Hailed by the Calgary Herald as “outstanding”, having “beauty of tone and a wonderfully flexible phrasing”, as well as “perfect intonation” and “meltingly seductive” melodies, Sara Hahn is currently the Principal Flutist for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to accepting her post with the Calgary Philharmonic in 2006, Sara performed professionally in the position of Assistant Principal Flute/Piccolo with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and completed an extensive three week tour of Japan and Hong Kong with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2002.
As a soloist, Sara has also performed throughout Canada, the United States and Brazil as a guest of the Campos do Jordao International Winter Festival in 2007. In 2015, she performed the Chaminade Concertino with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim, and in April 2016, she performed the world premiere of “The Daughter of Elysium” by Canadian composer, Arthur Bachmann again with the CPO. This season (2017/18) she is looking forward to performing another world premiere, this time written by Canadian composer Peter Togni, to be performed with fellow flutist, Sarah Gieck and local choral phenom, Luminous Voices under the direction of Timothy Shantz. Awards for Sara’s solo flute performances include the University of Toronto concerto competition, first place in the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competitions, and the Junior Musical Club Concerto Competition in Winnipeg, which gave her a debut performance as a soloist in front of an orchestra at the age of seventeen. In 2005, Sara was awarded first prize of $10,000 as the winner of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg Doris McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with Orchestra.
Sara has been quite active as a flute teacher and coach across Canada for more than two decades. Her enthusiastic approach to sharing musical ideas and techniques have ensured that several of her private students have been accepted into both Undergraduate and Graduate programs across the country. She has been invited to teach and perform at universities throughout Canada, including Lethbridge, Calgary and Winnipeg and was the guest artist for the Syrinx Flute Festival in 2015. She graduated with honours from the University of Toronto, receiving a Bachelor in Music Performance under internationally renown flutist, Susan Hoeppner.
A native of Calgary, Sarah is a prominent freelance orchestral, chamber and solo musician in southern Alberta, a musical community she has been active in for over a decade. As a teacher Sarah’s experience and reputation is widely recognized, drawing students from well outside her hometown in pursuit of musical careers and excellence in music education. Sarah has extensive orchestral experience, playing regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009. Although she most often plays 2nd flute, she has significant experience playing all positions including a job share with the principal/assistant principal flute position in the 2016/2017 season. As a chamber musician Sarah has performed alongside some of the worlds finest musicians including Robert Aitken, Rivka Golani, Barry Shiffman and Paul Edmund-Davies. During the current season she will be featured alongside her duo partner Sara Hahn in a flute and percussion chamber concert featuring Canadian works presented by Instrumental Society of Calgary. Additionally, she will appear alongside saxophonist and fellow faculty member Chee Meng Low at the University of Lethbridge as part of the Faculty Artists and Friends Series in early 2018. During the past ten seasons, Sarah has regularly appeared as a featured soloist in both the University of Lethbridge Music at Noon Series and Faculty Artist and Friends Series. In 2012 Sarah performed the Concerto for Flute and Wind Orchestra by Mike Mower with the University of Lethbridge during a tour throughout British Columbia and Washington State. In 2016 Sarah was again featured with the wind orchestra playing an arrangement of The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams as part of the 2016 Cantando Festival in Edmonton, Alberta. This season, Sarah is looking forward to performing a world premiere written by Canadian composer Peter Togni at the Bella Concert Hall in Calgary, Alberta. The work features two flutes and choir to be performed with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal flutist Sara Hahn, and Luminous Voices under the direction of Timothy Shantz.
Sarah has served as the flute instructor for the University of Lethbridge since the fall of 2008. Many of Sarah’s former students hold prominent positions in the musical community in Lethbridge including the Lethbridge Symphony flute section and teaching posts at the CASA Music Conservatory. Sarah has been on faculty of MusiCamp Alberta, hosted by Red Deer College since the summer of 2007 where she teaches and performs as part of a summer band workshop for young students. Sarah is a proud co-founder of Green Banana Flute Studios along with fellow flutist Sara Hahn. Through Green Banana Sarah is able to maintain a private flute studio within the city of Calgary.
Scott Ross-Molyneux (b. 1992) is a Canadian harpist and composer based in Calgary, Alberta. His interest in music started at the age of six when he initially expressed an interest in playing the harp. Finally at age ten, after two years of piano, he began harp lessons with Gianetta Baril and studied with her at the Mount Royal Conservatory for nine years, completing his grade ten RCM examination before leaving Calgary for university. During the end of his studies in Calgary he spent two intensive summers studying with renowned Canadian harpist Judy Loman in Toronto, Ontario. Scott was then awarded a Schulich scholarship to study harp performance with Jennifer Swartz and the Frank Mills scholarship to study composition with Chris Harman, Denys Bouliane, and Philipe Leroux at the McGill Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Quebec, completing a double major in harp performance and composition in the spring of 2015. His performing experience range from The Calgary Youth Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, McGill Symphony, University of Montreal Opera, Alberta Winds, Red Deer Symphony, and Pro Musica Calgary’s Young Artists Development Program. Music theory is also a passion for Scott. He began composing at the age of 15 and fuelled this passion with in-depth theory and history studies with Jean Auger-Crowe and Stephen Bonfield, completing the RCM theory examinations during high school. While at McGill University in Montreal, he was recruited by the university to become a theory tutor in his second year of study. As a youth composer he was the third place winner in the Junior Division of the International Composition for Orchestra sponsored by the Asia America Symphony Guild in California and was awarded a Kay Sakaguchi Scholarship for his piece entitled The Traveller. His music first reached the public during the Calgary Youth Orchestra’s 2011 season when he was commissioned by conductor Edmond Agopian to write a piece for orchestra. Landscapes premiered in on June 6th 2011. During his undergraduate studies he was composer in residence with McGill’s Wind Quintet in 2013-2014 where his piece Wind Quintet No. 1 was performed that spring. He also premiered his first work for Harp and live electronics at his Bachelors Degree Recital in Spring of 2015. Immediately following graduation he attended the Bozzini Lab in Vancouver Canada where he completed his first piece for string quartet, From Dust to Ashes, which was premiered that week by the Bozzini Quartet. In his own compositions, Scott is interested in combining and enhancing the harp’s acoustic potential with the use of electronics. His electronic music is derived entirely from sounds that originate from the harp, which may or may not pass through electronic processes to transform their musical qualities. Scott continues to embrace divided interests between traditional approaches to both composition and a more a-typical approach to sound creation rooted in modernity and including electronics, graphical, and proportional notation.
Laurent Grillet-Kim was born in Bordeaux, France where he started playing the violin at the age of 8. After graduating from the Bordeaux conservatory he went on to study in Lyon and Boulogne-Billancourt for a short time before coming back to his native city and take private lessons with Prof. Micheline Lefebvre (violin) and Prof.Pierre Lefebvre (viola). Before moving to the United States to study viola with Prof. Arad and Prof.DeVeritch, and violin with Prof.Agostini, Laurent worked on cruise ships and traveled around the world for 10 months. While at Indiana University Mr Grillet-Kim had the opportunity to play chamber music with the faculty members of the music school and was principal viola of the I.U Philharmonic orchestra and chamber orchestra. He also was part of the Kuttner quartet, the student resident quartet. Laurent was regularly invited to play with the Chicago symphony orchestra during his last year of studies. He is now Princpal viola of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jaewon Ahn was born in Korea where she pursued her passion for music since the age of nine. She has won several competitions, among them, the prestigious Strad competition and was a member of the Cheon-An Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, she moved to Calgary, Canada and began her studies with John Kadz at the Mount Royal Conservatory. A graduate of the Senior Academy program, Jaewon spent four years as a member of the Calgary Youth Orchestra where she was featured twice as a soloist. In Canada, she was successful in many competitions. Jaewon placed first in the national round of the Canadian Music Competition in 2010 (Strings 18 and under) and placed first for four consecutive years in the provincial round of the Kiwanis Music Festival. Her Senior Academy chamber group was chosen to perform in the “Stars of the Festival” gala concert after winning first place in the Provincial National Chamber Class. She was selected to participate in Morningside Music Bridge four times; a program that has taken her to China and Poland to work with distinguished musicians from around the world. While attending Morningside Music Bridge, her chamber group won second and third place two years in a row. Jaewon was selected to perform on national television with Finger Eleven at the Juno Awards 2008 and was featured in the Canada’s Rising Star Concert series. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Barbara Wanner Scholarship. During July 2010, she participated in the Banff International Music Festival and worked with many of the leading artists around the globe for three weeks. She also had the privilege to perform at a TEDxSMU, an award-winning non-profit conference focused on sharing ideas of technology, entertainment, and design. Jaewon graduated in May 2012 with the Performance Diploma at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and studies under the tutelage of renowned cellist Andres Diaz.
“…Bertsch’s performance of this monumental work (Brahms B-flat concerto) was a brilliant display of strength, brilliance, and musical craftsmanship…” Kingsport (Tennessee) Times-News; Hailed for his passion and natural musicianship by critics, audiences, and musicians alike, Rolf Bertsch is one of Canada’s leading conductors. Appointed Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal by Charles Dutoit in January 2000 and named Conductor in Residence for the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons, he has had an impressive reputation as conductor, pianist, communicator, teacher and adjudicator. His career has spanned a wide spectrum of musical experience and styles and has taken him to Europe, Asia, and throughout North and South America. Laureate of a numerous competitions including the Canadian Music Competitions, Rolf Bertsch served for many years as pianist of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, as well as solo pianist for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician, highlights of his career as pianist have included a number of solo appearances with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the direction of Charles Dutoit, most notably in Carnegie Hall in 1997, as well as performances at the chamber music festivals in Saratoga and Ottawa. Rolf Bertsch’s career took an important turn when in September 1997 he was named Resident Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held from 1998-2001. During this highly successful tenure he also served as Music Director of the Calgary Civic Symphony Orchestra and Altius Brass, Calgary’s leading brass ensemble, and worked regularly with Calgary’s chamber music ensemble Rosa Selvetica and at the University of Calgary. Music Director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens from 1989-1991, he was also the founding conductor of Ensemble Début in Montreal. In June 2000, Mr. Bertsch was invited to conduct the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa in its “Great Composers” series in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth and Andrew Burashko as soloists. This collaboration was repeated with the OSM in September 2001, this time with Louis Lortie as pianist, and again in 2004 at the NAC with Janina Fialkowska at the piano. Rolf Bertsch has worked with such renowned artists as Jon Kimura Parker, Marc Hervieux, Alessandra Marc, Daniel Binelli, André Laplante, Janina Fialkowska, Stewart Goodyear, Nicolaj Znaider, Marc-André Hamelin, Richard Raymond, Chantal Juillet, James Ehnes, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Tracy Dahl, Aline Kutan, Renaud Capuçon, Benjamin Schmid, Neil Cockburn, Diana Cohen, and Los Romeros. Mr. Bertsch began his musical studies on the violin and went on to study piano, cello, composition, jazz, and conducting with such teachers as Leon Fleisher, Dorothy Morton, Armas Maiste, James Dick, Helena Costa, Uri Mayer, Raffi Armenian, and Gustav Meier. In his years in Montreal and Calgary he worked extensively with Charles Dutoit and Hans Graf as well as with many visiting artists. He holds diplomas from a number of prestigious institutions including McGill University, the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Conservatoire de musique du Québec (Montréal), the Folkwang Hochschule (Essen, Germany), and Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts). Rolf Bertsch has conducted most of the orchestras in Canada including those of Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Québec, Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor and Nova Scotia. He has often appeared as conductor for the “Salute to Vienna” New Year’s Day concerts held throughout North America. He made his Canadian Broadcasting Corporation conducting debut with a national broadcast feature performance with the winds of the OSM. While he excels in a wide range of repertoire, Rolf Bertsch has had particular success with the music of Strauss, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff as well as with the French repertoire through his long collaboration with Charles Dutoit and the OSM. An avid believer in building bridges, he developed and conducted a series of sold-out performances with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal based on music from the movies. He has received accolades for his programming and performances for young audiences. Rolf Bertsch served as artistic director for “Music at Mount Royal”, a concert series he founded featuring OSM musicians performing in chamber ensembles as well as collaborations with other artists and performing groups. In the summer of 2005, he was part of an international faculty at the Canton International Summer Music Academy in Guangzhou, China. In 2007-2008, he worked at the Canada Council for the Arts as Program Officer for the Professional Orchestra and Opera/Music Theatre programs, overseeing the federal granting process for those communities. He also served on the Board of Directors of Orchestras Canada from 2004-2007, a period which saw this important arts organization answering to the need to reshape and redefine itself in order to better serve its stakeholders. After an extensive performing career spanning three decades and over 3800 performances, Rolf Bertsch has for the last several years devoted much of his energies to teaching and mentoring. He has a large private studio and runs the internationally recognized Academy Piano program at the Mount Royal University Conservatory. He conducted the chamber orchestra at Ambrose University College from 2011-2013. Rolf Bertsch is receiving increasing recognition as an outstanding teacher and has been invited to teach in Xiamen and Beijing, China and at MusicFestPerugia in Italy in the summer of 2017. In May of 2014, he was named Artistic Director of the Instrumental Society of Calgary, an organization dedicated to presenting chamber music performances by the best of Calgary area musicians. He also serves as Chair of the Alberta Music Education Foundation. Even with his demanding teaching responsibilities, he continues to be an active performer. He is in his 10th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Calgary Civic Symphony. He appears frequently as soloist, in recital and chamber music, is in his 10th season as pianist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and works as a free-lance conductor, pianist, clinician, producer and arts consultant.