It’s our musicians that make Aradia the unique musical experience our patrons appreciate.
Canadian violist Brandon Chui is a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic. Formerly Principal Viola of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland and the Schleshwig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, he also performs with the Aradia Ensemble (Toronto), Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. He has collaborated with such celebrated artists as Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Thomas Quasthoff, playing to audiences in such venues as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, New York’s Avery Fischer Hall (Lincoln Center), L.A.’s Walt Disney Hall and Stockholm’s Konserthuset. Has been heard on the CBC (Canada), DRS2 (France), NDR (Germany), RAI3 (Italy) and RSR (Switzerland) radio networks.
Valerie Gordon is originally from Denver, Colorado and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Early Music at Indiana University, where she is holds an Associate Instructorship, studying baroque violin with professor Stanley Ritchie. Zecent performances and collaborations include; Aradia Ensemble, Bourbon Baroque, Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, Elixir Ensemble, and Aston Magna Festival.
Paul Jenkins cultivates an eclectic musical career as organist, harpsichordist and tenor. A member of the Aradia Ensemble and the Toronto Consort, he has made solo appearances with several of Canada’s other leading early music groups, including Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier and La Nef.
Violinist Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith is a member of the Aradia Baroque Ensemble on both the orchestral and chamber music series, and has made six recordings with the group under the Naxos Label. She appears regularly with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier, Talisker players, Opera in Concert, Orchestra London and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Elyssa has been invited to perform as a guest artist with the IFURIOSI Baroque Ensemble and the Windemere Quartet and has appeared as a soloist with the Corktown Chamber Orchestra, Georgetown Bach Chorale and the Alicier Arts Concert series. Her international tours have included performances in Russia, Australia, France, Ireland and Italy.
Nadina Mackie Jacksoncan be heard on 11 solo and over 100 orchestral discs. The 2012 season has taken Nadina on recital tours from California to the Yukon and to both coasts of Canada. Nadina teaches at the University of Toronto and Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Raised in Toronto, Rezan Onen-Lapointe received her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from McGill and in 2007, Rezan went on to study historical violin performance there during Master’s degree with Hélène Plouffe. Rezan also explored her interest in Classical music, performing with the groundbreaking McGill Early Music String Quartet at the Haydn Bicentennial Celebrations. In addition to her work in historical performance, she premiered works by contemporary composers. An enthusiastic chamber musician, she is a founding member of Ensemble 1729 and The Kids. As an orchestral musician she has appeared with Nota Bene Period Orchestra, the Montréal Baroque Festival Orchestra, and the Talisker Players. Rezan has recorded numerous film and television scores with Stinkyrice Studios. She has appeared as both concertmaster and principal viola of Les Vents Atlantiques.
Ed Reifel Has worked regularly with The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (including Opera Atelier) and The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. Recently worked with the Canadian Opera Company for the production of Death In Venice by Benjamin Britten. In 2010 Ed played as Timpani Soloist, along with Russell Hartenberger of Nexus, in the Canadian Premiere of Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra by Philip Glass. Ed has performed and recorded with Final Fantasy/Owen Pallet as well as John Samson (The Weakerthans) and Christine Fellows, with whom he co-founded The Correction Line Ensemble who recently toured and has recorded for CBC. Ed Can be heard on the soundtracks to the television series The Tudors, Camelot and The Borgias. In 2012 Ed performed as percussionist/vocalist in a collaborative children’s show with Singer/Songwriter Christine Fellows and AGO featured artist, Shary Boyle called Everything Under the Moon that received critical acclaim. He is currently in the process of commissioning a new concerto for timpani by Owen Pallett. In May 2012 Ed will play at the Palais Royale in Versailles in a production of Lully’s Armide with Tafelmusik.
Katie Rietman has performed as a baroque cellist on over 40 CD recordings and numerous concerts and radio broadcasts with notable period instrument ensembles. Her performing career has taken her to 19 countries. Currently residing in New York City, she performs regularly with groups there and in Philadelphia, Boston, and Toronto.
Toronto violinist Paul Zevenhuizens’ principal teachers included Steven Staryk and Dorothy Delay, and upon graduation from the university of Toronto, he joined the orchestras of the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, where he holds the position of Principal Second violin. An interest in baroque music led to an association with Kevin Mallons’ Aradia ensemble and also the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has recorded extensively. In addition, Paul has performed with numerous other groups including the Toronto Symphony, Esprit Orchestra, and the Classical Music Consort and has been heard as a soloist on CBC radio.