Pianist Evgeny Chugunov holds a Doctor of Music in Piano Performance (University of Montreal), a Ph.D. in Music Education (Moscow State Pedagogical University) and is currently Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the Department of Music, Lakehead University. He was on faculty at the Department of Methodology and Psychology of Music Education at Moscow State Pedagogical University. Upon arrival in Canada, he commenced doctoral studies, also teaching Piano Performance at the Faculty of Music, University of Montreal and at the McGill Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Chugunov presents master classes and workshops at various international music festivals and schools in Canada, the USA, Russia and Italy. He has served as a member of the juries of several piano competitions, including the Cremona, Italy International Piano Competition, and the Crescendo International Music Competition (NYC). His students have won prizes in national and international piano competitions. He received the Lakehead University’s Teaching Innovation Award in 2019, second prize in the Russian National Student Piano Competition (Glazov, 1997) and won the Paul and Verna Gelinas Competition (Montréal, 2001).
Chugunov performs regularly as concert pianist, both as soloist and collaborator, in the U.S.A, Canada, Russia, Italy and Switzerland, at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Pollack Hall and Redpath Hall (McGill), Salle Claude Champagne (Université de Montréal), Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montreal), Live Radio Lac Recital Hall (Geneva), and L’Auditorium della camera di Commercio (Cremona). In 2014, he performed a Poulenc piano concerto with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. A sensitive artist and a critically acclaimed pianist, he expresses a rare musicality, which unmistakably charms his audiences around the world.
Acclaimed for his versatility in a wide variety of genres, cellist Peter Cosbey enjoys a career as a highly sought-after chamber musician, orchestral musician, composer, and educator. “His virtuosity is apparent with every stroke of his bow” (Echo Germanica). He is a founding member of The Annex Quartet, one of Canada’s most dynamic groups, which has appeared in hundreds of concerts, including at Carnegie Hall, Toronto’s Luminato Festival, and the Stratford Summer Music Festival. The Annex Quartet collaborated with Jane Bunnett to win the 2015 JUNO Award for Jazz Record of the Year.
Peter has been a guest cellist with the Afiara Quartet, Hausmann Quartet, the ARC Ensemble, and has been heard on CBC radio. He served as Assistant Principal of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and performs regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Esprit Orchestra.
He is presently cellist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, of which his brother Thomas is Concertmaster. Peter is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher and chamber music coach and has taught and performed at many summer music festivals and programs. He is a member of the dynamic Cosbey Quintet. A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School, he began his cello study in Regina.
Peter Cosbey has become a regular, valued performer with Consortium Aurora Borealis, where he continues to enthrall audiences with his virtuosity, rich tone, and expressive style. In December 2019 he and his wife, pianist Mariko Kamachi-Cosbey, performed as guests in Toronto’s Canzona Chamber series, repeating their highly successful “Mellifluous Cello”, which had been crafted for Consortium and performed by them in Thunder Bay in September of that year. Peter will be featured in several programmes in Consortium’s 2021-2022 concert season.