Roberto Zambrano belongs to the first generation of El Sistema Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela, formed in 1975 by Maestro José Antonio Abreu. He moved to Caracas in 1981 and won a position in the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra at the age of 18, which led to performances throughout the Americas and Europe. His principal teachers were Juan Carlos Paniagua Barquisimeto and Héctor Vásquez Caracas, but he also studied under Maestros Stefan Popov, Frans Helmerson, Rene Benedetti, and Klaus Heitz. In 1989 he traveled to Czechoslovakia where he earned his BMus in cello under Maestros Josef Chuchro and Miloš Sádlo.
Roberto has founded numerous Venezuelan youth and children’s orchestras including the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela and the world renowned Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. He has also founded many international youth orchestras such as the 100X35 Youth Orchestra in Puerto Rico, the Orchestra Baltimore, and the New England Conservatory in Boston, and served as an advisor for the creation of the Youth and Children’s Symphonic Orchestras under the sponsorship of the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) in Colombia, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, and others.
As well as being a constant advocate for social change through music, Roberto maintains an accomplished career as a solo cello performer and maestro. He currently holds positions as Director of the Youth and Children's Symphony Orchestra Acarigua and Regional Coordinator for the Portuguesa State of the Venezuelan El Sistema.
David Adams, a native of Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada, completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto and went on to pursue his career as a professional violinist. With many scholarships and first prizes to his credit, Adams has gained critical acclaim as a soloist, conductor, chamber and orchestral musician. Along with his active performing schedule, Adams teaches privately, performs in school concerts and coaches youth orchestras. David Adams received the New Brunswick Merit Award and The Queen Elizabeth The II Golden and Silver Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Music in Canada.
Danielle Sametz grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan where she began her musical studies on both violin and piano. During her time in Regina Danielle was a member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and also completed her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto certification studying with Dr.Jamie Syer. She successfully completed her Bachelor of Music from Brandon University (BU) in 2009, studying with Kerry DuWors and Mark Rudoff. Danielle was a member of the string quartet-in-residence at the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy, has collaborated with Winnipeg rock band 'From the Moon' on their album The Cyclist, was a Saskatchewan representative at the National Arts Program of Canada during the 2009 Summer Games and travelled to Palestine and Israel for a concert series and tour with faculty of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. After finishing her Masters degree at the Aaron Copland school in New York City she spent 18 months in South Africa playing with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. Danielle is currently second violinist with the Saint John String Quartet and Symphony New Brunswick.
Swan Serna has been the Centre Director for Sistema Richibucto since 2012, and for Sistema Elsipogtog First Nation since 2016. Born in Mexico City, Swan holds a BMus in violin performance from the National Autonomous University of Mexico as well as a masters degree from the University of Laval (candidate).
In Mexico, Swan enjoyed a successful performance career in concert, radio, and television. He has participated in masterclasses led by Zoria Shijmurzaieva, Guela Dubrova, the Amati String Quartet, and the Latino-Americano String Quartet. He studied composition and contemporary music with Mario Lavista, and completed his first symphony, entitled Poema Sinfónico La Quebrada, in 2009 in Montreal. He has also composed music for two short films by producer José Luis Linares, as well as multiple works for theatre, chamber ensembles, and recordings. In 2016 his duet for two violins, “Richibucto River”, was premiered by two of his Sistema students at the Gala Concert for the Greater Moncton Music Festival, and in 2017 he composed the original music for the documentary “L’Opposition des Rois” winning First Place at the film festival CinéRelève.
Swan has performed in several music festivals in Quebec and New Brunswick, and plays regularly with Tutta Musica, other local chamber ensembles, and in recital with pianist Dulce María Alarcón.
Christopher Buckley grew up in Quispamsis and has been a member of the Saint John String Quartet (SJSQ) and Symphony New Brunswick for 25 years and a Musician-in-Residence UNB Saint John for over twenty years. Chris is also a member of Atlantic Sinfonia and a coach with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.
SJSQ has recorded four CD’s, with two nominations and one East Coast Music Association Award win. Their latest CD received a Juno nomination in the Classical Composition of the Year category. SJSQ has toured in Japan, China and are heading back to France and Belgium in September 2012. One of the highlights of last season for us was receiving the 2012 Lieutenant Governor's NBYO Award!
Before earning her Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from the University of Toronto in 1985, Sonja Adams was actively involved in the flourishing Vancouver music scene. She has incorporated the same interest in her new home in New Brunswick with an impressive private studio province wide, coaching youth orchestras, faculty at summer music camps and extensive in-school concert programs.
Her current activities include artist in residence at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, playing cello with the Saint John String Quartet and Principal for Symphony New Brunswick and Atlantic Sinfonia.
Sonja is often heard on regional and national CBC radio programs as a chamber musician and has released three compact discs with the Saint John String Quartet the second of which won “Best Classical Album of the Year” at the East Coast Music Awards. The Saint John String Quartet has toured Canada, the United States, Japan, Hong Kong and China.
Along with her active performing schedule Adams teaches privately, performs in school concerts, and coaches youth orchestras. Mrs. Adams has received the New Brunswick Merit Award for her contribution to Arts and Culture.
Yusela Perez grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, and began her musical studies with El Sistema Venezuela at the age of eight. She later studied cello and music at the Lino Gallardo Conservatory and the Pedro Nolasco Colon Conservatory of Music, also in Caracas, and earned a degree in music at the University Institute of Musical Studies.
Yusela is an active performer and teacher, and has played in masterclasses with renowned cellists such as Nicolas Sarpe, Yo-yo Ma, German Marcano, Uri Vardi, and Rosa Rodrigues. She has performed all over Venezuela and has been a member of the Miranda Symphony Orchestra, the Venezuela Chamber Orchstra, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Band, the Symphony of Venezuela Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Carabobo Symphony Orchestra, the Aragua Symphony Orchestra, as well as many other musical ensembles. She worked for many years at El Sistema Venezuela as a cello coach for youth and children’s ochestras in greater Caracas.
Since 2011 Yusela has been based in Moncton NB and works as a teaching artist for Sistema New Brunswick and cello coach for the Moncton Youth Orchestra. She is a performing member of Tutta Musica, as well as several other local groups.
Louis Garson grew up in Saskatchewan, and began his music studies in Regina. He later received his BMus in double bass performance from the University of Toronto. His principal teachers have included Thomas Monohan, principal bass Toronto Symphony, Stuart Knussen, principal bass London Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Stehn, Professor, Guildhall School of Music in London England. Upon completion of his formal studies, Louis joined The Windsor Symphony, later going on to work for the Hamilton Philharmonic and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestras as well as the “Phantom of the Opera” orchestra in Toronto.
Never far from teaching, Louis also taught Double Bass at Glenview secondary school, in Toronto and North Toronto and Oakwood Colligates in Toronto. In 1991 he moved to the UK where he performed full time for twenty years working with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and The London Philharmonic. He was performed with renowned conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Termirkanov, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Guiseppe Sinopoli, Andre Previn, Neemi Jarvi, Simon Rattle, Yehudi Menuhin and Danielle Gatti and Charles Dutoit. During this time he was also invited to work with The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The English National Ballet Orchestra, and many others. Louis has toured extensively throughout Europe, as well as South Korea and the US.
Since returning to Canada, Louis has worked for Sistema New Brunswick and The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. He currently resides on Prince Edward Island and has an on line coaching and teaching presence. He performs with Symphony Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Symphony and is a founding member of the Atlantic String Machine.
Sasha Saika grew up in London, Ontario, where he completed his Bachelor of Musical Arts with honors in Composition at Western University. He studied bass performance with Jeffery Stokes and was a member of several of the university’s ensembles such as the Symphony Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble conducted by Joseph Lanza. Since moving to Canada's East coast, Sasha has taken part in the Scotia Festival of Music, performed and toured with Tutta Musica, played in opera productions at the Université de Moncton, and is currently in his second year as teaching artist for Sistema New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.
Flutist Karin Aurell is originally from Sweden, where she spent many years playing in the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, a professional orchestra on Sweden's Baltic coast. She moved to Sackville NB in 2001, and has enjoyed life as a freelancing musician in the Maritimes ever since, combining chamber music performance, orchestra playing and teaching. Karin’s first solo recording, Nightingales for Katy, was released in 2005. Her second CD, with Trio Arkaède (with Isabelle Fournier, violin and Julien LeBlanc, piano) was released to critical acclaim in summer 2008. The trio's second CD, Tour de France, was launched in 2014 and comprises music by French composers from the early part of the 20th century.
In 2011, she was part of launching the woodwind quintet Ventus Machina. This group is presented by Symphony New Brunswick in their Virtuoso Series, performing three programs each year in venues across the province. Since the summer of 2014, Ventus Machina has organized annual summer tours to venues in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The quintet also plays outreach concerts and workshops in schools around the province, as well as organizing two summer chamber music camps, one for youth and one for adult wind players.
In fall 2017, Ventus Machina is looking forward to the release of their first full length album, In the Weeds, and to tours in Ontario and New Brunswick.
Karin teaches flute at Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University, and is the coach for the flute section of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. Karin's students have often competed in the NB provincial festival with good results, and five of her students have gone on to compete in the national festival. As a crowning achievement, one of her students recently won the grand prize in the national music festival, an honour that was last bestowed on NB in 1996, when Measha Brueggergosman was the grand prize winner.
An avid traveller, Karin occasionally takes time away from her New Brunswick home to visit the far reaches of the planet.
Norberto Hernandez was raised in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, where he finished his musical studies at the Celaya Music Conservatory. He has performed with the Silvestre Revueltas Youth Orchestra, the UAZ Youth Orchestra, and the Orgullo Musical Guanajuato Orchestra. He has taught oboe for multiple El Sistema programs such as Esperanza Azteca Dolores Hidalgo, and the project Orgullo Musical Guanajuato. Norberto occasionally works in other musical fields such as music production and composition.
Born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canadian clarinetist David Scott is an Artist Diploma recipient from McGill University’s prestigious Schulich School of Music and has earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Western Ontario. He has studied under the tutelage of many world renowned clarinetists, including Jean-Francois Normand, Robert Crowley, Jana Starling, and Wesley Ferreira respectively.
David currently plays with Tutta Musica, and is a founding member of the Bathurst Chamber Orchestra. He has played with orchestras around the world, including the Orchestre philharmonique des musiciens de Montreal, Orchanik Chamber Orchestra, McGill University’s Contemporary Music and Free Improvisation Ensembles, as well as the Scotia Festival Orchestra and the AEDO International Opera Festival Orchestra. He has shared the stage with the musicians of Symphony New Brunswick and Orchestra London Canada.
With a keen interest for clarinet pedagogy, David is currently the clarinet Teaching Artist at Sistema NB’s Moncton Centre as well as the clarinet sectional coach for both the Moncton Youth Orchestra and the award-winning New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. As a sought-after clinician, David has been a faculty member at Ventus Machina’s Wind Master’s Workshop, VIVA! Arts Camp, and a faculty assistant at the Interprovincial Music Camp. Additionally, he has coached the clarinetists of the Bathurst Community Concert Band, the Montreal New Horizons Band, the London (ON) New Horizons Band, and the Bathurst High School Concert Band.
Allain Arseneau has been playing the bassoon for over 10 years. After discovering it in his hometown of Petit-Rocher, he went on to pursue it at a higher level with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. His BA in music took him from Université de Moncton to Université de Montréal. During his time in Montreal, he also played with the Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal and often freelanced in the region. Bassoonists he has studied with include Robert Lewis, Richard Gagnon, Gustavo Nunez, Christopher Millard and Mathieu Lussier. Since his return to New Brunswick, Allain has played at festivals, and musical productions around the province both with the Tutta Musica ensemble and smaller chamber music groups. He is thrilled to be returning for his third year as a teaching artist with the NBYO.
David Parker has been Principal Hornist of Symphony Nova Scotia since 2000. He has been a member of orchestras in Kitchener-Waterloo, Barcelona, Quebec City, Israel, and Mexico City. He has also performed with the Toronto Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Pops, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy.
He is a graduate of Boston University, the University of Toronto, and Acadia University. Mr. Parker has had generous support from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Mr. Parker is a founding member of the Canadian National Brass Project. He has appeared in chamber music festivals including Scotia Festival of Music, the Toronto Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, the Garden Room, and the Charlottetown Festival.
Mr. Parker teaches Horn and Brass performance class at the Fountain School of the Performing Arts at Dalhousie University.
A member of the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the 2014 National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Jonathan Astley is an active orchestral, solo player and teacher. Jonathan is a prize winner at the 2014 and 2015 Glen Gould School Chamber Music Competition and winner of the 2012 Kitchener- Waterloo Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Jonathan performed at the 2015 Juno awards backing up the Canadian rock group the Arkells in their hit singe Come To Light. Jonathan has performed with many major orchestras such as the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, Aradia Ensemble, and Pacific Philharmonic. Jonathan received a bachelor of music in orchestral performance and music theory from Wilfrid Laurier University and an Artist Diploma at the Glen Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Currently the horn teaching artist at Sistema New Brunswick Moncton Centre, Jonathan and his wife Caitlin reside in Moncton.
Trombonist Jim Tranquilla is an active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician who travels throughout Canada with classical and new music chamber ensembles, jazz bands, stage shows and orchestras. His affable approach to collaboration has earned requests to participate in major events including the Juno Awards and 2010 Winter Olympics and has shared the stage with such stars as Diana Krall, Sting, Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra Jr., Ray Charles and opera diva Measha Bruggergosman. As co-founder of the trombone quintet iTromboni, Jim tours extensively and performs at several of Canada’s finest concert halls and prominent festivals.
Jim is also a sought-after educator, adjudicator, arranger and clinician, having worked as Development Agent with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, Associate Director of the University of British Columbia’s International Summer Music Institute, and as brass instructor/ensemble director at several Canadian universities. While living in Newfoundland, he was Director of Education & Outreach for the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Conductor & Orchestra Manager of the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra. Now living in New Brunswick, Jim is the Director of Community Engagement with NBYO while playing trombone with Symphony New Brunswick and continues to be Tenor Trombonist with Vancouver Opera.
Joel Cormier first studied percussion under Michel Deschenes at the Université de Moncton where he finished his BA. Mus in music performance. Afterwards, he moved to Toronto to study percussion at the University of Toronto under Beverly Johnston, John Rudolph and Russell Hartenberger where he finished his M. Mus and DMA. During his time in Toronto, Joel played with various orchestras including the Kingston Symphony, Peterborough Symphony, Brampton Symphony and the Esprit Orchestra. He also participated in many music festivals including the New Music Festival and Nuit Blanche.
Joel released his first solo percussion CD, “Les voiles blanches” in 2012. The album features two well known New Brunswick composers: Richard Gibson and Christian Hébert. Joel is also a founding member of the Sonore Percussion Trio, which made its debut in 2009. The Toronto based ensemble is dedicated to new sounds and new music having commissioned two new percussion pieces since its creation.
Along with teaching percussion at Mount Allison, Joel is also timpanist for Symphony New Brunswick.
Linda Pearse is Assistant Professor at Mount Allison University and Lecturer on Baroque Trombone at Indiana University Bloomington. Following studies at McGill University and the Schola Cantorum (Basel), her career in Europe included regular performances with the Stuttgart Philharmoniker, the Stuttgart Opera House, the Basel Symphony, La Cetra, piano possibile, and the Stuttgart Musical Theater. Pearse is Artistic Director of the San Francisco Early Music Baroque Workshop, the Sackville Festival of Early Music, and the ensemble ¡Sacabuche! She holds a Doctor of Music Degree from Indiana University Bloomington. Her extensive touring includes performances in Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau (China), Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, New York, San Francisco, Bloomington (IN), Madison, Kansas City, and Houston. In addition to music-only programs, Pearse’s interdisciplinary projects engage new music, early music, texts, soundscapes, and images in conversations that explore cultural contacts and collisions in the early modern period. Her critical edition of Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets with Trombone is published by A-R Editions (April 2014). Pearse has recorded for broadcast with Harmonia and WFIU, recorded with Cappella Artemisia, and appears on the ATMA label.