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  • Biography: “Josh Rager is becoming one of Montreal’s finest pianists. He’s a thoughtful and sensitive musician whose mature compositions and creative arrangements naturally inspire fine solos from all those involved.” -Ingrid Jensen Josh is a pianist, arranger...
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    Jazz Area
    Instrument(s):

    Jazz Piano

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  • Biography: Assistant Professor of violin, Richard Roberts is currently serving as concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Montreal appointment, he was for eight years assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra under conductor...
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    Strings Area
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  • Biography: Brian Robinson is the co-ordinator of the activities of the McGill Bass Class. He has 27 years of teaching experience at the university level and 29 years of experience as an orchestral double bassist. He is the Associate Principal Bass of the...
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    Strings Area
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    Associate Professor

    Biography: Former Chair of the Department of Performance of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Prof. André J. Roy has been teaching viola, chamber music and orchestral studies at McGill since 1988. Following studies at the Conservatory of Music...
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    Strings Area
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    Associate Professor (Voice)

    Biography: A native of Ottawa, Thérèse Sevadjian debuted in Montréal as a soprano before making an amazingly successful transition to mezzo-soprano.  She has since appeared in performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Otello, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro,...
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    Voice Area
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  • Biography: Cindy Shuter has over forty years of teaching experience at the Schulich School of Music.  She has performed with the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets canadiens and the André Gagnon Ensemble, among others...
    Areas:
    Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion Area
    Instrument(s):

    Flute

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    Early Clarinet Instructor

    Biography: Born into a family of musicians, Mark Simons was surrounded by classical music throughout his childhood. He studied classical music at Marianopolis College, McGill and Temple Universities, and then continued developing his expertise in different...
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    Early Music/Harpsichord Area
  • Biography: Passionate about jazz music since his teenage years, François studied classical percussion at CEGEP Marie-Victorin with Julien Gregoire (Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Sixtrum) in 1997 before deciding to focus on jazz. To do so, he completed his Bachelor’...
    Areas:
    Jazz Area
    Instrument(s):

    Vibraphone

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    Area Chair, Strings Area, Associate Professor

    Biography: German violinist Axel Strauss, equally passionate about teaching and performing, joined the faculty of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in 2012. Prior to moving to Montreal he served as Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the...
    Areas:
    Strings Area
    Degrees:

    Diploma, Concert Exam (HMT Rostock, Germany),
    Professional Studies Program (Juilliard)

    Instrument(s):

    Violin

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    Associate Professor, Jazz Area,  Department of Performance

    Areas:
    Jazz Area
    Instrument(s):

    Jazz Trumpet

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    Assistant Professor

    Areas:
    Strings Area
    Instrument(s):

    Harp

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    Associate Professor (Voice)

    Biography: Sanford Sylvan has performed with many of the leading orchestras of the world including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony, Academy of Ancient Music and the NHK (Japanese...
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    Voice Area
    Degrees:

    B.Mus. (Manhattan School of Music)

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  • Biography: Jean-Nicholas is a young trombone virtuoso who has already made his mark in Montreal. He is a prolific jazz composer, leader of his own big band and is a first-rate jazz soloist. He currently teaches at McGill University, Université de Montreal and...
    Areas:
    Jazz Area
    Instrument(s):

    Trombone

  • Biography: A native of Montreal, alto/baritone saxophonist and composer Dave Turner has been a mainstay of the city’s jazz scene since the early 1970’s. He has performed extensively with his own groups at every major Jazz festival in Canada as well as many...
    Areas:
    Jazz Area
    Instrument(s):

    Jazz Saxophone

  • Biography: Alec is one of Montreal’s most respected bassists, largely due to his great time feel and strong improvisations. His impressive CV includes appearances with Joe Henderson, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Wheeler and Jimmy Heath, to name only a few. He is...
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    Jazz Area
    Instrument(s):

    Jazz Bass

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    Course Lecturer

    Biography: Andrew Wan is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster.  In August of 2008, he was named concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO), making him one of the youngest leaders of a major symphony. His...
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    Strings Area
    Degrees:

    B.Mus., M.Mus. and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School

    Instrument(s):

    Violin

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    Area Chair, Early Music, Assistant Professor - Department of Performance

    Biography: Lena Weman is a Swedish flute player and researcher with focus on the early music scene and performance practice. Her concert activities are mostly focused towards the chamber music, but she has also played extensively with a number of Swedish...
    Areas:
    Early Music/Harpsichord Area
    Degrees:

    MA (Uppsala University)

    PhD (Luleå University of Technology)

    Instrument(s):

    Baroque Flute

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    Associate Professor

    Biography: André White is presently employed full-time as an Associate Professor in Jazz Studies at McGill University, where he teaches Jazz History, Jazz Piano, and Jazz Improvisation, and has also served as Jazz Area Chair. André plays both piano and...
    Areas:
    Jazz Area
    Instrument(s):

    Jazz Drums, Jazz Piano

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  • Biography: Bassist Ali Yazdanfar is equally at ease in the orchestra, when performing solo or chamber music, and also while teaching. Currently principal bass of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, he was formerly a member of the National Symphony in...
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    Strings Area
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    Associate Professor

    Biography: John Zirbel has been principal horn of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1979.  A native of Janesville, Wisconsin, he began studying the horn at age nine with local bandmaster John Iltis. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin...
    Areas:
    Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion Area
    Instrument(s):

    French Horn

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    Associate Professor

    Biography: Ukrainian-born, Canadian pianist and educator Luba Zuk is a graduate of McGill University, the Conservatoire de Musique de la Province de Québec in Montreal and the Ukrainische Freie Universitåt (UFU) in Munich. She studied also at the Mozarteum in...
    Areas:
    Piano Area
    Degrees:

    L.Mus.(McG.), Graduate, Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec, Ph.D. Ukrainische Freie Universitåt, München