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 (Doctor of Musical Arts) graduated Magna cum Laude from Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), where he studied with the celebrated Cuban pianist Ignacio Pacheco. As well as performing extensively throughout Colombia, Alejandro has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in Canada, China, Germany, The Netherlands and Portugal. As a fortepianist he has been heard in Vancouver, Montreal and Bruges, Belgium. His latest CD recording for the label Enkii Records features works on fortepiano by C.P.E. Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
On top of a being a soloist and chamber recitalist, Alejandro is deeply devoted to teaching. Under his tutelage, his students have won multiple prizes at local and national competitions. He has instructed piano at McGill University and is currently on faculty at Kwantlen University. Alejandro is a competition medalist and is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards and grants. He is also pianist at the Broadwood Duo, and co-founder of TopMusicTeachers.com.
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.
Borealis String Quartet
With its intense, focused style of playing, drawing the maximum expression from every phrase, the quartet presents itself as a group of star players, the energy radiating from them like the stars.” – Calgary Herald
“The youthful Borealis String Quartet plays with a passion I haven’t heard since the heyday of the fabled Budapest Quartet in the 1950s.” – Music at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, CA
One of the most dynamic and exciting world-class ensembles of its generation, the Borealis String Quartet has received international critical acclaim as an ensemble praised for its fiery performances, passionate style, and refined, musical interpretation. Founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in the fall of 2000 and rapidly establishing a stellar reputation, the Borealis has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia and performed to enthusiastic sold-out audiences in major cities, including New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vienna, Rome, Mainz, Shanghai, Taipei, Beijing, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and, of course, in their home town of Vancouver. The Quartet is frequently seen on television and heard on CBC Radio and other stations across North America and Asia and has recorded seven CDs which feature the great classics as well as music written especially for them. It has also filmed music videos which were debuted at the Vancouver International Film Festival and often broadcast on Bravo Television and the Knowledge Network and most recently was featured in the documentary film “A New Economy.” The Borealis is on faculty and acts as the Quartet in Residence at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langley Campus (KPU) and at the Langley Community Music School (LCMS).
” …combination of superb musicality and impressive technique…Energy-charged, yet still full of nuance, they take the audience on an unforgettable ride ”
– Winnipeg News
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
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.
Rebecca Whitling, Violin
Rebecca Whitling is the Acting Second Assistant Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and violinist in the new music quintet Standing Wave. She was Principal Second Violin of the CBC Radio Orchestra. Rebecca is a graduate of McGill and Indiana Universities, and she played in the New World Symphony from 1992-95. She has appeared as a chamber and orchestral musician at Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Ojai, and Cabrillo music festivals. As a member of the prize-winning Plymouth String Quartet, she performed at festivals and concert series in the U.S., Europe, and South America. Rebecca plays regularly with great musicians in all kinds of musical groups in and around Vancouver, including the Vancouver New Music Society, the Babayaga String Quartet, the New Orchestra Workshop, the NU:BC ensemble, Tango Paradiso, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, and the Tony Wilson Sextet. She has appeared as a soloist with the Vancouver Philharmonic, the Semiahmoo Strings, Prince George Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.