Stefan Hintersteininger (b.1980) is a Vancouver-based cellist, composer and arranger, equally at home in many different styles of music including classical repertoire, new music and much more. Stefan is a regular extra player with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as being a founding member of Vancouver-based improv and new music sextet, Ethos Collective. Following early musical studies in Vancouver and Washington State, Stefan completed a Masters Degree in 2006 in cello performance at Chicagos DePaul University. Almost entirely self-taught as a composer, Stefan is beginning to gain recognition. His work Shameless, composed for Colin MacDonald’s Pocket Orchestra, was premiered at Music On Mains Louis Andriessen Festival in 2009. His 2011 one-act chamber opera Rough Justice, written in collaboration with distinguished librettist Martin Kinch, was performed to great acclaim at Tom Cones Opera Project in May 2011. Stefan has also contributed original compositions and arrangements to the Erato Ensemble and the Kallisto vocal trio, as well as to the Health Arts Society for their 2011 musical presentation of A Vancouver Summer Day. More recently, Stefans From Sea To Sky for large brass ensemble was premiered at the 2012 Sonic Boom Festival by Vancouver Brass Project, led by Pierre Simard. Also in 2012, Stefan completed a full-length concerto for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra for soloist Julia Nolan. In September 2012, Stefans own ensemble Ethos Collective presented the first performance of In The Silent West, an excerpt from a projected large orchestral suite entitled Film Music. Another section from Film Music, the Passacaglia, was selected for the Vancouver Symphony’s 2013 Jean Coulthard Readings.
Stanton Jack Guitar
Stanton C. Jack is one of the new generation of Canadian classical guitarists. He combines technical excellence with musical sensitivity, expressed through the uniquely rich and varied tonal language of the guitar. Stantons academic studies began at Capilano College where he studied guitar with Stephen Boswell. He then moved on to the UBC School of Music where he was a teaching assistant for the Guitar Division and completed his Masters of Music degree in Guitar Performance in 2006 after studies with Michael Strutt. He has performed in master classes with the world famous virtuoso Pepe Romero, and also William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Stanton is also keeping quite busy as an educator, teaching at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the VSO School of Music, and as an adjudicator for the UBC School of Music.
As a soloist, Stanton has performed a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque suites of J.S. Bach and S.L. Weiss, to the folkloric inspired music of Spain, South America and Africa. He also enjoys a successful career as a recording artist. CD releases include, Soul of the Guitar, Stanton C. Jack and Friends, and his most recent recording Caminos, featuring Latin American guitar music from Brazil and Argentina.
Currently Stanton has been performing in many different chamber ensemble settings. This includes the exciting flute and guitar ensemble Duo Trovador. This duo consists of Heather Beaty on flute and Stanton Jack on guitar. Their repertoire ranges from traditional European works of Faure, Debussy, and Saint-Saens, to edgy street tangos of Astor Piazzolla to beautiful arrangements of traditional Macedonian melodies for guitar and flute. Stanton is also working with the Mangas String Quartet. This collaboration has recently performed Luigi Boccherinis String Quintet No.4, and will be performing Mario Castelnuovo-Tedescos Quintet Op.143 for the Fall of 2015. Stanton has also joined Vancouvers professional Art-Song group, Erato Ensemble. This will be an exciting musical experience with the guitar featured in many different ensemble settings.
Yun Jung Violin
Born in Korea, violinist Yun Jung is a top prize winner of prestigious competitions as a chamber player in her native country, including First Prize at the Korean National Student Music Competition, Silver Prize at the 8th Dongyang Music Competition in 1999, and First Prize for chamber music from the 27th Korea Music Association National Students Musical Competition in 2000. After immigrating to Canada in 2000, she participated in renowned summer music festivals such as Czech International Music Academy of Pilsen, and Banff International Music Festival. Yun Jung served as a concertmaster of the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Alhambra Orchestra, and Rocky Ridge Summer Festival Orchestra. After earning her B.A. at University of British Columbia as a scholarship student, she was awarded a Mancini Fellowship along with a teaching assistantship at University of Miami for her Master’s degree and Artist Diploma in Violin Performance. Currently she performs as a section violinist for Vancouver Opera and Bridge Professionals.
Alexandra Sia Cello
Alexandra Sia is based out of her hometown of Vancouver, BC. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia and her Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied with Alan Stepansky. During her graduate studies, she was a member of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and also performed with various other ensembles in the Baltimore/DC area including the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, the York Symphony, and the Harrisburg Choral Society. After graduating from Peabody, she freelanced around Atlanta, Georgia, teaching a private studio and playing with the Rome (GA) Symphony Orchestra and the Macon Symphony Orchestra. She has been principal cellist of various orchestras including the Texas Music Festival Orchestra and the Prince George Symphony, and has performed across Canada, the United States, Japan, and China. She is currently an active freelance musician around Vancouver and plays with various ensembles around the Lower Mainland.
Michael Vaughan Double Bass
Michael Vaughan was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Since 2004, he has lived in Vancouver and has been playing with many BC artists and orchestras. Michael is assistant principal bass with the Vancouver Island Symphony, and regularly performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, The Okanagan Symphony, The Kamloops Symphony, and The Chilliwack Symphony. Michael has also performed as a chamber, contemporary, folk, and jazz musician with a wide variety of smaller ensembles. These have included Tango Paradiso, The Be Good Tanyas, No Mothers, The Kenzie Jones Big Band, Romanza, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, and many others. In 2014, Michael graduated with a Masters of Music from UBC.