Programme

With music by Dvorak, Liszt, Chopin, Lalo, Prokofiev, Mozart and Brahms.

Fiona Marchetto, violin

Fiona Marchetto is seventeen and playing violin under the mentorship of Diane Lane and studying composition under the instruction of Scott Ross-Molyneux. She has been
co-concertmaster and soloist with both the Calgary Youth Orchestra and in the Bishop Carroll High School Virtuosi Strings and was recently selected as one of four members of Calgary Pro Musica’s Young Artist Development Program. In 2018, she was principal second violin in Calgary Opera’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Her chamber ensembles have twice been featured as musical guests of both the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Instrumental Society of Calgary, and won local and provincial competitions. Fiona has won awards and scholarships at various Calgary and province-wide performing arts festivals. Fiona enjoys exploring other facets of music and has performed with local bands such as Hot Little Rocket, Sequicons, and at the Calgary Stampede with the Shiverettes. She helped Dudes lead singer Danny Vacon win first prize at the 2019 Ship and Anchor Songwriting contest in the “Top Shelf” category and recorded with Calgary’s The Corey Hotline in 2020. Fiona hosts CJSW’s weekly classical music program, Classicool, winner of the 2020 National Campus and Community Radio Award for Best Classical Show.

The Young Artists Development Program is intended to discover, nurture and promote young Calgary musicians. Participants in the Program will receive exclusive instruction from the prestigious Calgary Pro Musica visiting artists. Come hear Calgary’s finest young talent showcased in this special event concert.

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Anastasia Salazar, violin

A talented, dynamic, and rising artist, Anastasia Salazar has been a violinist for the past 14 years and is currently studying with John Lowry. In 2016, she made her soloist debut with the Mount Royal Conservatory Strings in a duet performance at the Bella Concert Hall. Her talents have been recognized through many accolades, winnings, and scholarships at the Calgary Performing Arts Festival and as a National Finalist at the Canadian Music Competition on multiple occasions. As an orchestral player; Anastasia has been a member of the Calgary Youth Orchestra since 2018 and has held various positions such as principal second violin, as well as concertmaster in the 2019-2020 season. Anastasia is also an enthusiastic chamber musician having worked with many ensembles through the Amici String Program. Many of her ensembles have won acclaim at the Calgary Performing Arts Festival. Furthermore, she has extended her musicianship out into the community, playing part of the Western Canada String Ensemble as well as her own trio, which have played in locations around Calgary, such as local marathons, and before concerts at the instrumental society of Calgary and the Calgary Philharmonic. Anastasia has just started teaching piano and violin which intrigued her in the Young Artist Development Program to share her love of classical music with young kids in a fun, educative manner.

Nikolai Nesterov, piano

Born into a family of musicians, Russian-Canadian pianist Nikolai Nesterov is in the first year of his Bachelor of Music degree in performance at the University of Calgary, studying with Marilyn Engle. An alumnus of the Academy of Music for the Gifted Youth at the Mount Royal Conservatory, Nikolai has been an annual prize and scholarship winner at the Calgary Performing Arts Festival, the Alberta Provincial Music Festival as well as the Canadian Music Competition since 2012. For the 2020-21 season, he was also selected as one of four young musicians to be a part of the Young Artist Development Program of Calgary’s Pro Music Society. Most recently, Nikolai has appeared at the ProArts Society and the Stingray Classical Live at the King Eddy concert series in Calgary, along with his parents, pianist Dmitry Nesterov and violinist Olga Kotova. He was also a three-time runner-up at the Calgary Concerto Competition between 2016 and 2020. He also holds a Grade 10 piano diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Nikolai has also performed and participated at summer masterclasses at Alberta PianoFest and the Comox Summer Youth Music Camp in B.C. There he in had the privilege of working with many renowned musicians including Jason Cutmore, Frederic Chiu, Jarome Lowenthal, Ursula Oppens, and Steven Lubin.

Sabina Sandvoss, cello

Cellist Sabina Sandvoss, was born into a musical family and received a cello for her fourth birthday. Since then she has enjoyed a musical life attending countless concerts and receiving many diverse artistic influences. Sabina is in the Advanced Performance Program at Mount Royal University Conservatory where she has had the privilege to perform in masterclasses with cellists such as Gustav Rivinius, Alan Harris, Melissa Kraut, Estelle Choi, Tanja Tetzlaff, Colin Carr, Laurence Lesser, and Johannes Moser. Sabina has successfully participated in numerous competitions including the Rotary C3 Concerto Competition, Calgary Performing Arts Festival, Canadian Music Competition and Contemporary Showcase. She has advanced to the Provincial and National levels in both the Calgary Performing Arts Festival and the Canadian Music Competition on numerous occasions. Sabina receives her mentoring from her mother, cellist Beth Root Sandvoss and performs on a cello handcrafted by her father, Christopher Tilman Sandvoss. Sabina has a keen interest in musical outreach and is pursuing it this year as part of the Young Artists Development Program sponsored by Calgary Pro Musica. Next year, Sabina is thrilled to be embarking on her Bachelor of Music degree (Honours) at the renowned Glenn Gould School in Toronto, on a full scholarship. She will have the privilege to study with world-class artist teachers Hans Jørgen Jensen and Andrés Díaz.

© Emil Agopian 2020