Musicians of the 2020 Festival
Philip Hansen, Festival Artistic Director and C0-Founder
Called “a master cellist” by the Calgary Herald, Philip Hansen's commitment to diverse musical genres, education, and community have earned him distinction as a performer and innovator in the arts. His intensely personal and colourful playing is showcased in performances from baroque to jazz and in every major work written for solo cello with orchestra. As a USA Department of State Cultural Ambassador to Russia, Phil was featured in concert halls from Moscow to the Far East. He has been guest artist-in-residence at both the Beijing and Shanghai Central Conservatories and was a longtime faculty member of the Académie Internationale Musicale in Provence, France. Phil has also performed extensively throughout Brazil, where he is principal cellist of the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte.
Founder and Artistic Director of the Quadra Island Festival of Chamber Music, Phil oversees innovative programs of classical, contemporary, and Canadian music. With a keen interest in leading other musicians toward a path of musical growth, Phil's Cello Zen retreat programs are held in international locations, integrating an approach to cello playing suited to the advanced professional as well as the avid amateur. His teaching coalesces the influences of his cello mentors Steven Doane, Jürgen deLemos, Lynn Harrell, and Patricia Pinkston.
In 2017 Phil recorded the six unaccompanied Suites by J. S. Bach on baroque cellos. His CD of tango music, Bragatissimo, was researched and performed in Argentina and broadcast coast to coast on the CBC and NPR. For many years Phil hosted Phil's Café, a Calgary-based concert series he founded with a mission of philanthropy. He collaborated on and composed the theme music to Charlie the Cello, a children's book and stage production by author Deborah Nicholson which Phil performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Konstantin R. Bozhinov, PhD, is a lute, guitar, and accordion player, specializing in improvisation, composition, and arranging. Based in Vancouver since 2006, he enjoys a busy concert schedule as soloist, educator, writer and entertainer. He holds a Performance Diploma in Classical guitar from Douglas College and a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar and lute performance from the University of British Columbia, where he studied with Michael Strutt and his mentor Ray Nurse. Graduate studies include a Master of Music degree in lute performance from McGill University, where he studied basso continuo with Hank Knox and French baroque lute, baroque guitar and archlute, under Sylvain Bergeron.
Possessing a PhD in historical musicology from the University of Victoria, Konstantin is an active researcher of Baroque performance practice, French opera, improvisation, and compositional technique in the 18th century. As part of the chamber group Stile Moderno, Konstantin has given numerous recitals with violinist Arthur Neele and gambist Natalie Mackie. Konstantin is the accordion instructor at Vancouver Community College and has recently appeared with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, on frequent tours of the Discovery Islands in BC (playing accordion and lute), with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and with renowned baroque violinist Marc Destrubé. As a specialist in improvisation, Konstantin gives frequent recitals of his own compositions.
Erin Furbee joined the Oregon Symphony as assistant concertmaster in 2001. Prior to her arrival in Portland, she was a member of the Colorado Symphony for eight years and also played with the Milwaukee Symphony for a season. Originally from the Chicago area, Erin began studying the violin at age four with Rebecca Sandrok; she also studied with George Perlman and Betty Lambert. She attended the University of Michigan, received her B.M. from Rice University, and went to the University of Minnesota for graduate school. Erin’s main teachers include Camilla Wicks, Raphael Fliegal, Jacob Krachmalnick, and Roland and Almita Vamos. She has performed as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Southeast Iowa Symphony, the Chintimini Music Festival Orchestra, the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, and in December 2009 she performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Yaroslavl Philharmonic in Yaroslavl, Russia.
In addition to her great love for performing classical music, Erin enjoys playing tango music, a passion she developed after hearing the music of Astor Piazzolla in 1997. While living in Denver, she and fellow bandoneón player Evan Orman co-founded a four-piece tango group called Extasis and traveled to Buenos Aires in 1999 to study with musicians in many of the tango orchestras there. She has since made several more journeys to Argentina and feels very lucky to have been able to work with Jose Bragato, Piazzolla’s cellist and arranger on a CD project for piano trio called Bragatissimo. In 2001, she formed Tango Pacifico, a five piece band which specializes in the music of Astor Piazzolla. In June 2012, Erin performed the Four Seasons by Piazzolla with the Chintimini Festival of Music in Corvallis, and with the Southeast Iowa Symphony in 2011. Erin also plays with the Alex Krebs Tango Quartet, which often performs at milongas for dancers and has been featured at Portland’s Tangofest and Valentango.
Erin is also an avid chamber musician and teacher. She was a member of Fear No Music for five seasons, and performed with the Bellingham Chamber Players for several years. She taught a class at PSU on orchestral repertoire and auditions and has given master classes at universities throughout Oregon and Washington. She enjoys teaching and maintains a private studio in Portland. Erin’s summers include traveling and performing at the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Chintimini Music Festival in Corvallis. Her hobbies include cycling, hiking, reading, traveling and microbiology.
Canadian-born violinist Kai Gleusteen started at the age of five years old in his native city, Calgary. Early on, he met with success in national music competitions in addition to receiving top academic awards. Already at a young age, he had the opportunity to study with the most renowned violinists and teachers of his time, including Nathan Milstein, Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold, Dorothy Delay, and Zakhar Bron. By the age of seventeen, Kai was awarded the top prize in the Commonwealth Concerto Competition in Australia, he had received the prestigious Skene Award in Scotland and had formed his first chamber orchestra: The Group of Twelve.
A strong believer in the musician as a multi-dimensional human being, Kai chose to combine his musical studies with academic pursuits. At the University of Michigan, he studied anthropology, geophysics, and philosophy. He received a Master’s Degree from Rice University under the tutelage of the person who would become his greatest inspiration on both a personal and musical level, the violinist Camilla Wicks.
In 1991, Kai moved to Europe to live in the heart of Western Culture. Paris and Prague were his bases for nine years, allowing him to develop and perform both as a soloist and leader of numerous orchestras. In the year 2000, he won the concertmaster position of the Orchestra ‘del Gran Teatre del Liceu’ and subsequently moved to Barcelona. In 2003, he created the Gran Teatre del Liceu Chamber Orchestra and was appointed professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya. He continues to perform extensively as a soloist and a recitalist throughout Europe and North America and has released numerous critically acclaimed recordings.
Canadian violinist Natasha Hall has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in North America, Europe and Asia. She has appeared as soloist with the Oxford Sinfonia, City Chamber Ensemble (London UK), Battersea Ensemble (London UK), Calgary
Civic Symphony, Symphony of the Kootenays, Carnegie Mellon University Baroque Ensemble and the Selkirk Youth Orchestra. Currently based in London England, Natasha performs regularly with the English Chamber and BBC Symphony Orchestras. She has also performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Natasha has received numerous awards for her violin performances and is a winner of the Calgary Concerto and Morningside Music Bridge Chamber Music Competitions. She has collaborated in performance with artists such as Rohan de Silva and Andres Cardenes and has appeared on CBC TV ‘The Nature of Things’ with David Suzuki. Her interest in humanitarian work has led her to raise over $25,000 through solo benefit performances for charities in Canada, the United States, Georgia and Russia. Natasha’s teachers include William van der Sloot (Mount Royal University, Calgary AB), Andres Cardenes (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA), Patinka Kopec (Manhattan School of Music, New York NY), Pinchas Zukerman (Ottawa ON), Rodney Friend (London UK) and SoOck Kim (London UK).
In her spare time, Natasha particularly enjoys spending time in nature, practicing yoga, studying psychology and living a minimalist and zerowaste lifestyle as much as possible. Always passionate about learning, she is especially fascinated by the connections between
music, nature, movement and mindfulness. Natasha gratefully acknowledges Jumpstart Jr. Foundation of the Netherlands for the
generous loan of the 1680 Ruggieri violin she currently plays.
Evan Hulbert is the Associate Principal Bass of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a position he won in June 2015. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music from Rice University. Hulbert has been a fellow at Music Academy of the West, two years at New York String Orchestra with performances in Carnegie Hall, and two years at the Tanglewood Music Festival where in 2015, he received the Maurice Schwartz Prize. His teachers have been Miriam Chong, Jordan Anderson, Tim Pitts, and Paul Ellison. Hulbert teaches privately and is an active member of the VSO’s Connects school outreach program.
“Une pianiste pas comme les autres.” These were the words of Pierre Petit, the well-known critique of the Figaro, after a performance by Catherine Ordronneau. Although she performed her first solo concert at age 12, it is only when she turned 18 that she decided to devote herself entirely to music, receiving guidance from French pianist François-René Duchâble and the pedagogue Monique Deschaussées, herself a student of the great Alfred Cortot. After receiving the highest distinction in academics, and the prize of the Foundation Lefébure, she chose to avoid international competitions in order to develop an eclectic repertoire and grow as a thoughtful and well-rounded musician. Being a lover of literature and nature, she delivers “mesmerizing interpretation allied to a total musical integrity.” (The Times) She performs extensively in North America, Europe and China. She was invited to play as a soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Lublin Philharmonic in Poland, and the Lebanon Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2008, she regularly goes to China and has played in the most prestigious halls, including the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai and the Performing Arts Center in Tianjin. She recorded live for CBC Radio, Bravo, TV2 in Spain, and Radio France. She also loves chamber music and takes part in many chamber music festivals. She has worked and performed with Canadian violinist Kai Gleusteen for more than 15 years and their discography includes award winning recordings. They recently were invited for a 22 concerts tour in China. Catherine is professor of piano and chamber music in the Liceu Conservatorio Superior de Música in Barcelona.
Originally from Regina, Daniel Scholz studied at the University of Regina, McGill University and at the University of British Columbia. He was a prizewinner at the Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind, held on the Isle of Mann. Mr. Scholz is the Principal Viola of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, and the Rembrandt String Quartet. As a solo artist, Daniel has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Musickbarock, the Okanagan Symphony and the Vancouver Chamber Players. Daniel has also toured Europe with the Nordic Symphony of Tallinn, Estonia as Guest Principal Viola. Highly sought after as a teacher, Mr. Scholz is an instructor at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba as well as the conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has performed and taught at many of Canada’s major festivals and is a faculty member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Rosamunde Summer Academy in Winnipeg and the Amici Summer Strings in Calgary. He has also been invited to teach at Mount Royal University in Calgary, University of Regina, Conservatory of Music, University of Western Ontario, Ottawa University, and the Université de Montréal. Mr. Scholz was also invited to perform and teach in Perth, Australia by the Australian String Teachers Association and the West Australian and New Zealand Viola Society. Mr. Scholz has commissioned new works by Bramwell Tovey, David Scott, T. Patrick Carrabre, Jim Hiscott, and Michael Matthews. Mr. Scholz plays on a contemporary viola made by the luthier, Garth Lee of Winnipeg, MB.