Flutist Doris Dungan has been active in the Thunder Bay classical music scene for over four decades. Originally from Pennsylvania, she earned her B.Mus. (with High Distinction) and M.Mus. degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As Assistant Professor of flute at the University of Southern Mississippi, she was honoured with the Excellence in Teaching Award. While based in the southern U.S., Doris performed extensively as principal flutist of orchestras in Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama and appeared as soloist with the New Orleans Pops Orchestra and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Symphony. She also toured the region giving solo recitals and as a member of the Southern Arts Baroque Trio. Ms. Dungan has performed at two National Flute Association Conventions, and has furthered her studies by participating in master classes with Marcel Moyse, William Bennett, Julius Baker and others. While a core member of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra from 1980 to 2021, Doris Dungan was featured as flute or piccolo soloist on each of the TBSO’s subscription series. She has been heard nationally in recital on CBC radio, and regularly performs with Consortium Aurora Borealis, Southampton (Pennsylvania) Chamber Music Society, and Tamarack Wind Quintet. She is also one half of Duo Adelphi, along with her harpist sister Cheryl Dungan Cunningham. Doris teaches flute at Lakehead University, and maintains a private teaching studio.
Harpsichordist Elizabeth Ganiatsos, Artistic Director of Thunder Bay’s Consortium Aurora Borealis since its founding in 1979, is a native of Toronto, holds an Honour B.A. in Music History from U of Toronto, and an A.M. from Harvard, where she also completed Ph.D. coursework in Musicology. Throughout her academic career she received numerous awards and scholarships, and was named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in 1970.
She has performed in early music groups, chamber ensembles, and orchestras in Toronto, Boston, Thunder Bay, and Waterloo, concentrating on harpsichord, organ, viola, and mediaeval and Renaissance instruments. She taught strings in the schools, lectured on Mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque music history at Lakehead University, and played viola in the TBSO for 24 years. She studied harpsichord under Eric Lussier, with whom she gave several duo performances of Bach double concertos.
Elizabeth delights in researching and assembling historically-themed concert programmes, and enjoys her frequent collaborations with virtuoso violinist Jeremy Bell. Venice, Italy is the city of her dreams, where she has performed early Venetian music on several historic 18th-century organs, including in concert with Jeremy Bell. Elizabeth has worked under the guidance of the organist of the Basilica of San Marco, Roberto Micconi, whose 2003 month-long Canadian concert tour she organized. She was the recipient of a City of Thunder Bay Cultural Achievement Award. In 2012 she was elected to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in her home riding in Toronto, in recognition of her contribution to Thunder Bay’s cultural life.
Piano Trio: Violin, Cello, Piano
With a third JUNO win this year, the Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios, garnering acclaim and impressing international audiences with its highly refined, dynamic and memorable performances. With a repertoire that ranges from traditional to contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.
Creative innovators with an appetite for discovery and new ideas, Gryphon Trio has commissioned over 85 new works and frequently collaborates on projects that push the boundaries of Classical music. Christos Hatzis’ multimedia work Constantinople – produced by the Gryphon Trio in partnership with Banff Centre, Tapestry New Opera, Ex Machina, and Music Toronto – continues to enrapture audiences in venues such the Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio.
The Trio tours regularly throughout North America and Europe and enjoys longstanding relationships with organizations such as Music Toronto, Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and Festival of the Sound. Triple concertos have allowed performances with major orchestras including NACO Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and San Francisco symphonies and tours with smaller orchestras such as the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra.
The Gryphon’s prolific recording catalogue includes over 23 releases on the Analekta, Naxos, and other labels, and is an encyclopedia of works for the genre. Honours include thirteen nominations, three Juno Awards for Classical Album of the Year, Opus Magazine Album of the Year, and the prestigious 2013 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Deeply committed to community engagement, education and the development of next generation audiences and performers alike, the Gryphons conduct masterclasses and workshops at universities and conservatories, and are Artists-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and Trinity College. Since 2010, The Trio’s ground-breaking outreach program, Listen Up!, has inspired and engaged 16 Canadian communities to collaborate on large-scale multi-faceted arts creation projects. The Trio has lead Orford Music’s Piano Trio Workshop since 2013. In 2020, The Trio will direct the classical music summer program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Gryphon cellist Roman Borys is Artistic and Executive Director of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society. Annalee Patipatanakoon and Jamie Parker serve as OCMS’ Artistic Advisors in addition to their responsibilities at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, where Mr. Parker is the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance and Ms. Patipatanakoon is Associate Professor of Violin and Head of Strings.