Cellist & Music Arranger
Sybil Shanahan began playing the cello at the age of 3. She received her Master’s Degree in Performance from the Conservatoire de Lausanne, in Switzerland, and her Bachelor of Music Performance from the Amsterdam Conservatorium, in the Netherlands. A native of Toronto, her formative years of training happened at the Young Artists Performance Academy of the Glenn Gould School. Currently she performs across Canada as a member of the chamber group Ensemble Vivant, with the Ontario Philharmonic and other orchestras, and is an enthusiastic cello teacher in the Toronto area. Sybil has been a winner in several music competitions, including the Rovere d’Oro chamber music competition in Italy, and the Elora Young Performer’s Competition, the Gooderham Music Scholarship and the Bill Weatherspoon “Most Outstanding Performance” in Canada. To date, she has performed across Canada, Europe and South Africa. Besides her classical engagements, Sybil can be heard on numerous albums and film scores where she has recorded for a wide variety of artists and recently appeared on a national television commercial. Personal website:
Meet The Musicians
Tanya Charles received a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Performance from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and is an alumnus of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. Currently, she is a core member with Sinfonia Toronto, and is the second violinist with the Odin String Quartet. Abroad, Tanya is the Concertmaster of the Colour of Music Festival: Virtuosi Ensemble in South Carolina, and has participated as a featured artist with the Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival, in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. As a Sessional Lecturer at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto as well as a Teaching Artist at both the Regent Park School of Music and Axis Music, Tanya aims to train and inspire through music education. Tanya plays on a violin crafted by Toronto-based luthière, Itzel Ávila, made in 2014.
Violinist-violist Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh’s passion for chamber and orchestral music has taken her all over the world, with performances in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Ireland, England, Wales, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Romania. Recently appointed to the viola section of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Brenna is the founding violinist of the Amarok Ensemble, violist in the Bach from the Heart quartet, and orchestra manager of the Against the Grain Theatre Ensemble. She has performed with such groups as the Art of Time Ensemble, Soulpepper, Tapestry Opera, and Pocket Concerts, and served as interim principal second violin of the Regina Symphony Orchestra for part of the 2017-2018 season. She plays on a 2002 violin by Ottawa luthier Guy Harrison and a 2005 viola by Toronto luthier John Newton.
Kristen Theriault has emerged as one of Canada’s most vibrant and innovative young harpists. A versatile performer, Kristen’s artistry is evident whether exploring new music, playing with pre-eminent symphony orchestras or engaging new audiences at downtown clubs and festivals. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Kristen completed her Bachelors of Music in harp performance with celebrated recording artist Dr. Carrol McLaughlin at the University of Arizona, and then went on to receive her Masters degree from the University of Toronto, where she studied with world-renowned harpist Judy Loman.Kristen has played at the Shaw Festival, at the 2011 Juno Awards, at MuchMusic and has been featured on numerous CBC television and radio broadcasts. She has toured throughout Europe under the Hazelwood Records label and performed with Zeena Parkins at the CalArts Theatre in L.A. and at the Dance Theatre Workshop in N.Y.C.
Brooke Stewart began her studies at the age of five and graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with her Bachelor Degree in Music Performance. Brooke began playing in orchestras at the age of 15 and served as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Newfoundland Sinfonia in their 2010-2011 seasons. She has performed orchestral works in Russia and Poland and in 2011 traveled across Canada performing with Canadian indie-rock band, Hey Rosetta! She has recorded with numerous artists including Platinum Blonde, and enjoys collaborating with musicians of all styles and genres. Brooke co-founded Beaux Strings along with Sybil in 2011. Active with Beaux Strings from 2011-2017, Brooke is currently taking a leave of absence as she pursues a Master of Social Work.
Violinist Natalia Zielinski Chaturvedi began playing violin at a young age, first taught by her mother. She immediately fell in love with the expressive qualities of the instrument and never looked back. In 2012, she earned a Masters Degree in Violin Performance at the University of Manitoba, funded by the prestigious Manitoba Graduate Scholarship. She studied under international prizewinner Dr. Oleg Pokhanovski, and pursued performing opportunities that took her across Canada, the United States and to Europe. Natalia shares the stage with such acclaimed touring acts as Josh Groban, Il Divo, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Anne Murray, Abba Mania, Leahy, and Romanza. Now she is presenting a unique blend of classical and contemporary music ranging from Bach to Beyoncé, which is sure to melt the hearts of audiences young and old!
Violinist Hua-Chu Huang, a youthful and versatile musician, brings a wealth of experience in solo, chamber, and orchestral playing. As a passionate performer of new works in addition to canonized repertoire, Mr. Huang recently collaborated with flutist Carol Wincenc in the Canadian premiere of Yuko Uebeyashi’s Misericordia at the Banff Centre, and also presented Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo at Toronto’s New Music Festival, 21C. Mr. Huang has appeared in concert with Philippe Djokic, Lynn Stodola, Denise Djokic, Barry Shiffman, and the new music ensemble suddenlyLISTEN; he is also the founder of Asterisk*, a Toronto-based conductorless chamber orchestra. Mr. Huang has recently received his Artist Diploma as a Temerty Family Fellow at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music, studied with Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman; having previously earned his Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University under the tutelage of Philippe Djokic
Alice Kim has been actively teaching and performing chamber and orchestral music. Her recent appearances as an orchestral player include with National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Toronto Concert Orchestra, London Symphonia (former Orchestra London Canada) as a sub-cellist, and North York Concert Orchestra as a guest principal-cellist. She received her Masters in music for cello performance at University of Toronto, studying with Shauna Rolston and Joseph Johnson. During her undergraduate studies at McGill University with Matt Haimovitz, she was a member of Uccello ensemble and is featured in the CD Album “Meeting of the Spirit” which was nominated for Grammy’s Award in 2010.