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Christopher Stork

Violin

Chris Stork started his career as a home-schooled fiddler in the woods of Vermont. It wasn’t until he began his violinistic training with Miss Sally Thomas in New York City that his violin playing took off. From there, he went on to study at McGill University in Montreal, where he received his undergraduate degree and his master’s degree in Violin Performance. He spent two and a half years working with violinist Mark Fewer, who has a great love for the music of the Baroque. He in turn transmitted this enthusiasm to Chris, who as a result of being turned on to Baroque, spent three years playing on period instruments at Baroque pitch in Montreal. It was at McGill that Chris took on the position of Principal Second Violin of their Baroque Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, as well as serving as Concertmaster of the McGill Opera Orchestra.

Chris also has a deep love for the art of chamber music, specifically, for the string quartet. While at McGill, he became the second violinist of the Iceberg String Quartet. With the ISQ, Chris would win the grand prize at the McGill University Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet was then sent to study and perform at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands. They made it to the finals in the Chesapeake International Competition and to the semi-finals in the illustrious Young Artists Award in Manhattan.

Chris is now Principal Second Violinist of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and has survived the pandemic, thanks to his incredible students. He looks forward to participating in Thunder Bay’s Baroque scene with Consortium Aurora Borealis.

E-Chen Hsu

Clarinet

E-Chen Hsu joined the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in 1999 as a clarinetist and bass clarinetist, and is one of the founding members of the Tamarack Wind Quintet. She studied at the University of Western Ontario, receiving an Honours Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance. She earned a Master of Music degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. One of her favourite things since joining the TBSO has been collaborating with Principal Clarinetist Peter Shackleton, and performing together in recital on occasion. In 2013, E-Chen had the honour of appearing as a soloist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra on the Classical Plus series. She also plays with the Winnipeg Symphony and the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. An active chamber musician, E-Chen has performed in chamber ensembles for the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber, and with Consortium Aurora Borealis and New Music North in Thunder Bay. In 2006, she joined the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra in Iowa, where she enjoys playing opera every summer. E-Chen teaches clarinet at Lakehead University.

Evgeny Chugunov

Piano

Evgeny Chugunov

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.

Jeremy Bell

Violin

A native of Toronto, violinist Jeremy Bell earned a B. Mus degree from the University of Toronto, and from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he received his Masters and Doctor of Music.

Dr. Bell is a recipient of numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and is a prize winner of the Eckhardt Grammatté National competition and the Conseil Québécois’ Prix Opus. He has studied with David Zafer, George Neikrug, Joyce Robbins, Metro Kozak and with members of the Orford, Juilliard, Tokyo, and Orion string quartets. Joining the Penderecki String Quartet in 1999, Dr. Bell is Artist in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University where he teaches violin and chamber music.

Described by the Toronto Star as a violinist who “agitates in the most intelligent and persuasive manner”, Bell has performed recently with the Penderecki Quartet at Arsenale Festival in Poland, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Is Arti Festival in Lithuania, MBZ Zagreb, State Museum of Music in St. Petersburg, REDCAT/Disney Centre in Los Angeles, Roxy/NOD in Prague, Fundacion Juan March in Madrid, Jane Mallet Theatre in Toronto, Paris University 8, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Indiana University in Bloomington, Casalmaggiore Festival in Italy, Tovar Festival Venezuela, Virtuosi Festival Brazil, Adam Festival New Zealand, the Hong Kong Academy, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, the Banff Centre in Alberta, and the Chan Centre in Vancouver.

With the Penderecki String Quartet, Bell has recorded over 25 discs including the premiere Canadian recording of the Béla Bartók string quartet cycle and Marjan Mozetich’s ‘Lament in the Trampled Garden’ (winner of the 2010 JUNO Award for composition). From 2000-2007, Bell was the artistic director of NUMUS Concerts where he created several multi-media events at the Perimeter Institute and with Dancetheatre David Earle. He has performed a wide range of music, performing baroque with Consortium Aurora Borealis and Les Violons du Roy, Cuban jazz with Hilario Duran, as well as collaborating with pipa virtuoso Ching Wong, NYC’s DJ Spooky, and rap star Jay-Z. In addition, Bell has performed as soloist with many orchestras in Canada, USA and Mexico, including the Toronto Symphony, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, performing concertos of Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Hatzis, Locatelli, Lutoslawski, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Päart, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, and Schoenberg. As guest concertmaster he has appeared with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the New Zealand National Symphony, and the Canadian Opera Company. Dr. Bell plays an A.S. Bernadel violin (1854).

Katie Stevens

Violin

Violinist Katie Stevens, Assistant Concertmaster with the TBSO, holds a B. Mus. from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Performance Diploma from the Mount Royal Conservatory, and a M.Mus from the University of Ottawa). Her teachers have included Lorand Fenyves, Erica Raum, William van der Sloot and David Stewart. Katie has received top awards and bursaries from several organizations and foundations, and worked as a freelance musician and teacher in Ottawa after graduating. Katie has performed with such orchestras as the Canadian Opera Company, the National Arts Centre and the Winnipeg Symphony, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra as well as with Ottawa’s premier chamber orchestra, the Thirteen Strings. She maintains an active teaching studio in Thunder Bay, has a deep love of chamber music, and enjoys dabbling in different musical genres. She studied Baroque performance practice at Glenn Gould with Tafelmusik’s Jeanne Lamon, and has a keen interest in this area. She has collaborated with virtuoso violinist Jeremy Bell on several occasions, and performs regularly as lead violinist with Consortium Aurora Borealis.

Mac Palmquist

Cello

Marc Palmquist is a native of Minnesota, with one foot in the USA and one in Canada.

Directly on the heels of study in NYC where he earned a Masters Degree in Cello Performance at the Manhattan and Juilliard Schools of Music in New York City, Marc performed as solo cellist in the Broadway musical ‘Gigi’. During that touring year, the NYC Broadway production of ‘Gigi’ toured every major city of North America performing in every major venue! Fellow cast members included major stars: Louis Jourdan, Tiana Elg, Betsy Palmer, Lisa Howard, and many more.

Marc joined the TBSO as Principal Cellist in 1985. He has performed extensively with the renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, (St Paul, MN) and the MN Orchestra, (Minneapolis, MN). During the TBSO’s off-season, he has also performed seasonally with the: Colorado Festival Orchestra (Boulder, CO); NYC Met Opera & La Scala Orchestra’s joint European Tour, (Milan, IT); the Florida Festival Orchestra (Fort Lauderdale, FL) both within Florida and touring in
Central America.

As a featured TBSO soloist, Marc has appeared over twenty times during his tenure performing major concerti and important solos in the repertoire. He has been broadcast on the CBC, NPR, and MPR radio networks.

Since 1985, Marc has appeared annually in Consortium Aurora Borealis’ concert series, which has offered him many opportunities to expand his musical repertoire in areas rarely explored by orchestras.

Throughout his TBSO tenure, Marc has shared his varied administrative skills within the TBSO organization: Personnel Manager (1995-2005), Production Manager (1987-1989), Union Steward (1991-1994), Player’s Committee Member, Artistic Advisory Committee Member, Music Director Search Committee Member.

Marc enjoys working with his hands: building, creating, fixing, and boating! In 2005, Marc built his own Solar house with his own two-hands! This state-of-the-art home is energy net-zero, and part of Ontario’s Micro-FIT green electricity production, which helps offset carbon emitting electricity production. He is also involved in the field of electrified vehicle and boat propulsion and hopes to accept a new ‘Aptera’ fully-self-charging electric vehicle in 2024.

Marc and partner, Deb (Clarinetist), maintain their USA and Canadian residences, and together have raised four successful dual-citizens.

Mariko Kamachi Cosbey

Piano

Pianist Mariko Kamachi Cosbey began her piano studies at the age of five with Mitsuo Yoshimo in her home country of Japan, where she was a laureate of the Piano Teacher’s National Association competition (1990 & 1991). She continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School under the tutelage of Leslie Kinton. In Canada, she has performed frequently as a recitalist and chamber musician. The 2007 Regina Musical Club Competition winner recital performance with Peter Cosbey (cello) was broadcast on CBC radio. As well she has performed for the Regina Chamber Music Festival and the Alicier Arts series in Toronto. Recently, Mariko has performed with the Cosbey Quintet at the Thunder Bay Conservatory of Music’s Summer Strings Chamber Music Festival. Mariko performed recitals with Peter in Toronto in early December 2019 on the Canzona Chamber Music concert series. Mariko has been teaching piano for almost two decades and recently was an adjudicator for the ORMTA piano 4 Trophy competition at the Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts. Besides being involved in music, Mariko is a busy mother of three young children and  is excited to be performing again after having taken a maternity leave.

Patrick Horn

Viola

Patrick Horn, violist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra since 2001, hails from California, and is a violist, violinist, teacher, composer, and arranger.

He holds a Bachelor of Music from Rice University, where he studied violin, viola and composition, and a Master of Music in Viola Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University.

Patrick’s compositions have been performed by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, California’s Gold Coast Chamber Players, Chicago’s Orion Ensemble, Tango Classico, the Metro String Quartet at The Banff Centre for the Arts, the Metropolitan String Quartet, Mélange in Kitchener, and most recently, his Tango for Strings was performed by the San Francisco Symphony at their New Year’s Eve Concert. He played his viola solo composition “Blue Soul” at Consortium’s January 2019 concert. Patrick has taught violin and viola in Chicago, Oregon, and maintains a private studio in Thunder Bay. He plays with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon, and has appeared regularly with Consortium since 2001, later joining its Board of Directors and serving on its Marketing Committee.

Patrick Horn has received numerous commissions, including one from Consortium Aurora Borealis for a special Baroque-inspired “La Folia” work for strings, organ, and synthesizer, composed in 2017 for Consortium’s milestone year, and being premiered at its 40th Anniversary Concert on March 2, 2019. Horn describes this work as “a journey through place, time and of course style, using both the older and newer versions of the la Folia theme. The two themes battle each other a bit toward the beginning but are unified and played simultaneously in variation form towards the end. The minimalist, celestial opening and ending are bookends striving for a timeless context to all the specific folia versions in between.”  Patrick includes a Spanish subsection because of La Folia’s possible origin in Spain, and uses an Arabic scale because of the Moorish influence in Spain. He reinterprets La Folia “to mean revelry in general with a bit of madness thrown in.” Argentinian tango and modern pop music also make brief appearances. Consortium is thrilled to have commissioned this exciting new work and to feature it in its anniversary concert!

Peter Cosbey

Cello

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.