Young Artists’ Recital

Friday, February 8, 2013

Silas Chinsen – classical guitar
Abigail Davis – violin
Elizabeth Zuwala – soprano
Trois Femmes
featuring Emma Morrison – violin, Rebecca Orsini – piano and Magali Toy – cello

Silas Chinsen – classical guitar

Silas Chinsen has been interested in music from a young age. He started to play guitar at age ten, learning to play songs of his favourite bands by ear. He started studying classical guitar three years later. Since then, he has achieved his RCM grade 9 in guitar, and has won numerous awards. Silas was a provincial finalist in the 2012 Ontario Music Festival Association competition, has twice been the recipient of "The Pat Feely Senior Guitar Trophy" from the Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival, has won the Senior Guitar Trophy from the Norfolk Musical Arts Festival and has been the first-place performer in the Rotary Burlington Music Festival. Silas is a member of the Guitar Society of Brantford, and performs regularly with the Francisco Tarrega Ensemble. He has also had lessons with some of the world’s finest guitarists such as Matteo Mela and Odair Assad. Silas’s musical interests extend beyond the guitar. He sings in the "Ontario Youth A Capella Chorus", which recently received first place at the 2013 Midwinter Barbershop Festival in Orlando, as well as in his own quartet, "Pitch, Please!". Silas plays trumpet, French horn and saxophone in various ensembles at BCI, where he is in his fifth year. He hopes to pursue his love of music at the University of Ottawa this fall, studying the guitar, and French. Silas would like to thank his family and friends for their support throughout the years, as well as his past and present teachers for all they have taught him about music. He hopes you enjoy the program!

Suite for solo Cello No. 1, BWV 1007, "Prelude" - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Caprichio Arabe - Francisco Tarrega (1852 -1909)
Suite Venezolana "Registro" - Antonio Lauro (1917 - 1986)
Sonatina, first movement "Allegretto" - Federico Moreno-Torroba (1891-1982)
Tango en Skai - Roland Dyens (1955)

Abigail Davis - violin

Abigail Davis started to play the violin at the age of four with Carole Deaville, Virginia Little and the Brant Suzuki String School. She has completed her RCM grade 10 and is working towards her ARCT Performers degree. She is currently studying with Adele Pierre and plans to go on to university for music. She has nearly completed her theory requirements with Nelson McClenchy. She has also completed her grade 6 piano with Deborah Welbanks, who will be accompanying her tonight. Abi is a senior French immersion student at BCI, where she is member of the Stage and Screen Program. She was Concert Master of the Little String Orchestra and is currently a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Elizabeth Zuwala – soprano
Accompanist - Stephanie Burgoyne

Elizabeth Zuwala has wanted to sing since before she could talk. Early on, she concentrated her musical studies on piano and dance, while taking singing lessons in her spare time. At the age of fourteen she switched to performing musicals and plays, and singing competitively. She has been a cast member of Assumption College’s Godspell!, Theatre Ancaster’s FAME!, and Guys and Dolls, for which she also served as dance captain. Elizabeth played the titular part in Assumption’s travelling production of Iris the Dragon - The Musical.
While studying with Brantford’s Donna Chapin she has been selected to compete in the Ontario Provincial Music Festival three times in the past four years, for both classical and music theatre voice, and she won an honourable mention in music theatre in 2011. Elizabeth is currently studying under Peggy Dwyer in her second year in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) Voice program at the University of Windsor, where she recently performed as a soloist in her first concert with full orchestra. After earning her undergraduate degree, she will pursue a Master’s degree in Opera Performance and a career as a professional opera singer.

Die Nacht Op. 10 no. 3 - Richard Strauss
On the Steps of the Palace - Stephen Sondheim
Clair de Lune Op. 46 no. 2 - Gabriel Fauré
A Little China Figure - Franco Leoni
Du Bist die Ruh D. 776 - Franz Schubert
Deh Vieni, nonTardar, from Le Nozze di Figaro - W. A. Mozart

Trois Femmes

Emma Morrison, Violin
Rebecca Orsin, Piano
Magali Toy, Cello

Trois Femmes is a fresh, new, vibrant Piano Trio. They are establishing themselves as a force, having already won several awards in the short time that they have been together. Their first performance was in the Fall of 2011, in the Brantford Contemporary Showcase Recital. This past Fall, they placed first in the Rotary Burlington Music Festival, where they won a scholarship and were invited by the festival to the Provincial Final Competition of the Ontario Music Festival Association, taking place in June. Following that success, they played in the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association Brantford Branch Canadian Composers’ Recital, as well as in the inaugural Brantford Contemporary Showcase Festival, where they won another scholarship, and were invited to play at their awards concert.
The young and talented members of this up-and-coming trio are intensely dedicated to music and are hard at work training to become professionals. Violinist Emma Morrison is in Grade 11, and studies with Canadian violinist Erika Raum at The Academy, a pre-college Division of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She regularly travels to the Cleveland Institute of Music to study with violin teacher Steven Rose, who is Principal Second Violin of The Cleveland Orchestra. Emma is a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and recently was Concert Master of the Ontario String Youth Orchestra. Last summer, she traveled to Quebec where she worked with Jonathan Crow and Mark Fewer and also to France for the Prades Summer Academy. Emma will be performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Brantford Symphony Orchestra on February 24, 2013, at the Sanderson Centre. Cellist Magalí Toy is in Grade 12, and has been attending The Academy at the RCM for more than six years. She is currently studying with Paul Widner, and previously with Susan Gagnon. She began studying with Susan at the age of four in the Suzuki music program at the RCM. For the past three years, Magalí has been in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, going on tour to British Columbia with them last Spring. She was in Germany to play in the International Regions Symphony Orchestra in August 2012, and this past fall, she was Principal Cello of the Ontario String Youth Orchestra. Performing highlights include playing at the Royal Ontario Museum in the RCM’s Royal Occasion Gala Concert with Nellie Furtado, and in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Rebecca Orsini began playing the piano at the age of three. She is currently a first-year scholarship student at the University of Toronto, where she is studying Piano Performance with Lydia Wong. Her teacher prior to entering the University of Toronto was Naomi Morrison, mother of violinist Emma Morrison. Rebecca has also spent the past two summers studying with pianist Jimmy Briere at the Orford Arts Centre Academy in Quebec. The audience may recognize Rebecca from her solo performance in the 2011 Young Artists’ Recital.

Piano Trio #1 - Sustained with Dignity (2005) - Tenderly, nostalgic, con rubato Delicately and mysteriously - David L. McIntyre
Primavera Porteña
Astor Piazzolla