Musicians and Artists of 2020

Holly Duff ~ piano

Holly Duff received her Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Western Ontario, and an Associate of the Victoria Conservatory of music in Piano Pedagogy. Holly’s principal mentors have been current principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Dr. Peter Simon, Jean-Paul Bracey in London, and Dr. Robin Wood of Victoria.

Holly has performed as a soloist in various parts of Canada, and now, in Vancouver, focuses her performances on her first love – chamber music. Holly is interested in discovering and promoting the work of women composers. She has also had a life long passion for storytelling! For many years, she has used storytelling in her music and movement classes which she has taught in two provinces. On stage, she has combined music with storytelling in original children’s concerts.

Holly currently teaches preschool Orff music classes and is a sought-after piano teacher as well as adjudicator and master class clinician. She teaches for the Langley Community Music School, the Jean Lyons School of Music and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music.

Holly is a founding director and has been a pianist with West Coast Chamber Music since 1993.

Holly Duff ~ piano

Alan Crane ~ piano

Alan Crane received his Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Western Ontario, and his Master of Music from the University of British Columbia. Alan’s principal teachers have been the renowned British pianist, Peter Katin, as well as Robert Rogers of the University of British Columbia. Alan is currently active as a chamber musician, accompanist, teacher, master class clinician, adjudicator and Royal Conservatory of Music piano examiner. He maintains a busy teaching schedule through a private studio, at the Langley Community Music School as well as at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music where he recently completed a term as piano department head. 

Alan is a founding director and has been a pianist with West Coast Chamber Music since 1993.

Alan Crane ~ piano

Monica Pfau ~ piano

An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, pianist Monica Pfau has performed on a variety of stages across North America and Europe. She has recorded for the CBC Vancouver Orchestra under Mario Bernadi, with the VSO under Kazuyoshi Akiyama, for the National Film Board of Canada, and has been a frequent performer on CBC Radio’s “Westcoast Performance.”

Monica’s early studies were with Dr. Robin Wood at the UVic School of Music. Top of her graduating class, she was presented with the prestigious Victoria Medal. She went on to win numerous national grants and awards, including the Royal Conservatory Performer’s ARCT Gold Medal, and a German Academic Exchange Scholarship to the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich in 1986. She accepted an appointment as Accompanist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre, where she performed with a number of renowned artists such as Janos Starker and the Fine Arts String Quartet. Later, as a student of Jane Coop at the University of British Columbia, Monica completed her Master’s degree and won First Prize in the UBC Concerto Competition. She subsequently accepted a Doctoral Fellowship from the UBC Faculty of Music.

Active as a teacher, adjudicator and performer, Monica was on the faculties of both the VSO School of Music and Place des Arts in Coquitlam. Currently, she is working as a collaborative pianist at the University of Victoria.

Monica has performed with West Coast Chamber Music since 2015.

Monica Pfau ~ piano

Angela Cavadas ~ violin

Angela Cavadas is a distinguished violinist who has been the recipient of many major awards, including First Prize of the CBC Young Artist Competition at the age of 19. Renowned violinists Steven Staryk and Ruggiero Ricci were among the mentors in her musical training. She has worked with musicians such as John Eliot Gardiner, Mario Bernardi, and Monica Hugget, to name a few. She is Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Chilliwack Symphony and the newly formed Sea to Sky Orchestra, and also works extensively with the Vancouver Symphony and Vancouver Chamber Choir. Angela teaches for the University Transfer Program at Douglas College and gives private instruction in both violin and piano at the Arts Connection in Steveston. From time to time she’s even been known to play a little Greek music, in keeping with her heritage!

Angela has performed with West Coast Chamber Music since 1995.

Angela Cavadas ~ violin

Roger Mangas ~ Viola

Violist Roger Mangas began his musical training in Indiana.  Accepting a Graduate Fellowship from the University of Victoria, he later went on to study violin with Paul Kling (concertmaster, Vienna Symphony) and viola with Jaroslav Karlovsky (Prague String Quartet, Czech Philharmonic).  Roger graduated with a Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Victoria where he was also winner of the Concerto Competition.  Further studies were with William Primrose, and Josef Kodousek (Vlach String Quartet) while attending an international chamber music institute in Sweden, and also with the Fine Arts String Quartet (USA) while on scholarship at the Banff International School of the Arts.

Recipient of numerous awards in both solo & chamber music competitions, Roger has performed on CBC Radio and television and has toured extensively both with his string and piano quartets, as well as in recital with his wife, pianist Monica Pfau. A longtime member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Roger has also freelanced with the Vancouver Symphony, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, as a violist for movie soundtracks, as well as for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  A great enthusiast for chamber music, he currently enjoys an active performing & teaching career, and has maintained successful teaching studios in both Vancouver & Coquitlam (Place des Arts) over the last 25 years.  

Roger has performed with West Coast Chamber Music since 2009.

Roger Mangas ~ Viola

Rebecca Wenham ~ cello

Cellist Rebecca Wenham’s performances have been described as “silken, highly refined” (the Globe and Mail) as well as having “extraordinary commitment and maturity” (La Gazette). Her animated playing style is often surprising, dramatic and impulsive, leaving a breathless audience on the edge of their seats. She has performed across North America, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia. As a member of the Cecilia String Quartet she has won prizes in the Osaka, Rutenberg, Bordeaux and Banff International String Quartet Competitions, and was a CBC Galaxie Rising Star in 2007. Rebecca has collaborated with many composers including Common Sense Composers Collective, Ana Sokolovic, Gilbert Amy, Kelly-Marie Murphy and William Bolcom. She recently premiered a new work for solo cello and chamber orchestra by Owen Underhill, The Curio Box, commissioned by Vancouver New Music. In May 2016, Music on Main will present Rebecca in a program of solo cello exploring works that highlight divergent musical styles, from classical to music by jazz cellist Peggy Lee and rock violinist Sarah Neufeld.

A member of Microcosmos Quartet since 2011, an ensemble committed to performing music of the last 100 years (or so), she presents programs in intimate settings such as private homes, art galleries, clubs and small halls. Microcosmos Quartet held its inaugural string orchestra mentorship program, the Kessler Academy, in September. Rebecca was recently named principal cello of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Her projects have been generously funded by the Canada Council, the BC Arts Council and ProQuartet. She holds degrees from the HARID Conservatory of Music, and from Rice, San Diego State and McGill Universities. When not playing her cello, Becky likes to get crafty, occasionally gluing, stapling, sewing, knitting or nailing things together, hopefully not her fingers.

Rebecca has played with West Coast Chamber Music since 2012.

Rebecca Wenham ~ cello

Ingrid Chiang ~ Bassoon

Ingrid Chiang is a Taiwanese-born Canadian, who immigrated to Vancouver, Canada at the age of 15. She began piano at age 5 and bassoon at age 12 in Taiwan, and continued her studies after arriving in Canada. Later, Ingrid studied bassoon at the University of British Columbia with Jesse Read, and then at the Academy of Music with Christopher Millard, now the principal bassoonist of the National Art Centre Orchestra.

Currently, Ingrid is a faculty member at the Vancouver Academy of Music as well as at the University of British Columbia. She enjoys occasionally adjudicating competitions, and teaching bassoon master classes.

Ingrid won the debut CBC Radio competition and performed in the Young Concert Artists Series which launched a successful performing career. Her playing has taken her across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia with a particularly rewarding exclusive six-month engagement with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur. She has made various CD’s and numerous recordings for radio. Ingrid is currently performing her seventeenth season with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and is an active free-lance musician in the Vancouver area.

Ingrid performed with West Coast Chamber Music in 2001.

Ingrid Chiang ~ Bassoon

Ross Curran ~ multi-instrumentalist

Ross Curran is an accomplished musician and teacher. Ross is the recipient of an Outstanding musician Award from the National Association of Jazz Educators and has performed in the masterclasses of Nick Fiore, Marcel Moyse and Louis Moyse. He has performed for 22 years with the Preservation of Swing Big Band and other Big Bands, plays regularly with the Telemann Wedding Trio, the Ross Curran Jazz Trio and the Mendelssohn Flute Trio.

Ross teaches woodwind lessons at his studio in Vancouver, the Langley Community Music School and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. He works regularly as a clinician and coach with high school and young professional groups of musicians.

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Ross Curran ~ multi-instrumentalist

Angela Brown ~ inter-disciplinary artist

Angela Brown  has degrees in Visual Art, dance and theatre. She is a professional storyteller, clown, dancer, actor and educator and she is known for the The Ta Daa Lady Show. She tours all over B.C. with this show (clown, mime, tap dance, puppets and songs from her CD -Ta Daa Lady & her Puppets) and with the Nylon Zoo (a series of unique and colorful inflatable sculptures and a variety of  costumes – animals, plants and flowers for parades and dances). She is a member of Historical Performance Ensemble – Baroque and Renaissance dance, music and theatre. Ms. Brown has had extensive experience as a writer, director and performer for historical shows for B.C. historical parks and she is a teacher with Art Starts in the Schools. Most recently she is directing and choreographing three events at the Vancouver art gallery in regard to an exhibition that will be at Gallery starting November 30th, 2015 ‘Between Object and Action’.  

Angela has collaborated with West Coast Chamber Music as a storyteller, dancer and puppeteer since 2006. This year, they are touring Metro Vancouver schools with Peter & the Wolf.
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Angela Brown ~ inter-disciplinary artist