Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, he received his early musical training in Saint John, New Brunswick. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto, with a degree in Music Performance. Following a first engagement as Principal Viola with the Hamilton Philharmonic, he moved to Rome to study with Mo. Dino Asciolla and consequently joined the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He later returned to Canada as one of the founding members of Symphony Nova Scotia. After the departure of Boris Brott, Wathen served as interm artistic advisor and was responsible for bringing Georg Tintner to Halifax.
In 1988 he returned once again to Europe, serving as principal viola in several orchestras before joining the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna as principal viola where he remained until 2014 when he assumed his duties at LAMP.
As principal viola he has collaborated with some of the world's most important conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Roberto Abbado, Georges Prêtre, Sir Neville Marriner, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovic, Christian Thielmann, Vladimir Yurofsky, Alberto Zedda, among others. For 10 years he colaborated with Daniele Gatti as his principal viola at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and has covered the same role with Michele Mariotti for the last five years. As viola soloist, one of the highlights was the Italian premiere of Benjamin Britten's Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra (Willem Blokbergen violin and the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna).
Burt has also enjoyed an extensive involvement in chamber music, performing on three continents with among others, Raina Kabawanska (her farewell tour and recording), Vladimir Yurofsky (Concerti Break,Bologna) and Shlomo Minz (Teatro C.di Bologna).
Wathen has taught and served on the boards of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and has served as a juror for international viola competitions in Genova, Trieste and Bologna.
Pianist Walter Delahunt is a native Nova Scotian and an artist of broad and distinguished experience. His career has taken him throughout Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia. His musicianship is characterized by tremendous technical command of the instrument, unique sound quality, ease in chamber music, solo playing and accompanying and by a power of communication which immediately involves the listener. He has played with some of the world's greatest musicians, including Zara Nelsova, Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich and the legendary violinist Ida Haendel, with whom he has toured regularly in Japan, Korea, Israel, the United States and Canada. He was professor at the Vienna Academy of Music between 1984 and 1997 and has recorded for Panton (Prague) and BMG Japan. A live recording of Dvorak chamber music, performed at the "Progetto Martha Argerich" in Lugano in June 2002 has been released on EMI Classics. ...website
World renowned Nova Scotian flutist, composer and conductor Robert Aitken has been honoured with the Order of Canada and is a Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France). In 1970, having previously served as principal flute for both the Vancouver and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Aitken embarked on a solo career that has taken him to virtually every corner of the globe. He has more than 70 recordings to his name. In 2003 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association (USA). In 2004, he retired as Professor für Flöte at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, a position he had held for 16 years. In 2009 Aitken was the recipient Canada's largest arts award, the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. As a composer, Robert Aitken holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Toronto and all of his works are published by Universal Edition, Salabert, Ricordi and Peer Music. Robert Aitken was Director of the Banff Centre Winter Program in Music, founder and artistic director of Music Today, Music at Shawnigan and co-founder, with Norma Beecroft, of New Music Concerts which he has directed since its inception in 1971. ...website
For over thirty years, Joel Quarrington has served as the Principal Double Bassist of many ensembles including the Canadian Opera Company, The Toronto Symphony and Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra and most recently, the famous London Symphony Orchestra. Joel is a winner of the Geneva International Competition and the CBC Talent Competition, and has made solo appearances across Canada, the United States, Europe and China. www.joelquarrington.com
One of the most versatile and original cellists of his generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as a soloist, collaborator and teacher. His early immersion in core classical repertoire inspired an enduring fascination that has led to encounters with many fine musicians at the world's most prestigious festivals and concert halls. His discovery of contemporary music through the works of Kurtag, Kagel and Ligeti in his teenage years opened a new and vital avenue that he continues to explore with huge enthusiasm alongside his passion for jazz and world music. www.adrianbrendel.com
Juno Award-winning composer-performer Dinuk Wijeratne's boundary-crossing work sees him equally at home in collaborations with symphony orchestras and string quartets, Tabla players and DJs, and takes him to international venues as diverse as the Berlin Philharmonie and the North Sea Jazz Festival. The timing of this program with his mentor Sandeep Das is perfect as Dinuk's Tabla Concerto - the first full length Concerto for tabla and full Western classical Symphony Orchestra - was recently named a finalist for the Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor's Masterworks Prize. www.dinukwijeratne.com
Soprano Suzie LeBlanc is one of the most sought after early music sopranos of her generation, as well as a gifted interpreter of lieder, French mélodies, Acadian repertoire and contemporary music. Concert engagements have led her around the world, as well as to over 50 recordings with the world's leading early music ensembles. www.suzieleblanc.com
In 2001, as part of Bunnett's Spirits of Havana, Occhipinti shared in a Juno Award for best global album. In 2005 he received a Juno as producer of Duràn's New Danzon. He won National Jazz Awards for producer of the year in 2005 and 2006, and acoustic group of the year in 2005. In 2006 he received a SOCAN award for a cartoon series, George Shrinks.
Gianni Fabbrini took his diploma in pianoforte at the "Luigi Cherubini" Conservatory in Florence and studied both the harpsichord and vocal music, obtaining the highest marks cum laude.
He has worked as a pianist in the concert and operatic repertories, collaborating with prestigious bodies both in Italy and abroad, such as the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, the Amici della Musica in Firenze, the Festival Pergolesi in Iesi, the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the Opera Bastille in Paris, the Theatre Royale de La Monnaie in Brussels, the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia, the festivals of Glyndebourne and Wexford, the Osterfestspiele in Salzburg, the National Opera Theatre di Seoul, the Biwako Hall in Kyoto and the Bunkamura Orchid Hall in Tokyo and the Semper Oper in Dresden, the Bremen Festival and working either as performer or as collaborator with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Donato Renzetti, Alberto Zedda, Renè Jacobs, Marc Minkowsky, William Christie, Jeffrey Tate, Lu Ja, Michel Corboz, Claudio Scimone, Emanuelle Haim and Ruben Dubrowsky.
For fourteen years he has collaborated with the Rossini Opera Festival and has often been a guest in Germany at the corresponding Rossini in Wildbad season.
He has taught at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole since it was founded, and also at the Florence Conservatory. He has been maestro di repertorio at the "Centre Perfeccionament Plàcido Domingo" at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, for the Showa University in Tokyo, the Walton Foundation in London, the Bosphorus University in Istanbul and Michigan University at Ann Arbor.
He has made recordings for Bongiovanni, Naxos, Teldec, Dynamic and Tactus, and has collaborated with Raitre and Archiv.
Described as "genre-bending" by the National Post, and "intrepid" by the Globe and Mail, Mark Fewer has performed around the world to critical acclaim in virtually every role asked of a violinist - and then some. His performances range from the early baroque to the avant-garde, with recent performances as soloist with groups as wide-ranging as the Melbourne Symphony (Australia), the Fodens-Richardson Brass Band (UK), the Zapp Quartet (Amsterdam), and the McGill Percussion Ensemble (Canada). He is also a dedicated chamber musician, jazz violinist, artistic director, and teacher. www.markfewer.com
John D.S. Adams is an award winning recording/mix engineer, producer and sound designer having worked on a wide variety of projects in film, television, music and dance. John's incredible range and experience make him a highly sought after engineer/ producer.
John's client list is broad and impressive including music recording/mixing for the Cunningham Dance Foundation's award winning 'Beach Birds: For Camera', twelve CDs and 2 DVDs for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Sony BMG artists Yo Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, PSI Factor (Alliance-Atlantis TV series), Anton Kuerti's final Beethoven Piano Sonatas as well as composition/sound design for Barishnykov's White Oak Dance Project. John's work has been honoured with multiple Juno Award for his collaborations with James Ehnes, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Jane Bunnett. In addition to the many independent recordings, Adams has worked with/for Universal, Lovely Music (Ltd.), VOX, Analekta recording labels and artists Suzie LeBlanc, Paul Halley, Andy Stochansky, Eve Egoyan, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Kevin Fox and Neil Young. In 2000 the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles sought the skills of John when embarking on a massive music archival project. Between 2007 and 2009, John was Senior Recording Engineer at The Banff Centre.
Adams has had the privilege of collaborating with some of the great musical pioneers of our time, including John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Walter Zimmerman, Takehisa Kosugi, Steve Lacy and Stuart Dempster and Christos Hatzis. He is currently affiliated with suddenlyLISTEN (Halifax based improv collective), F.F.O.B. (Toronto based multimedia/electronic ensemble), JERK (Atlantic Canadian experimental improv quintet) and EHRES with Pauline Oliveros.