COLLEEN ATHPARIA Pianist
Colleen Athparia is an internationally recognised pianist, both as solo and chamber musician, and recording artist with eight CD recordings, many featuring Canadian music written especially for her. A member of Mount Royal University Conservatory Faculty in Calgary since 1981, she has toured as a performer and guest instructor from Mexico to Russia, Morocco to the Far East.
Athparia's background includes a Master of Music degree in performance with distinction from Indiana University, as well as receiving the gold medal and placing first in the Canadian Music Competition.
Colleen has also been a senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1980 and consultant for the new RCM Licentiate Piano Syllabus. She has been an active member of Ensemble resonance since it's beginning.
Often a guest on CBC Radio, she has been heralded by the National Post as one of the top four Canadian pianists of contemporary music today. In November 2009 Colleen was among the 50 performers and conductors honoured in Ottawa for their significant contribution to the Canadian Music Scene over the past 50 years.
STAN CLIMIE Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Stan Climie is regarded as one of the foremost performers of the modern bass clarinet repertoire. He has championed works by composers from around the world and is especially known for premiering new works written for solo bass clarinet.
Stan has earned distinction as one of Calgary’s most versatile musicians. For over thirty years he has been bass clarinetist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed with the Red Deer Symphony, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra, the Banff Festival Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony and the Regina Symphony.
Known for his gregarious spirit, Stan is highly acclaimed as a chamber musician and plays a wide spectrum of music for a variety of combinations of instruments and performance venues. In his work as a founding member of Ensemble Resonance, he explores his passion for the unique and the unusual with performances / masterclasses throughout western Canada and at the Cantai Festival of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan.
An enthusiast for music and the stage, Stan regularly performs in the pit for productions with Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, touring musical productions, StageWest and recorded the soundtrack for Old Trout Puppet Theatre’s Don Juan.
A dedicated teacher, Stan inspires students of all levels at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and as a clinician in area schools.
STEVE LUBIARZ Violin
MICHELLE TODD Soprano / Actress
Soprano and actress Michelle Todd was born in Nottinghamshire, England and studied music at Sheffield University B.Mus (hons), postgraduate diplomas in voice and opera from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and contemporary music theatre at The Banff Centre, Canada.
As a member of the multi award-winning ensemble Cantamus, she recorded and sang in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Hungary and Bulgaria. She made her prize winning London recital debut in the Purcell Room followed by solo performances in The Queen Elizabeth Hall and has been guest soprano with London Contemporary Dance Theatre, New London Ballet, numerous ensembles including The Hans Eisler Ensemble and several appearances as guest "star singer" for BBC's Friday Night is Music Night. Internationally she has been soprano soloist in the major sacred works of Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Faure, Resphigi, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and the Western Canadian premiere of Sir Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum. Her operatic roles include Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Marriage of Figaro, Handel's Xerxes, Gretry's The Jealous Lover and numerous contemporary chamber music theatre works.
Renowned for her interest in contemporary music, Miss Todd has premiered more than 40 works in nine languages, many written especially for her with Calgary’s Ensemble Resonance.
Her major roles in London theatres include H.M.S. Pinafore, Little Me with Russ Abbott, The Sound of Music with Petula Clark, Twelfth Night and working with Stephen Sondheim and Dame Diana Rigg in the acclaimed production of Follies. In 1988 she emigrated to Canada and has appeared as soloist across North America in recitals with Kensington Sinfonia, Aubade, Festival Chorus, Lands End Chamber Ensemble and was profiled for Bravo! Television. Canadian theatre work includes leading roles at The Shaw Festival, The Citadel Theatre Edmonton, Persephone Theatre Saskatoon and Stage West. She has represented Canada twice at the Cantai Festival in Taiwan as performer, adjudicator and master class voice teacher. Recent seasons include conducting choral performances in Philadelphia, concerts in Kerala India, Denmark, Dubai, & Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., a recital at Handel House, London,her debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and debut with The City of London Sinfonia in Cadogan Hall, London.
Her recording of sacred arias titled “Grace Notes” was nominated for a 2010 Unity Award and her recording Electrospectives with Ensemble Resonance was Best Classical Recording nominee at the Western Canadian Music Awards 2011.
Miss Todd is past President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Calgary Chapter.
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