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.
HIROKO KAGAWA, violin
Master of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Music in Performance (University of Toronto) Hiroko Kagawa is an active performer, teacher, and adjudicator. During her training, she played in master classes for a variety of notable artists such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Koichiro Harada, Stephen Clapp, and Burton Kaplan. Her principal teacher at the University of Toronto was Andrew Dawes. Upon graduation, Hiroko held positions in her native Japan for three seasons, playing with the Osaka Philharmonic, Kansai Philharmonic, and the award-winning Hayashi String Quartet before returning to Canada.
Hiroko was the founding member of the Atlantic String Quartet, Mondetta Ensemble, and the University of Winnipeg's quartet-in-residence, Boreas String Quartet. She was first violinist with the Winnipeg Symphony and assistant concertmaster of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra for 16 seasons, as well as principal second violin with the Manitoba MusikBarock Ensemble before moving to Toronto in 2003.
Presently Hiroko is a busy freelance performer with the Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet Orchestra of Canada, Esprit Orchestra, and various other groups in the Toronto area. She appears regularly as a chamber musician in various music festivals in Victoria, Salt Spring Island, and Denman Island (British Columbia), and Elora (Ontario). On many occasions, her performances of chamber music have been broadcast on CBC radio.
Hiroko has adjudicated for the University of Manitoba, The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, the Morden Festival (Manitoba), Yip's Music Festival (Markham, Ontario), and the Kiwanis Festival (Stratford, Ontario). She has been a member of The Royal Conservatory faculty since 2005.
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.
David Visentin is widely known as a performer, pedagogue and administrator whose leadership and creative experience in the performing arts has successfully advanced classical music from coast to coast in Canada. He is the founding Executive and Artistic Director of Sistema Toronto (www.sistema-toronto.ca) - a free and developmentally transformative after-school social program through the pursuit of musical excellence designed for children and based on the remarkable Venezuelan model known around the world as El Sistema. David has worked with orchestras across Canada and in Japan, and for six years he was the dean of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Young Artist Performance Academy and associate dean of The Glenn Gould School. A highly acclaimed chamber musician on both violin and viola, David Visentin founded the Boreas String Quartet, Mondetta Ensemble, Atlantic String Quartet and is currently the Artistic Director of the Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival. He plays a 1783 Gabrielli violin and a 1996 Quentin Playfair viola. When he has time, he rides a 2002 Battaglin Italian racing bike and, last year, took part in the L'Etape de Tour Alpe d'Huez stage of the Tour de France. This year he will be riding the tour again in support of Sistema Toronto.
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.