Artist Biographies

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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Luciane Cardassi

Luciane Cardassi

Luciane Cardassi is a versatile pianist and creative artist. For 20 years she has been exploring the contemporary music world through collaboration and performance. Her resulting repertoire includes numerous premieres and close collaborations with composers, performers and other artists from around the world.

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Flux Quartet

Flux Quartet

The FLUX Quartet has performed to rave reviews in venues of all sorts, from Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and Kennedy Center, to influential art institutions such as EMPAC, The Kitchen, and the Walker Art Center, to international music festivals in Australia, Europe, and the Americas.

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Kensington Sinfonia

Kensington Sinfonia

Sinfonia’s programs cover a wide range of chamber music and string orchestra repertoire, from the Baroque to present day.

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