Born in Saskatchewan, Daniel Scholz holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Regina, and pursued graduate studies at McGill University and at the University of British Columbia, where he was a student of Gerald Stanick. Daniel is the principal viola of the WSO and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and is a core member of The Winnipeg Chamber Music Society and the Rembrandt String Quartet. As a solo artist he has performed concertos with the WSO, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, MusicBarock, Okanagan Symphony and the Vancouver Chamber Players, and toured Europe with the Nordic Symphony as guest principal viola. He was also a prize-winner at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind, held on the Isle of Man.
Daniel has performed and taught at many of Canada’s major festivals and is a faculty member of the University of Manitoba Summer Chamber Music Program, Amici Stringfest in Calgary and Winnipeg’s Rosamunde Summer Festival.
Joan Blackman, violin
Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Vetta Chamber Music Society, enjoys a vibrant and varied musical life. She served as Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony for many years and has performed and recorded as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony, CBC Radio Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble and the Banff Festival Orchestra.
Ms. Blackman is known throughout Canada and the US as a fine chamber musician and has performed with premier groups such as the Penderecki String Quartet, the Purcell String Quartet and the Gryphon Trio. She is most recently a member of the Sea and Sky collective which has recently released two CDs.
Joan has performed on numerous series including Music in the Morning, Music Fest Vancouver, the Jeffrey Concerts in London, Ont., and the American String Project. She has also appeared at summer festivals including the Hornby Island Festival, the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival, and the Victoria Summer Music Festival.
She is also a dedicated teacher. Besides her private studio, she has taught violin at Kwantlen University, UBC, Nanaimo Conservatory, Victoria Conservatory, VSO School of Music, Vancouver Academy of Music, and at the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific. Joan has also given masterclasses and adjudicated in festivals throughout Western Canada.
LEANA RUTT, cello
Born and raised in London, Ontario, Leana Rutt was appointed assistant principal cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 2013. A graduate of the Juilliard School and of McGill University, Leana has performed in halls across North America and Europe from Carnegie to the Concertgebouw.
Leana has devoted much of her musical career to chamber music. She has made appearances with the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, Music By the Sea, the Agassiz Festival, Virtuosi Concerts, and Stereo Live Toronto. As a member of the Uccello ensemble she gave performances on NPR’s From the Top and at the 2011 South by Southwest festival, and their Grammy-nominated album Meeting of the Spirits was heard on over 100 radio stations across North America.
With a particular interest in new music, Leana has given numerous premieres in concert with Groundswell, in Lucerne alongside members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, and with the contemporary music ensembles of Juilliard and McGill.
Leana has been a participant in the festivals of Lucerne, Aldeburgh, Sarasota, Banff, and le Domaine Forget, as well as the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Leana started on cello at the age of six with Terry Sefton. She continued her studies with Paul Pulford, Matt Haimovitz and Timothy Eddy.
Having performed her first recital at the age of twelve, it wasn’t until the age of twenty, after two years of law school that Catherine decided to devote herself entirely to music. Taught by Colette Fernier, Monique Deschaussées, Sergio Perticaroli, and encouraged by François-René Duchâble, she received the highest distinction at both the Conservatory in Rouen and later at the Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot in Paris. Catherine was also awarded the Yvonne Lefébure Foundation Prize leading to television and radio broadcasts and concert engagements. Catherine chose to avoid the international competition circuit in favour of taking the time to study repertoire in its historical context. Being a great lover of nature, a fan of Marcel Proust and having spent many years in Normandy, she explores in depth the composers who were inspired by this region, such as Roussel, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns. She deepens her understanding of Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms with numerous trips to Germany and her knowledge of the language and by reading Goethe and Heine. Her interpretation of Chopin is nourished by the time spent in Poland and a close examination of his letters. Catherine’s approach to music is very much appreciated not only by solo piano audiences throughout Europe and North America but also by various renowned chamber musicians. She is regularly invited to perform in chamber music festivals throughout these countries and devotes a large part of her time to her duo with Kai Gleusteen and the Trio Liceu.
Canadian born violinist, Kai Gleusteen started at the age of five years old in his native city, Calgary. Early on, he met with success in national music competitions in addition to receiving top academic awards. Already at a young age, he had the opportunity to study with the most renowned violinists and teachers of his time, including Nathan Milstein, Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold, Dorothy Delay, and Zakhar Bron. By the age of seventeen, Kai was awarded the top prize in the Commonwealth Concerto Competition in Australia, he had received the prestigious Skene Award in Scotland and had formed his first chamber orchestra: The Group of Twelve.
A strong believer in the musician as a multi-dimensional human being, Kai chose to combine his musical studies with academic pursuits. At the University of Michigan, he studied anthropology, geophysics, and philosophy. He received a Master’s Degree from Rice University under the tutelage of the person who would become his greatest inspiration on both a personal and musical level, the violinist Camilla Wicks. In 1991, Kai moved to Europe to live in the heart of Western Culture. Paris and Prague were his bases for nine years, allowing him to develop and perform both as a soloist and leader of numerous orchestras. In the year 2000, he won the concertmaster position of the Orchestra ‘del Gran Teatre del Liceu’ and subsequently moved to Barcelona. In 2003, he created the Gran Teatre del Liceu Chamber Orchestra and was appointed professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya. He continues to perform extensively as a soloist and a recitalist throughout Europe, North America and China and has released numerous critically acclaimed recordings.
Kai plays on a violin made by J.B. Guadagnini in 1781.
Emilie Grimes, viola.
Emilie has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2012. Originally from Ottawa, she holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Michael Tree and Steven Tenenbom. She completed her Undergraduate degree at the University of Montreal under the tutelage of Neal Gripp.
As an orchestral and chamber musician, Emilie has performed in venues worldwide. She toured with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, and appeared on Hong Kong’s Radio 4 as violist of the Vancouver based Koerner Quartet. She has also appeared on WQXR in New York, playing baroque viola with Juilliard’s historical performance ensemble. She regularly takes part in concert series around Vancouver, including the VSO chamber players series, Music on Main, and the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival.
Emilie has recently been appointed Adjunct Professor of Viola at the University of British Columbia. She has held the position of Acting Associate Principal Viola of the Vancouver Symphony since 2015.
Travis Harrison, bass
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Travis Harrison is a graduate of Montréal’s McGill University. His post-graduate work was with the National Arts Centre’s Institute for Orchestral Studies while he concurrently completed a performance Master’s degree at the University of Ottawa in 2012 under the guidance of Joel Quarrington. Travis is happily active in his first professional position, having joined the bass section of the WSO in September 2013.
Travis’ most formative musical experiences include a European tour to the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Royal Albert Hall (London) with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra for the London 2012 festival, as well as several performances with the Toronto Symphony, Montréal Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestras. He has participated in the summer festival programs of Banff, Crested Butte, Mt. Orford, Domaine Forget, and Ochsenhausen (Germany), and has performed in masterclasses for Joel Quarrington (London Symphony Orchestra) and Matthew MacDonald (Berlin Philharmonic).
Travis is the proud owner of a very fine old English bass, Kennedy School circa 1850, and bows by Canadian maker Bernard Walke.