Sofya Gulyak, piano, was awarded the 1st prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition in September 2009 – the first woman in the history of the competition to achieve this distinction. Since then she has appeared all over the world to great acclaim. Gulyak’s resume includes prizes from many prestigious piano competitions: she is a 1st prize winner of William Kapell International Piano Competition in the USA, Maj Lind Helsinki International Piano Competition, Tivoli Piano Competition in Copenhagen, Isang Yun International Piano Competition in South Korea, San Marino Piano Competition, winner of Busoni Competition in Italy and prize winner of Marguerite Long Piano Competition in Paris. Recitals and concert appearances have been numerous, with Gulyak having performed all over the globe in such venues as La Scala Theatre and Sala Verdi in Milan, Herculessaal in Munich, Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Tokyo Opera City Hall, Osaka Symphony Hall, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Kennedy Center in Washington, Hungarian National Opera, Palais de la Musique in Strasbourg, Hong Kong City Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Musashino Cultural Centre in Tokyo, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Teatro Municipal adn Cidade des Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Auditorium Manzoni in Bologna, Aberdeen Music Hall, Salle Molière in Lyon, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, King Theatre in Rabat, Kursaal in Bern, Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen and many others. Gulyak appeared as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic, Rio de Janeiro Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Budapest Philharmonic, Orchestra dell’ Arena di Verona, Orchestra Filarmonica di Bologna, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Enescu Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Slovak Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Copenhagen Symphony, Ulster Symphony, Ochestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestre National de France, Shanghai Philharmonic, Oulu Philharmonic, Leipzig Philharmonic, Pensacola Symphony, Tatarstan Symphony, Philippines Philharmonic, Morocco Philharmonic and others. She collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sakari Oramo, Mark Elder, Donald Runnicle, Vasily Petrenko, Alexander Lazarev, Karl-Heinz Steffens, David Hill, Alan Buribayev, Eiving Gullberg Jensen, Theodor Guschlauer, Rory McDonald, Tamami Nishimoto, Danail Rachev, Fabio Mastrangelo, Michele Mariotti, Fuat Mansurov, Alexander Sladkovsky, Mario Kosik, Jesus Medina,Tomomi Nishimoto, Istvan Denes, Peter Rubardt, Dalia Stasevska and others. The festivals in which Gulyak participated include Klavier Ruhr Festival, Chopin Festival in Duzniki-Zdroj, Festival du Sceaux, International Keyboard Festival in New York, International Strasbourg Festival, Busoni Festival, Harrogate Festival, Krakòv Piano Festival, New Zealand Piano Festival, Ravello Festival, Festival Chopin in Paris, Shanghai International Piano Festival and many others. Gulyak is a native of Kazan (Russia) where she studied in a Special Music College under Nailya Khakimova, and then in Kazan State Conservatoire under Professor Elfiya Burnasheva. After that she continued her studies at the Piano Academy “Incontri coi Maestri” (Imola, Italy) with Boris Petrushansky and at the Royal College of Music in London with Vanessa Latarche. Gulyak attended as a jury member the International Piano Competitions in Italy, Serbia, France, Greece, USA, and was invited to teach master classes in China, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Mexico, USA, and Germany. She is presently a professor of the piano at the Royal College of Muisc in London. Her playing has been broadcast on radio and TV in Russia, Poland, France, Italy, Germany, USA, Finland, Denmark, Serbia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, and the United Kingdom (BBC 3 and BBC 4).
Ivan Ivanovich, viola, a successful freelance musician, Canadian violist Ivanovich has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, the National Arts Centre, National Ballet, Esprit, and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestras. Active as a chamber musician, he has performed many recitals with the Sonora String Quartet under the mentorship of the former Orford Quartet violist Terrence Helmer. Ivanovich studied violin with the late Lorand Fenyves, and viola with Steven Dann at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He also holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School in New York, as a scholarship student of Masao Kawasaki.
Tanya Charles Iveniuk, violin, received a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Performance from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and is an alumna of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. Currently, she serves as the concertmaster of the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra and the Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi Ensemble in Charleston, South Carolina. In Toronto, she performs with Sinfonia Toronto and she is the second violinist of the newly-formed Odin String Quartet. Her performances have been described as “intense and exciting” and “colourful and bold”. Charles Iveniuk is also an educator and an adjudicator and string clinician in the Ontario region. She is on faculty at the Regent Park School of Music, a school that provides high quality, affordable music education to youth-in-need in Regent Park and other high priority areas in the City of Toronto. Charles Iveniuk plays a violin crafted by Toronto’s own Itzel Ávila in 2014 and lovingly christened by its maker as “Leo”.
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.
Caroline Léonardelli, concert harpist, a has an accomplished career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra musician and teacher. Léonardelli’s solo recording El Dorado received a JUNO Award nomination in the category of Classical Album of the Year solo or small ensemble. Léonardelli received Canada Council of the Arts mid-career award for preparation of the repertoire for her, latest recording, “Impressions de France.” Léonardelli is known for her passionate and bold interpretations of French and 20th century repertoire. Based in Ottawa, Léonardelli is principal harpist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre symphonique de Gatineau. Léonardelli’s chamber ensembles include: Four Seasons Harp Quartet with Jennifer Swartz, Caroline Lizotte, and Lori Gemmell; Harp duo with Caroline Lizotte; vocal performance with Mezzo soprano Julie Nesrallah, and Harp & Organ with Matthew Larkin. Léonardelli’s private harp class has developed some of Canada’s finest young harpists. Léonardelli founded and ran for 20 years the harp ensemble program at the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, which was the largest in Canada.
Jasmine (Mengjia) Lin, age 19, has studied as a full-scholarship student of Atis Bankas and has completed nine years of studying at the Taylor Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. She began her violin studies at age 4 and has had the privilege of performing with many orchestras and has won top awards in competitions across Canada. Most recently, Jasmine won the 1st Prize and overall Laureate at the 2014 Kocian International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic and was also awarded 1st place at the National Finals of the 2013 Canadian Music Competition. Jasmine has previously performed alongside Martin Beaver and in master classes taught by renowned artists including Leila Joseifowicz, Vilde Frang, Victor Danchenko, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Joel Smirnoff.
Steve McDade, trumpet/flugelhorn, has become an integral name on the list of top Canadian trumpet players. Born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, McDade began playing the trumpet at the age of 12 with the Burlington Teen Tour Band, touring Europe and North America to participate in band competitions, and at just 14 was featured as a soloist at Hamilton Place in Hamilton, Ontario. He played professionally throughout the area after that, and entered the Humber College Jazz Studies program when he was 16 years old. McDade has been a member of Manteca and The Boss Brass since the 1980’s, touring the world with both bands and playing on their Grammy and Juno award-winning recordings. He has performed in major jazz festivals all over the world with Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass and as a member of The Rob McConnell Tentet. McDade has played and recorded with some of the biggest names, ensembles, bands, and orchestras on the arts and entertainment scene including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, Diana Krall, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, The Toronto Symphony, Manhattan Transfer, and worked and recorded with Dooc Kupak of Tower of Power. As a commercial and jazz trumpet player, McDade has played in a variety of Motion Picture soundtracks, recorded hundreds of radio and television jingles and commercials, and themes for a lengthy list of important TV shows and musical productions including Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Chicago, The Rat Pack, and many others. McDade is presently living in Oakville, Ontario.
Emma Carina Meinrenken, born in June 1999, holds a full scholarship at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where she studies with Atis Bankas. Emma has won top awards in many competitions nationally and internationally. She debuted with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 10, and has since performed as a soloist with many other orchestras across North America, often to rave reviews, with one critic describing her performance as “maturity well beyond her years”. This year she was chosen as one of the “top 30 young classical musicians under the age of 30” by CBC Radio. Emma has performed in master classes with many internationally acclaimed violinists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov and Midori Goto. She is also an avid chamber musician who enjoys playing in chamber orchestra, string quartet, piano trio and piano-violin duet with her fellow RCM students.
Julie Nesrallah is a sensational singer, actress and broadcaster captivating audiences with her engaging personality and her rich, expressive voice. She is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world.
Miss Nesrallah is a proud recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada as a singer and as the host of CBC Radio 2’s national classical music program Tempo.
Miss Nesrallah sang God Save the Queen for His Royal Highness Prince William and Her Royal Highness Princess Kate during Canada Day festivities in Ottawa on Parliament Hill in a performance that was viewed by millions of people around the world, and has graced the stage of Kurt Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall with classical harpist and Juno nominee, Caroline Léonardelli.
Miss Nesrallah is the Executive Producer and star of Carmen on Tap, a company she created that performs Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen as dinner theatre. Carmen on Tap has thrilled audiences at the Stratford Music Festival, the Prince Edward County Music Festival, the Hamilton Arts Crawl, the Ottawa International Music Festival, Lula Lounge in Toronto and the Velvet Room in Ottawa.
Miss Nesrallah has made several recordings, including Elements Eternal with Canada’s illustrious Gryphon Trio, Noël Nouvelet and Sospiro with Caroline Léonardelli.