As Principal Guest Conductor of the NAC Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds is also an acclaimed violin virtuoso and is widely regarded for his creative flair for programming. In addition, he is Artistic Director of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra.
Storgårds’ award-winning discography includes recordings of works by Schumann, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, as well as rarities by Holmboe and Vask, which feature him as violin soloist. His most recent recording with the BBC Philharmonic comprises works by American avant-garde composer George Antheil.
Highlights of Storgårds’ 2019–2020 season include his return to the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, which includes the world premiere of the NAC co-commission Midnight Sun Variations by Finnish composer Outi Tarkiainen, and with whom he will embark on a major European tour this autumn. Following debut appearances last season with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden as well as his subscription debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the St Louis and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, Oslo Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin as well as Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien at the Konzerthaus in Vienna as well as on tour to Asia.Read full NAC bio ›
Violinist, conductor and composer Pekka Kuusisto is renowned for his artistic freedom and fresh approach to repertoire. Widely recognised for his flair in directing ensembles, Kuusisto is Artistic Partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He is also Artistic Director of the ACO Collective and Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Highlights of the 2019–2020 season include concerto appearances with the NDR Elbphilharmonie, Chicago and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestras, and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich where he is an artist “In Focus.” Kuusisto returns as violinist-director-conductor to the Tapiola Sinfonietta and is also the main guest artist for Amster-dam’s annual Prinsengrachtconcert.
The Finnish violinist is an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music. This season he will perform the world premieres of Nico Muhly’s and Enrico Chapela’s violin concertos, as well as performing other concertos written for him including Daníel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto, which we are hearing tonight, and Anders Hillborg’s Bach Materia. He made his debut with the NAC Orchestra in 2013 playing Magnus Lindberg’s Violin Concerto.
Uninhibited by conventional genre boundaries and noted for his innovative programming, Kuusisto’s recent projects have included collaborations with Hauschka and Kosminen, Dutch neurologist Erik Scherder, juggler Jay Gilligan and accordionist Dermot Dunne.
A native of Joliette but self-proclaimed Montrealer, violinist Marjolaine Lambert started her music studies at the age of four years old. She joined the studio of Johanne Arel and Raymond Dessaints at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and later went to McGill University to study with Denise Lupien At McGill, she took Mandarin as a minor which helped when she toured China as Principal Second Violin of the Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne.
Lambert then studied with Ani Kavafian at Yale University for her Master’s degree where she thrived as concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia and was the winner of the Woosley Concerto Competition. She was also the founding concertmaster of Novus NYC, an orchestra dedicated to new music.
She returned to McGill University to pursue a Doctorate of Music, with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and focused on the hyper-violin created by Pierre Boulez in his Anthèmes.
Marjolaine Lambert has performed as a soloist under conductors such as Yuli Turovsky, Peter Oundjian and Shinik Hahm, and as a chamber musician with Les Violons du Roy, I Musici and Arcos Chamber Orchestra.
She is thrilled to have been a member of the NAC Orchestra since September 2016.Read full NAC bio ›
Ian Cameron has made a career working where video and music intersect, from art installations, video projections, art direction and music videos, to live multicamera direction.
As a director, he has worked with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, I Musici de Montréal, Les Violons du Roy, the Concerto Della Donna choir, as well as other soloists and ensembles. The live concerts he has directed can be seen on CBC and Medici.tv. He has also worked with artists from Kendrick Lamar, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Patrick Watson and F*cked Up, to The Barr Brothers, and created video projections for many notable electronic acts.
In an effort to push his video projection work further, he became a founding member of Montreal band The National Parcs whose video-sample based “videomusic” was hailed as “totally original, and thoroughly invigorating” in a National Post review. His video, sound and light installations have been exhibited at The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche.
This is Ian Cameron’s sixth season working with the NAC Orchestra’s Casual Fridays series.
Tobi Hunt McCoy is enjoying another year as Season Stage Manager with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. In past seasons, McCoy stage managed the Lord of the Rings Symphony, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Christopher Plummer in 2001 and Colm Feore in 2014, and much of the Orchestra’s educational and Pops programming. In 2014, she co-produced the Pops show On the Air with Jack Everly for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, a show they produced in 2007 for the NAC Orchestra.
Additional professional duties have inclu-ded cheering on Luke and Princess Leia with Charlie Ross, Émilie Fournier and Erik Ochsner during the Star Wars Pops concert; dressing up in 1980’s finery for All Night Long – Music of the 80s; bracing the backstage doors against the almighty power of Richard Strauss, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the air conditioning system at Montreal’s La Maison Symphonique; providing air-guitar support during the Led Zeppelin tribute concert; and duck wrangling for the Mysterioso Pops concert.
She is excited to be back teaching English and Drama at Lisgar Collegiate.Read full NAC bio ›
Born in Midland, Ontario, August 24, 1981
Now living in Oakville, Ontario
Ian Cusson is a composer of art song, opera and orchestral work. Of Métis and French-Canadian descent, his work explores Canadian Indigenous experience including the history of the Métis people, the hybridity of mixed-racial identity, and the intersection of Western and Indigenous cultures. He studied composition with Jake Heggie (San Francisco) and Samuel Dolin, and piano with James Anagnoson at the Glenn Gould School. He was also mentored by Johannes Debus.
Cusson is the recipient of the Chalmers Professional Development Grant, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Award, and grants through the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. He was an inaugural Carrefour Composer with the National Arts Centre Orchestra from 2017–2019 and is Composer-in-Residence with the Canadian Opera Company for 2019–2021. He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers. He lives in Oakville with his wife and four children.
Born in Copenhagen, February 26, 1979
Now living near Reykjavik, Iceland, and Copenhagen
Iceland’s small size and sparse population belie the country's cultural riches. This land of volcanic eruptions, lava fields, glaciers and geysers holds the reputation, among other things, for the highest literacy rate in the world, so it is hardly surprising to discover that it also supports a thriving and variegated cultural life, especially in music. The pop singer Björk, the jazz fusion band Mezzoforte, and rock acts like The Sugarcubes, Sóley, Sigur Rós, and Of Monsters and Men keep Iceland in the international spotlight. In the realm of classical music, Iceland boasts its own Music Information Centre, an excellent symphony orchestra, and dozens of composers going back over a century, of which Daníel Bjarnason is currently one of the most famous.
Bjarnason (byarn-ah-sahn, accent on the third syllable) was born in Denmark to Icelandic parents. He studied piano, composition and conducting in Reykjavik, then undertook further studies at the University of Music in Freiburg, Germany. He is currently composer-in-residence at the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Formerly he held this position with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra from 2015 to 2018. Bjarnason’s catalogue is exceptionally eclectic, with music for orchestra (including several concerted works), chamber ensembles, chorus (a cappella and with orchestra), film, dance and an opera based on a movie (Brothers, premiered to great acclaim in Denmark in 2017).
Bjarnason forms part of a music collective founded in 2006 known as Bedroom Community, which includes musicians and composers from Iceland and abroad. Bedroom Community is also the name of what has been called “Iceland’s best record label,” which has dozens of titles in its catalogue. (Bjarnson’s music is on four of them.)
As a conductor, Bjarnason has led orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic (which has commissioned several of his works), the BBC Philharmonic, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, the Toronto Symphony and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. His works have been commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony, the Britten Sinfonia, violinist Jennifer Koh, So Percussion, the Dutch reed quintet Calefax, and the Calder Quartet. In addition, his versatility has led him to collaborations with numerous non-classical musicians and groups including Ben Frost, Sigur Rós and Brian Eno.