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.
Adrian Pinzaru, violin
Born in 1974 in Romania, Adrian Pinzaru started studying violin in Iaşi at the Music School “O. Băncila “with Calistrat Catargiu and Natalia Epure continuing his studies in Bucharest at the” G. Enescu ” Music High School. In 1993, thanks to a scholarship, he moved to Italy where, after studying at the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale in Saluzzo, he obtained a diploma in violin and viola at the “G. Verdi “in Turin under the guidance of M. Christine Anderson and M. Davide Zaltron. Over the years he studied with Stefan Gheoghiu, Mariana Sirbu, Dora Schwarzberg, Sadao Harada (Tokyo String Quartet), Franco Rossi (The Italian Quartet), Valentin Berlinsky (Borodin Quartet) and Milan Skampa (Quartetto Smetana). From 1997 to 2006 he has been the first violin of the Quartetto Casorati. Since 2006 he is the first violin of the Xenia Ensemble, a group dedicated to the performance of contemporary music. Since 2007 he is the first violin of the Delian Quartett with which he has an intense international concert activity.
He is regularly invited as a soloist or chamber musician by major concert societies such as: Musikverein Wienn, Konzerthaus Wienn, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Unione Musicale di Torino, Festival MiTo Settembre Musica, Ludwigsburger Schloßfestspiele, Schlezwig-Holstein Musik Festival, Musikfest Bremen, Festival Internacional de Musica de Espinho, Essen Philarmonie, etc. collaborating, in the chamber repertoire, with artists such as Gilles Apap, Measha Brueggergosman, Mario Brunello, Gérard Caussé, José Luis Estellés, Pavel Gililov, Igor Kamenz, Alfredo Perl, Menahem Pressler, Danilo Rossi, Dora Schwarzberg, Giovanni Sollima, Anatol Ugorski and actor Bruno Ganz. He performed for various television and radio broadcasts such as Rai, Radio France, Österreichische Rundfunk (ORF), DR (Danish Radio), Deutschland Funk, HR, SWR, WDR, BR. He recorded regularly for the record company Oehms Classics, with which he published, in 2008, a CD entirely dedicated to Robert Schumann – named “Recommended CD of the month” by Bayerische Rundfunk – and one dedicated to Haydn – who received the nomination for Echo Prize 2010. In 2013 a CD dedicated to Beethoven was published. In 2016, a CD dedicated to Schostakovich was released in co-production with Deutschland Funk and in 2018, again in co-production with Deutschland Funk, the integral of the Arte della Fuga by J. S. Bach. He is often invited as first violin and first viola by musical institutions such as: Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Neuss, Gran Teatre de Liceu Barcelona, Stadt Kammerorchester Arpeggione, Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Symphony Orchestra of Murcia, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, I Musici Estensi. Beside the concert commitment, Adrian Pinzaru also carries out an intense didactic activity. He is indeed a professor at the Pinerolo Music Academy. Since 2017 he is the testimonial of the German company, world leader in the manufacture of strings for string instruments, Pirastro. He plays a violin Giovanni Battista Rogeri 1699.
LEANA RUTT, cello. (musician 2019 festival)
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.
Beth Root Sandvoss, cello
Cellist Beth Root Sandvoss has a notably varied career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Beth's early professional activities took her to Hong Kong, where she became a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Victoria String Quartet, performing throughout Asia. After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison with cellist Parry Karp, Beth finished graduate work at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as further studies in San Francisco. Beth settled in Calgary, Alberta where she enjoys an active performance career in Canada and abroad. Beth has recorded six commercial CDs and has premiered more than 50 new works for solo cello, cello/piano and chamber ensemble.
Beth has an intense interest in new music and is a founding member of the acclaimed Land's End Ensemble, whose most recent Centrediscs release, Gravity and Grace, won a Juno Award and a Western Canadian Music Award in the category of Classical Composition of the year (2014) for the work Field Notes by Allan Gordon Bell. In addition to her Land's End Ensemble activities, Beth is a member of the UCalgary String Quartet in residence at the University of Calgary. Nominated as Instrumental Group of the Year, the UCalgary String Quartet has completed live recordings of all the Beethoven String Quartets as well as the CD Far Behind I left My Country which features Klezmer and East European Folk Music.
Along with her performance career, Beth is a very dedicated pedagogue. As a sought after clinician she has worked with both teachers and students on her methods. Her pupils have won numerous competitions in Canada and are regularly invited to summer festivals around the world. Beth's students have continued on as scholarship students to major universities and conservatories such as New England Conservatory, Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School. She is a faculty member at Mount Royal University as well as the University of Calgary and spends her summers teaching and performing at music festivals throughout Canada and the United States. Beth has the great pleasure and privilege to perform on an award - winning cello made by her husband, Luthier, Christopher Sandvoss.
Travis Harrison, bass (musican 2018 festival)
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.