Douglas Gibson was born in Scotland in 1943, and raised in the small village of Dunlop, in Ayrshire. After school at Glasgow Academy, he studied English at St. Andrews University, where he was the President of the Students Union. After his degree he won a scholarship that took him to Yale, where he gained an MA in 1967. He then came to Canada, arriving (as a Scottish immigrant with a very poor sense of direction) in Victoria, B.C..
He soon came to Toronto, and in March 1968 joined the world of Canadian Publishing, as a Trainee Editor with Doubleday Canada. He was the Editorial Director, then the Publisher, at Macmillan of Canada from 1974 until 1986.
In 1986 Avie Bennett lured him to McClelland & Stewart, to run his own imprint, Douglas Gibson Books. In 1988 he became the Publisher at McClelland & Stewart, (The Canadian Publishers) a post that he held until 2004. He “”retired”” at 65 in 2008.
On his retirement as an Editor and Publisher, he became an Author. In 2011 ECW Press brought out his first book, STORIES ABOUT STORYTELLERS: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod. Pierre Trudeau, and Others.
Now, at 74, this man the Globe called “”a publishing icon”” continues to be very active. He still edits selected author friends like Terry Fallis. He advises authors like Ken Dryden and R.H Thompson about their forthcoming books. He serves on literary juries. He travels constantly, giving his shows to Festivals, libraries, schools and book clubs. And he maintains a lively literary blog, at douglasgibsonbooks.com
Peter Hall wears many hats. He is the afternoon drive host on Classical 94.5 / WNED where he also produces and hosts “Buffalo Philharmonic Live” (heard Sundays at 5 p.m. repeating Tuesdays at 11 p.m.) which broadcasts BPO performances conducted by JoAnn Falletta. Over the years he has produced over 1,000 radio interviews with musical artists. Around town he is emcee for the Buffalo Chamber Music Society “pre-concert chats with the artists,” the Falletta competition, and occasionally the Camerata di Sant’Antonio concerts.
Growing up in the Amherst school system, music, the arts, literature, outdoor activities, and teaching were important in his family. His grandfather, the painter W.J. Schwanekamp, has works on display at the Burchfield-Penney. His father was a high school English teacher and his mother was a librarian. In high school Peter played various instruments in the orchestra, had leading roles in the plays, and was an editor of the high school newspaper. Peter holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo. For over twenty years he has taught undergraduate and graduate classes at Canisius College’s Richard J. Wehle School of Business. Depending on the season, on weekends he might be seen riding with the Niagara Frontier Bicycle Club or teaching downhill skiing at Kissing Bridge.
The Hannaford Street Silver band is Toronto’s award winning professional brass band and resident company of the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts. The HSSB was formed in 1983 by a group of professional musicians with a love of the brass band repertoire and ensemble playing. Since then the band has been reinvigorating the brass band tradition to critical and popular acclaim. Its mission is to honour the traditions of this art form and at the same time place it in a contemporary context with a unique Canadian point of view, The HSSB has redefined what a brass band is capable of doing by facilitating innovative creative projects and collaboration with the very best of Canada’s diverse cultures and outstanding artists.
The Harry Bartlett Trio features three young emerging artists on the Canadian Jazz Scene. Fundamentally rooted in the jazz tradition, this group explores original compositions, folk music, and selections from the great American songbook in collaborative and exciting ways.
The Harry Bartlett Trio, comprised of guitarist Harry Bartlett, bassist Caleb Klager, and drummer Harry Vetro is made up of current and recently graduated students from University of Toronto Jazz.
Norbert Heller has performed in many countries in Europe and around the world including the U.S.A. (Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Phoenix) and Japan (Nagoya, Osaka, Casals Hall in Tokyo). Besides recitals, he has regularly accompanied renowned instrumentalists and singers, and collaborated with various chamber ensembles. An impressive number of his recordings include Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Smetana, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, and others.
Juliette Kang, violinist (b at Edmonton, Alta 6 Sept 1975). Kang began her violin studies at age four. At nine she began studying with Dr. Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute of Music, from which she earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1991. In 1993 she earned her Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where her teachers included Dorothy Delay, Hyo Kang and Robert Mann. She came to international attention as winner of first prize in both the Yehudi Menuhin and Indianapolis International competitions and is also a Young Concert Artists winner.
Ms. Kang is celebrated internationally for her interpretive insight, beautiful tone and astonishing technical mastery. Her engagements to date include the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National Bordeaux-Acquitaine, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico; Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Philadelphia and National Arts Centre Orchestras; American, Detroit, Edmonton, Vancouver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Toronto, Houston, Montréal, Korean Broadcasting, Singapore, Russian National and Kyushu (Japan) symphonies; Hong Kong and Calgary philharmonics; and Chicago Sinfonietta.
An especially accomplished recitalist, Kang has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and also at the Frick Collection in that city, Paris’s Théâtre Châtelet, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center, Toronto’s “Onstage at the Glenn Gould” series, as well as in Seoul, Taipei, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Ms. Kang’s recording debut, which included the premiere recording of Lutoslawski’s Subito, was issued to rapturous acclaim in February 1995 and was followed by a CD of her March 1996 Carnegie Hall recital. Her recording of the Wienawski Second Violin Concerto and the Schumann Violin Concerto with Sergiu Comissiona and the Vancouver Symphony for CBC was released in 2000.
Juliette Kang was principal second violin with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra during the 1999-2000 season and was a member of the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 2001 to 2003. She held the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony (2005-2006) before becoming First Associate Concertmaster with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
A native of Lviv, Ukraine, Ms. Khoma studied at Solomia Krushelnytska School for gifted children with Evhen Shpitzer, at the Moscow Conservatory with Natalia Shakhovskaya and in the United States, received an Artist Diploma from Boston University under the direction of Leslie Parnas.
Natalia Khoma is an internationally renowned cellist. Since winning First Prize at the Lysenko Cello Competition, Khoma has won top prizes at the Budapest Pablo Casals International Competition, Markneukirchen Competition in Germany, and the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, as well as First Prize at the Belgrade International Cello Competition.
Natalia Khoma has been hailed around the world as “technically dazzling”, “intense, brilliant, and with perfect structure”. She also has been praised for “the precision of her executions, Slavic Zen, full warm cello tone….and, what a drive!” Natalia made her first public appearance on TV at age ten and performed her first concerto with orchestra at age thirteen.
In addition to her performing activities, Natalia is an Associate Professor of Cello at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and Director of the Charleston Music Fest .Natalia serves as organizer of the Children and Music Foundation, which provides musical training, instruments and financial aid to young, gifted Ukrainian students in need.
Russian born Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan is one of the most significant pianist of our time.
Praised as “an admirably gifted performer” by Yuri Temirkanov, “the pianist of great talent, having extraordinary skills and boundless musicality” by Mikhail Pletnev and a “true artist ”by Yefim Bronfman, Victoria is the winner of The Stravinsky Piano Competition, Andorra Piano Competition, E-Piano Competition in Minneapolis and I International Piano Competition In Korea among others.
As a soloist, Victoria performed with major orchestras in concert halls such as the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw, Koln Philharmonic, Nurnberg Meistersinger Hall, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Salle Pleyel in Paris and concertized throughout Russia, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt, France, Azerbaijan and Korea under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Mark Gorenstein, Pavel Kogan, Arnold Katz, Nikolai Alekseev, Maxim Schostakovicn, Vladimir Ziva, Alexander Vedernikov, Mark Russell Smith, Charles Ansbacher and Laurent Petitgirard.
Two recent recordings featuring Beethoven Piano Concertos by Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan Released under Art Classic Company label received critical acclaim for its distinguished imagination and stylistic precision.
Born in Moscow, 1978 as the granddaughter of the famous violinists Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels, Victoria started to play the piano at the age of 5. One year later she debuted at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
Victoria received her M.M. and D.M.A. from the Moscow Conservatory where she studied with Lev Vlassenko, Sergei Dorensky and Pavel Nersessian. Her masterclasses include studying with Andreas Stayer, Dmitry Bashkirov, Claude Frank, William Nabore and Jose Feghali.
Faculty in Moscow Conservatory since 2007 and Seokyeong University in Seoul since 2014Victoria is also a frequent guest of famousinternational music Festivals, such as The Corinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, Summit Music Festival and Mannes Keyboard Festival in the USA, the Musiktage Koblenz in Germany, Nuit Classiques de Ramatuelle and Nuits du Piano d’Erbalunga in France.
Her upcoming performances include concerts in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Odessa, Baku, South Korea, Israel, USA, Japan and Argentina.
Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England.
Mr. Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China and Japan. He is a favorite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups. His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio, and he has recorded for the Centrediscs, Marquis Classics/EMI, CBC Records, Teldec and ATMA Classique labels.
Mr. Kortgaard is Artistic Director of the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island (recently nominated “Event of the Year” by the East Coast Music Awards), and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario. He was musician-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick from l993-l998, and has given piano masterclasses at Universities and festivals in Canada, Indonesia and China and served as an adjudicator at many national music competitions.
Mr. Kortgaard has performed with sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sumi Jo, Jane Archibald, Adrianne Pieczonka and Erin Wall, mezzo soprano Susan Platts, violinist Joshua Bell, and with prima ballerina Veronica Tennant on a production entitled “Invitation to the Dance”. He has recorded French and German Cabaret programmes with mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell for CBC Records. His CD with soprano Wendy Nielsen was nominated for both Juno and East Coast Music Awards. Mr. Kortgaard tours with flutist Susan Hoeppner, cabaret artist Patricia O’Callaghan. baritone Brett Polegato, mezzo soprano Julie Nesrallah, renowned music theatre actress/singer Rebecca Caine and with piano duo partner Peter Tiefenbach. A CD of the music of Olivier Messiaen, recorded with soprano Suzie LeBlanc, was released on the ATMA Classiques label and has received an Opus Award for best recording of 20th century music.