Diana Krall was born into a musical family in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. She began learning the piano at age four. In high school, she started playing in a small jazz group. At the age of fifteen, she started playing regularly in several Nanaimo restaurants. At age seventeen she won a scholarship from the Vancouver International Jazz Festival to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and completed three terms.
In Nanaimo her playing attracted the attention of famed bass player Ray Brown (ex-husband of the late Ella Fitzgerald, long-time member of the Oscar Peterson Trio and Grammy-winning composer) and drummer Jeff Hamilton. After hearing her play, Brown and Hamilton persuaded Krall to move to Los Angeles, and study with pianist Jimmy Rowles, with whom she began to sing. This also brought her into contact with influential teachers and producers. In 1990, Krall relocated to New York.
Since then she has released a dozen albums and 2 DVDs. She has won Grammy’s and the order of British Columbia. She has earned a place in Jazz history and we are proud to be able to name Diana Krall as a former student of CYMC. dianakrall.com
Nancy Argenta (b Herbison), born in Nelson, BC, 17 Jan 1957; B MUS (Western Ontario) 1980. She spent most of her childhood in Argenta, a small settlement north of Nelson, where her mother taught piano and her father taught at the (Quaker) Friends’ School. She studied voice in Vancouver with Jacob Hamm and at the University of Western Ontario with Martin Chambers. In 1980 she won the S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition and received the first of three Canada Council grants to study in Europe, initially in Düsseldorf with Jacqueline Richard (1980-81), then in London (1981-3), where her principal mentor was Vera Rosza. While studying in London she adopted the surname Argenta to avoid being mistaken for another Canadian soprano, Nancy Hermiston.
Argenta’s first major international engagement was at Aix-en-Provence, France, in 1983, in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie directed by John Eliot Gardiner, with the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir. Since then she concertized, recorded, and broadcast extensively throughout Europe, drawing praise for the clarity, lightness, and agility of her voice. In November 1989 she made her Wigmore Hall recital debut. She also performed in the Middle East and Japan.
Argenta was associated particularly with the period instrument movement, and worked with virtually all of the leading ensembles and conductors in the field. Argenta’s success came largely through her interpretations of baroque repertoire, but she did not consider herself a specialist; she had a substantial 19th- and 20th-century repertoire Although she moved to London, England, in 1981, she continued to perform regularly in Canada with Tafelmusik and also with orchestras, Her US appearances included Lincoln Center, NY (with The English Concert, 1989), Atlanta (with Robert Shaw), St Paul (1989), and a California tour with Tafelmusik (1990), followed by later appearances in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and other cities.
In 1990, Argenta won the Canada Council’s Virginia P. Moore Prize; a 1992 recording with Tafelmusik (Handel, Excerpts from ’Floridante’) won a Juno award. Her 1995 recording of Purcell songs (O Solitude, EMI) received a Classic CD award. She gave master classes at London’s Guildhall School of Music, and regularly at Nelson Summer Song Fest. Urjo Kareda reported (Globe and Mail, 18 Jan 1997) that, “Argenta’s voice possesses a bell-like clarity, but the tone has a natural, unforced lyricism … Feeling is released with simplicity, and no undue archness or artifice interferes with her appealing directness of manner.”
She has earned a place in music history and we are proud to be able to name Nancy Argenta as a former student of CYMC.
Gwen Hoebig, violinist, born Vancouver 19 Sep 1959; B MUS (Juilliard) 1980, M MUS (Juilliard) 1981. She began musical studies with her father at five. Other teachers were Sydney Humphreys in Victoria, Stephen Staryk and John Loban in Vancouver, and Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas at the Juilliard School. Hoebig’s orchestral debut was with the Vancouver Youth Orchestra at age seven, and she was a frequent winner of music festivals and competitions in Canada and Europe.
In 1972 she won the string category in the National Competitive Festival of Music (CIBC National Music Festival), and in the same category in 1975 was first in the CBC Talent Festival. In 1975 a piano trio with her cellist brother Desmond Hoebig and pianist Jon Kimura Parker tied for second place in the Concertina Praga. Hoebig won the grand prize in the 1976 Canadian Music Competitions, the International Competition for junior violinists in Glasgow (second, 1977), the S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition (1977), and second prize (no first awarded) in the 1981 Munich International Violin Competition. Her New York concerto debut was with the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in 1980.
With her brother Desmond, and her husband, the pianist David Moroz (b Winnipeg 1959; M MUS Juilliard 1981), she formed in 1979 the Hoebig/Moroz Trio, which won first prize in the CBC Radio Talent Competition in 1983 and continued to perform on an occasional basis in 2003. In 1993 she received a Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation for her contribution to the arts. She has earned a place in music history and we are proud to be able to name Gwen Hoebig as a former student of CYMC.
We are proud to be able to name Gwen Hoebig as a former student of CYMC.
Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, Canada, Ingrid headed east after receiving a number of scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating in 1989, her life has contained a whirlwind of musical activities. From her early days playing in the subways of New York, to establishing herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array of musical genres, Ingrid has made her mark. Her three CD’s for the ENJA label won her nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields.
Her performances as a leader and as a featured soloist have taken her around the world from Canada to Japan, Australia, South America, the Caribbean and to almost every country in Europe and Scandinavia.
Jensen can be heard with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the IJQ, Nordic Connect and a number of New York-based bands. She has received rave reviews and a strong reputation among critics and peers. In 2003 she was nominated, for the second time, alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas for a Jazz Journalist Association Award in New York. A recent highlight was being featured on Gil Evans’ Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, under the direction of Maria Schneider. She was also a guest in the festival’s “Tribute to Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard’, alongside Terence Blanchard, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Kenny Garrett. Some of the many musicians she has performed and or recorded with include; Steve Wilson, Jeff ’Tain’ Watts, Dr.Lonnie Smith, Marc Copland, Bob Berg, Gary Thomas, Gary Bartz, Jeff Hamilton, Bill Stewart, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Geoffrey Keezer, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Chris Connor, Victor Lewis, Clark Terry, and the DIVA Big Band.
Ingrid has been on staff at the Port Townsend Centrum Jazz Workshop for the past five years and from 1990 until 1992 held the professor of Jazz Trumpet chair at the Bruckner Conservatory of Music. Jensen continues to fill her schedule with an astonishing array of artistic creativity as a performer and educator. In addition to performing, she conducts master classes, clinics, and workshops around the world.
We are proud to be able to name Ingrid Jensen as a former student of CYMC.
Paule Préfontaine has lived in the Ottawa region since 2001 and has been active in the chamber music scene and regularly plays with the National Arts Orchestra, 13 Strings, and Ottawa Symphony. She has enjoyed a versatile career as recitalist, soloist, orchestral player, chamber musician, having performed throughout Canada, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Ireland and Finland, and in broadcasts on CBC Radio and for the Norwegian Radio Kringkasting.As a member of the renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, she toured Europe, Canada and the United States, appearing as soloist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In her orchestral career, she has been concertmaster of Orchestre des Concerts Symphoniques de Gatineau, MusikBarok Ensemble of Winnipeg, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec. In addition, she was assistant concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra from 1988 to 1993.She currently plays in Quatuor Lumière, a string quartet that specialize in classical period repertoire. She is also a member of Ensemble Prisme and the Ottawa Baroque Consort. Mrs. Préfontaine is an active teacher both privately and as an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa.
We are proud to be able to name Paule Prefontaine as a former student of CYMC. http://www.ottawabaroque.ca/english/about_en.html
Daniel Armstrong has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since June 1995. Prior to this he served twelve seasons as Assistant Principal Bass in the Milwaukee Symphony.
A native of Canada’s west coast, Dan started playing bass in his third year of studies at the University of British Columbia. With the encouragement of his first teacher, Kenneth Friedman of the Vancouver Symphony, he went on to receive a Masters of Music degree at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Homer Mensch. Dan then performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for four years, and continued study with Eugene Levinson.
Dan was a founding member of both the period instrument ensemble Tafelmusik and the contemporary music ensemble Present Music. He has appeared as bass soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony, including a performance on a program that showcased one of his own compositions. He has also been featured as soloist, composer, and chamber music collaborator on CBC Radio in Canada, and WFMT Chicago.
Dan Armstrong lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin, with his wife Judith Harway, a professor at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and their two teenagers, Sylvie and Keith.
We are proud to be able to name Dan Armstrong as a former student of CYMC.
Bassist David Brown has been a member of Vancouver’s professional music community for thirty years. He has performed with almost all the musical organizations (Masterpiece Music, Curio, Music in the Morning, Vancouver New Music, Vancouver Children’s Festival, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Festival Vancouver, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Cantata Singers, UBC Recital Series, Vetta Chamber Music, Turning Point Ensemble, VSO) in existence during this time. In addition to live performance David has extensive film and commercial recording experience. He has toured with The Three Tenors and the Winnipeg Ballet.
A committed teacher, he has taught at most of the music performance departments (UBC, Capilano University, Kwantlen, VCC) in the lower mainland and teaches privately as well. A recipient of two Canada Council Arts Grants, which enabled his studies at the Juilliard School, David has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony since 1978 and Principal Bass of the CBC Radio Orchestra since 2004. He instructs both privately and has taught at most of the music performance departments. During the summers he has performed at the Grand Teton, Sitka, Hornby Is. and Courtenay Music Festivals. David enjoys a wide variety of musical opportunities and has a particular interest in small ensemble settings of a chamber music or improvisational nature.
Katherine Broderick was the winner of the 2007 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She finished her studies at the National Opera Studio in London in 2008, having previously studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won the Gold Medal, and took the undergraduate course at the Royal Northern College of Music, during which time she spent a year at the Mendelssohn Hochschule in Leipzig. She studies with Susan McCulloch.
Current and future plans include soloist in Mahler Symphony No 4 and Strauss Lieder with The Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Okko Kamu; Beethoven Symphony No 9 with Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteum Orchestra; Brahms Requiem in Cambridge, conducted by Sir Roger Norrington; Bruckner Mass No 3 with the National Orchestra of Spain and Simone Young; Mahler Symphony No 2 with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall in London; a performance at Kings Place London of Britten Poet’s Echo with Malcolm Martineau and recitals in London with Eugene Asti.
Recent appearances have included Mozart Requiem with the Madrid Radio Symphony Orchestra and Takuo Yuasa; First Lady Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne on Tour; Bruckner Mass in F Minor with the BBCSO and Belohlavek; Woglinde Götterdämmerung with the Halle Orchestra and Mark Elder, the role in which she made her Proms debut with the BBCSO and Donald Runnicles in 2007; the Young Lover Il Tabarro with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda at the 2008 Proms; Mahler Symphony No 2 and Bruckner Te Deum at the Chester Festival with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and David Hill; Britten Les Illuminations with the St George’s Orchestra at LSO St. Luke’s; Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with the Munich Bach Choir and also with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Rossini Stabat Mater with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Beethoven Mass in C Minor with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Katherine has sung the title role in Puccini Suor Angelica and Agathe in Weber Der Freischütz in Leipzig. In college productions at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama she sang Georgetta in Puccini Il Tabarro; Countess Le Nozze di Figaro and Countess in Strauss Capriccio. For British Youth Opera she has sung Lady Billows, Albert Herring and Tatyana Eugene Onegin, which prompted Hilary Finch in The Times to write “Katherine Broderick – still only in her twenties – now confirms and expands her thrillingly burgeoning vocal skills in her formidable stage presence as a Tatyana of outstanding character and power.”
Katherine regularly gives recitals, most recently at the Aix-en-Provence Festival; at the Aldeburgh Festival with Malcolm Martineau; at Kings Place London with Eugene Asti and in Perth with Simon Lepper.
Katherine was one of the first and youngest recipients of the Susan Chilcott Award in 2005 and the following year won the Maggie Teyte Prize. She has also been awarded successive Maidment Scholarships from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, the Claire Francis award from the Ogden Trust, the Sybill Tutton award, and is a Samling scholar.
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Pamela Fay (Inkman), viola, a native of Vancouver, Canada, is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied with Lorand Fenyves. She participated in the Banff Summer Music Festival where she studied with William Primrose and was coached by members of the Hungarian String Quartet and participated in the National Youth Orchestra for several summers. In addition to being a regular substitute with the The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1987, she is violist of the Wister Quartet, 1807 & Friends chamber ensemble and the Amerita Chamber Players. She has performed in chamber music concerts with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Alicia de Larrocha, Garrick Ohlsson, Andrew Davis, Janos Starker, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach and Yo-Yo Ma.
The Wister Quartet has recorded several CD’s with DTR records. She has been a member of the Vancouver and Toronto Symphonies and was assistant principal viola of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, where she met her husband, David Fay, bass player in the Philadelphia Orchestra. They have two children, Hillary, who is now graduated from McGill University and will play viola with the CAF string quartet in Ottawa. Alex is studying International Relations and is a fine cellist. She is artistic director of the South Jersey Summer Strings Festival.
Sue is a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Principal cellist with the Abbotsford Symphony and Sinfonia and the cellist in the Mount Seymore String Quartet and the West Coast Chamber Music Piano Trio.
As the cellist in the Vancouver New Music Ensemble from 1987 to 2002 she performed, recorded and toured extensively and premiered over 30 new commissioned works. Sue also played with the CBC Radio Orchestra from 1981 to 1993.
Sue has enjoyed playing for many Theatre productions including the LIVENT international tour of “Phantom of the Opera” (Canada the U.S. and Asia), and was Principal cellist at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts for productions of “Ragtime”, “Joseph”, “Sunset Boulevard” and “Phantom”; and for the Gateway Theatre production of “Secret Garden”, the Vancouver Playhouse production of “A Little Night Music”, and was Principal cellist and contractor for Ballet B.C.’s “The Faerie Queen” and “Orfeo”.
She lives in Port Moody with her husband, Ian Hampton and two huge Maine Coon cats, and shares her large veggie garden with raccoons, bears, deer, squirrels and birds.
Kristl teaches cello at the Vancouver Academy of Music. A.R.C.M., Royal College of Music, London; studied Suzuki Method with Yvonne Tait.