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(BMus: McMaster; MMus: UWO; PGDipl: Royal Northern College, UK)
Patricia Dydnansky currently holds the position of Second Flute & Piccolo with the Niagara Symphony and teaches at Brock University & Ridley College. She is also an active freelance musician, often playing with the Talisker Players, the Stratford Festival Orchestra, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony and Orchestra London. Patricia has a Bachelor of Music (Music History & Theory) from McMaster University, a Master of Music (Performance) from the University of Western Ontario and a Postgraduate Diploma (Performance) from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. Following her studies in England, she participated in the Professional Residency Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her teachers include Peter Lloyd, Patricia Morris, Paula Elliott, and Camille Churchfield, and she has participated in masterclasses with Geoffrey Gilbert, Jeanne Baxtresser, Wissam Boustany and Ian Clarke. Patricia has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the National Academy Orchestra of the Boris Brott Music Festival. Recent summer activities include teaching woodwinds at the Niagara Symphony Summer Camp and being an active participant in the Scottish International Flute Summer School, held in St. Andrew's, Scotland.
(Performer's Diploma: Franz Liszt Academy)
The Hungarian-born clarinetist Zoltan Kalman received his training at the Liszt Academy of Music. After graduation, he spent a year as principal clarinetist with the Hungarian State Orchestra, where he played under the baton of such luminaries as Sir George Solti, Giuseppe Patane and Leonard Bernstein. From 1983 to 1989, he served as principal with the Budapest Opera Orchestra. He was a founding member of one of Hungary's foremost wind quintets, Aquincum. His achievements in the musical field include second prize at the Prague International Clarinet Competition, and several awards with the Aquincum Wind Quintet. These include first prize in the 1986 International Chamber Winds Competition in Ancona, Italy, as well as the Jury's special award in the 1987 competition in Colmar, France. The French National Television produced a documentary program featuring the Quintet.In 1988 he received the Hungarian Cultural Ministry's award "Musician of the year". He had several solo and orchestra performances throughout Europe, including Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Since arriving in Canada in 1989, he has appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles in the area, including the Georgian Bay Symphony, Symphony Hamilton, Niagara Symphony, the Boris Brott Summer Music Festival Orchestra and the Gallery Players. He joined Trio Canada for a performance of the Weber Clarinet Quintet which was broadcast by Toronto's CJRT. Mr. Kalman is currently principal clarinetist with both the Niagara Symphony, Symphony Hamilton and appears regularly with the Brantford Symphony, Mississauga Opera Company and Scarborough Symphony. In collaboration with the Niagara Symphony and the St. Catharines based Carousel Players, he performed with the Theatre Company in Winnipeg, in the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Vancouver. In addition to his career as a musician, he also teaches clarinet, saxophone, Woodwind Techniques Course, conducts the University Wind Ensemble at Brock University in St. Catharines and teaches clarinet at McMaster University in Hamilton as well as Clarinet Performance Studies at University of Western Ontario in London. He coaches and conducts the woodwind section of the Niagara Youth Orchestra. October 2006 marked the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising, a defining moment in both Hungarian and Canadian history. Mr. Kalman was selected by the National Arts Centre as one of the 50 Hungarian-Canadians who have made singular contribution to Canada. His special portrait has become part of the permanent collection at the Portrait Gallery of Canada.
Born and raised in Calgary, Colin Maier graduated from the University of Calgary in 1997 with a degree in oboe performance studying with David Sussman. Colin is currently the oboist for the internationally renowned and critically acclaimed ensemble “Quartetto Gelato” playing 50-70 concerts a year. During that time he has been heard on national radio broadcasts, toured internationally, seen on the BRAVO network and received the 2010 INDIE award for best classical ensemble.
In 2012, Colin released his debut solo album “Advice From a Misguided Man”. Tracks from the album are currently being played on radio stations in 17 countries. It was given excellent reviews by Fanfare, WholeNote and American Record Guide and was featured on the cover of 2013 issues of the IDRS journal and Fanfare magazine. Colin will be releasing his second solo CD entitled “Fabulist” in June 2014.
In addition to oboe, Colin also plays clarinet, english horn, violin, 5-string banjo, acoustic/electric bass, piano, saxophone, flute, guitar and musical saw. With these other instruments, Colin has played in many independent rock, ska, folk and jazz bands that include; The Jive Mommas, High Strung, The Fabulous Doo-Wop Boys, The Plaid Tongued Devils, Sonshine and Broccoli and Full Fathom Five. In 2002, he was a featured Jazz oboist at the International Double Reed Festival where he performed and conducted a jazz master class.
In addition to being a musician, Colin has also worked for over 20 years as a dancer, actor, stuntman, singer, choreographer, acrobat and martial-artist. Colin had the honor of playing the devil fiddler in the flying blue canoe for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies.” Colin had also been seen in; “Lord of the Rings” (Mirvish), Fire (CanStage), “Forbidden Phoenix” (LKTYP), “KA” (Cirque du Soleil), “Amadeus” (Alberta Theatre Projects), “That Dance Show” (Saltance Productions), “Cats” (Neptune Theatre), Joseph’sDreamcoat (StageWest/Drayton), “A Chorus Line” (StageWest), SarahBrightman’s World Tour, and TV’s “Honey I Shrunk the Kids!”.
For more info, please visit www.colinmaier.com