Artists

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 Steveston Arts Connection.

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. Many of her performances have been featured on CBC Radio’s “Westcoast Performance” and she has recorded for the CBC Vancouver Orchestra under Mario Bernadi, the National Film Board of Canada and most recently, for the Australian feature film “Bloodshot Heart”.

Monica’s early studies were with Dr. Robin Wood at the UVic School of Music where, as top of her graduating class, she was awarded the prestigious Victoria Medal. She went on to win numerous national grants and honours, including the ARCT Performer’s Gold Medal and a German Academic Exchange Scholarship to the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. A highlight of her early career was her work as Accompanist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre, where she was able to perform with internationally 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, resulting in her orchestral debut under Kazuyoshi Akiyama. 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

Markus Masaites ~ Piano

Markus Masaites is a pianist and interpreter recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of Dr. Corey Hamm. Previous to his University studies, Markus developed his musicianship under the tutelage of Ms. Jean Brown. During his time with Ms. Brown, Markus had numerous successes in competitions and exams including 1st place at the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association Provincials, and most notably, receiving the Gold Medal for the Highest ARCT exam mark in Canada for the year 2016. He also is very involved in his music community hosting and playing in charity fundraiser concerts.

During his time at UBC, he founded the Genesis Trio alongside Violist Nina Weber and Clarinetist Jonathan Lopez. In summer 2019, the Genesis Trio traveled to El Paso Texas to present interactive performances for hundreds of youth. They then proceeded to New York and took part in Ensemble Connect’s Audience Engagement Intensive program at Carnegie Hall. Travel for music education has also taken him to the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg and Perugia Italy for Musicfest Perugia where he played with orchestra. Outside of the practice room, (a rare occurrence), Markus can’t get enough of skiing, coffee and petting his cats.

Markus Masaites ~ Piano

Angela Cavadas ~ Violin

Angela Cavadas was the recipient of numerous awards early in her musical life, most notably winning First Prize in the CBC Young Artists Competition at the age of 19.

Renowned violinists Steven Staryk and Ruggiero Ricci were major mentors in her training. Over the course of her distinguished and varied career, she has worked with many outstanding instrumentalists and conductors and has participated in numerous concerts, many of which were broadcast nationally.

She has enjoyed the diversity of performing as a soloist and in chamber music concerts, as well as playing for opera, ballet, musical theatre, film recording, and folk dance troupes.

Angela was Acting Concertmaster of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra [VOO] for the 2017-18 music season and currently continues in her role as Associate Concertmaster.

In addition to her work with VOO, she has performed regularly with the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Chamber Choir, and Chilliwack Symphony, and will soon be entering her 26th season with West Coast Chamber Music.

Angela is the violin instructor for the Bachelor of Music Transfer Program at Douglas College. She also teaches violin and piano privately and for the Arts Connection in Steveston.

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

Isabelle Roland ~Viola

Isabelle is a native of Canada, but grew up dividing her time between Paris and Vancouver. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria where she studied with Jaroslav Karlovsky, she then obtained her Masters in Performance at the Cleveland Institute where she was a student of Heidi Castleman, Lynne Ramsey Irvine and Robert Vernon.

From 1990 to 2001, Isabelle was assistant principal viola of the Victoria Symphony. During her time with the V.S.O., Isabelle performed as a soloist including performances under the baton of Yehudi Menuhin. She also helped found the Savitri Quartet, and has performed on C.B.C. radio both as a member of the Savitri Quartet, and in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Susan Platts. From 1996-1998, Isabelle served as assistant principal with the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado.

Since settling permanently in Vancouver in 2002, Isabelle has appeared as a soloist with Lions Gate Sinfonia and the West Coast Symphony. Currently, Isabelle is principal viola with Lions Gate Sinfonia, is Assistant Principal of the Vancouver Opera, and also plays with the Vancouver Symphony.

As well as juggling a busy performing career, Isabelle joins her love of music and children by teaching violin and viola at the Vancouver Academy of Music where she heads the viola department. She is currently on the board of the Canadian Viola Society where she continues to promote all things ‘viola”. Isabelle joyfully cares for her two sons, Nicholas and Kai, with husband, Steve Mason.

Isabelle has performed with West Coast Chamber Music since 2008.

Isabelle Roland ~Viola

Jonathan Lo ~ Cello

Canadian cellist Jonathan Lo has performed in venues such as Alice Tully Hall and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Canadian Opera Company, Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Paleis Het Loo. He has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, and the Burnaby Symphony. His chamber music collaborators have included Robert Levin, Dasol Kim, Louis Schwizgebel, Georgy Tchaidze, Geoff Nuttall and the late Lynn Harrell; additionally he has worked closely with composers such as Osvaldo Golijov, Oliver Knussen, and Shulamit Ran.

From 2013 to 2020, he was the founding cellist of the Rolston String Quartet, winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Cleveland Quartet Award. Praised for their “maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world” (Musical Toronto), they performed throughout North America, Europe, and Israel, in such concert halls as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Koerner Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Esterhazy Palace.

Jonathan has given masterclasses at the University of Toronto, University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and La Jolla SummerFest. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, as well as fellowships from the Glenn Gould School and the Yale School of Music. His major teachers include Norman Fischer, Desmond Hoebig, Andrés Díaz, Joel Krosnick, Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliott, and Audrey Nodwell.

Jonathan Lo ~ Cello

Roger Cole ~ Oboe

Roger Cole was appointed Principal Oboist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama in 1976. At age 22, he was the youngest principal player of the VSO. He recently retired from the VSO as the oldest principal player. From 1976-2008 he was also the principal oboist of the CBC Radio Orchestra.

Mr. Cole received his early musical training in Seattle, Washington and went on to become a scholarship student at Yale University and The Juilliard School where he studied with the renowned American oboist, Robert Bloom. He has participated in the summer music festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, and Marlboro. He has recently taught, conducted and performed at the Marrowstone Music Festival (Bellingham, Wa.) and the PRISMA Music Festival (Powell River, BC). He performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared as soloist with the VSO and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra many times. He has recorded a CD for CBC Records with his VSO colleague, pianist Linda Lee Thomas entitled “The Expressive Oboe”. From 1998-2012 he was the principal oboist of the Carmel Bach Festival in California.

Mr. Cole teaches at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Academy of Music and the VSO School of Music He has given master class across N. America and in Asia. He also has an active oboe studio at his home in N. Vancouver. In June 2003, Mr. Cole was named Music Director and Senior Orchestra Conductor of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. Under his guidance the VYSO has flourished and is considered to be one of the finest Youth Orchestras in Canada. The VYSO has performed many times alongside the VSO under Maestro Bramwell Tovey.

Roger Cole performed with West Coast Chamber Music in 2019.

Roger Cole ~ Oboe

Michelle Anderson ~ Clarinet

Michelle Anderson is a professional performer and teacher who currently plays regularly with a variety of musical groups including the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Lion’s Gate Sinfonia and the Vancouver Wind Quintet.

In July 2015, Michelle was a featured soloist at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in San Jose, CA. Her performance of the Ticheli Clarinet Concerto, with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, is now available on CD from Mark Custom  Recording. She was also a member of the Turning Point Ensemble cross-Canada tour in October of 2015.

Michelle studied music at the University of Toronto, and the Aspen Music School. She is founder of Clarinet Mentors, an on-line educational website for clarinetists worldwide. Her YouTube channel, which is designed to help clarinet players play more easily, has been viewed by more than 800,000 clarinetists worldwide. (www.youtube.com/clarinetmentors)

Michelle’s upcoming performances can be found at: http://www.vancouverclarinetlessons.com/page2/News_and_Events.html

Michelle has performed with West Coast Chamber Music since 2004.

Michelle Anderson ~ Clarinet

Laurel Spencer ~ French Horn

Laurel received her BMus at the University of Victoria and MMus at Mannes College in New York City studying with Philip Myers, Principal Horn of the NY Philharmonic. She has played principal horn with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra since 1994 and performs with many groups around Vancouver including the UBC Opera, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Vancouver Wind Quintet. Laurel enjoys private teaching and coaching chamber groups and is on the faculty of the VSO School of Music.

Laurel last performed with West Coast Chamber Music in 2016.

Laurel Spencer ~ French Horn

Ingrid Chiang ~ Bassoon

Ingrid Chiang was that little kid who loved to perform – to be the centre of attention, to get up on stage and tell stories through music, to bask in the approval of her proud parents in the audience. She grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and joined a choir at 4, began piano at 5. In Grade 3 she had to choose an orchestral instrument to learn as well. She tried violin (until her dad complained it sounded like a “cat getting skinned.”) Eventually, her Mom suggested that “beautiful long instrument” – the bassoon. Ingrid found her voice! At 15, she immigrated with her family to Vancouver and the music lessons continued. Ingrid received her BMus from UBC and played bassoon and piano with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for five years. 

Today she’s a veteran of the Vancouver music scene – that love of being in the spotlight continues! She’s been Principal Bassoon of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra for over 20 years, is in her 10th season with the adventurous Turning Point Ensemble, serves on faculty at UBC, is a mentor for local amateur orchestras and is in constant demand as a studio musician; Ingrid has performed with West Coast Chamber Music since 2001.

She’s also a fashion maven and a fitness freak. Over a decade ago, Ingrid had breast cancer. The survival rate was 10 per cent. The invasive treatments saved her life, but weakened her body. She found a gym with a cross-trek regimen that helped her regain her health and stamina and gave her the strength to support the hours of practicing, rehearsals and concerts that a professional musician endures. She’s now training other musicians to improve both their physical and mental fitness.

I’m constantly learning something new – I want my students, my family and my friends to see and hear music in any genre as part of everyday life, part of basic education and a way to express oneself. I’m very lucky.

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.

Visit Ross Curran’s website

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 has taught with Art Starts in the Schools and has directed and choreographed events at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Angela has collaborated with West Coast Chamber Music as a storyteller, dancer and puppeteer since 2006. Currently, they are touring Metro Vancouver schools with Peter & the Wolf.

Visit Angela Brown’s website

Angela Brown ~ inter-disciplinary artist