Measha began her career predominantly committed to the art of the song recital and has presented innovative programs at Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Madrid’s Teatro Real, as well as at the Schwarzenberg, Edinburgh, Verbier and Bergen Festivals with celebrated collaborative pianists Justus Zeyen, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, and Simon Lepper.
On the opera stage, her recent highlights include the roles of Giulietta and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Elettra in Idomeneo, and Sister Rose in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. On the concert platform last season she returned to Carnegie Hall with the New World Symphony, performed Elettra in Idomeneo at Opera Atelier, Toronto, and gave a recital at the Barbican Center, London. She has also recently worked with the Orchestre de Paris, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony Orchestra.
Her first recording for Deutsche Grammophon, Surprise, includes works by Schoenberg, Satie and Bolcom and is one of the most highly regarded debut albums of recent years. Her subsequent disc Night and Dreams, which features songs by Mozart, Brahms, Strauss, Schubert, Debussy, Duparc and Fauré won several awards and her recording of the Wesendonck Lieder with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra earned her a Grammy nomination.
Off the stage, Measha is just as active. She recently released her memoir Something Is Always On Fire published by Harper Collins, she appears regularly on primetime TV (most recently advocating on behalf of contemporary Canadian literature); and leading Canadian children across the country in song, in celebration of the nationwide campaign for music education.
Measha champions the education and involvement of new audiences and holds several honorary doctorates and ambassadorial titles with international charities.
Aaron Davis is an eclectic composer, arranger and keyboardist based in Toronto, Canada, who is perhaps best known as a founding member of the Holly Cole Trio and as a composer of music for film.
In 1979 he helped found world beat-jazz band Manteca, for whom he wrote and played keyboards from 1979 until 1991 and then again in 2008. In 1983 Aaron released his own album, Nouvelle Afrique. Davis's second album, Neon Blue was released in 1988, with Molly Johnson singing the title track.
In the late eighties Davis and bassist David Piltch formed a group with singer Holly Cole. As well as being a co-arranger of the Holly Cole repertoire, and writing some of her songs, Davis has done all of her orchestral arrangements, which have been performed by symphonies across Canada, the U.S. and Japan. He has also done orchestral & choral arrangements for other artists, including Alison Krauss, Natalie McMaster, David Clayton Thomas, Eliana Cuevas, Sophie Milman, and the Iseler Singers.
Orchestral writing of different sorts has also played a part in Davis' film writing. Since 1985 he has scored more than 100 films. Aaron has been nominated for three Genie awards, and four Gemini awards. Aaron and co-writer John Lang won a Gemini in 1996 for scoring No Price Too High.
Since 2006, Davis has worked as music director, pianist, arranger and composer with singer Measha Brueggergosman. He has been music director on three CDs with Measha.
Bassist, composer and producer George Koller has accumulated hundreds of wildly diverse performing and recording credits in his expansive musical career. A prolific composer and producer, yet recognized primarily as a bass player, George plays a variety of instruments, notably Indian stringed Instruments. He has performed professionally and extensively within most genres, best known for his work in jazz, free jazz, folk, world and world fusion. For over three decades, he has performed and/or producer over 600 cds, and his playing of Indian stringed instruments has been featured in several films. In the last decade, he has produced music for Yoga and Indian Classical music artists. George was presented with the 2007 national jazz award for "bassist of the year".
Guitarist, composer, Rob Piltch studied guitar in turn with Eli Kassner, Tony Bradan, and Hank Monis, composition with Gordon Delamont and Sam Dolin, piano with Darwyn Aitken, and guitar again with Robert Hamilton.
After working in local jazz clubs with Ted Moses and others and touring in Canada and the USA 1979-80 with David Clayton-Thomas and Blood, Sweat and Tears, he settled into a career in Toronto studios, playing in rock, contemporary jazz, fusion, and classical styles. Rob also has appeared in concert engagements with Hagood Hardy, Ron Collier, Lorne Lofsky, Hugh Marsh, and others.
Rob has made the LPs Bells (1981-2, Umbrella GEN-1-16), a collaboration with Thompson, and Rob Piltch (1988, Duke Street DSR-31047). The former includes his compositions "Moon Dance", "Nexus", "Sambo", "Bags in the Lobby Blues", "Thanks J.S. "(after Bach), and "Farewell to Caledon" (a dedication to his father). He also appears as a soloist on recordings by Marsh, Hardy, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rita Coolidge, Kathryn Moses, the Partland Brothers, Purple Changes, and Stone Alliance.
MUSICIAN PARTNER: Ken & Maureen Sutherland
Keith, a native of Rosebud, Alberta, is rapidly gaining recognition as a dynamic and exciting young presence on the Canadian music scene. Upon completion of his studies, Keith was named Principal Violist of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and has the same position with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Keith was trained at The Glenn Gould School of Music under the instruction of Steven Dann, and at the Mount Royal Conservatory under Nicholas Pulos. Other influences include Pinchas Zukerman, Mark Fewer, Richard Lester, , and the Chamber Music Programme at Le Domaine Forget.
Keith is an alumnus of the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove; the Sarasota Music Festival; Masterclasses at The Banff Centre, and Morningside Music Bridge. Keith has been featured on CBC Radio, Classical 96.3, and named one of Canada’s Hottest 30 Classical Musicians Under 30 by CBC.
A dedicated chamber musician, Keith has shared the stage with Anssi Kartunnen, Ernst Kovacic, Richard Lester, David Geringas and members of the Smithsonian Chamber Players. Keith has been invited to perform at the Ravinia Festival as guest violist with the Royal Conservatory’s ARC Ensemble; the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, Stratford Summer Music and at Music By The Sea. Keith performs regularly on the Skylight Series in Toronto’s Distillery District and is co-founder and producer of Stereo Live. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Rosebud Chamber Music Festival.
MUSICIAN PARTNER: Betty & Joe Gray
Marc is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster or director/conductor of orchestras and divides his time between performances of the standard repertoire on modern instruments, and performing baroque and classical music on period instruments.
He is first violinist with the Axelrod String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., where the quartet plays on the museum’s exceptional collection of Stradivari and Amati instruments. He has also performed and recorded with L’Archibudelli (Vera Beths, Jurgen Küssmaul, Anner Bijlsma) and is a member of the Turning Point Ensemble in Vancouver, specializing in 20th century music and new music.
A founding member of the Tafelmusik Orchestra, he has appeared with many of the leading period-instrument orchestras in North America and Europe .
A highly-respected teacher, he has been a visiting artist/faculty at the Paris, Moscow and Utrecht Conservatoires, Indiana University, Case Western University, Australian National University, Sydney Conservatorium, the MacPhail School, the Banff Centre and the University of Victoria.
He is artistic director of the Pacific Baroque Festival (Victoria, Canada), and Artistic Advisor to the New York City ensemble Dorian Baroque.
MUSICIAN PARTNER: Murray and Ruth Cathcart
Julie studied the cello in her native city Montreal, and then in Vienna, Austria. Assistant principal cello of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra since 2015, she cofounded there the piano quartet Quatuor Philanthros and the cello octet Élément 8.
Her chamber music activities have brought her on tour all over Canada with Debut Atlantic and Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. Julie has played in various chamber music festivals such as Music By The Sea in Bamfield (BC), Rendez-vous musical de Laterrière in Saguenay (QC), Rosebud Chamber Music Festival in Rosebud (AB) and Rockport Music Festival (Massachusetts).
She has performed as a guest artist with ARC Ensemble in Toronto and as guest assistant principal cello at the Canadian Opera Company. She participated in concerts of the Toronto series Off Centre Music Salon and Pocket Concert Series. She created, along with actor Pierre Mayer, a musical pantomime for kids called Charlot et Mlle Cello, in honor of Chaplin’s famous character. The show was presented in its symphonic version with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and will be presented again with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland next December.
Julie has played regularly as a supernumerary cellist with the chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy (Quebec) and has toured with them in North America and in Europe. She is currently assistant principal cello of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.