Stéphane Beaulac holds the position of 3rd trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since the beginning of the 2014-15 season. Prior to that he was a leading solo, chamber and orchestra trumpet player in Canada. Since 2002, he has held the position of Principal trumpet of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal under Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Additionally, he has been invited to fulfill various positions in orchestras around Canada and Asia, among them: principal trumpet with the Seoul Philharmonic, associate principal trumpet with the Toronto Symphony and second trumpet with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa. He has performed under the direction of numerous renowned conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Herbert Bloomstedt and Pinkas Zuckermann. As a soloist, Mr. Beaulac has performed various concertos from J.S. Bach's Brandenburg concerto #2 to Henry Tomasi's Concerto with the Orchestre Métropolitain, I Musici, the McGill Chamber Orchestra and the Montreal chamber Orchestra. He has participated in many recordings, notably with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain, as well as a CD recording in 2006 with organist Vincent Boucher on Atma label (ACD2 2369).
Following three successful seasons (1996-1999) as Acting Principal Trumpet of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Karen Donnelly was unanimously appointed Principal Trumpet in October 1999. Prior to this, she held the position of Principal Trumpet with Orchestra London (Canada) from 1994-1996. A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Karen found the trumpet in her school band program and later studied music at the University of Regina and McGill University. Karen has been featured with professional orchestras, community amateur orchestras, and many local school bands. Chamber performances include the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Rideau Lakes Brass Quintet, and the large ensemble, Capital BrassWorks. In 2008, Capital Brass Works released its third album, “Gabriel’s Sister” featuring Ms. Donnelly as soloist. Ms. Donnelly joined the teaching staff at the University of Ottawa in 2002, and since 2009, Karen has been assisting with the Leadingnote “Orchkidstra” program. Karen has given master classes in Switzerland, Mexico, China, United States, United Kingdom and Canada from coast to coast.
Michael Fedyshyn is principal trumpet with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. can also be heard regularly in concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Canadian Opera Company, as well as Esprit Orchestra, G27 and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. Other performances have included concerts with the Montreal and Winnipeg symphonies, as well as ScotiaFest, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and the Canadian Brass.
As a soloist he has performed with the Toronto Sinfonietta, 13 Strings, G27 Orchestra, Silverthorn Symphonic Winds, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra as well as various student/amateur ensembles. Recent recordings include the Juno Award-nominated Palej: The Poet and the War (2013) with G27, Brahms on Brass (2011) with the Canadian Brass, and Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad” (2010) with the TSO.
A student of Robert Oades, Vincent Cichowicz, and Andrew McCandless, Michael began playing the trumpet at the age of 12, in an elementary band room in Cornwall, Ontario. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, and the Glenn Gould School of the RCM, he is also an alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, as well as the National Academy Orchestra, and Helmut Rilling’s FestivalEnsemble in Stuttgart, Germany.
Michael has given clinics and coachings in a variety of settings, for the trumpet and brass students of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, RCM Glenn Gould School, Ottawa University, ScotiaFest, and acts as Brass Mentor for the National Academy Orchestra of the Brott Music Festival. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Music Department of Redeemer University College, Instructor in Trumpet at Mohawk College, and Brass Coach of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Michael is a Bach (Conn-Selmer) artist and plays Bach Bb and C trumpets and cornets.
Larry Knopp began his career as acting principal trumpet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20. He has also held positions as principal trumpet with Orchestra London, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the CBC Radio Orchestra, as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and is currently principal trumpet of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Larry has performed and recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, as well as the three tenors.
Larry completed his Master's degree at Northwestern University, where he played in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and studied with Vincent Cichowicz. He has finished the academic work for his Doctoral degree at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Barbara Butler.
As an educator and conductor with a Bachelor of Education Degree, Larry has directed ensembles from junior high to university levels, and has recently finished appointments as visiting Professor of trumpet at the Eastman School of Music and the Northwestern University School of Music. Larry is active as a clinician throughout North America, Australia and Asia. As a faculty member at many summer festivals Larry attracts numerous students to Vancouver, teaching at the University of British Columbia.
Larry has performed as a soloist and recitalist on television as well as CBC local and national radio, including solo performances with the Edmonton Symphony, Orchestra London, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, and the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra.
Larry is a Yamaha artist.
Larry Larson has been Principal Trumpet of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 1993. He enjoys a varied career which includes leading his own jazz quintet “Larry’s Jazz Guys,” performing duo recitals with harpist Lori Gemmell, playing for the Stratford Festival, recording commercial jingles and soundtracks, and serving as trumpet coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In 2009, Larry gave the world premiere of Scott Good’s trumpet concerto “between the rooms…” He is a member of Andrew Burashko’s “Art Of Time Ensemble,” with whom he has toured and recorded throughout North America. Larry has recorded two CDs with the Canadian Brass, and has performed in supporting orchestras for Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Brian Wilson, Jann Arden, Roger Hodgson, among others. He is honoured to be a part of this incredible collective from across Canada.
Adam Zinatelli has been Principal Trumpet of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009, and is a founding member of the Reveille Trumpet Collective, a group dedicated to commissioning and performing new music. Mr. Zinatelli can be heard playing in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on recent broadcasts on CBC Radio, as well as on discs of works by Gershwin and Beethoven. Adam has been featured as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary’s Kensington Sinfonia, and the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, among others. Adam studied at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto with Andrew McCandless, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Michael Sachs.
A native of northern Vermont, Patricia started playing the horn at 10 years old. She studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and later at McGill University. In 2000 Patricia was awarded a fellowship with the New World Symphony were she spent the next two years under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2002 she won the position of Principal horn with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Patricia has been invited to play with some of the top orchestras in North America, including the Montreal Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. She teaches at the University of Manitoba and can frequently be seen playing with the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, Groundswell, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.
Julie Fauteux, born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, joined the NAC Orchestra in 1999 as associate principal horn. She studied at the Montreal Conservatory with James Somerville, where she finished with a “Premier Prix”.
Immediately after the end of her studies, at age 21, she was appointed principal horn of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia in Spain, and later on in the Real Filharmonica de Galicia, also as principal horn, where she remained until coming to Ottawa in 1999.
Julie has played with different orchestras as soloist, including l’Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke, and the Real Filharmonica de Galicia, and won the First Prize in the brass category at the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec music competition. She was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for three years.
Julie’s orchestral career also included being invited in 1998 to play some concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Mariss Jansons.
Aside from orchestral playing, Julie also enjoys chamber music and teaching. She teaches horn at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau and in Spain taught at the Academy of the "Real Filharmonica de Galicia". She was a member of the faculty at the Banff Centre in the summer of 2006. She also takes part regularly in the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.
Allene Hackleman has been principal horn of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 2004. A native of Vancouver, Allene studied horn with Martin Hackleman, continuing undergraduate work at the University of Cincinnati. Ms Hackleman has performed with the National Symphony and the Montréal Symphony, and has performed concerti with the Edmonton Symphony, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Red Deer Symphony and the Victoria Symphony. She is a member of the Summit Brass, and teaches at the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver, Colorado. Allene enjoys chamber music and has been a guest artist at the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Edmonton Recital Society, and was featured at the International Women's Brass conference in 2010. In 2015, Allene was invited to teach masterclasses at the Musikacademy in Belgrade, Serbia, and also performed as a member of the first Canadian National Brass Project. She teaches at the University of Alberta.
David Parker has been Principal Hornist of Symphony Nova Scotia since 2000. He has been a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta, and the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Boston Lyric Opera and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He holds degrees in music from Boston University, the University of Toronto, and Acadia University. His teachers have included Daniel Katzen, Hermann Baumann and Eugene Rittich. Further studies have included residencies at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and the Pacific Music Festival.
Mr. Parker regularly performs in music festivals and chamber music series including Scotia Festival of Music, the Music Room, the Charlottetown Festival, the Garden Room, St. Cecilia Society, Music at Three Churches, Indian River Festival, and the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival.
Mr. Parker teaches at Dalhousie University, and Université de Moncton. While on a one-year leave from Symphony Nova Scotia, Mr. Parker was the horn teacher and Centre Director of Sistema New Brunswick in Moncton. He continued his work with Sistema New Brunswick as Brass Coach and Wind Ensemble Conductor upon his return to Symphony Nova Scotia in September 2012.
Gabriel was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He is currently Third Horn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to joining the TSO, Gabriel was Associate Principal Horn of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Over the course of his career, Gabriel has played with many orchestras, including several guest appearances and Carnegie Hall performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy. He has also played with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Kirov Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, and many others.
In recent years, chamber music highlights have included commissioning and performing “Chaconne” by Toronto Composer Erik Ross for Horn, Oboe and Piano, a solo appearance with the Evergreen Gamelan Ensemble, performances of the Brahms Trio, the Reinecke Trio and the Schubert Octet. In October he will perform the premiere of “rhapsody” for Horn, Oboe and Orchestra.
Gabriel is a devoted teacher. He has given lectures and masterclasses at the University of Lethbridge, University of Toronto, Glenn Gould School, University of Manitoba, and others. Gabriel has spent several summers teaching in the Masterclass program at the Banff Centre for the Arts, teaches a full studio of students at the University of Toronto, and is a member of the faculty at the National Youth Orchestra Canada. Gabriel was honoured to adjudicate auditions for the first-ever YouTube Symphony Orchestra.
In July 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work fundraising, mentoring, coaching and teaching at the National Youth Orchestra Canada.
Gabriel is married to, and has two children with Sarah Jeffrey, Principal Oboist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Steven Dyer has enjoyed a rich and varied musical life since arriving at Winnipeg in 2001, the time at which he joined the renowned Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as Second Trombonist; the 2011-2012 season marked his first year as WSO Principal Trombonist. Concurrently, Steven continues to serve as a Sessional Instructor with the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.
Previously, Steven held the positions of Principal Trombonist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Instructor of Low Brass at Lakehead University and performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. A recipient of the Boosey & Hawkes Ltd. Prize for excellence in brass playing, Steven has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Thunder Bay and Winnipeg, and has presented recitals, master-classes and workshops throughout Canada and the United States. He has also given performances on historical trombone, or sackbut, for Camerata Nova and Consortium Aurora Borealis.
Mr. Dyer is a dedicated and sought-after instructor whose students have shown success in both music education and performance. Many now occupy positions as music teachers throughout the Canadian province of Manitoba, while others have demonstrated their performance skills through winning major solo competitions and earning positions with performing organizations of local, national and international prestige.
A casual performer with many other ensembles, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Steven has also recorded in the studio for Winnipeg artists Dave Lawton and James Keelaghan, Band of the Ceremonial Guard (Ottawa), Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, MCO and WSO. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in music performance, respectively, from McGill (Montreal) and DePaul (Chicago) Universities.
Keith Dyrda currently holds the position of second trombone with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Hailing from Winnipeg, Keith quickly became a musician of note in both the Canadian and international music scenes when he joined the Canadian Brass in 2011, replacing founding member and trombonist Gene Watts. During the 12 months of his tenure, the ensemble toured numerous countries around the world and recorded the album “Brahms on Brass”. This recording was nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for Best Classical Album by a Soloist or Small Ensemble. Keith has also released 5 albums as the trombonist of the All-Star Brass, a brass ensemble formed by Jens Lindemann which meets annually at the Banff Centre for the Arts to perform and record. Keith is a grand prizewinner of the Orchestre Symphonique du Montreal’s Standard Life competition, the winner of the 2009 Robert Marsteller competition for solo trombone at the International Trombone Festival, and the winner of the 2009 Alessi Seminar solo competition.
Keith holds a Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.
David Pell has been Principal Trombonist of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2002, Bass Trombonist of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra since 2006, and Principal Trombonist of Orchestra London since 1998. He has also been a member of the Winnipeg Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Touring Orchestra. He is a member of Toronto’s Esprit Orchestra and performs regularly on trombone, bass trumpet and euphonium with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company and New Music Concerts. He has also performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony, with the Stockholm Chamber Brass and the True North Brass. David appears on Bass Trombone on the Canadian Brass recording, Brahms on Brass, playing Euphonium on the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Holst’s The Planets and Bass Trumpet on the TSO’s recording of the Rite Of Spring. He was Bass Trumpet soloist in the Canadian Opera Company’s acclaimed Ring Cycle and has played on many jingles and soundtracks. David is Artistic Director of the renowned Hannaford Street Silver Band and co-founder of the ArtFarm, a multi-media based amorphous chamber ensemble dedicated to performing new works and conventional music in unconventional settings. He has shared stage and recording studio with musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Supertramp’s Roger Hodgeson, Broken Social Scene, Owen Pallet (Final Fantasy), Michael Bolton, Sheena Easton, David Foster, Holly Cole, Kenny G and Dudley Moore and has played and toured North America with productions of Wicked, Les Miserables, Showboat, Ragtime, Chicago, Urinetown, Phantom of the Opera, Annie Get Your Gun, My Fair Lady, Cats and Evita.
In the fall of 1999, Peter Sullivan was appointed Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Mariss Jansons. Canadian-born Sullivan came to Pittsburgh following a long and fruitful tenure as Solo Trombone with the Montreal Symphony under Charles Dutoit. Sullivan has performed as a soloist on many occasions with several orchestras including the Pittsburgh and Montreal Symphonys. In 2006, he performed the world premiere performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Trombone Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the PSO. Apart from his activities in Pittsburgh, Sullivan performs regularly across North America, Europe and Asia as soloist and chamber musician alongside the world’s leading brass players. He is a regular visitor to Japan, playing and teaching at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, the Suntory recital hall in Tokyo, the Hamamatsu Summer Academy, as well as performing solo recitals in Osaka. In China, Peter is involved with the Canton International Summer Music Academy and performed and gave master classes at the Tian Jin and Beijing Conservatories in April of 2006. Aside from countless orchestral performances in the great concert halls of Europe, Sullivan has performed at the Ascoli Piceno Brass Festival in Italy, and was featured in Christian Lindberg’s Trombone Concerto in Bunol, Spain with the composer on the podium. Sullivan was also the first prize winner in the 1990 Umea International Solo Competition in Sweden. Peter Sullivan has given concerts and clinics from coast to coast, including master classes at the Juilliard and Manhattan schools in New York City, The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, the Glenn Gould Academy in Toronto, coaching at the New World Symphony and the Banff School and tours with the Summit Brass and the Music of the Baroque in Chicago. He has been heard across Canada in recital on CBC radio and on NPR with his colleagues in the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass. Presently, Sullivan serves on the faculties of Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon universities in Pittsburgh, following 15 years as adjunct professor at McGill University in Montreal. For the past few years, he has been working with the Yamaha Corporation on the development of their new line of orchestral trombones, the prototype of which he plays every week with the PSO.
Hailing from Nelson, B.C., Gordon Wolfe has been a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2001, taking over the role of Principal Trombone in 2006. He was previously a member of the Winnipeg and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, and has also had the privilege of performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in recent years. Gordon studied with Canadian trombone icons Ian McDougall and Peter Sullivan at the University of Victoria and McGill University while working through his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in music. An accomplished chamber musician, Gordon was a founding member of the Central Park Brass, a privately funded brass quintet that is dedicated to performing free concerts for young people in the playgrounds of Central Park, and working regularly with under privileged children in the Union Settlements of the Bronx. In Toronto, he performs frequent recitals with BATSO (Brass Artists of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra) as part of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Great Artist Series, and has performed for thousands of young students across Ontario as an ambassador of the Toronto Symphony’s Preludes programme. In demand as a soloist, Gordon has recently been featured with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto, the Hannaford Street Silver Band and the Idaho State Wind Ensemble. As a highly respected educator, Gordon draws top students from across Canada to his trombone studio at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School. Gordon Wolfe is an S.E. Shires Artist.