NAC Institute of Orchestral Studies apprentices perform a special chamber concert on January 15 in the Fourth Stage of the National Arts Centre

Five Institute of Orchestral Studies (IOS) apprentices perform in a special chamber concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday January 15, 2012 in the Fourth Stage of National Arts Centre. Performing music by Mozart, Ravel, and Dvořák are apprentices Emily Nenninger, violin (24, Calgary), Teodora Dimova, violin (21, Vancouver), Chensi Tang, viola (21, China), Jungin “Sunny” Yang, cello (26, South Africa), and Travis Harrison, bass (23, Toronto). The IOS members have been prepared by NAC Orchestra coaches Yosuke Kawasaki (Concertmaster) and Joel Quarrington (Principal Bass). Tickets for the concert are $5 and all proceeds go to the Institute of Orchestral Studies.

Astral Media is proud to support the young artists performing in these concerts.

The program is as follows:
MOZART        Divertimento in D major, K 136
DVOŘÁK      Quintet in C major, Op. 77 

The NAC Institute for Orchestral Studies is now in its fifth year. Established under the guidance of NAC Orchestra Music Director Pinchas Zukerman, the IOS is an apprenticeship program designed to prepare highly talented young musicians for successful orchestral careers, and is funded by the National Arts Centre Foundation through the National Youth and Education Trust. During selected main series weeks of the 2011-2012 season, the five apprentices rehearse and perform with the NAC Orchestra.


Emily Nenniger
Violinist Emily Nenniger graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory in 2011 with a Masters of Music (Chamber Music) where she received a Bachelor of Music (Performance) in 2009. A winner of numerous competitions and scholarships, Emily has studied with Ian Swenson, Mark Sokol, William van der Sloot, and during the National Arts Centre’s Young Artists Program with Pinchas Zukerman. Festivals and summer programs have included the Fontainebleau Festival (France) Banff Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Mozarteum in Salzburg, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the NAC’s Young Artists Program (2004-2006).

Teodora Dimova
Violinist Teodora Dimova is currently studying at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University where she is completing her third year of a Baccalaureate Degree in Performance as a student of Denise Lupien. In 2007 and 2008, she was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and in 2009-2011, she performed in the Orchestre de la francophonie. Teodora was Concertmaster of the Vancouver Youth Orchestra in 2008, and has performed in masterclasses for Jonathan Crow, Yaela Hearts and Minchho Minchev.

Chensi Tang
Violist Chensi Tang is currently a student of Patty Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music. She is a graduate of the Middle School of the Central Conservatory in Beijing where she was a student of Mr. Changhai Wang. Chensi has performed in masterclasses for Kim Kashkasian, Roberto Diaz and the Takacs String Quartet. As one of the winners of the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, she will have the chance to perform the Bartok Viola Concerto with Orchestra in the coming year. This summer, Chensi will return to the Young Artists Program at the National Arts Centre and will also attend the Kneisal Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Maine.

Jungin “Sunny” Yang
Cellist Sunny Yang graduated from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in 2002, and has obtained a Bachelor of Music and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in 2006, a Postgraduate Performance Diploma from Royal Northern College (U.K.) in 2008 and a Masters of Music from the University of Southern California in 2010. She is currently pursuing an Education Graduate Certificate at USC. Her teachers have been Ralph Kirshbaum and Steven Doane. She has peformed as principal cello in the orchestras at USC, Royal Northern College, Eastman School, and Interlochen. From 2006-2008 she was an apprentice in the BBC Halle Orchestra’s Professional Access Scheme, and was on the teaching faculty at Vermont’s Yellow Barn for their 2010 Young Artists Program.

Travis Harrison
Travis Harrison is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree (performance) at the University of Ottawa, where he is a student of NAC Orchestra principal bass Joel Quarrington. In 2010, Travis graduated in the top 10% of his class with a Bachelor of Music degree at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. He has performed as principal and co-principal bass with the Crested Butte Music Festival Orchestra, McGill Symphony Orchestra, the Banff Festival Orchestra, and the Interregional Youth Symphony Orchestra in Baden Württemberg, Germany. Travis was a member of the Young Artists Program at the National Arts Centre in 2009 and 2011.

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Information:  Gerald Morris
Communications Officer, NAC Music
613-947-7000, ext. 335