To be Announced.
Land's End Ensemble
Juno-nominated Land’s End Ensemble of Calgary (John Lowry, violin; Beth Root Sandvoss, cello; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano; Vincent Ho, Artistic Director) is dedicated to introducing audiences to new music by Canadian and International composers, and to performing landmark chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries.
“If you want to see a contemporary music ensemble perform provocative, brilliant and relevant work, with an eye for the narrative, then look no further than this bold ensemble that does it all” – Calgary Herald
LE Ensemble is continually creating legacy projects with living composers. A previous LE Centrediscs release, Gravity and Grace, won the JUNO Award and Western Canadian Music Award in the category of Classical Composition of the year (2014) for the work "Field Notes" by Allan Gordon Bell, which was composed for LE Ensemble and clarinetist James Campbell.
LE’s discography also includes two winners of the Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording, as well as JUNO nominations for "My Life in Widening Circles" and "Kickin’ It 2.0". LE is proud to champion the music of Canada, and has in fact performed more than 130 works by Canadian and Albertan composers.
Over the years, LE Ensemble has featured an extraordinary array of guest artists and composers, including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Hans Graf, James Campbell, Joel Sachs, Onalea Gilbertson, Barry Shiffman, Robert Aitken, François Houle, Laura Jayne Bowler, John Corigliano and many others. Together they have premiered and commissioned many works, presented cabarets, theatrical shows and special events. LE Ensemble has appeared at various Canadian festivals, including University of Calgary’s Happening Festival of New Music and Media, Alberta Scene, Festival of the Sound, Ottawa Chamberfest, University of Toronto’s New Music Festival, and ISCM World Music Days in Vancourver (2017).
World premiere of works by students of the UofC composition program, plus "Gryphon Realms" by Vincent Ho
John Lowry has been Associate Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1987. He was Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony for the 2002 - 2003 season and has served as Guest Concertmaster of orchestras in Halifax, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, Red Deer and the Adelaide Symphony in Australia.
Beth Root Sandvoss
Beth Root Sandvoss was born in Madison, Wisconsin where, in her early years as a cellist, she studied with Margaret Chris-ty. Ms. Sandvoss pursued further studies in Madison, Cleveland and San Francisco with cellists Parry Karp, Alan Harris, and Irene Sharp. She has been a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Jose Symphony, the Madison Symphony, the Victoria String Quartet, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Sandvoss’s performances have taken her throughout North America as well as the Far East. She has recorded for WERN Madison public radio, RTHK Radio Hong Kong, and CBC Radio. Ms. Sandvoss has a very active chamber music career in Canada. She is a founding member of the acclaimed Land’s End Cham-ber Ensemble which was featured at the Alberta Scene in Otta-wa in 2005. The two Land’s End CD’s, Four Degrees of Freedom and Rollin’ down #1, have both won the Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording in 2005 and 2006, re-spectively. Ms. Sandvoss collaborates regularly with fine musicians around Canada and the U.S. Along with her performing career, Ms. Sandvoss is a very dedicated pedagogue. She has been asked to work with teachers on her methods and is a sought after clini-cian. Her pupils have won numerous competitions in Canada, and are regularly invited to summer festivals around the world. She is a faculty member at the Mount Royal College Conservatory as well as the University of Calgary, and spends her summers teach-ing and performing at music festivals throughout Canada and the United States. Ms. Sandvoss has the great pleasure and privilege to perform on a cello made by her husband, Luthier, Christopher Sandvoss.
Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano
Quoted by the Chronicle Herald as “A superb musician”, Swedish-born pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon is a highly regarded and sought-after chamber-musician and collaborative pianist. She has performed in Canada, Europe, the US, and China with artists such as Andres Cardenes, Andras Diaz, Ron Leonard, Dame Evelyn Glennie, James Campbell, Desmond Hoebig, Ian Swensen, Alain Trudel, Jens Lindemann, Ning Feng, Arnold Choi, and Nikki Chooi.
Susanne is the pianist and core member of the Juno nominated Land’s End Ensemble in Calgary, an ensemble that is dedicated to excellence in performance and recording of Canadian and International new music, and to enriching collaborations with eminent composers and artists.
As a passionate educator, Susanne has been on faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory since 1991 where she teaches chamber music and is the Artistic Facilitator of Collaborative Pianists. Her piano students have pursued University degrees and careers in music and her chamber music coaching have seen her students win Regional and Provincial level music competitions as well as being recommended to the National level competition for CMC.
Since 2001, she has been a Collaborative Artist for the prestigious and acclaimed Morningside Music Bridge program in Canada, China, Poland, and the US.
“a perfect collaborative pianist, her pianism elegant and refined and her shaping of melodies everything the connoisseur of the composer could wish” - Calgary Herald
Vincent Ho is a Chinese-Canadian composer whose works have been performed all over the world and hailed for their profound expressiveness and textural beauty. His many awards have included Harvard University’s Fromm Music Commission, The Canada Council for the Arts’ “Robert Fleming Prize,” ASCAP’s “Morton Gould Young Composer Award,” four SOCAN Young Composers Awards, and CBC Radio’s Audience Choice Award (2009 Young Composers’ Competition). He received his DMA at the University of Southern California and has served as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s composer-in-residence (2007-2014).
Allan Gordon Bell
Allan Gordon Bell received a Master of Music degree from the University of Alberta where he studied with Violet Archer, Malcolm Forsyth, and Manus Sasonkin. He also did advanced studies in composition at the Banff Centre for the Arts where his teachers were Jean Coulthard, Bruce Mather, and Oskar Morawetz.
He has created works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, band, and electroacoustic media as well as scores for contemporary dance productions and an opera. His music has been performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Orford String Quartet, eighth blackbird, Soundstreams Canada, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, New Works Calgary and Land’s End Chamber Society as well as many other professional and amateur organizations in North America, Europe and Asia.
Bell is Professor of Music at the University of Calgary. From 1984 to 1988 and from 2006 to 2010, he served as President of the National Board of the Canadian Music Centre. He received the 2014 JUNO award for the Classical Composition of the Year.