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  • Judith Fraser
    Judith Fraser received her training at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England where afterward she was principal cello with the London Festival Ballet. Returning to Vancouver, Ms. Fraser became a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra. A founding member of the Vancouver Cello Club - treasurer for 37 years - Judith was also a founding member/manager of the Baroque Strings of Vancouver. She played with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and was orchestra manager for 12 years. As a participant in the Banff Summer Residency programs, Ms. Fraser studied pedagogy with Aldo Parisot and gave master classes in Brisbane, Melbourne and Hobart for the Australian String Teachers Assn; La Pas Music School in La Pas, Mexico; Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, England, and the University of Ottawa. Together with John Kadz from Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, they organized 9 Cellofests at the Banff Centre with international master cellists. Judith Fraser is editor of the Vancouver Cello Club newsletter, and honorary life member of the VYSO Board, guest instructor in Nanaimo and Calgary, coach of VAM's Adult Cello Ensemble where she has served as a distinguished faculty member since 1972. Judith Fraser currently devotes her time to teaching and adjudicating.

    Judith Fraser

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    Jonathan Lo
    The winner of the 2006 Canadian National Music Festival Strings Competition, cellist Jonathan Lo has also captured top prizes at the Canadian Music Competition and young artist competitions sponsored by the Vancouver Academy of Music, Kiwanis Music Festival, and Burnaby Clef Festival. He has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Burnaby Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Academy Symphony Orchestra. Recently he performed the premiere of a completion of an unfinished Mozart piano trio movement with Robert Levin at the Sarasota Music Festival, and was one of seven cellists chosen to participate in the fourth Creative Dialogue Symposium in Sante Fe, NM where he worked and performed with Anssi Kartunnen. Mr. Lo is a tireless advocate of contemporary music; he is active in both Axiom and the New Juilliard Ensemble and during his time at Eastman he worked with esteemed composers such as Oliver Knussen, Shulamit Ran and David Liptak. Mr. Lo is also an avid chamber musician who has been in groups that have performed at Juilliard’s ChamberFest, in various Eastman Chamber Honors Concerts, and won second prize at the 2005 Canadian National Music Festival Chamber Competition. As an orchestral musician, he has been principal cellist of Eastman Philhamonia, Musica Nova, and Vancouver Academy Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan has performed in renowned halls such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully. He has participated in various music festivals such as Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota Music Festival, Heifetz Institute and Morningside Musicbridge. Mr. Lo has played in master classes given by Steven Isserlis, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Clive Greensmith, Timothy Eddy and Aldo Parisot and has received chamber music coaching from András Keller, Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, Joel Sminoff, James Dunham, Clive Greensmith, Robert Levin, Menahem Pressler, Peter Frankl and Charles Neidich. He began his studies with Audrey Nodwell at the Vancouver Academy of Music. Mr. Lo holds a Bachelor of Music degree with Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where his teachers were Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott and is currently pursuing his Master of Music at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick.

    Jonathan Lo

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