Angela Chan - Founder & Director of Lambda School, Head of Piano Pedagogy, Piano
Recognized as the great-grand student of Alfred Cortot (from the lineage of Frederyck Chopin), Dr. Angela Chan is an accomplished concert pianist who has performed extensively in Canada, Europe, the U.S.A. China and Hong Kong, and has been featured on the Discovery Channel (Canada), Global TV, CBC, the Australian Television Network, CJAD, CJOH, RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) and other media networks. Dr. Chan’s works have also been featured in Maclean’s Magazine, La Scena Musicale, Montreal Gazette and the National Post.
Angela Chan holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance, Pedagogy and Education from Concordia University, Montreal, and she is the founder and Director of Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts, an internationally recognized school of music and fine arts for its fine quality and reputation. Dr. Chan is also head of the piano pedagogy division at Lambda School, providing professional and career development opportunities for piano teachers.
Dr. Chan has a wealth of experiences in helping students achieve their maximum potential, and has groomed numerous child prodigies in her career. In her 25 years of extensive music and psychological research, Dr. Chan has unraveled the mysteries of effective and efficient learning. As a consequence, within short periods of study with Dr. Chan, many of her students have demonstrated amazing progress. Dr. Chan's students have won first prizes in national and international piano competitions and have been invited to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York as well as in Europe.
Dr. Chan is also the author of the new Lambda piano method series developed to help pianists progress at an accelerated pace. Dr. Chan is completing a book on her research and experiences with innovative pedagogical approaches, due to be released in 2016.
Recognized internationally as an outstanding pedagogue, Dr. Chan has been invited to adjudicate a number of major competitions in Canada, China and in the US. Dr. Chan is also an avid writer. She currently hosts a column on piano pedagogy in MusiFax, a publication of the Quebec Registered Music Teachers Association. She is also senior examiner and clinician of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Dr. Chan also serves as pedagogical consultant to the iScore Project – an online pedagogical platform co-developed by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Concordia University and Queen’s University. Dr. Chan has lectured at Concordia University, and she also serves as artistic and pedagogical consultant for a number of music and arts organizations. She is also currently pedagogical consultant to an innovative pedagogical project in Shanghai. At Lambda School, Dr. Chan maintains a joint piano studio with internationally renowned Montreal-Korean concert pianist, Dr. Wonny Song, grooming young concert pianists.
Wonny Song - Co-Director of Lambda School - Piano Performance
Wonny Song leads an exciting and glowing international career as one of Canada’s most outstanding young concert pianists. He is widely praised through his recitals, concerto appearances and recordings for his wonderfully poetic touch, depth of musical insight and charismatic personality. Winner of the 2010 Canadian Musician Award as well as the 2002 Galaxie Rising Star Award, he has appeared with over 40 different orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony, Montréal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Euro Asian Philharmonic Orchestra, l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Orchestra of St-Luke’s, I Musici de Montréal, Latvian National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra.
As winner of the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, Mr. Song made his recital debuts at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in New York, sponsored by the Claire Tow Prize, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. He was also awarded the Fergus Orchestra Soloist Prize, the Saint Vincent College Concert Series Prize, and the Miriam Brody Aronson Prize.
Mr. Song was awarded the 2003 Prix d’Europe in Canada, which presented him in recital throughout Canada, France, Italy, and Sweden.
As the 2001 First and Grand Prize winner of the Minnesota Orchestra’s WAMSO Competition, he appeared in three subscription concerts with Eiji Oue and the Minnesota Orchestra in 2002, and was re-engaged for three more subscription concerts with Osmo Vänskä in 2006. He won the 1997 Ludmila Knezkova Piano Competition in Nova Scotia, as well as First Prize and Best Artistic Interpretation Prize at the 1995 Montreal Symphony Piano Competition and a Gold Medal at the 1994 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati.
Jacinta Ionno - Graphic Arts
Jacinta Ionno is the founding professor and advisor of the Lambda Graphics Arts program since 2008. Jacinta has been a professional artist for more than 23 years, has been actively involved in the art community and is a member of the Canadian Federation of Artists and the Artist Association of Dollard. She participates in numerous juried and non-juried shows. She has also held solo exhibitions at Pierrefonds, Kirkland, Beaconsfield and Roxboro libraries. She has received several awards for her works.
Prof. Ionno holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Commercial Arts Degree. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University.
Wan-Ting Huang (Cello / Piano)
Wan-Ting Huang is a passionate lover, performer and teacher of classical cello, piano and chamber music repertoire. Wan-Ting’s philosophy for musical education is that her students shall find satisfaction and fulfillment in their music playing and learning. Lessons with Dr. Huang are aimed at helping students find their unique potential to cultivate their musical interest through the playing of cello and piano. Students are encouraged to explore the challenges, discovery and expression of music in their lessons gaining an appreciation for both music and life. The needs of each student are supported and accommodated with a multi-faceted approach to make learning music an enjoyable experience.
With a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Oregon in Cello Performance and Secondary Supporting Studies in Intermedia Music Technology, Dr. Huang has earned a reputation for being an accomplished cellist with “poetic sound possessing both a beauty of tone and expressive intensity.” Wan-Ting Huang’s interest in music began at an early age of 3 when she first began to play piano. She started playing cello at the age of 9. Having won awards as a solo cellist and chamber musician she went on to complete a her Bachelors of Music from the Tainan National University of the Arts (Taiwan) in Cello Performance with a Minor in Piano Performance.
Dr. Huang has performed and attended various Master classes throughout Taiwan, USA, Europe and Africa. She is an avid performer with performances as Principal Cellist of the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra and Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra. In addition Dr. Huang has been a member of the Oregon Mozart Players, and the Ostfriesiche-Landschaft Symphony, Tainan Symphony and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestras.
Dr. Huang is active in teaching students the love of music. She has taught students and chamber music groups both in her private studio and community music schools. Dr. Huang has been a faculty member and taught at the University of Oregon through the Community Music Institute and at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts (Oregon). Having recently moved to Canada she looks forward to teaching students at the Lambda School of Music and Arts.
Grégor Monlun – Violin
French Canadian violinist, Grégor Monlun started to study violin at the age of 6 in the class of R. Papavrami in Bordeaux, France. After that, he decided to develop his skills at the Conservatories of Bordeaux and Paris. In 1998 at the age of 14 years only, he became the youngest 1st prize winner of the prestigious Concours Radio France in Paris. Impressed by his outstanding performance, famous violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin invited him to play as soloist with numerous French and foreign orchestras, among them Orchestre de Normandie and Orchestre de Radio France, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in Spain and Frankfort Symphony Orchestra in Germany.
Thereafter, he pursued his musical training under the guidance of such maestros as M. Rostropovitch, Isaac Stern, V. Tretyakov, G. Rojdestvenski, A. Dumay and G. Poulet. Then he left for well-known Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory where he entered the class of E. Gratch and M. Gotsdiner (both former students of A. Yampolsky and David Oistrakh). He graduated from the Conservatory of Moscow with the 1st prize and the maximum grade in 2007. At the same time he was performing as a soloist and chamber musician with such renowned artists as Ivry Gitlis, Gilles Apap, Sergey Babayan and also Jean-Philippe Collard in prestigious concert halls all over the world (Germany, France, Russia, Great Britain, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Japan, South Africa, China, Brazil, Ecuador, Canada...).
He also frequently collaborates with several differents orchestras and ensembles in the province of Québec, and has obtained as well a Master's degree in 2009, and a Doctorate in Violin Performancein 2012 at the University of Montreal, in the class of professor Vladimir Landsman.
Tanya Karamanos (Violin / Piano)
Having begun her musical studies at the age of four, Tanya has been surrounded by classical music since her early childhood. She was nominated for musician of the year at her high school graduation at Place-des-Arts in Montreal, Quebec. Initially a pianist, Tanya studies with Claudine Lapointe, Jean-Luc Cholette and Charlotte Dumas in Montreal. She has played in masterclasses for Suzanne Goyette and Loraine Prieur. As a teenager, Tanya won 1st prize at many classical piano competitions in Montreal. Loving both piano and violin, Tanya decides to focus on her violin studies when she completes her collegial studies with great success in classical violin under the tutelage of Vladimir Landsman at the École de Musique Vincent-D’Indy in Outremont, Quebec.
In 2009, Tanya completes her Bachelor’s degree in Music at Université de Montréal where she studied the violin with Vladimir Landsman and Mireille Proulx. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she is admitted to the Graduate Diploma of Advanced Performance Studies at Concordia University in Montreal which she completes with great success in 2012. At Concordia University, Tanya had the privilege of studying classical violin performance under the late Yaela Hertz. Through the years, she has had the opportunity of playing in violin masterclasses for such great pedagogues and violinists as Oleh Krysa, Lynn Chang, Bayla Keyes, Gregory Fulkerson, Blanka Berdnarz, Nathan Giem, Jonathan Carney, Yehonathan Berrick, Joan Milkson, Corey Smith and Amy Barlowe. Tanya has recently completed her Master’s Degree in Music in violin performance at the University of Akron with great success. Through the years, she has also developped an affinity for the viola which she has studied with Joan Milkson.
Moreover, Tanya has taken part in many summer academies in violin performance including the Camp Musical des Laurentides (Canada), the Domaine Forget (Canada), the Orford Arts Center-Summer Music Academy (Canada), the Masters de Pontlevoy (France) and the Philadelphia International Music Festival (USA), the Aria International Summer Music Festival (USA), International Music Institute and Festival USA (USA) and the orchestral academy Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham (USA). She was also admitted to KlezKanada, a Festival of Yiddish culture, Music and Dance on eight distinct occasions where she was attributed full scholarship each time due to her involvement with klezmer violin. Along with gypsy, Balkan and klezmer, Tanya enjoys improvisation and jazz violin.
Tanya has had the opportunity to perform on such stages as the E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron, Ohio (USA), the Civic Theater in Akron, Ohio (USA), the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia (USA), the Oscar Peterson Hall and Place-Des-Arts in Montreal (Canada). In 2011, Tanya had the opportunity to perform on many occasions on a Sharon Que violin, an instrument of value on loan from a private collector.
Parallel to her performance studies, Tanya has developed a keen interest in ethnomusicology and musicology. In 2009, Tanya has conducted research and fieldwork in Romania studying the folk music of the region of Dragus in Romania where she focussed on the extensive research of Constantin Brailoiu. Moreover, in 2012, Tanya graduated from a Master of Arts Degree in Music (Musicology) from York University in Toronto for her research on Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concertos. Tanya has always demonstrated a strong interest and passion for the violin and orchestral works of 20th century Russian composers.
She also holds a Certificate in Leadership from Concordia University which she was pursuing while attending the University for the Graduate Music Performance Program.
She has been teaching violin and piano to future generations and has been providing professional piano and accompaniment for her student’s concerts. Her students have won many local musical competitions and have been recognized for their performance merits throughout the years. Many of them have also decided to attend music concentrated programs at their current Elementary, High Schools and CEGEP's. More recently, Tanya has also performed within a string quartet in various Elementary Schools in the Ohio region introducing the youth to classical music and the string instruments. Tanya enjoy's sharing her passion for music with student's of all ages.
Parallel to her concerts and teaching, Tanya is regularly invited to perform alongside contemporary musicians of the Quebec and Canadian scene.
Olga Murysina - Violin, String Ensemble
Olga Murysina began teaching in 2002 in Helmer Sinisalo Musical School in Petrozavodsk (Karelia, Russia). From 2009 until 2012 she was a Head of String Instruments department. In 2010 she has worked during 3 months in Oslo, (Norway) in Russian-Norwegian Cultural Center.
In 2012 Olga was invited to Jinan (China) to the private musical school to organize violin class. Some of her students are continuing their education in Central Musical School of the Conservatoire in Beijing, in Tchaikovsky Moscow musical college of the Conservatoire and also in Petrozavodsk musical college.
In her opinion, even if a person won’t be a professional musician, music could be their passion through all their life. Olga teaches in the best Russian violin school traditions.
Olga has a lot of performing experience at the various concerts and festivals in different places, as a member of an orchestra as well as a soloist.
Dora Cojocaru - Music Theory, Harmony, Counterpoint, Music History
Dora Cojocaru completed her studies in Romania and Germany, where she received her Ph.D. degree in musicology and stylistics. As a composer, Dr. Cojocaru has received numerous prizes and grants, including the Paul Sacher, Socrates, Gaudeamus, D.A.A.D., European Community, Heinrich Böll grants, as well as several grants from Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec.
Her compositions have been published by Müller&Schade AG in Bern/Switzerland, and are performed worldwide (“World Music Days”-I.S.N.M./Luxembourg, Schoenberg Centre/Vienna, Marianischer Saal/Luzern, Deutschlanfunk/Köln, Sumida Triphony Hall/Tokyo, CUMS Conference/Lethbridge, UNAM/Ciudad de Mexico etc.)
As an associate professor at the Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, Dora Cojocaru has taught composition, music history and theory. She has also been invited to give lectures, workshops and conferences in major Canadian universities as well as in Europe. Dora Cojocaru has published two books, and a number of articles in various musical journals. She has also adjudicated many musical competitions and collaborated with the “Westdeutscher Rundfunk” in Germany.
As an arranger, Matt has collaborated with many noted artists and producers. In addition to his hugely popular Bach à la Jazz, Matt and his trio were featured on Barry Manilow'sIn The Swing of Christmas (Hallmark, 2007, Arista/Sony, 2009), which was nominated for a Grammy award for “Best Traditional Pop Album”. Matt's 17-minute solo Piano Nocturne was featured on Lara Fabian's album Nue(Universal, 2001), earning him many new thousands of fans in Europe.
Upstairs follows-up Matt's critically-acclaimed, Juno-nominated world music fusion album Jerusalem Trilogy, also on Justin Time Records, which features the pianist's original compositions and arrangements in his signature synthesis of contemporary jazz and classical styles, combined with a unique blend of Arab and Jewish grooves. Among the album's fans was the late great Dave Brubeck, who commended Matt on the recording, saying: “Congratulations! You have transformed the concept of ‘world’ music as I conceived of it half a century ago. You have carried it further than I could imagine.” Matt and his group have performed Jerusalem Trilogy all over the world, including the El Paso Chamber Music Festival, Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, the Bremen International Musikfest, the Warsaw Singer Festival, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
His 2007 solo release, Matt Herskowitz Plays George Gershwin, featuring Matt's original solo arrangements of theConcerto in F, Cuban Overture and Rhapsody in Blue, was nominated for Quebec's prestigious Prix Opus, while his 2006 solo release, Gabriel's Message, featuring original arrangements and compositions based on Christmas themes, was nominated for Québec's Félix award for “Best Jazz Album.” Matt's 1998 recording of Glazunov's 2nd Piano Concerto with I Musici de Montréal (Chandos Records) was hailed by Strad Magazine as “by far the best performance on disc.”
Tian Zhuang - Piano (Classical), Music Rudiments, Ear training
Tian Zhuang earned her first Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University, where she studied with Laura Melton. Tian completed the second Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied piano with Jeongwon Ham and piano pedagogy with Jane Magrath and Barbara Fast.
Mili Chang - Flute, Recorder
Dr. Mili Chang is an award-winning flutist, recently she was the prize winner in Baroque Flute Competition of 43rd National Flute Association (Washington D.C) in 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison concerto competition in 2014 and the 6th annual Irving Shain woodwind and piano Duo Competition with Kirstin Ihde in 2012. In Madison, Mili performs in many chamber groups including the Collegium Musicum on Baroque flute, Helios Woodwind Quintet, UW-Madison orchestras and Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. A committed music educator, Mili has over 10 years of teaching experiences for both solo and ensembles. She was a wind instrument coach at the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra chamber program during 2012-2015. Moreover, she was a sectional leader of band orchestra and coach of woodwind quintet at Daan Junior High School band orchestra and also taught recorder from beginner to intermediate level also at Daan Junior High School (Taipei, Taiwan) .
Mili received her Doctoral of the Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison and also received for 3 years of Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellow. A native of Taiwan She holds a MM from Taipei National University of the Arts and BM from National Taiwan Normal University, which she earned in 2010 and 2007 respectively. Her participation of festivals and performances including American Bach Soloist (San Francisco, USA), Tafelmusik Baroque orchestra summer and winter institute (Toronto, CA), Banff Summer music festival (Calgary, CA) and National theater and concert hall (Taipei, Taiwan) and so on. She studied modern flute with Stephanie Jutt, Jinny Hwei-Jin Liu, Li-Man Sung and Baroque flute with Jeanne Swack, Claire Guimond, Grégoire Jeay and Sandra Miller. She is now studying and focusing on Baroque flute at McGill University Early Music department. With the wide range interests from early 17th century Baroque music to jazz, Mili believes that music speaks in any kinds of genre and form, and her principle teaching method is finding out the inspiration and creativity for both young and adult students.
Frédéric Brunel - Piano (Jazz, Improvisation)
Frédéric travaille depuis 20 ans sous le signe de la polyvalence. Il a complété deux Baccalauréats à l’Université de Montréal où il s’est formé en piano-classique, en piano-jazz avec Art Robert, Pierre Leduc, Loraine Desmarais, Luc Beaugrand et Richard Provencal tout en complétant ses cours en technique d’écriture classique.
Comme claviériste il a commencé sa carrière à L’Empire des futus stars et à Rock en vol dans le groupe électro-pop original Ralph et les Baronics vers la fin des années ’80 et dont il était sorti quelques vidéoclip à Musicplus. Frédéric a accompagné beaucoup de chanteurs et chanteuses dans des styles aussi variés que le jazz, la chanson française, ou la musique populaire américaine. Il a, entre autres, travaillé avec Bel Gazou, Estelle Esse et Yoland Sirard et beaucoup d’autres voix. Parallèlement à ces projets d’interprète il a écrit et arrangé de la musique: comme arrangeur et compositeur il a signé la musique livrée par le quatuor vocal masculin Figaro lors du Gala de l’ADISQ hors onde à l’automne 1994. Il a aussi mis sa plume sur quatre disques compacts de musique instrumentale classique et world-beat tant comme pianiste, arrangeur que compositeur, avec les orchestres à cordes L’Île de la Cité (Paris) et I Musici (Montréal), le Quatuor vocal Figaro et le quatuor à cordes Euterpe(ancêtre de l’actuel quatuor Bozzini). Comme arrangeur il a reçu 2 bourses du Conseil des Arts et Lettre du Québec en 1996 et en 1998. De 1996 à 2004, on l’a entendu 2 fois par semaine au piano dans le commerce Les Ailes de la mode, jouant avec versatilité un grand répertoire de musiques populaire, jazz, classique ainsi que les musiques de film.
Le 7 juillet 2004, le Frédéric Brunel Jazz Quartet joua ses propres compositions dans la programmation du Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Les spectacles hommages l’intéressent tout particulièrement : en duo il interprété Michel Legrand, Charles Trenet et Jean-Pierre Ferland. Depuis l’an 2000 il est aux claviers avec le projet Hommage à Joe Dassin avec Raphaël Torr,et pour lequel il reproduit toutes les sonorités populaires et orchestrales des cette époque. Cet hommage s'est rendu de la salle André-Mahieu à Desjardins-Telus à Rimouski en passant par Hector-Charland partout au Québec en passant par Vancouver, à raison de plus de 350 spectacles depuis 8 ans.
Comme chef de choeur à la maison des Arts de Laval, il dirigea les choeurs d’enfants du Programme musical de l’École des Cèdres au Mondial Choral 2006. En mai 2007 il retourna sur la même scène comme pianiste-chef pour accompagner un hommage à Édit Piaf chanté par Nancy Woodbury. Aussi en novembre 2007 et 2008, en tant que « pianiste de jazz et arrangeur » , Frédéric a joué à la Place Des Arts au Festival du Monde Arabe pour le projet jazz/ethnique de Randa, chanteuse de jazz Libanaise ayant deux CD sur le marché. Avec Randa en novembre 2008 il a aussi joué deux fois en direct à la chaîne culturelle de Radio-Canada Espace Musique (100,7FM) et à la première chaÎne (95.1FM). Parallèlement , a terminé en 1998 un certificat en enseignement collectif de la musique à l’UQAM et s’est spécialisé en pédagogie Dalcroze à Rochester, au Centre Orford et l’Université du Maryland. Depuis 1999 il enseigne à temps plein la composition, la rythmique Dalcroze, la chorale, les percussions Orff et la littérature musicale au Programme musical primaire de l’École Des Cèdres à la Commission scolaire Laval.
Magali Curiel - Violin, Music Initiation
Née au Mexique, Magali a commence ses études en violon à la faculté de musique de l’Université Veracruzana. Elle a obtenu un Baccalauréat en Arts option violon et un certificat en Didactique musicale de la 3ème enfance. Elle a aussi suivi divers cours tels que les Cours Kodaly sur la pédagogie à Budapest, Hongrie et les Cours de pédagogie active niveau II de Karl Orff à l’institut des Beaux-Arts du Mexique ainsi que le Programme de formation Orff niveau I à Montréal. Magali détient un Baccalauréat Général en Musique de l’Université de Montréal.
Musicienne active, elle a joué au niveau professionnel dans l’orchestre juvénile du Secrétariat à l’éducation et la culture en donnant des concerts dans plusieurs villes de la république Mexicaine ainsi qu’avec divers ensembles de musique dechambre.
Elle a participé en deux occasions au Festival de Jeunes Musiciens au Japon (1991 et 1994) et au Festival Europalia 1994 en Belgique avec l’orchestre de musique classique de l’Université Veracruzana. Elle a fait partie de l’Ensemble Euterpe de Montréal. Passionnée de l’enseignement, Magali a obtenu un diplôme de deuxième cycle en pédagogie musicale à l’UQAM. Pendant 7 ans, elle a dirigé l’ensemble à cordes MiàSol qui a participé à plusieurs festivals et échanges culturels. Elle dirige présentement l’école de violon Magali Curiel au centre communautaire « Le Relais du Bout » cherchant ainsi à développer et maintenir l’intérêt et le goût d’apprendre la musique chez ses élèves. Aujourd’hui, Magal Curiel donne des cours de violon, l’initiation à la musique, le piano et le Violoncelle.
Alexandre Ethier - Guitar & Electric Guitar, Ukulele
Alexandre Éthier was born in a small village, St-Aimé, located close to Sorel. He was first introduced to classical guitar by his father. Éthier has studied with guitar masters including Alvaro Pierri, Sergio and Odair Assad. He is the founder of Forestare, an ensemble of twelve young guitarists specially assembled by Éthier.
Alexandre won the Felix award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year (2007) for his first recording under the ATMA label. Éthier's ensemble will be embarking on a 40-concert tour in the province of Quebec for the 2008-2009 season. Besides frequent appearance as a soloist. Alexandre has also shared the stage with prominent concert artists such as Richard Desjardins, Alexandre Da Costa, Gilles Vigneault, Alain Lefebvre, and Normand Guilbault. As a teacher, Éthier has a decade of experience of sharing his art with students of all ages and levels, notably at the Camp Musical de Lanaudière and at the École St-Clément in Mont-Royal.
Steve Cowan - Classical Guitar / Acoustic Guitar / Bass Guitar
Steve Cowan is an award-winning classical guitarist hailing from St. John's, Newfoundland. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He has won top prizes at numerous local and national music festivals; most notably, he took 1st place in the guitar category at the 2012 FCMF National Music Festival, and then took the Grand Award competing against all other classical music categories in the final Gala concert.
As a chamber musician, Steve is a two-time winner of the Lillian Fuchs Competition in New York City. He was the 2012 recipient of the Andres Segovia/Rose Augustine award from Manhattan School of Music, as well as the winner of the 2012 Newfoundland Registered Music Teachers award from the Kiwanis Federation of Newfoundland.
In addition to his classical career, Steve is well versed in the styles of Jazz, Rock, Folk, Metal, and Blues, and has performed and toured across Canada as a professional Rock musician. Steve has been teaching guitar students of all levels and styles in the areas of Newfoundland and New York City for the past 7 years.
Jy Hyeon Lee - Piano, Music Theory, Ear training
Jy Hyeon Lee was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She started learning piano at the age of four. When she was in middle school, she was taught by the pianist Han Tong-il. She demonstrated outstanding aptitude in piano performance and has been chosen for gifted education from an art high school.
Jy Hyeon moved to Montreal in 2005, and continued her piano studies with Hei-kyung Bang at Vincent-d’Indy. She won numerous prizes from Concours Inter-Élève de Vincent-d’Indy and from Festival de musique classique de Montréal.
She received her Bachelor in Music performance (class of Professor Maneli Pirzadeh) at the University of Montreal. She has been teaching piano since she was at the Marianopolis College in Music program. With a rich background in music, Jy Hyeon helps and encourages her students to develop their basic techniques and musical expressions.
Rosa Pyon - Piano, Music Theory
Rosa Pyon studied at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in the Piano Performance Program with professor Luba Zuk. She is currently a student of Jean Saulnier at the Université de Montréal.
At a very young age Rosa began intensive training in music theory and history and showed great ability and skill. While still a high school student, she became assistant instructor in several theory classes at the École de musique de Verdun.
As soloist, Rosa has participated regularly in a number of competitions where she was placed in the top category: she won several prizes at the Concours du Festival de musique classique de Montréal, the Concours Inter-Élèves de Vincent-d'Indy and the Association des professeurs de musique du Québec. Moreover, she was national finalist several times in the renowned Concours de musique du Canada and she won the prestigious Concours de l'Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières in the 15 and under class. Most recently, Rosa won the First Prize at the 2007 Thousand Islands International Piano Competition for Young People held in Cape Vincent, NY.
Rosa also participated in several recitals, notably at the Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur, at the Théatre du Rideau Vert and at the Spinelli concerts in Lachine. She was also invited to play in Les Matinées Jeunesses with the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal under the direction of Rolf Bertsch. Moreover, she has participated in the recording of a compact disc produced by the Centre de musique canadienne and l'Association des professeurs de musique du Québec.
Sylvia Niedlzwiecka - Flute
Sylvia obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree with High Distinction in flute performance and Master of Music in solo flute performance from McGill University. She holds two D.E.S.S. diplomas (Diplôme d’Études Superiéures Spécialisées) with specialization in Interpretation and Orchestral Excerpts from Université de Montréal. Her principal teachers include Timothy Hutchins, Denis Bluteau, Carolyn Christie and Heather Howes.
Sylvia performed in master classes with Jeanne Baxtresser, Peter Lloyd, Tadeu Coelho, Gary Schocker, Barthold Kuijken and other renowned flutists, and as a member of Lithium Ensemble she was a recipient of a winning 2002 CBC Debut award. She is an active performer whose projects include solo, small ensemble and orchestral performances. She enjoys working with young students, and teaches flute using the Suzuki approach. She studied Suzuki pedagogy with David Gerry and Kim Lorimier, and is an active member of Suzuki Association of Americas and Suzuki Musique Montreal.
Caroline Holden - Voice (Soprano)
Canadian soprano, Caroline Holden holds degrees from both McGill University (B.Mus) and Manhattan School of Music (M.Mus). She twice received scholarships to attend the prestigious Aspen Music Festival, and spent a summer in Urbania, Italy coaching with Maestro Ubaldo Fabbri. While still a student she appeared at the Aberdeen Music Festival where she sang the demanding part of the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. A leading role in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Charles Dutoit soon followed. She went on to sing numerous roles including Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, La Maitresse de la Maison in the Canadian premiere of Jean Francaix’s Paris à Nous Deux, and the wood nymph in Rusalka as well as perform at the famous Bernhard Theater in Switzerland. She also collaborated with the Gisela Rocha dance company in the world premiere of “Itself” as part of the Zurich Festspiele. A passionate recitalist, Ms. Holden has founded 2 chamber ensembles: Camerata Ouest and Serendipita.
A supporter of Canadian music, she recently performed recitals of all-Canadian women composers in Montreal and Ottawa for International Women’s' day. Ms. Holden has been a featured soloist with the Swiss Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mobile, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Les Jeunes Virtuoses, and Musica Camerata, and recorded the CD, "Purcell Songs" for the Montagsverlag label in Switzerland. Upcoming performances include Francis Poulenc's one-woman opera "La Voix Humaine" in March 2013. With a desire to help singers recover from vocal strain or misuse, she became a Canstat certified teacher of the Alexander Technique in 2009, and strives to bring a balanced and holistic mind-body approach to singing, using hands-on work at every voice lesson.
Marie-Michèle Bertrand - French Horn
As an orchestral musician, Marie-Michèle has played throughout Canada and the United States with the Orchestre de la Francophonie, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Orford Academy Orchestra. She also had the opportunity to work with renowned artists Radovan Vlatkovic and Frodis van Wekre at Domain Forget Music Academy.
Marie-Michèle is passionate in bringing classical music to her community. She regularly creates outreach programs, bringing chamber music into public schools and senior homes in Montréal and Boston. Marie-Michèle wishes to bring her passion for the horn and music to all persons by providing private lessons and coachings.
In 2012, Marie-Michèle received her Master’s degree from New England Conservatory, under the tutelage of James Sommerville, principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She received her undergraduate degree from McGill University where she studied with hornists Denys Derome and John Zirbel of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. She has also been deeply inspired by the teaching of Nadia Côté, with whom she continues to work in Montréal.
Annabelle Renzo - Harp
Since graduating from McGill University where she studied with Jennifer Swartz, principal harpist at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Annabelle Renzo has been invited to play with the city's major orchestras; she is currently principal harpist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil and plays regularly with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Sherbrooke, Drummondville, Rimouski and many other ensembles around Montreal.
Judy Loman, Isabelle Perrin, Fabrice Pierre and Rita Costanzi are amongst the renowned harpists under which she was trained. Annabelle has also participated in music festivals in Asia (NYOC tour, 2002), in France for the MusicAlp (2005), and in British Columbia where she played with the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific (2004).
With her new electric harp, Annabelle shows her great versatility by playing at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Fred Alarie (2006), at the Festival d’été de Québec with Kanye West (2007) and with Dennis DeYoung at la Place des Arts, From 2006 to 2008, she was sailing all over the world on cruise ships where she invented her new and unique show; Moonlight Melodies. She is now a guest entertainer on famous cruise lines such as the Holland America and Celebrity Cruises.
In addition to her career as a performer, she is interested in sharing her passion for the instrument and has taught students of all ages for the last 10 years. Recently, Annabelle has been engaged by Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada to present shows that she has created specifically for young children.
Joanne Grant - Cello
Joanne Grant is an accomplished 'cellist and teacher who has performed with orchestras across Canada. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of Alberta, she continues to perform regularly as a member of the duo Jaï with oboist Stewart Grant.
Since moving to Québec in 1995, she has maintained a highly successful studio, training young 'cellists and teaching the Music for Young Children method for young musicians and aspiring pianists. In 2007-08, Joanne was the Music Specialist for Christmas Park School.
Matthieu Bélanger - Clarinet
Clarinettiste polyvalent, Matthieu Bélanger a fait ses premières armes avec Marie Picard (Clarinettiste à l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec) au conservatoire du Québec à Hull pour ensuite se diriger vers le jazz à l’Université McGill à Montréal. Suivent alors un premier stage à New-York avec le saxophoniste Patrick Brennan sur l’improvisation jazz, ensuite, au Banff International Center for the Arts avec des artistes mondialement connus que sont Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas et Kenny Werner; et enfin, un tout dernier avec monsieur Werner en privé encore à New-York pour étudier et approfondir sa technique d’improvisation tirée de son livre « Effortless Mastery ».
Depuis 2006 Matthieu Bélanger est professeur à L’Université Concordia en clarinette jazz. Il allait aussi se mériter deux prix : leGarnet Menger Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement, et le Charles Ellison-Stanley Aléong Award for Jazz Studies in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement.
Reconnu par ses pairs, il obtient aussi deux bourses importantes du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec et de l’organisme Musicaction pour enregistrer son premier disque de ses compositions intitulé « Insomnia » en 2008. Aussi, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec et le Conseil des arts du Canada ont eu recours à ses services afin d’être juge pour l’obtention des bourses pour les musiques jazz, actuelles et musique du monde.
Depuis 1991, Matthieu se produit à chaque année avec Le Dixieband, groupe de Jazz traditionnel, au Festival international de jazz de Montréal, ainsi qu’avec une multitude d’autres formations. (Il remportait en 1994 le premier prix du FIJM Du Maurier avec l’Ensemble Normand Guilbeault ou il y joue toujours.) Il a enregistré plus de vingt-cinq disques.
Stef Jackson - Saxophone
Finding his passion for music at the age of 7 when he started piano with Jacques Harvey, Stef discovers classical music at a young age. Opting for the saxophone at the age of 12 years old, he discovers a new world of music all over again and takes pleasure in learning about jazz and instruments like percussion, drums, electric bass, the guitar, and even softwares for sound and composition. Stef has 3 years of self taught experience when he passes the audition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal, to study with Claude Brisson, student of the renowned Marcel Mule and Daniel Deffayet.
Stef Jackson has since completed his Bachelor's Degree in music, completed his 'Concours' recital at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal with a distinctive '1er Prix à l'unanimité avec distinction' and has worked with great masters of the saxophone like Arno Bornkamp, Vincent David, Jan Schulte-Bunert, Jean Yves-Fourmeau, Marie-Bernadette Charrier and Peter Weniger. He has also participated in various competitions and has won nearly a dozen awards, including a 2nd place at the well known Canadian Music Competition and has been a recipient of the Bourse de la Fondation du Conservatoire. Aside from his projects of electronic music, chamber music, recording and composition, Stef Jackson is preparing a unique program for the International Saxophone Congress of 2015 in Strasbourg and is working as a teacher and artist in residence for the Fondation Musicart.
Karoline Beaudin - French as a Second Language
Karoline Beaudin holds a Bachelor degree in French language as well as a teaching diplôma for French instruction from the University of Montreal. She has been involved in teaching French in a number of Canadian institutions both at a secondary and collegiate level since 2004. In the forthcoming 2016 Lambda summer camp, Karoline will offer a series of workshop which helps your child familiarize with the French language in a number of interesting and hands-on activities.
Anick Pelletier - Musical Theatre
With her many talents in music, theatre and dance, Anick Pelletier has made her mark with an undeniable stage presence and the truthfulness of her interpretations. Since her graduation in “musical theatre,” she has participated in workshops with filmmakers Robert Favreau and Lea Pool, while continuing her studies in dance and voice. Her musical theater credits include Val in A Chorus Line (Marvin Hamlish), Boss in Code 99 (François Archambault and Yves Morin), and she toured in Europe and around Montreal in mes Sœurs, a musical play for children directed by Serge Marois and produced by “L’Arrière Scène.” For the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, she was part of the cast of Dina, a new musical by Louis-Martin Lanthier.
Her operetta credits include Gabrielle in La Vie Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach, La Chauve-souris by Johann Strauss (in which she seduced her audience with a glamorous interpretation of Marilyn Monroe), and the title part in Gosse de Riche by Maurice Yvain. She can be heard on a recording with “L’Ensemble et Chœur Radio Ville-Marie“ entitled Noël en Nouvelle-France, directed by Simon Fournier with who she's often invited to perform these pieces and other seasonal sacred music in concert. Besides her interpretation career, she also direct and teaches musical theatre. She teaches at Lambda since the opening, directs Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval and Les Voix boréales in their end of the year shows. We can also see her at Montessori school, Les Petits Archets de Montréal, Hebrew foundation CPE and during the summer at Camp Musical Père Lindsay.
Marc-O'Heil McCreavy - Visual Aesthetics and Design
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Marc-O’Neil McCreavy attained a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design from Humber College. Although initially drawn to a career in design due to a life-long obsession with automobiles, he discovered a deep passion for interior decorating and design during his studies.
Mr. McCreavy's desire to pursue this new-found passion as a career was solidified with his role as the Interior Designer for the Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts. He current resides just out side of Toronto, Ontario as a freelance designer and model.
Roberto Arenas Junior - Latin Dance
Born in Valparaiso, Chile, Roberto started emerging in the art world at the age of 6 years as a musician and then continued his training as a theatre actor, dancer, ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. It is also formed as an artistic director and choreographer. Graduated from the University of Salsa in San Juan, Puerto Rico in July 2006 and also style Salsa Yorkers recognized by Eddie Torres in 2007.
In 1996, Roberto left his homeland and moved to Montreal where he founded his first dance studio'''' Roberto Arenas Jr. Only nine months after his arrival in Canada, it is recognized by the organization PARCLAQ (Promoter of Latino art and culture-Quebec) as'' Excellent promoter of art and culture Latin American''.
In 1998, he received an award as the best dancer tropical. In 2002, Roberto worked for the renowned hotel chain'''' CLUB MED as a teacher and facilitator, where hundreds of students march every week.
Roberto was choreographer in various TV shows such as'' 2004'' Celebration Loto Quebec (Gatineau), where he has choreographed for popular artists such as Eric Lapointe, Gildor Roy, Ginette Renaud, Patrick Normand and Wilfred Le Bouthillier. He also participate in the show'' Sabado Gigante'' hosted by Don Francisco recognized in Miami.
In 2004, Roberto founded'' The Latin Dance Company Chilital'' which has remained one of the largest dance company in Canada until his retirement in 2010. In 2008, Roberto started his company'''' Chilital Production. Its mission is to organize the'' Summer Salsa Festival'' in which the hearing was over 10,000 spectators. During this conference, all present had the chance to enjoy five days of workshops and performances by the best dancers in the world and practice her dance orchestras social and international DJs during the 3 nights weekend.
In September 2009, Roberto was invited as an international judge for the World Salsa Championships in Cali, Colombia (Plaza de Toro).
Roberto had three podiums in the prestigious “World Salsa Championship in Florida” that was broadcast by ESPN around the world. He won a third place in the world to Las Vegas in 2005, was vice-world champion in Orlando, Florida in 2007 and third in the world in Miami in 2009.
Roberto has also led professional teams such as his band called'' Pro'' Chilital who qualified as Canadian National Champion'''' and reached the rank 5 at the World Salsa Championship'''' in 2009. In May 2010, he was awarded a platinum record in Los Angeles for his contribution to the community of Salsa in Canada as a producer and instructor.
In 2011, Roberto has organized the first International Salsa Congress in Chile was an unparalleled success. In addition, he has performed on stage at the show in Montreal and Daddy Yankee recently, in July 2012, the spectacle of Marc Antony held at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. In 2013, ila danced in the show Prince Royce, Metropolis in Montreal and show Victor Manuel Laval.
With a strong reputation he traveled around the world demonstrating his unique style on stage and offering workshops in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Puerto Rico, Bermuda , Colombia and Chile, among others.
Currently, Roberto Arenas Jr teacher, choreographer and artistic director of the Dance Center'' Anacaona'' on the South Shore of Montreal. In addition to these merits globally, it holds more than 15 North American titles. He also hosts his own television program'' self'' Caliente'' aired on TV Nuevo Mundo'' (ext. 269) on Videotron.