quartet in residence, the Eppes Quartet. Shelby is currently pursuing a doctorate at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Catharine Lees. Previously, Shelby studied with Wayne Brooks at the University of Houston and Dr. Pamela Ryan at Florida State University. This will be her third summer spent with L’Orchestre de la Francophonie, and she is very much looking forward to it!

James Watts

James Watts

United States | Violin

James Watts, born in Houston, Texas, began his classical music training in piano at the age of seven before beginning his violin studies at age nine. He maintained serious study in both instruments through age eighteen. As he entered The University of Houston he focused on violin, earning a bachelor’s degree in music performance, graduating with honors. In addition to studying music, Watts also has a degree in Chinese studies, he is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, and studied for one year in Shanghai at the prestigious Tongji University. In addition to violin, Watts is also a serious recorder player, and actively plays in a renaissance consort as well as the baroque ensemble at Florida State University, where he is a graduate assistant currently pursuing his Masters in violin performance under the tutelage of Corinne Stillwell. Aside from his music career, James is a published designer of knitting patterns.

Violon - Lorenzo Titolo Duchin

Lorenzo Titolo Duchini

Italy | Viola

Italian violist Lorenzo Titolo Duchini (Aosta, 1997) started playing violin at 5. While studying at the Conservatoire de la Vallée d’Aoste, he chose to play viola with teacher Giuseppe Santoro and professor Krystyna Porebska. In 2019 Lorenzo completed his Bachelors before starting his Masters at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under Nobuko Imai and Marjolein Dispa. He, performed with many orchestras and took part in several masterclasses, working with many important musicians.

Violon - Morgan Lachance

Morgan Lachance

Canada | Violin

A native Montrealer, Morgane Lachance began studying music at the age of six, going on to pursue a concentration in classical music. After studying under Uliana Drugova at the École de musique Vincent-d’Indy, she graduated with a DSC in Performance in 2017. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Classical Violin Artistic Practice at the Université du Québec à Montréal under the guidance of Frédéric Lambert. Morgan Lachance also participates in a number of festivals and performs with chamber music ensembles and orchestras, including the Orchestre symphonique du Conservatoire de la Montérégie.

Gabriel Gonçalves

Brazil | Violin

Violonchello - Ricardo Marzoratti

Ricardo Marzoratti

Canada | Double bass

Ricardo Marzoratti is a Venezuelan bassist living in Montréal.

After completing his musical training at Cégep de Saint-Laurent and Cégep de Rimouski, Ricardo enrolled at McGill University, where he was awarded two scholarships. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance at the Schulich School of Music under the direction of Brian Robinson, Ali Yazdanfar (classical) and Adrian Vedady (jazz). Ricardo participated in masterclasses with bassists including Joel Quarrington, Don Palma and Ali Yazdanfar. He has also played under the direction of such conductors as Paolo Bellomia, Nicolas Ellis, Alexis Hauser and Kent Nagano. Ricardo has won various music competitions and was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal.

Violoncelle - Susana Acrila Tascon

Susana Acrila Tascon

Canada | Cello

Susana was born in Colombia, South America, beginning her cello studies in the Antonio María Valencia Conservatory at the age of eight. After studying cello with Henryck Zarzycki in the Juan N. Corpas University Foundation during the last years in her country of origin, Susana moved to Canada in 2007. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts in Cello at Western University with the guidance of Thomas Wiebe, in 2015; her Masters in Cello Performance at the University of Ottawa with Paul Marleyn, 2017; and her Artist Diploma Cello Performance at the University of Montreal with Yegor Dyachkob, 2018. Among other performances, Susana has participated with the London Youth Symphony (2007 – 2010); Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Italy (Summer of 2015); Scotia Festival of Music Young Artist Program (Summer 2016); Orchestre de la Francophonie, Académie Orchestrale (Summer 2016, 2017, 2018); Bathurst Chamber Music Festival (Summer 2016, 2017, 2018).

Violoncello - David Poro

David Poro

France | Cello

David Poro has been a cellist since the age of 4. He won the Competition of Excellence of the Confédération Musicale de France at 18 and was awarded a scholarship by the prestigious Williamson Foundation. When pursuing professional studies in Strasbourg and then Lausanne, he rubbed shoulders with renowned musical personalities such as his mentors F. Salque, E. Böcker and M.-D. Thirault. He is currently performing on stages in France and all over Europe. As a soloist with orchestra, he had the privilege of performing works by Haydn, Schumann and Tchaikovsky, among others. Having founded professional chamber music ensembles, David Poro was invited to perform with many groups, which led him to explore a large segment of the chamber music repertoire. In orchestra, he has been invited to perform in major French institutions and is solo cellist of the Orchestre de chambre de Strasbourg and the Orchestre de Lutetia. Classically trained, David enjoys composing and arranging, and ventures into theatre, jazz and contemporary music.

Violon - James Watson

James Watson

Canada | Violin

James Watson has been studying violin for more 14 years. Performing with numerous ensembles across Canada including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, the Thomastik-Infeld Canadian String Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Francophonie, James continues to grow as a musician and a collaborative artist.

In September he will be completing his BMus. with a minor in Linguistics at the University of Calgary. In addition to being the principal second violin of the U of C Orchestra (and only violinist in the U of C Jazz Orchestra directed by Dr. Jeremy Brown), James is the first KSO Mentorship Fellow under Maestro Dina Gilbert and has recently completed a year’s mentorship with the Calgary based Timepoint Ensemble – a group that explores new music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Harpe - Raquel Nisi

Raquel Nisi

Canada | Harp

Co-winner of the 2020 Ottawa Youth Orchestra (OYO) Concerto Competition, Raquel Nisi is quickly being recognized for her advanced skill and enthusiasm for the harp. She is Principal Harp with the OYO and an active member of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy’s (OYOA) Senior Harp Ensemble. Recently accepted into the Young Artists Harp Program of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), she is a member of the BUTI Class of 2020. Raquel embraces every opportunity to perform and collaborate with other musicians, including her involvement in the OYOA Chamber Music Program and University of Ottawa Wind Ensemble, and future participation in Interlochen’s Summer Arts Camp and the Kanata Symphony Orchestra. She currently studies harp with Natalie Hoffmann and previously studied with Dr. Michelle Gott. Raquel is a French immersion student at Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. She will perform the Glière Harp Concerto with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra in November 2020.

Percussion - Robert Lenau

Robert Lenau

United States | Percussion

Robert F. Lenau is a percussionist and timpanist from the United States of America in the New York City area. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University under the tutelage of Joseph Tompkins, Ian Sullivan, Javier Diaz, and Mike Truesdell. Robert played in the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra and in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Previously, he attended the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Juilliard School Pre-College Division, where he studied with Pablo Rieppi, Jonathan Haas, and Eriko Daimo. Robert hopes to one day win a job as a percussionist or timpanist in a professional orchestra.

Emmanuelle Lambert Lemoine

Emmanuelle Lambert Lemoine

Assistant conductor

Violist and pianist Emmanuelle Lambert-Lemoine has been co-directing the string music program at the Centre d’excellence artistique de l’Ontario (CEAO) since 2015. At the CEAO, she has taught in the wind and percussion program and conducts the string orchestras. In 2019, she organized a cultural exchange and diplomatic tour of the Balkans with the Senior String Orchestra.

Emmanuelle pursued music, theatre and international studies both in Canada and abroad. She is currently working towards an MA in Performance Studies at New York University’s TISCH School of the Arts, with a focus on popular education through the arts in Latin America and the El Sistema program in Venezuela.

Emmanuelle studied conducting with Maestro Alexis Hauser at McGill University and is currently studying with Maestro Jean-Philippe Tremblay. In the fall of 2020, she will be undertaking a postgraduate professional degree in viola performance with Jutta Puchhammer Sédillot at the Université de Montréal.