Syrinx Concert Toronto May 3, 2020
Canadian lyric coloratura soprano Vania Chan received her Master of Music in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from York University, Toronto, receiving a B.F.A. with Specialized Honours in Music.
Vania had her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall, performing as a first prize winner in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition in New York. She was also the winner of the City of Brandon Award" at the 2008 Eckhardt Gramatté Vocal Competition, for her interpretation of the commissioned cycle, Jocelyn Morlocks Involuntary Love Songs, which was broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Vania Chan made her European debut through the Elysium Between Two Continents: International Summer Academy", in Bernried, Germany and has sung with several performance companies in New York. In Canada, Vania has performed with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Toronto Masque Theatre, TrypTych, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, and Opera by Request.
British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson has been praised for his musical and dramatic artistry on both opera and concert stages. He was lauded for his gripping embodiment of Wozzeck (Journal Voir) in a production of the Berg opera with Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Other roles of note include Guglielmo (Così Fan Tutte), Belcoré (Lelisir damore) and Ned Keene (Peter Grimes), all with LOpera de Montréal. Mr. Dobson is also a dedicated recital artist. Composer Derek Holman wrote the song cycle Daybreak and a Candle End especially for Alexander and the Talisker Players. Mr. Dobson has also performed Dichterliebe with Talisker Players Chamber Music and Coleman Lemieux Dance Company, and Schuberts Winterreise to great acclaim in Montréal, Victoria, England, Paris, and, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano, in Toronto. Alexander has also been heard frequently on CBC Radio Canada in recital and concert. Alexander is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including those from the International Voice Competition of Paris (including the Edward Marshall Association Award for Outstanding Baritone), the Jeunesses Musicales National Competition, the Marilyn Horne Competition (Music Academy of the West), and the Jacqueline Desmarais Competition.
Pianist Jeanie Chung enjoys an active and varied performing career. She has given solo recitals, concerto performances and chamber music concerts throughout North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Recent and long term collaborations include projects with Barry Shiffman, Andres Diaz, Colin Carr, Rachel Mercer, Ian Swensen, Yehonatan Berick, Susan Hoeppner, Frank Morelli, Shalom Bard, YaoGuang Zhai, William Vermeulen, Michael Sachs, Alexander Dobson; Laurence Lemieux, Margie Gillis and Ted Robinson.
Following her studies at The Glenn Gould School and The Taylor Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, she attended the Juilliard School where she obtained Bachelor of Music, Masters of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Her principal teachers have been Boris Lysenko, Leon Fleisher, John Perry and Herbert Stessin.
Ms. Chung was the recipient of the Career Development Award from the Womens Musical Club of Toronto and numerous grants from the Canada Council and Chalmers Fund.
She is a faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Musics Taylor Academy for Young Artists.
Heliconian Hall (View)
35 Hazelton Ave
Toronto, ON M5R 2E3
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