CHERYL DUVALL (pianist/co-artistic director)
Cheryl Duvall is multifaceted pianist with a penchant for musical risk taking and adventure. Equally comfortable in many different musical roles, she regularly appears as a soloist, collaborative pianist, adjudicator, teacher, producer and panelist and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Europe, Argentina and the U.S. Cheryl’s strong affinity for boundary-pushing and innovative music making led her along with friend and violinist, Ilana Waniuk to co-found the Toronto-based Thin Edge New Music Collective, “One of Toronto hottest and bravest new music collectives” (Michael Vincent - Musical Toronto), now in their seventh season.
As a person who is constantly inspired through collaboration and community building within the arts, Cheryl regularly collaborates with many arts organizations, instrumentalist and vocalists across Canada, including Essential Opera, soprano Maureen Batt, and American violinist Andrew Sords. She is also the collaborative pianist for the internationally renowned Oakville Children’s Choir. Recently, she was shortlisted as the finalist for the 2016 F.M. Hunter Artist Awards in Music through the Ontario Arts Council and Foundation. Cheryl completed an Honours Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano Performance and Theory and a Diploma of Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Master’s of Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto. Her main teachers and influences include Guy Few, Chris Foley, Midori Koga, Carmen Piazzinni, Nina Tichman, Henri-Paul Sicsic, and Anya Alexeyev.
ILANA WANIUK (violinist/co-artistic director)
Ilana Waniukis 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 ninth 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 and most recently Poland and Japan 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 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, and Chicago's Ensemble Dal Niente. 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. www.ilanawaniuk.com
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 tastes ranging from baroque music to death metal, Toronto-based cellist Amahl Arulanandam is known for his musical versatility and ability to adapt to many different genres. Feeling at home in studios, small clubs and large concert-halls, Amahl hopes to convey that musical expression is beyond genres and labels.
In the “classical” realm of Toronto, Mr. Arulanandam is quickly becoming known as a strong advocate for the music of our time, performing with ensembles such as Soundstreams, New Music Concerts, Tapestry Opera, FAWN Chamber Creative, Caution-Tape Sound Collective, Thin-Edge New Music Collective (TENMC), Music in the Barns and Esprit Orchestra, as well as regular appearances at the 21C Music Festival. In his time with these ensembles, he has had the opportunity to work closely with leading composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Ana Sokolovic, Luna Pearl Woolf, Brian Current and John Rea.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Arulanandam has presented several recitals and performed alongside artists such as David Geringas, Steven Dann, Angela Cheng, Mark Fewer and Jeffrey Beecher. He has toured the US with Matt Haimovitz’ all-cello ensemble, Uccello and been a featured artist at the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival and Ottawa Chamberfest. He was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition, and performed Barber’s Cello Concerto with the McGill Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2014. Upcoming endeavours include a Canadian tour with TENMC and several performances with the VC2 cello duo, including the 2017 editions of 21C and Ottawa Chamberfest.
Amahl completed his undergraduate studies in 2012 at the University of Toronto under Shauna Rolston where he received the Gabriella Dory Prize and Suba Institute Award as top graduating performance major. He received his Master’s degree from the McGill University under Matt Haimovitz where he, as part of the Strathcona Piano Trio, won the 2013 chamber music competition, and was runner up in the 2014 concerto competition. He wrapped up his studies at the Glenn Gould School where he received an Artist’s Diploma and was winner of the 2015 chamber music competition. Amahl is the proud new owner of a cello made in 1924 by Amédeé Dieudonné and takes special pleasure in playing on areas other than the strings.
Percussionist Nathan Petitpas was born and raised in Cape Breton Nova Scotia and now enjoys a busy performing career based in Toronto.
Nathan has been a member of the Thin Edge New Music Collective since 2012. Since joining the collective Nathan has had the honor of touring with them across Canada, performing in Argentina, recording on their first studio album, and premiering dozens of new works by living composers from Canada and abroad. Thin Edge was ensemble in residence with Array Music for the 2015/2016 season and is continuing this position through the 2016/2017 season.Nathan is also a founding member of Duologue, a violin and percussion duo with violinist Suhashini Arulanandam. They are committed to expanding the repertoire for this unusual combination by commissioning new works.He has performed with organizations such as Cirque du Soleil, the Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company, FAWN Opera, Bad New Days, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Stereoscope Saxophone Duo, and Rose Orchestra to name a few. He has also performed in various festivals and concert series including Nuit Blanche Toronto, New Works Edmonton, New Music Calgary, Music on Main (Vancouver), Open Spaces in Victoria, NUMUS, and twice in the Cape Breton International Drum Festival. Outside of a classical context Nathan performs regularly on drum set with various projects in the Toronto area. He can also be heard on the debut album of Brooklyn-based orchestral pop band San Fermin. The album was released on Downtown Records in 2013, it was praised by NPR as "one of the year's most surprising, ambitious, evocative and moving records," and it reached #18 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers album chart.
As a composer, Nathan has had his music performed by the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, the Stereoscope Saxophone Duo, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, Duologue, and the Acadia University and University of Toronto Percussion Ensembles. Nathan teaches a variety of music programs through the Regent Park School of Music as well as private drum set and percussion lessons from his studio in Toronto. He has also coached the University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble, the Toronto All City Band, the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, Calgary Youth Orchestra, and Edmonton Youth Orchestra. Nathan holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto where he studied with Russell Hartenberger, Beverley Johnston, and Mark Duggan as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Acadia University where he studied with Mark Adam. He has also completed two ten-week independent music residencies at the Banff Centre.