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Teachers Who Have Been With Us in the Past 19 Years

Gretchen Anner

Studied violin at the New England Conservatory in Boston and holds an MA from the University of Toronto. She has performed in Chamber Orchestras in Boston, Oxford, Paris and Toronto, and continues her orchestral and chamber playing in the US and Canada.

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Gretchen Anner

Nicolai Tarasov

Renaissance and Baroque specialist

Received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Moscow Gnesin's School for gifted children and his Master of Music in Clarinet Performance, Orchestra soloist, Chamber Music and Pedagogy at the Moscow Gnesin's Institute of Music. He was awarded the honorary Diploma by the first All-Union Woodwind Instrument Competition in 1979. He completed post-graduate studies on recorder with Anneke Boeke and Rene Clemenicic.

Mr. Tarasov has performed throughout Europe as a soloist and in chamber music settings. He was a member of the Madrigal Renaissance Music Ensemble and the Moscow Baroque Soloists. He has also performed with the Academy of Ancient Music and was the artistic director of the Baroque ensemble LAD. He has appeared on television and radio and has recorded on the Melodia label.

Nicolai Tarasov

Ina Stouchevskaya

violin

Ina was born in Moscow and began her studies in violin and pedagogy at the Moscow Music Institute of Gnessin. Upon graduation she began teaching violin at the Moscow Tsherbakov Music School for Children. She also worked as a professional violinist in the State Symphony Orchestra of Cinematography in Moscow. Ms. Stouchevskaya immigrated to Canada in 1992 and presently teaches violin in Maple.

Daniel Freidman

composer/pianist

Canadian Composer DANIEL E. FRIEDMAN has written more than eighty orchestral, chamber and solo compositions. Orchestras performing Mr. Friedman's works in the upcoming 1995-96 concert season include the Toronto Sinfonietta, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, York Symphony and Kingston Symphony. 1995-96 World Premieres include his Clarinet Concerto, Romance (for String Orchestra) and Dramatic Cantata (for Baritone, Choir and Organ).

Other works that have received premieres, repeat performances and critical acclaim in the recent past include three Orchestral Overtures, a Fantasy (for Soprano, Narrator and Orchestra), three Romances (for Solo Instrument and Piano), a Piano Duet, numerous Chamber works and twelve Piano Preludes.

Mr. Friedman's style is a blend of Romanticism and Impressionism. At times, his writing can be highly decorated (ornamented), yet his orchestration is consistently balanced. His works are aesthetically pleasing to audiences while being interesting and challenging to performers. He is an admirer of Beethoven's compositions and is influenced by Hebrew and Russian folk melody.

Mr. Friedman received his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and his A.R.C.M. from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario), the Peabody Institute (Baltimore, U.S.A.) and the Royal College of Music (London, England).

Andras Weber

cello

Andras is on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is well known as a performer and chamber musician. He received his Teacher Diploma from the Liszt Academy, Budapest and a performance Diploma from the Bart�k Conservatory also in Budapest. He completed other studies with Janos Starker and Robert Dodson at Banff School of Fine Art and at Colorado. He also participated in Master classes with Siegfried Palm, William Pleeth and Joel Smirnoff.

He performed the world premiere of Cello Concerto by John Oliver at the Canadian Festival in Budapest. More recently he has become a member of the Toronto Piano Trio and was a member of National Chamber Orchestra (Principal), Estonian Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre des jeunes du Qu�bec. He is a faculty member of several summer programs at CAMMAC and Shawiniganas well as TCMI. Additional activities include coaching the Niagara Youth Orchestra and Sudbury Symphony. Mr. Weber is heard regularly in broadcasts on CBC and Hungarian Radio. He is presently a member of Sinfonia Toronto.

Andras Weber

Angela Hammar

flute

Angela Hammar is an active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in the Toronto area. She holds a B. Mus degree in orchestral performance from Wilfred Laurier University and a artist diploma from the Royal Conservatory Glenn Gould Professional School. In addition to teaching at TCMI she is on the faculty of Summer Music in Southampton, and the Georgian Bay School of Music. She teaches privately at the Toronto Waldorf School, at the De La Salle College, and in Southampton, Ontario.

In 1999, she was admitted to the Royal Conservatory of Music Glenn Gould Professional School. There she studied with Kathleen Rudolph and completed an Artist Diploma in orchestral training. She has continued to work as an orchestral and chamber musician, with the National Academy Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, and as a freelance artist. Currently she is the newest member of the chamber group Ardeleana. She has performed and recorded with the Bach Children's Chorus, and has been involved in various projects including an archival recording for the Canadian Music Centre, the founding of a new woodwind trio, a chamber ensemble with middle eastern instrumentation, a performance with the Aurora Dance Community, and a recording of original works by Ardeleana.

Ms. Hammar teaches a private flute studio in Toronto and at the Toronto Waldorf School. She has taught as a flute clinician in several Toronto schools, and has coached, conducted and performed at several summer festivals including the Thornhill Chamber Music Institute, the Kincardine Summer Festival and Southampton Summer Music.

Phil and Debbie Howse

Fiddler and Pianist

Cape Breton-style fiddler and pianist. Together they have spent alot of time in Cape Breton studying and performing. They are a popular Ontario fiddler and piano duo . Phil also appears as a judge in fiddle competitions and is a popular fiddle teacher.

Michael Bracken

Guitar

Michael holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto. Concert engagements have taken him throughout Canada and Europe. His playing has been broadcast on national radio and television. In addition to his performances of the traditional repertoire he has premiered many new works and programmed many twentieth century compositions. In 1993 Michael was co-founder of the New Guitar an innovative series of concerts featuring performances of rarely heard twentieth century music. In addition to his solo endeavours, he is an active chamber musician; he has toured extensively with guitarist Jeffrey McFadden and performs regularly with the Great Lakes Guitar Trio.

Recently he has performed for the Guitar Society of Toronto, The Niccol� Paganini Society in Vercelli and the Lagonegro Festival International Della Chitarra in Italy as well as the American Women's Club in Madrid.

Dr. Sasha Weinstangle

Composing Teacher

Canadian composer who has been presenting "composer in the classroom" for many years in the Toronto Public Schools. He has developed a very innovative way of teaching composition to young musicians.

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