Artist Biographies

Mount Royal Artio Choir

Mount Royal Artio Choir

The name Artio is derived from the Celtic word for "bear," and was the name of a Gallo-Roman goddess who often took the form of a bear. She represented creative, bold and emergent abundance — all qualities that describe the singers who make up Mount Royal Artio and...

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Voxare Quartet

Voxare Quartet

“The gifted Voxare String Quartet” (The New York Times) formed in 2008 and has since received critical praise for its inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to detail, and passionate performances.  As one of the most acclaimed and innovative young string...

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Neil Cockburn, organ

Neil Cockburn, organ

International prize-winning organist Neil Cockburn is Head of Organ Studies at Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary (Alberta, Canada), Director of MRU Conservatory’s Purcell Ensemble, and Artistic Director of the Calgary Organ Festival.

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Ensemble Resonance

Ensemble Resonance

Ensemble Resonance based in Alberta, Canada, is Calgary’s oldest professional chamber ensemble performing music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Lori Freedman, clarinet

Lori Freedman, clarinet

Qualified as “a musical revolutionary in the front ranks of the avant-garde” by Alex Varty of the Georgia Straight (Vancouver), Lori Freedman (clarinets) is internationally recognized as one of the most creative and provocative performers.

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Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, piano duo

Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, piano duo

The Bergmann Piano Duo, described as artists who present “razzle-dazzle” and “electrifylingly rendered” recitals, have touched and inspired audiences with their uniquely eclectic programmes for more than two decades.

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Sara Hahn, flute

Sara Hahn, flute

Hailed by the Calgary Herald as “outstanding”, having “beauty of tone and a wonderfully flexible phrasing”, as well as “perfect intonation” and “meltingly seductive” melodies, Sara Hahn is currently the Principal Flutist for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Winston Choi, piano

Winston Choi, piano

Winner of the 2002 Orléans Concours International and Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition, Chicago-based Canadian pianist Winston Choi is an inquisitive performer whose fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists.

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Mélanie Léonard

Mélanie Léonard

Music Director, Wild West New Music Ensemble Known for her youthful vibrancy and dynamic versatility with musical genres and styles, Mélanie Léonard is increasingly sought after as a guest conductor. She served as Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's Resident Conductor...

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