Young Artists Series

November 19 – Duo Waqay 

Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3pm
Admission $10 (proceeds go directly to the artists)
Location: Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau, 430 Alexandre-Taché Blvd, Gatineau, QC

Known for their “unique” and “imponderable connectivity” while playing together, Duo Waqay has perfected their duality over the course of the past 9 years. Guitarists Gabriela Iznardo and Alejandro Vega have been performing alongside one another since early adolescence and are both graduates of the University of Ottawa for Performance Guitar, one holding a Master’s degree and the other a Bachelor’s degree.  While growing up playing together, they developed an inseparable bond; connected by their love for guitar and their latin heritage, they quickly discovered their passion for Latin American and Spanish rhythms. The fusion of Alejandro’s Cuban heritage and Gabriela’s Peruvian and Argentinian background lead to the creation of a unique sound which sparks energy and creativity into the hearts of their audience. It is this very fusion of culture which created their name “[Duo] “Waqay”, a Quechuan word that means “The cry and timbre of a musical instrument”. Although they have been playing together for almost a decade, 2017 marked the debut of their professional performance career and brought some new and captivating repertoire which they are so very excited to share with their audiences.

January 28 – Nathan Bredeson and Anna Baksheeva

Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3pm
Admission $10 (proceeds go directly to the artists)
Location: Freiman Hall, room 121 Perez Hall, University of Ottawa

Nathan Bredeson has received international recognition for his talents as a performer, composer, and arranger.

He earned his bachelor of music at the University of Ottawa where he studied under Canadian Guitar Quartet founding member Denis Donegani, and composition with John Armstrong and Frederic Lacroix. Nathan was awarded the Ed Honeywell Memorial Scholarship for classical guitar in 2013. He went on on to complete his masters degree under the tutelage of the Cuban guitar virtuoso Rene Izquierdo at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Under the watchful eye of Maestro Izquierdo Nathan refined his guitar technique and interpretive voice to reach a level of accuracy and expressiveness that has seen great success on both the concert stage and in competition settings.

Nathan enjoys performing solo works as well as in guitar ensemble and mixed ensemble situations, with a special interest in music of the Baroque and the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2014 he participated in the premier of Christine Donkin’s Lacus for ten guitars and string ensemble with the Ottawa Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra and continues to enjoy both writing and performing new works for guitar. Alongside performance, Nathan has been a finalist in several competitions across Canada and the United States, taking first prize at the 2015 Sharon Lynn Wilson Center Guitar Competition and receiving prizes at for his compositions Hommage a Paulo Bellinati for guitar duo and Astral Projection for solo guitar. He is proud to play on a 2015 cedar-top guitar built by Vicente Carrillo.

Anna Baksheeva is a Russian born violinist and a violin instructor. Since 2010 she has been Ottawa resident and active member of music teaching and performing community. Her mother is a theatre professor in Russia and her father is a clarinet teacher in Germany. Ms.Baksheeva has been playing violin since age 5. She received her formal music education in Russia (Vladivostok special music school, St-Petersburg Music College under Conservatory). She came to North America in 2005 and completed her BA degree in Violin Performance at University of Georgia with Russian-Armenian violin professor Levon Ambartsumian. In 2016 Ms. Baksheeva completed her Masters Degree in violin performance at University of Ottawa under famous violin professor Yehonathan Berick.

Ms. Baksheeva has been a very active chamber and solo musician of many styles of music in Atlanta Georgia and in greater Ottawa, Ontario area. She is playing over 100 concerts a year and working with many Ottawa professional musicians like Andrew Mah, Andrey Krylov, Wayne Irschick, Ioulia Blinova, Jean-Francois Marquis, Keren Mugdus, Katherine Eddleman, Frederick Lacroix. Her most regular chamber groups include: Trio Pléiade, Duo with guitar, piano or flute.

Ms. Baksheeva is also a certified early childhood music educator and enjoys teaching baby and toddler music classes in OFA academy.

March 25 – Félix Dallaire

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3pm
Admission $10, $5 students (proceeds go directly to the artist)
Location: Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau, 430 Alexandre-Taché Blvd, Gatineau, QC

Félix Dallaire is currently a student at the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau where he studies with Patrick Roux. For several summers, Félix has been attending Domaine Forget, where he has had the opportunity to study with many of the most successful guitarists of our time. He was awarded first prize at the guitar competition at Domaine Forget in 2016 which gave him the opportunity to record a demo with Françoys-Bernier. Félix has participated in many other competitions, notably the Montreal International Guitar Competition in 2017 where he made the finals and the concours de musique de Sorel-Tracy where he also placed amongst the finalists. Although Félix is just at the beginning of his career as a soloist, he was able to perform with the Gatineau Symphony Orchestra in April 2017.

May 30 – Michael Ibsen 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 7:30pm
Admission $10 (proceeds go directly to the artist)
Location: Freiman Hall, room 121 Perez Hall, University of Ottawa

Michael Ibsen is a Canadian classical guitarist who performs a variety of music, re-imagining historic and new works on the instrument. Michael fell in love with the classical guitar because of its diverse repertoire, ability to express colour, and the tonal control that comes from interacting directly with the strings. His debut CD ‘Sketches’, which includes new Canadian music for the guitar written for Michael by Ontario-based composer William Beauvais, was recorded in 2015 at the University of Calgary. Michael has performed in a variety of settings across Canada as a solo and chamber instrumentalist, including his concerto debut in 2015 with the Calgary Arts Orchestra in a performance of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s first guitar concerto. He has received distinction for his performance abilities and academic achievements, including winning third place in guitar at the 2015 National Music Festival of Canada (after winning first prizes at the regional and provincial levels) and being a two-time recipient of grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Michael has received his Masters of Music in guitar performance from the University of British Columbia, where he studied under Dr. Daniel Bolshoy, and recently moved to study and work as a guitarist in Utrecht, in the Netherlands. Michael has performed in master classes and taken lessons with many of the worlds most renowned classical guitarists, including Judicael Perroy, Thomas Viloteau, Marc Teicholz, Denis Azabagic, Michael Partington, and Marcin Dylla. He currently studies privately with Johannes Moller and Carlo Marchione in Amsterdam and Maastricht. Michael’s students have won prizes and accolades for their performances in local festivals and examinations in Vancouver, and he is currently establishing a new studio of students in Utrecht.

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