Artist Biographies

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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Lenora Cox Leggatt, violin

Lenora Cox Leggatt, violin

Originally from Rochester, New York, violinist Lenora Cox Leggatt began studying at age 7 and made her solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at age 16. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music studying with Catherine Tait and Zvi Zeitlin, and Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Donald Weilerstein.

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Laurie Matiation, horn

Laurie Matiation, horn

Originally from Brandon, Manitoba, Laurie is currently Third Horn with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She began her professional career in 1978 as second horn of the Atlantic Symphony, and has been a member of the CPO since 1983.

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Adam Zinatelli

Adam Zinatelli

One of Canada’s most prominent trumpet players, Adam Zinatelli is Principal Trumpet of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and is a founding member of the Reveille Trumpet Collective, a group dedicated to commissioning and performing new music.

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Michael Hope, bassoon & vocals

Michael Hope, bassoon & vocals

Michael Hope is an award-winning vocalist and musician who loves to perform for the simple joy of making people happy. He has just completed his 32nd season as the 2nd bassoonist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and is one of Canada’s most respected artists through his musicianship and his dedication to the musical life of the community.

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Patrick Staples, bass

Patrick Staples, bass

A three-time national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition, Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles and a Master’s degree from Rice University in Houston.

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Jean Landa, oboe

Jean Landa, oboe

Jean Landa has held the position of Principal Oboe with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1977. His solo performances include several appearances with the CPO, the Alberta Chamber Players, and the Kensington Sinfonia, as well as a studio taping of the Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto for the CBC.

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Marcin Swoboda, viola

Marcin Swoboda, viola

Violist Marcin Swoboda has loved and practised music since he was four years old and, like any good love affair, he has left and returned to it many times over

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Rafael Hoekman, cello

Rafael Hoekman, cello

Hailed by the Toronto Star as a “young musician with a bright future” and noted for his “spirited and fiery performances”, Rafael Hoekman is one of Canada’s most versatile artists, making his mark as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player.

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Donovan Seidle, violin

Donovan Seidle, violin

Donovan Seidle is a versatile musician – equally comfortable performing in the concertmaster chair or in the soloist spotlight as on the conductor’s podium of a scoring stage. Donovan’s performing career has included ventures into jazz, blues, fiddling, indie- and noise-rock amongst more typical orchestral, solo, pit, chamber music and recording session projects.

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