Nuné Melik is an artist who believes that art has no limitations. As a soloist, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, United Nations Headquarters. Having initiated the Hidden Treasure International, she advocates the music of the Caucasus, concurrently performing with the orchestras and in chamber groups all over the world. Touring with concerts since nine years old, she expands her musical horizons with humanitarian work, music education, poetry writing, acting and directing.
For many years the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Cellist, David Hetherington is a founding member of the Amici Chamber Ensemble which presents an annual series of concerts at Mazzoleni Hall in Toronto. With Amici he has recorded twelve discs for Summit Records, Naxos, CBC records and ATMA Classique. Their first CD won a Juno award for Chan Ka Nin’s “Among Friends”. In 2013 Amici won a Juno award for their recording “Levant”, and their most recent recording “Inspired by Canada, Notre Pays” was released in November of 2017.
Internationally acclaimed violinist and violist Barry Shiffman is well-respected as a musician, educator, and administrator. He was co-founder of the St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ), and since 2010 has been both the Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music at the Glenn Gould School and Director of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at The Royal Conservatory of Music. During his 17 years with the SLSQ he appeared in over 2,000 concerts in venues around the globe and recorded several critically acclaimed discs under an exclusive contract with EMI Classics.
Omar Massa is a bandoneon player, composer and arranger from Buenos Aires – Argentina, based in Europe since 2016.
Regarded by the critics as an expert on Astor Piazzolla’s music – whose work he has interpreted from the age of six – Omar has often been the connecting bridge between classical music and Argentine tango music.
“…one of the great authorities on his instrument, equally at home in baroque music as in Argentine tango”
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)
Michael Berkovsky, made his New York debut at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center and has toured as a soloist in Ireland, Japan, Italy, Israel, Canada, the United States, and Costa Rica; as well as performed under the baton of Vladimir Feltsman, Stefan Sanderling, Leon Fleisher and William Noll. Michael won numerous international awards and regularly collaborates with chamber groups and award-winning musicians.
Whether he is performing at The Mozarteum in Salzburg, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, or Qingdao Hall in Shandong, China, Canadian violinist Conrad Chow is at ease performing music of many different centuries, continents, and styles. A communicator, he delights in forging strong connections with his audiences: Critics have described him as a “world-class talent” [Escarpment Views] who performs with “intense passion … leaving the audience deeply intoxicated and spellbound” [Changshu Radio].
One man. One violin. These two concepts are enough to create a Universe. And when the man is Alexandru Tomescu and the violin is a Stradivarius, the new-born Universe is inhabited by fascinating creatures made out of sonorous color and density, all destined to cast a spell upon the public.
Coral Solomon has been praised for her “distinct sensibility” and “original view” (Radio Romania Musical) and has performed numerous solo recitals throughout Canada, USA, Italy, France, Romania, and Israel. She has appeared as soloist with over a dozen orchestras across Canada, Italy, and Romania. She has particularly a vast concertizing history in Romania (her family’s native country) where she performed with the philharmonic orchestras of Sibiu, Timișoara, Brașov, Bacău, Arad, Târgu Mureș, Ploiești, Râmnicu Vâlcea, among others.
Jonathan Crow has been Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2011. A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Music in Honours Performance from McGill University in 1998, at which time he joined the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) as Associate Principal Second Violin. Between 2002 and 2006, Jonathan was the Concertmaster of the OSM; during this time, he was the youngest concertmaster of any major North American orchestra.