Faculty

The Regina Summer Strings Workshop is once again extremely fortunate to have a highly skilled mix of string musicians on the faculty for the 2017 workshop. All faculty members bring a wealth of individual and group performance experience, as well as a wealth of instructional experience.

We are also pleased to have the participation of the Attacca Quartet as guest ensemble.

Violin

Catherine Cosbey

Catherine Cosbey

Canadian violinist Catherine Cosbey adores chamber music. She first graced the concert stage at the tender age of twelve, as a member of her family ensemble, the Cosbey Trio, when she was a guest artist with the Regina Male Voice Choir in a highly memorable performance   predominantly because they were two-thirds redheads, though, possibly, the concert is only memorable in the mind of Ms. Cosbey who distinctly remembers the exhilarating feeling of walking out on stage. She was piqued by the performing bug.

Since then, Ms. Cosbey has performed all over the States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and has been inspired by collaborating with many incredible artists, including Peter Frankl, Jeffrey Kahane, Michael Brown, Annie Fullard, the Tokyo Quartet, Richard Stoltzman, Jason Vieaux, Peter Salaff, Donald Weilerstein, James Dunham, Zuill Bailey, and Jana Baty.

As a founding member of the critically acclaimed Linden String Quartet, Ms. Cosbey is a prize-winner at the 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the 2009 Coleman Competition, the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition, and the 2011 Borcciani Competition.

An avid teacher, Ms. Cosbey has taught all over the United States and Canada. With the Linden String Quartet, she has been the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, the Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, and has been in short-term residence all over the continent, including the Detroit Chamber Music Society, the University of Iowa, the Chamber Music Society of Logan, and Music at Port Milford.

Catherine holds degrees from Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Yale School of Music where her principal teachers were Erika Raum and Paul Kantor. Other invaluable mentors include the Cavani Quartet, Peter Salaff, and the Tokyo Quartet.

In 2016, Ms. Cosbey appeared with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in Canada along with her brother Thomas Cosbey in a performance of Bach’s Double Concerto, and appeared in Regina as a member of the Pialli Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at Chamber Music Society of Mexico. This season, she has performed internationally with the Cecilia Quartet, replacing first-violinist Min-Jeong Koh during Ms. Koh’s maternity leave. Ms. Cosbey is also proudly the assistant director of Regina Summer Strings, a week-long chamber music institute in July in her hometown, Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Michelle Zapf-Bélanger

Michelle Zapf-Bélanger

Canadian violinist Michelle Zapf-Belanger is based in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she is actively involved in the music community. She has been a member of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra since 2008. She also performs solo and chamber works with Consortium Aurora Borealis, a chamber series for which she also serves as a member of their Board of Directors.

An experienced music teacher, Ms. Zapf-Belanger maintains a studio of young violin students in Thunder Bay. She has also taught violin, theory, and chamber music at the Etobicoke Suzuki School of Music, music theory, harmony, and history at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and was the conductor of the Mooredale Junior Youth Orchestra in Toronto. Previously a member of the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects, an organisation promoting Canadian music education for children, she is now the head of their Thunder Bay branch. She has studied pedagogy with Katherine Rapoport, Elayne Ras, Karen Kimmet, and Edmund Sprunger.

Born in Montréal, Ms. Zapf-Bélanger grew up in Toronto, and is a graduate of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing and reading popular science books.

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Rudolf Sternadel

Rudolf Sternadel

Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Rudolf Sternadel started violin lessons at the age of five. In 1980 he moved to Canada, where he began lessons under Prof. David Zafer, completing his Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto in 1991. He then enrolled at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied violin with Prof. Václav Snítil and chamber music with Prof. Lubomír Kostecký of the Smetana Quartet. During his stay in Europe, Rudolf also toured Germany and Italy as a member of the RIAS Jugendorchester, Berlin, and participated in several chamber music seminars. Upon returning to Canada he enrolled at the University of Toronto, completing his Master of Music degree in September 1994 under the tutelage of Prof. Loránd Fenyves.

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Thomas Cosbey

Thomas Cosbey

Thomas Cosbey has been Concertmaster of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra since 2007. He began his career with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and later served as Principal Second Violin of Sinfonia Toronto. In his most recent solo appearance he performed Moazart's A major violin concerto with the Thunder Bay Symphony. He has also been featured with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Toronto. As a chamber musician he has collaborated in concert with Gwen Hoebig, Paul Katz, Marc Durand, Steve Dann, and others.

Growing up in Regina, Saskatchewan, Thomas's first studies were with Ernest Kassian, and later with Dr. Howard Leyton-Brown, former Concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra. Though he has had the pleasure of studying briefly with a number of wonderful teachers, including Pinchas Zukerman, Lorand Fenyves and Mark Fewer, his formative studies were completed at the Glenn Gould School with violinist Erika Raum.

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Viola

Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward studied viola at the University of Western Ontario with Ralph Aldrich and Betty-Jean Hagen. He performed with several Ontario symphony orchestras before relocating to Regina in 1989 to take on the role of Principal Viola with the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to being a faculty member at the University of Regina Conservatory for the Performing Arts, he teaches traditional fiddle in three inner-city elementary schools. The fiddle lessons were initiated to offer continued instruction of eleven students who were involved in Strings Across the Sky, a program made possible through a partnership between the Regina Symphony Orchestra and Regina Public Schools. It has since grown and now includes many new students.

As a composer, Jon has seen a considerable amount of success. His compositions have been performed in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe, including orchestral performances in Vienna and Salzburg. Some have been broadcast nationally on both CBC Radio and Radio Canada.

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Cello

Marilyn de Oliveira

Marilyn de Oliveira

Brazilian-American cellist Marilyn de Oliveira was born into a musical family and began learning cello at age six. By her fifteenth birthday, Marilyn was already a member of the Orquestra Experimental de Repertorio (Sao Paulo, Brazil). She came to the United States in 1997 to pursue her Bachelor of Music Degree at Indiana University and then received her Master of Music Degree from Rice University. While in school, Marilyn attended several summer music festivals such as Tanglewood Music Center (where she received the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize), Spoleto Festival USA, Kent/Blossom Music Center, Youth Orchestra of the Americas as well as the International Opera Festival of Orvieto and the Music Festival of Montepulciano (Italy). After graduating from Rice University in 2003, Marilyn joined the New World Symphony were she was a principal cellist and cello fellow for two years. In September of 2005, Marilyn joined the San Antonio Symphony cello section, where she held the position Acting Assistant Principal. In February of 2006 she was the Bronze Award Winner in the Senior Division of the 9th Annual Sphinx Competition. She is currently Assistant Principal Cello of the Oregon Symphony.

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Peter Cosbey

Peter Cosbey

Peter Cosbey, a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School as a student of Bryan Epperson, began his cello study in Regina with Cameron Lowe. His orchestral experience with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, and the Regina Symphony Orchestra was recently expanded with a one year term as Assistant Principle Cello with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Peter has been an active chamber musician, and is a regular on the Alicier Arts series in Toronto. His summer music festival experience includes the Scotia Festival of Music, Domaine Forget, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Peter’s chamber music with The Cosbey Trio and Quinsin Nachoff have been heard on CBC radio, and his work with the Artists of The Royal Conservatory has been heard on CBC and WCLV-FM radio.

Peter’s awards include the Dr. Howard Leyton-Brown bow award, the Director’s Gold Medal from the Conservatory of Performing Arts in Regina, and a third prize in the Chamber Music category of the National Music Festival with The Cosbey Trio. As the winner of the Regina Musical Club’s Recital Competition for 2006, Peter performed a recital in Regina with pianist Mariko Kamachi on January 6, 2007.

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Bass

Curtis Scheschuk

Curtis Scheschuk

Curtis Scheschuk has been performing with period instrument ensembles for the past 10 years. Curtis studied performance practice with Baroque/Classical violinist Stanley Ritchie at the Indiana University School of Music’s Early Music Institute. He studied Double Bass with renowned pedagogue Lawrence Hurst and former NBC Orchestra Bassist Murray Grodner at Indiana University, as well as Joel Quarrington at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He is a regular guest in Vancouver with St. Judes Pro Musica and Theatre de l'Arbe Parche's and was a member of Toronto's Classical Music Consort and Opera Erratica's acclaimed 2009 production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas "which marked a new level of sophistication for Baroque opera in Toronto" (Globe and Mail). He has performed and recorded with Aradia Ensemble, Baroque Music by the Grange, The Bloomington Early Music Festival, Grand River Baroque Festival, Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra London and The Windsor Symphony. Curtis is currently a member of The Regina Symphony Orchestra and is an active member of the Conservatory of Performing Arts Faculty, where he teaches double bass and works with young string players through the Early Birds String Program. He is also part of the duo Raging Eli with award winning guitarist Joel Fafard.

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Piano

Hillary Sametz

Hillary Sametz

A Regina native, Hillary has enjoyed a varied career as both a Violist and a Pianist. During her time in Regina, Hillary was a member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra for several seasons, and completed her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) certification in both Piano and Viola Performance, studying with Dr.Jamie Syer, and Ernest Kassian respectively.

Hillary received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Brandon University (BU) in 2008, studying with Nancy Nehring, Mark Rudoff, and Kerry DuWors, and was the recipient of the University Gold Medal. During her time at BU, Hillary played with the BU Orchestra as Principal Viola and was featured as a guest soloist as a winner of the BU Concerto Competition. Hillary also performed with the Brandon Chamber Players, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and as a founding member of the nationally-broadcast Isabelle Mills Ensemble.

Some of Hillary’s favourite musical experiences include: working as a member of the string quartet-in-residence at the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy; discovering a love for teaching while on faculty with the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Ramallah, Palestine, and traveling across Palestine and Israel in a concert tour; and playing piano for musicals including West Side Story, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris with the Golden Apple Theatre, and Baby with Regina Light Lyric. Most recently, Hillary was engaging in masterclasses and concerts at the Scotiafestival of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

An avid volunteer, Hillary has worked on various projects including an HIV/AIDS and environmental awareness initiative in South Africa, sung for senior citizens at the local Extendicare, and taught piano at inner-city schools through the Heart of the City Piano Program.

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Mariko Kamachi

Mariko Kamachi

Mariko Kamachi, born in Saitama, Japan, studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School as a student of Leslie Kinton. She began her piano study at the age of five with Mitsuo Yoshino in Japan.

Mariko is an active chamber musician. In Toronto, she has performed on the Alicier Arts chamber music series, and on the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. In Regina, she performed a recital with cellist Peter Cosbey on the Regina Musical Club concert series which was broadcast on CBC radio.

As a member of the Grace Trio, Mariko performed at Studio 345 in Toronto to a full house. The Grace Trio has recorded new compositions by Alexander Rapoport and Sharbel Dalal for future radio broadcast.

Mariko has been teaching piano since 2000. In 2003 she taught at the Summer Arts Camp at Harquail in the Cayman Islands and in 2008 she taught at the Regina String Workshop in Regina. Mariko currently teaches piano at Toronto’s Midtown Music School. She offers to teach both piano and theory in either Japanese or English.

As well as teaching, Mariko is an active accompanist. She has been the pianist for the Bloor Street Gospel Chorus since 2009 and frequently accompanies students for recitals and exams.

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