Kristan Toczko

Date February 23, 2017 Author NYO Canada Categories February 2017

In this weeks edition of our Alumni Spotlight, we had the pleasure of reconnecting with harpist and 2008-09 NYO alum Kristan Toczko. A native of New Brunswick, Kristan has since gone on to win the OSM Standard Life Competition in 2010, was selected as a 2014 Young Artist of the Year by CBC Radio 2, and has numerous accolades to her name related to her work with her harp duo, Duo Novus. With soloist credits that include working with the Vancouver Symphony and l'Orchestre Francophonie,...

Amy Hillis

Date February 9, 2017 Author NYO Canada Categories February 2017

In this weeks edition of our Alumni Spotlight, we had the pleasure of reconnecting with violinist and 2008 NYO concertmaster Amy Hillis. Hailing from from Saskatchewan, Amy has since gone on to study at the San Francisco Conservatory and is now completing her doctorate at McGill. Along with her studies, she has also exposed chamber music to many young Canadians through her work with the Horizon String Quartet. While also working as an in-demand chamber musician in Montreal, we had the...

Kaili Maimets

Date February 2, 2017 Author NYO Canada Categories February 2017

For our next edition of our Alumni Spotlight series, we recently had the chance to speak with flautist Kaili Maimets. A member of the 2009 NYO, Kaili has was recently appointed Second Flute & Piccolo of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and also has performance credits with Orchestra London Canada, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the National Ballet of Canada on her resume (to name a few). An in-demand orchestral performer, soloist, and chamber...

Jonathan Yeoh

Date January 12, 2017 Author NYO Canada Categories January 2017

  In the first edition of our Alumni Spotlight of 2017, we recently had the chance to speak with double bassist Jonathan Yeoh. A three-time alum from 2013-15, Jonathan has since worked with the National Ballet, Calgary Philharmonic, and Canadian Opera Company. We recently spoke with Jonathan to discuss his time getting started with the bass, performing at the Winspear Centre, and the importance of always staying inspired.   1.       When and how did you first get involved with...

Malcolm Armstrong

Date December 8, 2016 Author NYO Canada Categories December 2016

In our fourth edition of our Alumni Spotlight series, we caught up with double bassist Malcolm Armstrong. A three-time member of the NYO between 2012-14, Malcolm has kept busy by taking part in programs by the Canadian Opera Company, finished his studies at the University of Ottawa, and secured a position performing with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Malcolm recently took the time to speak with us about how his memories performing with the NYO, studying with the COC, and the King of...

Darren Hicks

Date December 1, 2016 Author NYO Canada Categories 2016 | December 2016

In our third edition of our Alumni Spotlight series, we recently spoke with bassoonist Darren Hicks. A member of the 2011 NYO, Darren has since gone on to perform internationally with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Yale Philharmonia while also pursuing post-grad studies at the Glenn Gould School and Yale. In addition to being named as one of CBC's 30 hot classical musicians under 30 earlier in 2016, Darren is currently residing in Miami while performing with the New World...

Catherine Gray

Date November 24, 2016 Author NYO Canada Categories 2016 | November 2016

In the second edition of an ongoing series highlighting the success stories of our recent alums, we recently spoke with violist Catherine Gray. A member of the 2013 & 2015 NYO, Catherine has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and has been featured across CBC Radio, CBC Television, and BBC3.  Described as "une altiste formidable" (Le Devoir, Montreal), Catherine recently completed her Masters degree at McGill University and now is...

Lara Deutsch

Date November 17, 2016 Author NYO Canada Categories 2016 | November 2016

In the first of an ongoing series highlighting the success stories of our recent alums, we recently spoke with flute & piccolo soloist Lara Deutsch. A member of the 2012 & 2013 NYO, Lara was named as one of 2015’s “Hot 30 Under 30 Canadian Classical Musicians” by CBC Music and is considered to be an in-demand soloist, orchestral and chamber musician.  Most recently, Lara was appointed Assistant Principal Flute & Piccolo of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on a one-year contract and...


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