CHERYL DUVALL (pianist/co-artistic director)
Toronto-based pianist Cheryl Duvall has established herself as one of Canada's foremost contemporary music interpreters, immersing herself in a wide variety of compositional aesthetics and collaborative endeavours.
In 2011, she co-founded the "adventurous and smartly programmed" (Musicworks Magazine) chamber group Thin Edge New Music Collective. Since their inception, they've commissioned over 70 works, mounted lavish multidisciplinary productions such as Balancing On The Edge, and collaborated with leading performers like Charlotte Mundy, Jason Sharp, Ensemble Paramirabo (with whom they recorded an album.) They're also widely noted for their direct engagement with composers, among them Linda Catlin Smith, Elliott Sharp, Barbara Monk Feldman, and Sarah Hennies. Their tours and residencies across Europe, and in Japan and Argentina have positioned them as ambassadors for Canadian music abroad.
Her lucid sense of contour, evocative sonic and emotional presence, and boundless versatility make her both a dynamic soloist and in-demand collaborator. Recently, Duvall has begun gathering commissioned works from cutting-edge artists such as Daniel Brandes (of the Wandelweiser collective), Kotoka Suzuki, James O'Callaghan, Emilie Lebel, and Anna Höstman, whose music is the subject of her debut solo recording, Harbour (Redshift Records).
In 2016 her formidable skill was recognized with a nomination for the KM Hunter Award. She also made an acclaimed recording with Bespoken, and worked with the likes of stalwart choreographer Peggy Baker, cellist Paul Pulford, film composer Darren Fung, and Essential Opera.
Duvall holds an Honours BMus and Diploma of Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Master’s of Piano Performance and Pedagogy from University of Toronto.
ILANA WANIUK (violinist/co-artistic director)
Ilana Waniuk is a versatile violinist with interests ranging from classical music and improvisation to visual arts. Along with pianist Cheryl Duvall, Ilana is a founding member and co-artistic director of Toronto-based contemporary music ensemble/presenter Thin Edge New Music Collective (TENMC) now in its 10th season and Balancing on the Edge (production company merging contemporary music with contemporary circus arts). As a member of TENMC, Ilana has performed on concert stages across Canada, Italy, Argentina, Poland, Japan and most recently Germany and Greece with generous support from the Canada Council of the Arts. Ilana has toured Cape Breton as part of the Bicycle Opera Project, performed at contemporary music festivals including Open Ears in Kitchener/Waterloo, SoundON Festival in San Diego and the Royal Conservatory’s 21C festival in Toronto as well as with the Madawaska String Quartet, Elliott Sharp, Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra, Essential Opera, NUMUS’ Perimeter Players, Chicago's Ensemble Dal Niente and NOISE. Ilana has held multiple artistic residencies at the Banff centre for the Arts, Avaloch Farms Music Institute and been a fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival New Music Workshop. Ilana was a winner of the 2014 Orford String Quartet Award and most recently is the curator/performer behind ‘Filament’, an evolving concert program of new works for violin, electronics and multi-media developed with generous support from the SOCAN Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Arraymusic. Ilana is currently a doctoral student in contemporary performance at the University of California San Diego.
Violinist Suhashini Arulanandam enjoys a full schedule as a performer, private teacher and orchestral coach. She performs regularly as a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic and Windsor Symphony Orchestras, as well as freelancing with other ensembles including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Suhashini thrives on variety, and welcomes the challenge of switching gears quite frequently between new music and early music, as well as anything in between or beyond. In addition to performing with TENMC, Suhashini has been performing on Baroque violin as part of the Aradia ensemble, and will be attending the American Bach Soloists workshop this summer. Suhashini has also ventured outside the realm of western classical music and has performed with Sufi rock musician Salman Ahmad and tabla player Samir Chatterjee. She toured with three-time Juno nominee Sarah Slean on the singer-songwriter's Canadian tour last winter, and has also performed with Ian Kelly and Basia Bulat. A dedicated pedagogy nerd, Suhashini has a full studio of violin students both privately and through Reaching Out Through Music, a program serving the St. Jamestown community. She coaches the Halton Missisauga Youth Orchestra violins and has been a guest coach for the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Durham Symphony Youth Orchestra. Suhashini holds a Master's degree from the City University of New York, Queens College, from the studio of noted pedagogue Burton Kaplan. Her other principal teachers include Erika Raum and Annalee Patipatanakoon, with whom she studied with at the Glenn Gould School while completing a Performance Diploma. In addition to her university studies, Suhashini spent four summers at the Banff Centre for the Arts, studying with Lorand Fenyves, Erika Raum, and Scott St. John, and participated in summer festivals including chamber music at Le Domaine Forget and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Charleston, South Carolina.
AMAHL ARULANANDAM (cello)
With interests from baroque to metal, Toronto cellist Amahl Arulanandam is known for his musical versatility and ability to adapt to many genres. At home in studios, clubs, and halls, Amahl hopes to convey that musical expression is beyond labels.
Passionate about the music of our time, Amahl has performed with ensembles such as Soundstreams, New Music Concerts, Caution Tape Sound Collective, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Music in the Barns and Esprit Orchestra. He has had the opportunity to work with leading composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Ana Sokolovic, Luna Pearl Woolf, and Brian Current. A co-founder of VC2 Cello Duo alongside colleague Bryan Holt, he has helped foster the creation of brand-new, genre-bending music for cello that is wholly unique, but wholly Canadian.
Amahl has wholly embraced the bizarre sounds the cello has to offer and takes special pleasure in playing on areas of the instrument other than the strings.
Amahl has performed alongside artists such as David Geringas, Robert Aitken, Steven Dann, Jeffrey Beecher, and Mark Fewer. He toured the US with Matt Haimovitz and Uccello, and was featured at the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest and Sweetwater Festival. Amahl co-founded VC2 Cello Duo alongside colleague Bryan Holt who continue to make waves with their genre-bending, engaging concerts.
NATHAN PETITPAS (percussion)
Nathan Petitpas is a percussionist, drummer, composer, and music educator based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
He has been an active member of Toronto's contemporary music community since his arrival in the city in 2012. He joined the Thin Edge New Music Collective in 2012 and also works regularly with Fawn Chamber Creative and the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan Ensemble. Additionally, he and violinist Suhashini Arulanandam perform as a duo under the name Duologue. Through all of this, Nathan has had the great pleasure to premiere dozens of compositions by living composers.
As a freelancer, Nathan has performed with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Cirque du Soleil, Against the Grain Theatre, the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few. Outside of a classical context, Nathan has also performed with many projects in jazz, folk, singer-songwriter, rock, progressive rock, and country styles.
As an educator Nathan has taught drum set, piano, classical percussion, Western music theory, and composition in various programs and across various styles. He has been teaching at the Regent Park School of Music since 2015 and has also taught for organizations such as The Royal Conservatory of Music, the Evergreen Community Gamelan, the Toronto All City Band, the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, the Calgary Youth Orchestra, and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra.
Nathan holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music degree from Acadia University, both with a concentration in percussion performance. He has also undertaken artistic residencies and summer workshops at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Avaloch Farms Music Institute.