Trio Céleste is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine and Directors of the acclaimed arts organization Chamber Music | OC where they have been featured in collaborations with violist Paul Coletti, Emerson String Quartet violinist Philip Setzer, and principal players of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. During the 2015/2016 season, the Trio commissioned new music from composers Samuel Adler, Mike Block, Christopher Dobrian, Paul Dooley, Eugene Drucker, Peter Erskine, Eric Guinivan, Fred Hersch, Pierre Jalbert, Nicole Mitchell, Jim Scully, and Cristina Spinei, and released their Debut Album on the Navona label which debuted at #5 on iTunes for “Best Seller New Release” and #20 on Amazon’s “Chamber Music Albums”.
The ensemble was inspired to take its name after their very first meeting in New York City, where a rare celestial occurrence – the largest harvest moon in two decades – marked the beginning of their tenure together.
Richard Troxell’s beautiful lyric tenor voice has been thrilling audiences in leading roles in opera houses and on concert stages around the world, among them, The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Australia in Sydney, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, L’Opéra Comique Paris, Opéra Monte Carlo, Théâtre du Capitôle de Toulouse, Opéra National de Montpellier, Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla, Teatro del Lago Chile, National Theater for the Performing Arts Beijing, National Theater Taipei, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia , and the Portland Opera. His vocal artistry and powerful stage presence set him apart, and his ability to connect with audiences have made him a favorite.
Kevin Turcotte is a trumpet player based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Turcotte is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He has performed with Mike Murley and Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass, and has recorded with Barry Romberg (his playing was praised for its intuitiveness on All About Jazz). Turcotte is also on faculty at York University.
In 2002, Turcotte was named trumpeter of the year in Canada’s inaugural National Jazz Awards. In 2014 he provided the trumpet tracks for Chet Baker’s (Ethan Hawke) performances in the biographic film Born to Be Blue about the late American jazz musician.
Up All Night is a Canadian Celtic-rooted band going on its 20th year together. Although most of the music stems from the rich east coast music cache as well as Irish and Scottish standards, Up All Night is as versatile and eclectic as any band around. With tight harmonies, innovative arrangements and a slick stage show, Up All Night is a band not to be missed. If you love a down home, heel clicking, toe tapping kitchen party then check out Up All Night. You won’t be disappointed.
Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Volodymyr Vynnytsky studied at the Lviv Music School for Gifted Children and later at the Moscow Conservatory. After earning his doctorate from the Moscow Conservatory under the direction of Yevgeny Malinin, he taught at the Kyiv Conservatory and concertized extensively throughout Ukraine, the other republics of the former Soviet Union, Europe, the USA, Canada, Central and South America and South Africa.
Vynnytsky has performed with leading orchestras and appeared in solo recitals in many prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, the Phillips Gallery in Washington D.C., the Great (Bolshoi) Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the Theatre Champs d’Elysees, Amphitheatre Richelieu de la Sorbonne, Salons de Boffrand de la Presidence du Senat in Paris, St. John’s Smith Square in London, Philharmonic Big Hall of Columns (Kyiv), Odessa Philharmonic Theatre in Ukraine, Tsai Performance Center (Boston), Teatro de Santa Isabel in Recife, Brazil, Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg and Baxter Theatre Centre Concert Hall in Cape Town, South Africa among many others.
He is currently a Director of Chamber Music at the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.
Robert Weymouth is a leading voice among Canadian trumpet players. He is currently the Principal Trumpet of the Canadian Opera Company and the Second Trumpet of the National Ballet Orchestra. Robert has played with many other orchestras including tours and performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Center Orchestra, as well as many other orchestras across Canada. He also performs as solo cornet with the Hannaford Street Silver Band and is a member of the Canadian National Brass Project and the Toronto Brass Quintet.
Robert is an in demand soloist having recently performed with the National Academy Orchestra, the Weston Silver Band and the Hannaford Youth Band. As a soloist Mr. Weymouth has won first prize at both Provincial and National levels.
Mr. Weymouth completed his studies at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Andrew McCandless and Barton Woomert. He also studied as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Hannaford Youth Band. Robert maintains an active teaching studio and regularly presents clinics and masterclasses to all ages.
Where Have All the Folk Songs Gone is a tribute to the timeless songs of the folk revival of the 1950s and early 1960s. In recreating the atmosphere of Greenwich Village coffee houses and college hootenannies, the band’s faithful sing-along renditions bring the era’s music to life once again for audiences of all ages. While this legendary folk revival happened over 50 years ago, the songs of hope and social justice that defined it still resonate today. The band takes the audience on a musical journey, sharing stories and providing historical context that reveals the importance of the songs and the times. In doing so, they bring generations together in a collective celebration of song. Where Have All the Folk Songs Gone is a four-piece ensemble: Sue and Dwight, Michelle Rumball, and Tony Laviola.
Winnipeg-born and Toronto-based award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young, is one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports. Whether he’s performing as part of a classical symphony or as an integral member of a jazz trio, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. He first began studying the guitar and violin at age ten, but a turn of events at his first gig compelled him to pick up the bass. As a classical musician, he has played with orchestras in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Hamilton. As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. In addition to performing, Dave is a dedicated jazz educator who teaches at music seminars and jazz clinics. He is a member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. Dave Young was recently named a member of the Order of Canada.
Dang Thai Son began piano studies with his mother in Hanoi. Discovered by the Russian pianist Isaac Katz, who was on visit in Vietnam in 1974, he pursued his advanced training at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia with Vladimir Natanson and Dmitry Bashkirov.
Since winning the Chopin Competition October 1980, his international career has taken him to over forty countries, into such world renowned halls as the Lincoln Center (New York), Barbican Center (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Herculessaal (Munich), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Opera House (Sydney), and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).
He has played with numerous world-class orchestras such as The Philharmonia Orchestra , BBC Philharmonic , City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, St-Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal , Czech Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic Oslo Philharmonic, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, NHK Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Hungarian State Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Russian National Symphony, as well as Virtuosi of Moscow, Sinfonia Varsovia, Vienna Chamber, Zurich Chamber, Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestras, and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Also, he has appeared under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy , Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Pavvo Jarvi, Ivan Fisher, Frans Brüggen, Vladimir Spivakov, Dimitri Kitaenko, Sakari Oramo and John Nelson among others.
In the field of chamber music, he has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Octet, the Smetana String Quartet, Barry Tuckwell, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Pinchas Zukerman, Boris Belkin, Joseph Suk, Alexander Rudin, and he has played duo-piano with Andrei Gavrilov.