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Schubert/Mozart's piano works

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Schubert: The Trout Quintet
Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 2

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Erika Nielsen, cello
Jelena Cingara, piano
Gwyneth Thomson, violin
Brenna McLane, viola
Graham Smith, bass

About the Musicians

Cellist Erika Nielsen enjoys a multifaceted career as a chamber musician, collaborative artist, orchestral player, and educator. Her artistry spans Classical and Baroque tradition, to all Contemporary and popular genres.

She has performed with Grammy-winning artist Kanye West, and Juno-winning artist Johnny Reid, and toured with The Musical Stage Company’s Onegin: The Musical at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. Recent international performances include Charlotte at the World Stage Design Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. This past summer, Erika joined the cello faculty of National Music Camp of Canada.
Erika was principal cellist of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra from 2011-13, and on faculty of the ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival in 2016. She has performed frequently with Westwood Concerts chamber series, and New Music series’ such as Soundstreams, Spectrum Music, The Thin Edge New Music Collective, and Bicycle Opera Project.

Erika holds an Artist Diploma in cello performance from the Glenn Gould School, where she studied with David Hetherington, and a B.Mus (hon.) from Queen’s University, with Wolf Tormann. Erika performs on a JB Collin-Mézin cello from 1885. www.celloerika.com

Dr. Jelena Cingara is an experienced pedagogue and performer with over twenty years experience in USA and Canada. She has taught piano minors at The University level at The University of Utah School of Music, and served as the main accompanist for the String Division for The University of Utah Preparatory Division.

Jelena was a piano instructor at York University. She is also a winner of festivals, competitions, and teaching assistantships in both USA and Canada, such as: Kiwanis Peel and Davenport, as well as a third prize winner in both the piano concerto and small ensemble competition at The University of Toledo, Ohio.

As a performer, Jelena has recently performed solo recitals for: The Davis Arts Council, Mundi Project, and has completed a chamber music recital at The World Piano Teacher’s Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, amongst many others. She has also attended music festivals across Europe such as: Interharmony, and Prague Piano Institute, and will attend La Balie Summer workshop in France. Recently her and Zoltan Csikos have won second place at the American Protege Competition, and will make their debut in Carnegie Hall in May, 2018. Her CD: Marko Tajcevic Seven Balkan Dances and Josip Slavenski Piano Sonata Op.4 can be found on amazon, spotify, and itunes. She has performed in concert venues such as: Libby Gardner, Dumke, Abravanel hall, and Kenley amphitheatre in Utah, as well as Arts and Letters Club, Walter Hall, and Ettore Mazzoleni Halls in Toronto. She has played in masterclasses for Nicholas Angelich (Virginia Classics), Rebecca Penneys (Eastman School of Music), Dr. Joel Hastings (Florida State University), and Steven Doane (Eastman School of Music) just to name a few. As a collaborative and chamber musician she has played recitals in Italy, Serbia, US and Canada, and for masterclasses for famous quartets such as: The Bennewitz, Faure, Doric as well as Philip Seltzer from the Emerson Quartet. She is a recipient of numerous scholarships/assistanships, various times Dean's travel grants. Jelena has a DMA from U of Utah School of Music, where her main piano professor was Dr. Vedrana Subotic.

Brenna McLane is a freelance violist from Nova Scotia and one of the founding members of Euphonia Toronto. She is continuously making a name for herself as a versatile chamber, orchestral and studio musician, comfortably playing both new creations and masterworks.
Well versed in different genres, Brenna recently shared stage with Canadian folk music band, The Weather Station; folk music duo, The Marrieds; and collaborated with Ryan Driver in recording of his solo album, Careless Thoughts.

Brenna can also be heard on screen as she has had the opportunity to record the soundtrack to the new feature film Brotherhood (2019) and can be seen playing in an episode of the Hannibal series.

Over the years, Brenna has had the opportunity to play for some of the worlds most distinguished musicians including Steven Dann, David Zafer, Zubin Mehta, Kim Kashkashian and Rivka Golani.
Her audiences have included a wide range of people, from the Lieutentant Governor of Nova Scotia to pre-schoolers on Halifax’s waterfront and audiences from Vancouver, BC to London, England.

Equally adept on the double bass and the electric bass, Graham Smith enjoys a busy freelance career, performing in diverse musical settings throughout Toronto and beyond. Recent highlights include playing in the pit orchestra for the highly acclaimed new musical Life After (winner of six Dora awards), rocking out with tribute bands Red Zeppelin and Absolute Leppard, performing with the world music and dance company Ensemble Topaz, and opening for Serena Ryder at the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre with singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker.

In 2016 Graham received his PhD from York University. He was awarded a prestigious SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his dissertation research which focuses on the requiem mass. Graham also holds an MA from York and a BMus from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. He has been the recipient of numerous awards during his university studies including the Lawrence Heisey Graduate Award at York, and the Graham George Memorial Scholarship in Composition at Queen's.

As a composer, Graham's interest is split between contemporary classical and jazz, and he is also in demand as an arranger, transcriber, and copyist. Composition highlights include a sixty-minute requiem mass for large orchestra and mixed SATB chorus, and a three-movement suite for 18-piece jazz ensemble, as well as several chamber and solo works. In 2016 Graham was a featured composer for Art Song Lab in Vancouver, BC where his piece Shadow Street was premiered. Written for tenor and piano, Shadow Street sets text by Vancouver writer Judith Penner.

Private instruction is an integral part of Graham's musical life. He currently teaches double bass and theory at Branksome Hall's Music Conservatory, and maintains his own studio in central Toronto, offering instruction on the double bass and electric bass, and in all areas of music theory. He has more than a decade of teaching experience and welcomes students of all levels and all ages.

Graham resides in Toronto's Christie Pits neighbourhood with his wife, cellist Erika Nielsen. For more information please visit grahamsmithphd.com.

Since her soloistic debut at age 11 as a featured artist with Symphony New Brunswick, Gwyneth Thomson has always known that music would be an integral part of her life. Gwyneth has enjoyed membership in several orchestras including the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, in 2013, she led the Long Island Youth Orchestra as Concert Master for their European tour in Ireland, Scotland, Iceland and France. While completing her masters at Memorial university on full scholarship, she won the use of the Heineke Fine Violin and Hill bow from 2013-2015 and won the 2013 Memorial University Concerto Competition. She was heavily involved with the MUN concert series, and worked closely with the Strong Harbour Strings Program, a non-profit music outreach program in St. John’s. Now in the process of completing her Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, fully funded by the Palmason Graduate Violin Fellowship, Gwyneth is preparing for upcoming concerts, and working on her thesis concerning outreach through the medium of chamber music. Gwyneth is the violinist in the recently formed Tannin Trio, based in Toronto, and is a regular freelance musician working in the GTA. She also runs her own private music studio, teaching violin and piano in Oakville

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