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    Gaye Alcott's wide range of experience as a concert pianist, competitor, parent and teacher have provided a rich background from which she approaches her work. Her students consistently achieve distinction and awards in competitions and examinations, with many going on to have successful music careers. Born into a musical family, Gaye Alcott's passion for music began early. Her formal training began at the age of three with Isabella Montgomery and later, Edward Parker and Barbara Custance. She continued her studies with Dr. Dale Reubart and Dr. Robert Rogers at the University of British Columbia. She has also worked with Menahem Pressler and Marek Jablonski at the Banff Centre, and Dr. Reginald Stewart in Santa Barbara, California. Gaye Alcott made her recital debut at the age of 12 and began performing extensively as a young teenager. She has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including L'Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, CBC Vancouver Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, with whom she made her orchestral debut at the age of 15. As a child Gaye Alcott was a prizewinner in numerous competitions, earning her ARCT diploma and receiving many scholarships and awards, including two B.C. cultural grants. While raising her three children, Gaye Alcott continued to enjoy a rewarding career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Her performances have elicited enthusiastic reviews such as " poised and authoritative, immediately impressive for the clarity, bold assertion, expressive dynamic shading and brilliant tone she displayed" (Vancouver Sun); " Alcott amazes listeners with her power and dexterity" (Santa Barbara News-Press); "Glistening performance…a startling technique combined with intensity and warmth" (Kitchener-Waterloo Record).  Ms. Alcott has collaborated with many of North America's finest musicians and has performed in various summer festivals, including the Prince Albert Music Festival in Hawaii, Victoria International Festival, Hornby Festival, and Banff Summer Arts Festival. Gaye Alcott was a member of the Bachelor of Music faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver for over fifteen years before accepting a teaching position from Kauai Community College in Hawaii. She taught on the island of Kauai for several years before returning to Vancouver. In addition to being a distinguished teacher, Gaye Alcott is a sought-after adjudicator who has worked on behalf of numerous piano competitions.

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    Lesley Robertson
    A founding member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Canadian violist Lesley Robertson enjoys a busy career as  performer, teacher and director.  Worldwide the SLSQ (comprised of violinists Geoff Nuttall, Scott St. John, cellist Christopher Costanza, and Lesley on viola) performs more than 120 concerts each season with recent performances in Finland, Estonia, Belgium, German, and Italy.  2011/2012 takes them across North America, from New York to San Francisco, from Atlantic to Pacific Canada, as well as Western Europe, South America and a third cross-Australia tour. Though they regularly perform works from the standard string quartet repertoire, the SLSQ is also fervently committed to performing and expanding the works of living composers.  This season sees them performing a new work by longtime friend Osvaldo Golijov and a new concerto for string quartet and orchestra by John Adams with the San Francisco Symphony. Since 1998 the SLSQ has been Artists-in-Residence at Stanford University, where they teach an inspiring bevy of ridiculously intelligent and accomplished students, and perform regularly throughout the campus in traditional concert venues, student dormitories, law school classrooms, and laboratories. In addition to both performing and teaching, Lesley also directs the SLSQ’s  Emerging String Quartet program and the SLSQ’s annual Chamber Music Seminar, both at Stanford.  She also directed the SLSQ's 20th Anniversary Commissioning project, a Cross Canada ongoing endeavor which resulted in the creation of five new string quartets by Canadian composers.  Those works were performed both in Canada and abroad and led to the SLSQ's most recent CD release "Sea to Sea". Currently under an exclusive contract with EMI Classics, the SLSQ has received considerable critical acclaim for their recordings, including two Grammy nominations for Yiddishbbuk, a collection of works by the Argentinean-American composer Osvaldo Golijov; a JUNO Award, granted by the Canadian Academy for Arts and Sciences for Best Classical Album, and the coveted German critic’s award Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for their premiere recording of Robert Schumann Quartets. Recent recordings include the newly released Nonesuch recording of John Adams “String Quartet”, and a self- produced recording of Haydn and Dvorak quartets through the innovative ArtistShare label. After beginning their studies in Toronto, the dynamic  foursome heeded the siren call and co-founded the SLSQ with founding members Geoff Nuttall and Barry Shiffman, violinists; Marina Hoover on cello, and Lesley.  They continued their training in New York City with the Emerson, Juilliard, and Tokyo String Quartets while winning both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Young Concert Artists Audition. They then went on to critically acclaimed debuts in New York, Washington, DC, Paris, and beyond. Lesley has been profiled several times in The Strad magazine and performed many radio interviews with CBC Radio in Canada and other media outlets throughout her travels. Away from the concert stage, Lesley’s interests expand far beyond the viola.  She loves exploring the world with her ebullient daughter Kira; cycling and kayaking; and reading medical literature.  Her most recent favourite performance was playing for inmates at a women’s prison in Anchorage, Alaska.  

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