Dorothea Hayley | Alejandro Ochoa |Manuel Laufer| Jeremy Chaulk
Andrea Siradze | Rebecca Wenham | Paolo Bortolussi | Dorothy Chang
Dorothea Hayley, Artistic Director, Voice
Praised for her “very personal creative power” (Badener Zeitung), soprano Dorothea Hayley has been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, the Bourgas Symphony and Capriccio Basel, and has appeared in recital in Europe, Asia and North and South America. She has performed in festivals such as the Happening Festival, Gulangyu Piano Festival, Performer’s Voice Symposium, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and the Atempo Festival of Caracas, and with organizations like Vancouver New Music, the SMCQ, Chants Libres, CIRMMT, Codes d’accès, and the Land’s End Ensemble. Recently Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, she teaches voice at Vancouver Community College. Dorothea completed vocal studies at McGill University, the University of British Columbia, and the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Koerner Foundation, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She holds a Doctor of Music degree from Université de Montréal.
Alejandro Ochoa, Artistic Director, Piano
Alejandro Ochoa graduated Magna cum Laude from the Universidad de Los Andes, where his final recital was awarded the Otto de Grieff National Prize. As well as performing extensively throughout Colombia, Alejandro has given solo and chamber music recitals in Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal. Named the top competitor at the Concurso Nacional de Piano UIC (2002), Alejandro is the recipient of numerous other prizes, including the Berlind/Sara Award, McGill University’s Schulich Scholarship, and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the McGill Alma Mater Fund. Alejandro obtained an M.Mus at McGill University, where he has also served as Instructor of Piano, and where he recently completed a Doctorate in Performance.
Manuel Laufer, Piano
Manuel Laufer has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in North America, South America, and Europe. An enthusiastic proponent of new music, he has presented numerous world premieres in venues including Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, the Bang on a Can Marathon (NYC), June in Buffalo, and Festival ATEMPO (Caracas). Also an avid collaborator in the traditional repertoire, he has participated in the Songfest Professional Program, the Franz-Schubert-Institut at Baden-bei-Wien, and the Orford Arts Centre Summer Academy, and joined the staff of University of California, Irvine as a collaborative pianist. Manuel holds degrees in Music History and Piano Performance from McGill University. He completed a Master’s in Performance at University of California, Irvine, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Piano Studies at New York University. He serves as Adjunct Faculty at NYU Steinhardt.
Jeremy Chaulk, Piano
Jeremy Chaulk was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and now makes his home in Montreal. In addition to performing across Canada, his career has brought to Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the United States. He has been recorded by the CBC for Medici TV in a masterclass with Jean- Phillipe Collard, as well as having appeared several times on television in Halifax in his youth. He recently participated in a recording of chamber music, soon to be released on the Naxos label’s Canadian Composers series. Recent notable performances were at the Salzburg International Chamber Music Festival, the Montreal New Music Festival, and as soloist with the Youth Orchestra of Nova Scotia. Jeremy won the second prize at the first Alkan-Zimmermann International Piano Competition in Athens, an honorable mention at the International Ludmilla Knezkova Piano Competition, and won first prize in the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition. He also won first prize at the Festival du Royaume in both solo and chamber music.
Jeremy is currently completing his Doctor of Music degree under the direction of Kyoko Hashimoto at McGill University in Montreal, and he holds a master’s degree and an artist diploma from the same institution. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Montréal, the Conservatory of Utrecht in the Netherlands, and has completed courses at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Rencontres Musicales Internationales d’Enghien in Belgium and the Orford Arts Centre.
Andrea Siradze, Violin (Canada)
After her Vancouver studies Andrea Siradze moved to Germany, where from 1992-96 she was concertmaster of the Orchester Akademie Hamburg and led the orchestra in numerous performances of symphonic and chamber orchestra repertoire. Andrea’s focus was contemporary music, and two special performances that celebrated the 60 birthdays of both Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt, who were present at the rehearsals, highlighted her stay abroad. She is a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, concertmaster of Lions Gate Sinfonia and passionately plays 20th Century music, in particular the Bartok quartets, with her group Microcosmos Quartet. She teaches violin and piano from her home studio, and treasures spending time with her husband and three daughters, playing tennis, going swimming and walking her dog in the nearby forest in North Vancouver.
Rebecca Wenham, Cello
Cellist Rebecca Wenham has been described as “a musical force of nature.” She has performed across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia. As a member of the Cecilia String Quartet, she was a prize winner at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, the Rutenberg Chamber Music Competition, the Bordeaux International Quartet Competition, and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Rebecca has performed with pianists Robert Silverman, Anton Kuerti, James Tocco and Menahem Pressler, and jazz musicians John Stetch, Hugh Fraser and Dave Douglas. She has collaborated with composers including Ana Sokolovic, Gilbert Amy, Kelly-Marie Murphy and William Bolcom. She was a CBC Galaxie Rising Star in 2007. Rebecca holds degrees from the HARID Conservatory of Music, the Shepherd School at Rice University, San Diego State University and McGill University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of British Columbia. She is a member of Trio Accord and Microcosmos Quartet.
Paolo Bortolussi, Flute (Canada)
Raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dr. Paolo Bortolussi has performed throughout Canada and the United States. As a specialist in contemporary music, Paolo is the Artistic Director of the Nu:BC Collective, a new music and arts ensemble in residence at the University of British Columbia. To date he has premiered over one hundred solo, chamber, and orchestral works. Currently principal flutist with the Vancouver Island Symphony, Paolo has appeared as soloist with the VIS, the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra and the Canada West Chamber Orchestra. In April 2013, Paolo will premiere a newly commissioned flute concerto by Jocelyn Morlock with the Vancouver Island Symphony. Paolo co-directs the contemporary players ensemble at the University of British Columbia, and is also on the faculty of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He holds a BMus degree in performance from the University of Ottawa and a Master and Doctoral degree in flute from Indiana University.
Dorothy Chang, Composer in Residence
The music of composer Dorothy Chang has been described as “evocative and kaleidoscopic” (Seattle Times) and praised for its colourful scoring and dramatic expression. Her music is rooted in the Western art music tradition but often reflects the eclectic mix of musical influences from her youth, ranging from popular and folk music to elements of traditional Chinese music. Dorothy’s music includes works for solo, chamber and large ensembles as well as collaborations involving theatre, dance and video. Her music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles including the Albany, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Vancouver and Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestras, the Manitoba Chamber and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, and chamber ensembles including eighth blackbird, the Smith Quartet and Collage New Music, among others. Currently, Dorothy is a Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia.