Our guest faculty provide guidance to QuartetFest participants and perform throughout the festival.
Cellist/conductor Paul Pulford has over 30 cds to his credit, including three highly acclaimed recordings of the complete works for cello by Beethoven and Brahms with fortepianist Boyd McDonald and the Bach Cello Suites; Vol. I.
“Despite the many big-name cellists who recorded this music, Pulford and McDonald have completely blown the competition out of the water.”
– Continuo Magazine (USA) on the Beethoven Cello Sonatas.
He has performed extensively on four continents with Blue Rider Ensemble, the Penderecki and Orford String Quartets, Galliard Ensemble and as a soloist. Currently the conductor of the Laurier Symphony, he has been Music Director of the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra, the New Brunswick and KW Symphony Youth Orchestras and is the principal conductor of the NUMUS Ensemble. His students are frequent members of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, have won many first prizes at national competitions and the Canada Council Michael Measures Award.
James Campbell studied with Abe Galper, Yona Ettlinger, Mitchel Lurie and Daniel Bonade. His former students have played in orchestras including Amsterdam's Concertgebow Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, and several US military bands, and they hold teaching positions at universities and conservatories worldwide.
He has given master classes on five continents including the Royal Academy in London, the Tokyo College of Music, the Moscow Conservatory, the Rotterdam Conservatory, the University of Southern California, the Beijing Conservatory, and throughout Australia and Canada.
His concerts have taken him to over 35 countries, appearing as soloist with over 60 orchestras including the Montreal Symphony, the Russian Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the Boston Pops.
He has performed with Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, over 30 different string quartets, and jazz with pianist Gene DiNovi.
He has over 40 recordings encompassing most of the standard clarinet repertoire. His recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet was chosen by BBC Radio and the London Times as the best available. For more information, see www.gamisim.com.
In July 1986, four young musicians, based in Detroit and just beginning their professional careers, performed together for the first time as the Lafayette String Quartet. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the LSQ continues to flourish with its original personnel: violinists Ann Elliott-Goldschmid and Sharon Stanis, violist Joanna Hood, and cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni.
For five years, the LSQ prospered in Detroit, where its members taught at the Center for Creative Studies/Institute of Music and Dance, and Oakland University. The LSQ itself received coaching from some of the world’s most esteemed quartets—the Amadeus, Alban Berg, and Cleveland—and from violinist Rostislav Dubinsky, of the legendary Borodin Quartet, who served as their “musical mentor” until his death in 1997.
The Quartet’s extraordinary musicianship was recognized early on. In their first years together they were ranked among Musical America’s “Young Artists to Watch,” won the Grand prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and top prizes at the Portsmouth (now City of London) International String Quartet Competition, and the Chicago Discovery Competition. As winners of the 1988 Cleveland String Quartet Competition, the LSQ had the opportunity to study for two years with the Cleveland Quartet at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, New York.
Artists-in-Residence at the University of Victoria’s School of Music since 1991, their dedication and skill has played a major role in building one of the finest music schools in Canada.
In addition to quartet performances and collaborating with colleagues in the School of Music, members of the quartet teach individual lessons, coach chamber music groups, and give studio master classes on a weekly basis. They have been principal players of the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria since its inception and continue to serve the community promoting strings in the public schools through outreach programs and the strings mentoring course at UVic. In June, they offer Quartet Fest West, an intensive quartet seminar that brings together young musicians from all over the world. Their annual Health Awareness Forum, founded in 2006, offers timely insights from top health experts on a wide range of topics. They received honorary doctorates from University Canada West and were awarded the inaugural Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression from the University of Victoria.
The LSQ has performed across Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe, with concerts often allied with masterclasses and workshops. They had a close and lasting relationship with the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon while playing on the set of Amatis owned by the institution.
The LSQ carries a large, wide-ranging repertoire, from the classical period to the present, and has commissioned and premiered music from numerous composers. Since 1990, the LSQ has released numerous CDs on the Dorian, Centrediscs, AdLar, CBC and other labels (including its own). They have been the subject of numerous articles and the book The Four and the One: In Praise of String Quartets by David Rounds, published in 1999.
Violist Yariv Aloni is the music director of the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria, the Victoria Chamber Orchestra and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, as well as being a principal guest conductor of the West Coast Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver. His other guest appearances include the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, The Victoria Choral Society and Prima Youth Choir.
As the violist of both the Penderecki string quartets and the Aviv piano quartet, he has performed in many concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Louvre in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, and numerous concert halls in Europe, Canada and the United States.
He was a finalist at the François Shapira competition in Tel Aviv. His awards included the Israel Broadcasting Authority award for chamber music performance and numerous awards and scholarships from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Yariv Aloni has recorded for the United, Marquise, Tritonus and CBC labels as well as independent CD labels. He performs in numerous chamber music concerts, festivals and recital series.
Born on a kibbutz in Israel, Yariv began studying the violin at the age of eight and turned to the viola when he was sixteen. He studied viola with David Chen at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Daniel Benyamini, principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Michael Tree and the Guarneri String Quartet. With an emphasis on chamber music, he also studied at the Jerusalem Music Centre with distinguished visiting faculty from around the world, including Isaac Stern, the Amadeus and the Guarneri String Quartets, and many others. He studied conducting under the tutelage of the Hungarian conductor János Sándor, former music director of the Budapest State Opera and the Györ Philharmonic Orchestra.
Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice, born in Madrid in 1977, enjoys a performing and teaching career, which has brought him to Europe, the two Americas, Asia, and Africa. Among his performances, the recitals with cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, clarinetist James Campbell, the Cecilia, Quiroga, Vega, and Penderecki String Quartets, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española especially stand out. He has been a member of the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada), has held the position of Associate Professor of Music at the American University of Sharjah (UAE), and also has taught at Middle Tennessee State University (USA). Leopoldo has been guest faculty at Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio (Spain) and at Middlebury College (USA).
Twelve years ago Leopoldo founded the Festival Internacional de Música Clásica de Ribadeo (Spain), a summer chamber music festival and workshop whose mission is to offer a high quality program, to bring culture closer to the general public, and to develop the artistic abilities of its students. The FIMCR has established itself as one of the cultural references of Northwestern Spain.
Leopoldo has won several prestigious awards, including first prize at the Ciudad de Albacete National Piano Competition, and the prize for the best collaborative pianist at the Acisclo Fernández International Singing Competition, which he won by a unanimous jury vote. He has also made recordings for television and radio programs in Spain, Argentina, Syria, and the USA.
Leopoldo studied music in his home country with José Ramón Martínez Reyero, Beata Monstavicius, and Joaquín Soriano (Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid), and in Holland with Rian de Waal (Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague). As a Fellow of the prestigious “la Caixa” Foundation Fellowship Program (Spain), he studied at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) under Leonard Hokanson, Menahem Pressler, and Emile Naoumoff. While at IU, he won by a unanimous faculty vote the coveted and rarely awarded Performer’s Certificate in recognition of his outstanding performance. He holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA), where he studied under Christina Dahl.
Since his operatic debut at the 1974 Stratford Festival, Daniel Lichti has established himself as one of Canada’s finest bass-baritones, performing with many of North America’s finest Orchestras (both modern and baroque) and with most of its Choral organizations. He has achieved renown at major Bach and summer Festivals, performed Oratorio and Opera internationally, gained acclaim as a recitalist and recording artist, and taken the stage with many of Canada’s leading opera companies. In 2014-15, he celebrated 40 years of singing for audiences around the world, and ongoing critical commentary indicates that his artistry continues to inspire admiration for the beauty, warmth and richness of his voice, and respect for the dignity and sincerity of his interpretations.
Mr. Lichti, Associate Professor of Voice for the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1998, is frequently invited to teach and conduct Master Classes internationally. Recently he gave masterclasses at Baldwin- Wallace University Conservatory in Berea, Ohio, at Tapei’s University for the Arts, and for the Music Department at Tunghai University in Taiwan. This summer he returned to teach and perform at the 2016 Académie de Fourvière in Lyon, France, where he has been a guest artist/teacher for the past three years.
Performance highlights of this concert season include the title role in Elijah with the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, performances of Schubert’s epic Winterreise in Hagen, Germany with pianist Roland Pröll, in Winnipeg, Victoria, Abottsford, Langley and Edmonton with pianist Sandra Mogensen, in Lyon, France with pianist Laetitia Bougnol, and in Quebec City with Leslie De’Ath, his partner on the Analekta release of this cycle. He also returned to sing at the 109th annual Bach Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and was invited to perform Verdi’s Requiem at Maison Symphonique in Montreal under Louis Lavigueur. Very recently, he stepped in at the 11 th hour to perform Elijah for conductor Noel Edison’s 20th anniversary with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir at Koerner Hall.
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