Under the artistic direction of Keith Hamm, the first annual Rosebud Chamber Music Festival will be taking place this year from July 29 until August 4. This is a grassroots project committed to bringing world-class musical performance to the rural communities in the Canadian Badlands. The mission of the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival is to showcase international performers in concerts, education and outreach programs. This year’s programming is listed on www.RosebudChamberMusic.com where updates will be regularly posted. The spectacular artist lineup includes some of Canada’s finest young chamber musicians who will be performing in Rosebud, the artistic heart of the Canadian Badlands.
Wednesday Night Reading Party – July 31 – Rosebud Mercantile – 7:30pm. The Reading Party is a chance for Rosebud Chamber Music Festival artists to get acquainted with members of the Rosebud community. This is a wonderful opportunity for friends to come together to experience the joy of chamber music outside the concert hall. Rosebud Chamber Music Festival is grateful to the Rosebud Centre for the Arts and Rosebud Mercantile for hosting this exciting event. We are looking forward to fantastic food, drink, and music making! Admission is by donation.
Friday, August 2 – Maxwell Centre Atrium: Three Hills – 7:30pm. Featuring music by Mozart, Debussy, and Dvořák Tickets : $25 / $10 for students. Available at the door, or at www.rosebudtheatre.com
Sunday, August 4 – Rosebud Church – 7:30pm. Featuring music by Haydn, Bach, and Dvořák. Tickets : $25 / $10 for students. Available at the door, or at www.rosebudtheatre.com
Contact information for the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival… www.RosebudChamberMusic.com | RosebudChamberMusic@Gmail.com
Keith Hamm, Viola
A native of Rosebud, Alberta, violist Keith Hamm 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 becoming the youngest member of the ensemble and one of the youngest principals in North America. He is an alumnus of the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove; the Sarasota Music Festival; Morningside Music Bridge and the Chamber Music Program at Le Domaine Forget. He is a winner of the Stratford Symphony’s Emerging Artists Competition and The Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition. Keith was recently featured on CBC Radio 2 as one of this year’s Next! artists. Keith received his training at The Glenn Gould School of Music under the instruction of Steven Dann and at the Mount Royal Conservatory under of Nicholas Pulos. Other influences include Pinchas Zukerman, Roger Tapping, Ian Swenson, and members of the London Haydn Quartet, and the Cleveland Quartet.
A dedicated chamber musician, Keith has shared the stage with Anssi Kartunnen, Ernst Kovacic, Richard Lester, 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 SweetWater Music Festival in Owen Sound; and at Music By The Sea festival in Bamfield, BC.
Arnold Choi, Cello
Arnold Choi has performed to great acclaim throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A prizewinner at Korea’s Gyeongnam (Isang Yun) International Music Competition, Mr. Choi also won first prize at the Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, the Kingsville International String Competition, the Canadian National Music Festival and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Choi received the grand prize at the International Stepping Stone competition in Quebec City, and in 2012 received second place at the Carlos Prieto International cello competition in Morelia, Mexico.
Mr. Choi has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras around the world including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, the Okanagan Symphony, Calgary Civic Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. At the age of 14, he gave his first solo recital tour in Mexico. In 2011 Arnold and pianist Wonny Song gave a fourteen-concert recital tour in Canada sponsored by Jeunesse Musicale. Most recently in November 2012 Arnold gave three performances of the Elgar Concerto with the Okanagan Symphony.
A versatile performer, Mr. Choi remains active in all fields of classical music as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. In the summer of 2005 he acted as Principal Cellist of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra during their tour of Japan and Germany, and was principal cellist of the Banff Festival Orchestra, and the Yale Philharmonia.
Mr. Choi studied with John Kadz at the Mount Royal College Conservatory in Calgary for twelve years before receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles with Ronald Leonard in 2009. He earned a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale school of Music studying with Aldo Parisot. Mr. Choi currently plays the 1696 “Bonjour” Antonio Stradivari cello generously on loan to him from the Canada Council for the Arts, Musical Instrument Bank.
Sheila Jaffé, Violin
Sheila Jaffé was born into a musical family in Montreal, Canada. She grew up in south Florida, where she was initiated to the violin at the age of six by her grandmother, a music teacher from northern Quebec. Four years later, she began taking lessons from Sergiu Schwartz, then violin professor at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton. During that time she was concertmaster of the Florida Youth Orchestra and participated in chamber music, voice and piano courses at Harid Conservatory’s preparatory school. At thirteen, she left home to return to Quebec and study with Catherine Dallaire at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec, where she stayed for two years and began to participate in regional and national competitions in which she won many first prizes and scholarships. After finishing high school in Montreal, she was accepted with scholarship into an accelerated program at the University of Montreal where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 2010.
Through that time she participated in numerous chamber music projects with students and professionals in and outside of the university and held the concertmaster position in the school’s orchestra as well as working with many orchestras in and around Montreal, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. She also has performed and participated in many festivals including Domaine Forget in Quebec, Valhalla Summer Music in British Colombia, Toronto Summer Music Festival, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in England and Aurora in Sweden. Her upcoming projects include the Open Chamber Music program at Prussia Cove, a solo recital in Montreal, a chamber recital with Ian Swenson, Matt Haimovitz and Douglas McNabney and performing the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Philharmonie Jeunesse de Montréal. Sheila plays on a Francesco Gobetti violin (1710-15) generously loaned to her by Canimex.
Peter Longworth, Piano
Pianist Peter Longworth has established himself as one of the most sought after performers of his generation. Equally comfortable as soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in cities around the world. In North America stops include New York, Chicago, London, Montreal, and Vancouver; abroad, he’s performed in London, Moscow, Brussels, Glasgow, and Nice. He has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and other orchestras in North America. Mr. Longworth has collaborated with conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Edwin Outwater, Eduard Zilberkant, Nikolas Caoile, and Joseph Rescigno.
After a successful performance during the 11/12 season, Peter was invited back to perform during the 12/13 season with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and he will also appear with the Canadian Sinfonietta. Peter appears regularly at Kairos Music Festival in Washington state, Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, and has made previous appearances at numerous festivals across the continent, including the Malibu Coast Music Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Longworth is a founding member of the Duke Piano Trio (with violinist Mark Fewer and cellist Thomas Wiebe), which has performed throughout the United States and Canada. Peter continues performing with Mark, and has appeared in collaboration with many of today’s finest instrumentalists including violinist Camilla Wicks, violist Steven Dann, clarinettist Joaquin Valdepeñas, and bassist Joel Quarrington.
Peter is an active recording artist; he can be heard on the Azica Records label, with a 2010 recording of the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas with Mark Fewer. Another Brahms recording of solo piano music on the same label was released at the end of 2012. Since 1991, Mr. Longworth has been a faculty member of The Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Through his work there as a private teacher, and as one of the key facilitators of the chamber music and collaborative programs, he has influenced many of the most gifted young musicians of the next generation.
Born in 1964 in London, England, Mr. Longworth began his piano studies in Brussels. He studied at Northwestern University with Arthur Tollefson and at the University of Michigan with Eckhart Sellheim and after a year at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts he completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory with Marek Jablonski, Leon Fleisher, and Marc Durand. Mr. Longworth was a laureate of the International Busoni Piano Competition in Italy in 1991.
Aaron Schwebel, Violin
Canadian violinist Aaron Schwebel began his musical studies at the age of four in Toronto, playing violin and singing. He currently lives in Montreal, playing as an extra with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and also with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he won the position of Assistant Principal Second Violin with the National Ballet Orchestra. Aaron completed his graduate studies at Indiana University last spring as a student of Mauricio Fuks. He holds a bachelor of music degree from McGill University Schulich School of Music, where he studied with Jonathan Crow.
Aaron had his first solo concerto performance with Toronto Symphony Orchestra at 17, and has since performed as a soloist with the Sinfonia Lanaudiere and the McGill Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduation from McGill, Aaron became the fourth winner of the Schulich School of Music’s coveted Golden Violin Award. Devoted to music outreach, Aaron is a co-founder of Chamber Music Without Borders (co-director 2008-2010), a student-run outreach initiative that presents concerts and musical events in the Montreal community. Founded in 2008, CMWB presents over 40 free concerts per year in the Montreal area and continues to function today as a self-sustainable volunteer organization.
Aaron has been a member of the Roddick String Quartet, representing Canada at the 2009 London International String Quartet Competition, as well as the Kuttner Quartet, the student string quartet in residence at Indiana University. Aaron has participated in masterclass and chamber music festivals including the National Arts Centre’s Young Artist Program and the Perlman Music Program’s chamber music workshop, as well as orchestral training programs such as the New York String Orchestra Seminar and the Britten-Pears Program. When Aaron is not with his violin, he composes word puzzles. Hobby or obsession, he hopes to make it a secondary career one day. Aaron is thrilled to be performing in Rosebud this summer, and hopes that continued support will enable the festival to bring great music to this town for many years to come.