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Trio Blundell — 2016 YAC Junior Winners


Posted on January 17th, by Peter Macdonald in Community, Guest Artist, Soloist, Young Artists Competition. No Comments

Trio Blundell — 2016 YAC Junior Winners

Trumpeters Matisse, Aled, and Maslin Blundell started playing trumpet when they were 7, 6, and 5 respectively, and have been playing together ever since! Individually, they have held positions in the Hannaford Youth Program, Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (touring to Los Angeles and Shanghai), and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, among others. Currently, Matisse and Aled play together in Orchestra Toronto under the baton of Maestro Kevin Mallon. Aled and Matisse are 4- and 5-time Kiwanis Music Festival Provincial champions, Matisse twice going on to compete nationally. Last spring, the duo performed in Carnegie Hall as part of the Winners’ Recital of the American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music, and soloed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Matthew Jones. This season, the duo has been delighted to solo with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra under Charles Demuynck and the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra under Jean-Michel Malouf, and look forward to engagements with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Milton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestra Toronto later this season.  Matisse and Aled are very excited to solo with their younger sibling, Maslin, as a trio with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra in December – and later this season, with the fabulous Symphony on the Bay under Maestro Claudio Vena! The siblings currently study with Jim Spragg of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  Matisse, Aled, and Maslin love to play, and could not envision a life without music!

Trio Blundell will be playing the first movement of Telemann’s Concerto for 3 trumpets at our “Rising Stars” concert on Sunday, April 2, 2017.





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Symphony on the Bay

Symphony on the Bay is a community-based symphony orchestra serving Hamilton, Burlington and surrounding areas. We began in 1973 as the McMaster Symphony Orchestra, left the university to become Symphony Hamilton in 1988, and rebranded as Symphony on the Bay in 2011 to reflect our role in the wider Hamilton-Burlington community. We made our new home in the magnificent Burlington Performing Arts Centre in 2011. Maestro Claudio Vena was appointed Conductor and Music Director in December 2015, succeeding Maestro James R. McKay who was our Conductor and Music Director for 19 years and now holds the title of Music Director Emeritus. Our orchestra, comprised of students, highly skilled amateurs and a core of professional players, is looking forward to this new chapter in the life of Symphony on the Bay. We hope you will be part of this new chapter!

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