Recently named the winner of the 2019-2020 Prix Goyer ($125,000), flutist Lara Deutsch is a versatile soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician with a passion for connecting with audiences. A strong competitor, Lara was a first prize winner of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s 2014 Manulife Competition, at which she was awarded a total of seven prizes, including the Stingray Music Audience Award. Additionally, she was the Grand Prize Winner of both the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition (2014) and the Canadian Music Competition (2010), as well as a laureate of the Concours Prix d’Europe (2016).
Lara is currently based in the Ottawa-Montreal area, where she performs regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (of which she acted as Assistant Principal Flute & Piccolo for the 2016-17 season), the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Banff Festival Orchestra, and the Orchestre de la francophonie, among others. She has also had the pleasure of appearing as a soloist with numerous ensembles, notably with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra.
Ludovik Lesage-Hinse currently holds the position of second clarinet with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. He is often invited as an extra for many orchestras in Ontario and Quebec, including the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He is also a musician for the Canadian Armed Forces. As a soloist, Ludovik was invited to perform with Montreal’s I Musici Chamber Music Orchestra and with the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières Orchestra.
A dedicated educator, Ludovik now teaches at Collège Lionel-Groulx, at École des Petits chanteurs de Trois-Rivières and at La Découverte High School in Saint-Léonard d’Aston, while also offering lessons in his private studio. He has taught at the Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay and the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières.
Ludovik holds a master’s degree in both saxophone and clarinet from the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec. He also obtained a certificate for advanced studies in saxophone in 2016. His outstanding work at the Conservatory earned him a career development scholarship of $10,000 from the Conservatory’s Foundation. He later perfected his craft with Alain Desgagné and received a Graduate Diploma in Performance from McGill University in 2017. His principal teachers are Claude Brisson, Gilles Carpentier, Alain Desgagné, Dorvalino De Melo, Stéphane Fontaine, Mark Simons and Kimball Sykes.
Darren Hicks joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2018/19 season as Associate Principal Bassoon. Prior to his appointment to the Toronto Symphony, Mr. Hicks was a Fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, for three seasons. At the New World Symphony, Mr. Hicks was able to marry his zeal for performance and sharing his passion for classical music through lecture recitals and one-on-one audience member conversations. He was a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra (Verbier, Switzerland) from 2013 to 2015, where he worked with world-renowned conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Daniel Harding. He has also been privileged to perform with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), working with conductors Trevor Pinnock, Pinchas Zukerman, and Alexander Shelley.
In 2016, Mr. Hicks was named to the CBC’s “Hot 30 under 30” list of classical musicians. In 2014/15 Mr. Hicks was a participant in the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at The Glenn Gould School (Toronto), a fellowship program made possible by the Rebanks Family and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Other recent accolades include the Dean’s Prize at Yale University’s 2014 Commencement, the Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Prize (awarded to the student displaying the highest level of excellence in woodwind playing) from the Yale School of Music, and the 2012 National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Prize.
Having begun his bassoon studies at the age of 12 in his hometown of Middleton, Nova Scotia, Mr. Hicks pursued his passion for music at Yale University and the University of Ottawa, where he studied with principal teachers Frank Morelli and Christopher Millard (bassoon), Joan Panetti (musicianship), and David Shifrin (chamber music).
Darren plays on a bassoon made in Canada by Bell Bassoons Ltd.
A native of South Korea, Yewon Kim is an oboist currently living in Montreal, Canada who achieved a master's degree at McGill University Schulich School of Music in 2019 under the tutelage of Theodore Baskin. She received her Bachelor of Music from SangMyung University, Seoul in 2012 with renowned oboist Soo-Keum Kim. As a soloist, Yewon performed with the Seoul Wind Orchestra in the Jeju International Wind Festival. She is a passionate orchestral performer as well as a Chamber musician. Yewon has performed with Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Young Philharmonic Orchestra, and Suwon Philharmonic. Yewon was a member of the Janinto Ensemble and toured and recorded four chamber music albums. As a student, Yewon has performed in masterclass for world-renowned performers including, Albrecht Mayer, Eugene Izotov, Nathan Hughes and Maurice Bourgue. She has devoted an important part of her activities to chamber music since 2018. She is presently a member of Ensemble Trapèze and Ensemble Les Étoiles. In addition, Mrs. Kim has served on the oboe faculty at Yamaha Music School in Incheon and the Vancouver Academy of music the VCMA.
Ever since he picked up the French horn in High School, Olivier Brisson has been extremely passionate about his instrument. He pursued classical music as a career and completed his B.Mus. from the University of Ottawa in 2015 studying under both Daniel Gress and Lawrence Vine (NACO Principal Horn). He then attended the Glenn Gould School of Music under Gabriel Radford (TSO).
Mr. Brisson is an alum of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2012-13), the NYO Canada/India exchange program (2013) and the National Arts Centre Young Artists Program (2014).
Mr. Brisson is currently a member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Bel Canto Wind Quintet and since May 2018, he is Principal Horn of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Brisson is a frequent additional musician with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.