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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

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 … Read More »



Joanna Gorska — 2016 YAC Senior Winner

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

Joanna Gorska is a graduate of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists and a current student of The University of Toronto. Since an early age she has performed and won numerous awards at various music festivals and competitions, including the main prize of the Kiwanis Festival in London – Rose Bowl, two gold medals at the OMFA Provincial Finals and the first place in her age category in Canadian Music Competition in Vancouver in 2015. As the first prize winner of the American Protege International Concerto competition she was invited to perform at the gala concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. She performed as a soloist with The Stratford Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener -Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, The Toronto Sinfonietta, The Celebrity Symphony Orchestra and the RCM Academy Chamber Orchestra. Joanna is a versatile musician – she passed her … Read More »



Hannah Corbett — 2016 YAC Junior Runner-Up

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

Hannah Corbett is a 16 year old violinist from Maple, Ontario. She is the recipient of the Mercier-Hantho scholarship at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where she studies with Atis Bankas. Hannah is a six- time Gold medalist and scholarship recipient at the Kiwanis Music Festival and is the 2016 Ontario Provincial Champion in Diploma Strings. In May 2016, Hannah was the third prize winner at the 58th Kocian International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic. Hannah was a scholarship recipient at the National Arts Centre 2016 Young Artists Program in Ottawa and has performed in masterclasses for Ilya Kaler and Grigory Kalinovsky. Hannah has performed at the Music Niagara Festival, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, and with the Piano Guys. Hannah is excited to … Read More »






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!

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!...

Joanna Gorska — 2016 YAC Senior Winner

Joanna Gorska is a graduate of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists and a current student of The University of...

Hannah Corbett — 2016 YAC Junior Runner-Up

Hannah Corbett is a 16 year old violinist from Maple, Ontario. She is the recipient of the Mercier-Hantho scholarship at the Phil and Eli...