Symphony on the Bay
Bassoonist Jayyne Kao is co-winner in the Junior category of our 2013 Young Artists Competition. A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Jayyne was accepted into the Taipei Municipal Dun-Hua Primary School’s Program for Gifted Young Musicians at the age of eight. She majored in piano and later chose bassoon as her primary instrument.
Jayyne started competing extensively as a pianist at age six. In 2007, Jayyne moved to Calgary with her family and in 2009 she joined the Music Academy for Gifted Youth at the Mount Royal University Conservatory. She was a laureate of the 27th Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, and had the privilege to perform with the orchestra as a soloist. She also had the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra. Early in 2012, she represented the K-W region to compete in the Ontario Music Festival … Read More »
Pianist Johann Derecho is co-winner in the Junior category of our 2013 Young Artists Competition. Johann is a winner at provincial and national competitions. He graduated this year from Hawthorne Village Public School in Milton, where he enjoyed playing the piano as an accompanist for choirs and as a soloist for special occasions. He was also a trombonist for the school band. Johann also finds time to play piano as a volunteer for the elderly at local retirement residences.
At the age of five, his extraordinary gift in music became apparent as he could name notes and chords by ear after just a few sessions with his piano teacher. An examiner called him a prodigy at the age of seven. He learns music very quickly he needed only four weeks to learn a 16-minute concerto for last year’s national finals. His love for … Read More »
On May 5, 2013, Leslie Kinton will join Symphony on the Bay for a performance of W.A. Mozart:’s Concerto for Piano No. 21, K.467, the Adagio of which is familiar to many as a theme from the 1967 movie Elvira Madigan.
Leslie Kinton was born in Toronto and studied the piano with Pierre Souvairan and Boris Berlin as well as composition with Samuel Dolin. He also studied the piano in New York City with Jeaneane Dowis and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. He has a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Schenkerian analysis; his dissertation was an exhaustive study of Dvořák’s Symphony # 7 with two of the world’s most renowned Schenkerian theorists, David Beach and Edward Laufer.
A well-known pedagogue, Leslie Kinton is a professor of piano performance at the University of Western Ontario.
From 1976 to the … Read More »