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David Jalbert

David Jalbert

A virtuoso with a warm, elegant style and a wide-ranging repertoire, pianist David Jalbert has established himself among the elite of a new generation of classical musicians: “Jalbert dazzles with skill, style and taste…with all the finesse and exuberance a listener could want” - Toronto Star. Recently named by the CBC among the 15 best Canadian pianists of all time, Mr. Jalbert performs regularly as a soloist and recitalist across North America and Europe.

His solo recordings - of the Goldberg Variations, the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues and American piano music by Corigliano, Rzewski, Adams and Glass - have all garnered international praise, and his recording of Fauré’s Nocturnes was recently chosen as the modern version of reference by France-Culture’s panel of critics. An accomplished chamber musician, he is a member of Triple Forte (along with violinist Jasper Wood and cellist Yegor Dyachkov) and has several recordings of chamber music to his name, most notably with cellist Denise Djokic, the wind ensemble Penta├Ędre and virtuoso bassist Joel Quarrington.

A national and international prize-winner, David Jalbert has won four Opus Awards, was nominated three times at the Juno Awards, and was the 2007 laureate of the prestigious Virginia Parker Prize of the Canada Council for the Arts. He has studied at the Juilliard School, the Glenn Gould School, the Université de Montréal and the Conservatoire de musique du Québec and is now an associate professor at the University of Ottawa.

Brandon Wilkie

Brandon Wilkie

Cellist Brandon Wilkie grew up in Pembroke, Ontario where he began playing cello at the age of 13. His first teacher was Peter Morris. After high school, Brandon had the opportunity to study with several renowned teachers including Paul Marleyn at the University of Ottawa and Shauna Rolston at the University of Toronto. For several years, Brandon was based in Toronto, where in addition to working as a performer and teacher, he was also the cellist of the Arkadas String Quartet. As a member of the Arkadas, Brandon had the opportunity to perform at music festivals in Banff and San Francisco, and receive coachings from eminent musicians such as pianist Leon Fleisher and cellist Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard Quartet.

Brandon and his wife Dian moved to Ottawa in 2014, where they currently reside with their daughter Sofia. Since moving to Ottawa, Brandon has been featured several times playing with the Capital Chamber Choir and their music director Jamie Loback. This past fall Brandon was chosen to collaborate on the CCC’s debut recording, performing Jocelyn Morlock’s “Exaudi“. He also participated in a debut recording of chamber works by Canadian composer Joanna Estelle, which is set to be released in Spring 2017 on Parma Recordings. As a teacher, Brandon is on the faculty of Ottawa's Suzuki Music program, where he works with young cello students.

Brandon currently plays on a custom made “lefty” cello from Wayne Burak that he acquired in 2013.

Thaddeus Morden

Thaddeus Morden

(Bio coming soon.)

Peter Shackleton

Peter Shackleton

In 1993, clarinetist Peter Shackleton was awarded First Prize at the 27th CBC Radio Competition. He has performed as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. He has served as principal clarinetist of Orchestra London and has performed with Les Violons du Roy and the Milwaukee Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Stratford Festival Orchestras.

Recently appointed Musician-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University, Peter holds the Principal Clarinet chair with the Thunder Bay Symphony, is a member of the Aeolian Winds and Music in Common, is a faculty member at the University of Western Ontario, and performs with Tafelmusik on historical clarinet.