Kathryn Lee — 1st Violin

Kathryn Lee, violin

Kathryn Lee, violin

Violinist Kathryn Lee has been described as having “innate sense of musicality” (Cliff Colnot, Conductor of the Chicago Symphony’s Music Now Series). She holds a Masters of Music in Violin Performance from De Paul University in Chicago and a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance with Distinction from the University of Victoria. While in Victoria she studied with violinist Sharon Stanis and was coached by the Lafayette String Quartet.

Since returning to Vancouver, Ms. Lee has performed as the soloist for Vivaldi’s “Winter” with the Plastic Acid Rock Orchestra, toured with tenor Ken Lavigne on his Straight from Carnegie Hall Tour and premiered “The Painted Brain,” a chamber opera by Canadian composer Elizabeth Knudson. Ms. Lee is an active orchestral and chamber music performer: she has played with Orchestra Armonia, Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra and Prince George Symphony Orchestra. Kathryn has recorded studio work for independent artists.

 

Caroline Cloutier — 2nd Violin

Caroline Cloutier, violin

Caroline holds a Diplôme D’Études Supérieure from the Conservatory of Music of Quebec, where she studied the violin with Marie-Françoise Coiffard and Calvin Sieb. Along the way, she took lessons with different coaches, including Bill Van Der Sloot, (Mount Royal College) and Kathryn Corvino (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra), and played in the first violin section of the University of Calgary Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphonie of the Kootenays. Caroline attended Chamber Music Seminars at Stanford University, where she received coaching from the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

She is now based in Vancouver, and has performed with the Opera Appasionnata, the Vancouver Dawn Chorus Orchestra, the Solstice Orchestra, and the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra. She gave a recital titled “Music for a Summer Evening” in Vancouver and Langley in 2006, played in the musicals “The Thing About Men” (Presentation House Theatre) in 2008, and “Annie” (Theater Under the Stars) in 2009. In 2010, was a crew violinist of the Adagio String Trio for the Holland America Line MS Roterdam cruise ship, which was featured in the staged show “Amore”. She is a member of the West Coast Symphony Orchestra since 2006, for which she has played as concertmaster and assistant concertmaster, and with with the Syrinx String Quartet since 2011.

 

Daniel Olsen —Viola

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Knudson — Cello

Elizabeth Knudson, cello

Elizabeth Knudson, cello

Elizabeth Knudson holds a BFA in Music from Simon Fraser University (2004), and a M.Mus. from the University of British Columbia (2006). She splits her time between teaching cello and composition privately at her home studio, composing, managing and performing with the Syrinx String Quartet (since 2004, as a founding member and cellist), as well as teaching cello, music theory and coaching chamber music groups at Saint James Music Academy. In summer 2012, Ms. Knudson toured Albania, Greece, and Macedonia with the West Coast Symphony.

Elizabeth is also an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, and has won local, national and international awards for her music. Her compositions have been performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, West Coast Symphony, Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, Albanian Radio Television Orchestra (Tirana, Albania), musica intima and Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, among others — as well as at festivals including the Sonic Boom Festival in Vancouver, BC, the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener, Ontario, Baie des Chaleurs International Chamber Music Festival in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, the New Music Festival at California State University, Fullerton, California (USA), and broadcast on CBC Radio 2.