2017 – 2018 Guest Artists
DONOVAN SEIDLE violin
Donovan Seidle is a versatile musician – equally comfortable performing in the concertmaster chair or in the soloist spotlight as on the conductor’s podium of a scoring stage; composing or arranging for film, large-scale spectacle shows, or video game scores; or orchestrating for a Broadway musical.
Donovan’s performing career has included ventures into jazz, blues, fiddling, indie- and noise-rock amongst more typical orchestral, solo, pit, chamber music and recording session projects. As soloist, he has taken the stage many times with orchestra.
As Assistant Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and Artistic Director/Concertmaster of the Kensington Sinfonia, Donovan maintains a busy orchestral performance schedule. He is often involved in chamber music events and festivals, solo recitals, recording and jam sessions, in addition to his composing projects.
As a writer, Donovan is involved in all manners of freelance composing/arranging and editing: utilizing a diverse skillset, from orchestration and synth programming to conducting and producing recording sessions. His output includes soundtracks for indie film, animation, live theatre and orchestra shows, and his arrangements have been featured by professional and youth orchestras alike. Donovan’s collaborations and work alongside other performers and composers has enabled him to take part in many large scale productions – spanning fireworks shows, musicals, ballets and large scale production shows; and his wide skill-set made him an invaluable part of the music production team for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
JOHN LOWRY violin
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 of South Australia.
He began his musical studies in Edmonton with Ranald Shean and went on to graduate from the University of Toronto and Yale University. His teachers have also included George Neikrug, David Zafer, and the eminent American virtuoso, Oscar Shumsky.
John has been a member of such musical organizations as the Opera Company of Boston, Esprit Contemporain, and the Canadian Opera Company, and was the founder of the Kensington Sinfonia in 1988. He was formerly Concertmaster of the New Hampshire Philharmonic and Opera New England, and has also performed with the Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra and National Ballet. He was previously on the faculty of the University of Manitoba and the University of Lowell, Massachusetts, and has also taught at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal College, and the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax, and Red Deer, with such conductors as Hans Graf, Mario Bernardi, James Judd, Jean-François Rivest, Timothy Vernon, and Ivars Taurins, and Pierre Hétu.
As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with such artists as James Campbell, Bernadene Blaha, Rivka Golani, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Eliot Fisk, Robert Silverman, Angela Cheng, and Miriam Fried. He has participated in the Pacific Rim Festival, Alberta Scene 2005, and the Windy Mountain Music Project. He is a founding member of Calgary’s Land’s End Ensemble, specializing in 20th and 21st century music, which won the Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording in 2005 and 2006, and also appeared recently at ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) World Music Days in Vancouver. His violins were made by Christopher Sandvoss in 2005, and Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi in 1769.
JOHN KADZ violincello
John Kadz’ career as chamber musician and teacher spans more than forty-five years and includes extensive touring throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan. As a member of the One Third Ninth piano trio, Mr. Kadz performed hundreds of concerts in many of the world’s finest venues as well as doing extensive grass roots work to develop and promote chamber music in Western Canada. Other professional activities have included serving as the principal cellist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and performing with the chamber music groups Aubade and the Lyric Chamber Players. Mr. Kadz began his professional career at the age of seventeen as a member of the Houston Symphony under the baton of Sir John Barbirolli. Mr. Kadz is currently a cello instructor at the University of Calgary and along with his wife, Johanne Perron, he maintains a large private studio. Formerly, he managed the Academy Program at Mount Royal College Conservatory and then served as artistic advisor to the program until 2016. Mr. Kadz also was a faculty member of the Indiana University String Academy Program. He was also co-artistic director for Music Bridge until 2015 and continues to teach cello in MMB, a unique summer program bringing together the finest students from Mainland China, Poland and Canada. In September of 2003, Mr. Kadz was invited by the Central Conservatory of China, Beijing to be a guest instructor there. Mr. Kadz is also artistic advisor and cello instructor for the Valhalla Summer School of Music in British Columbia’s Slocan Valley. Mr. Kadz is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Canada. He has been awarded the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award at Mount Royal College and the Alberta Achievement Award for Excellence in Music.
Past guest artists
Edmond Agopian, Aaron Au, Arthur Bachmann, Joan Barrett, Nigel Boehm, Martin Bonham, Cecilia Quartet, Christine Bootland, Arnold Choi, Danuta Ciring, Judith Fraser, Laurent Grillet, Philip Hansen, Lawrie Hill, Lily String Quartet, Yuri Hooker, Malcolm Lim, April Losey, John Lowry, Thomas Megee, New Orford String Quartet, Rob Penner (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra), Players Ensemble, Ben Plotnick, Nick Pulos, Katharine Rapoport, Beth Root Sandvoss, Daniel Scholz, Scott St. John, Marcin Swoboda, The Ying Quartet, Mimi Zweig
Past guest coaches
Dorothy Bishop, Andrea Case, Vanessa Goymour, Kirill Kalmykoff, Andrea Neumann, Morag Northey, Dean O’Brien, Nancy Russell, Stephanie Soltice-Johnston, Diane Valentine, Karen Youngquist