Iain McKay was born in Brantford and began playing the violin at age 4 under the tutelage of Virginia Little. As a teenager he continued his studies with Adele Pierre, completing his Associate Degree with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, as well as piano and theory requirements, with Deborah Welbanks. As a young violinist he was immersed in many musical organizations in the community including the Brant Suzuki String School, Little String Orchestra, Brant Youth Symphony, Kitchener Waterloo Youth Orchestra, Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival and the Brantford Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 he was chosen by the Brantford Music Club to perform as part of their Young Artists Recital. Iain received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto, studying with Annalee Patipatanakoon. He has toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States as a member of the National Youth Orchestra and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. In 2015 Iain won the position of Principal Second Violin with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Iain actively performs in the Toronto area with many chamber groups and ensembles, including the Toronto Concert Orchestra, while maintaining a busy teaching schedule. Iain is thrilled and honoured to return to the Sanderson Centre stage to perform a selection of his violin favourites.
Korean-Canadian violist Veronica Lee is an active chamber musician throughout North America, performing in acclaimed chamber music festivals. Veronica has completed her Bachelor of Music with honours in Viola Performance at the University of Western Ontario. She also holds a Master's Degree in Chamber Music Performance at the McGill Schulich School of Music, under the guidance of Andre Roy, Philip Dukes and Wolfram Christ. In 2015, Veronica graduated with an Artists Diploma at the Glenn Gould School under the guidance of Steven Dann. Currently she is playing with orchestras in the Greater Toronto Area including the Toronto Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Windsor Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, Veronica joined the Odin Quartet.
Canadian pianist Dr. Benjamin Smith holds degrees from Juilliard, the Glenn Gould School, U of T and Stony Brook University. Principal teachers have included Andrea Battista, James Anagnoson, Julian Martin and Christina Dahl. He has performed across Canada and the U.S., a recent highlight being Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with the Hart House Orchestra. Other solo appearances include the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra, the Ontario Philharmonic and Orchestra London. As a chamber musician, he was a member of the Israelievitch-Smith-Ahn Trio for two seasons and he has partnered, in recital, with international soloists as well as principal players from many of North America’s major orchestras. The current season sees numerous solo recitals throughout Ontario, as well as duo recitals with violinist Jinjoo Cho and Gábor Tarkövi, principal trumpet of the Berlin Philharmonic. Previously a member of the piano faculty at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Smith currently resides in Toronto, serving on the faculties of the Glenn Gould School and the Taylor Young Artist Academy at the Royal Conservatory.
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Romanian Folk Dances (6 dances) - Bela Bartok