Trio Fibonacci made its first appearance on the Canadian music scene in 1998, with the press reporting that “to hear them is to enter into the world of miracles” (Le Devoir, Montreal). The Trio has been guided by some of the world’s most respected chamber musicians, including Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio), Eberhard Feltz and Michael Vogler, as well as members of the Alban Berg, Guarneri and Vermeer String Quartets.
The Trio benefits from a brilliant international reputation, which brought them to perform in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Japan, the United States, South Africa and many European countries.
The Trio Fibonacci is one of the few piano trios recognized for its brilliant and inspired interpretations of contemporary repertoire as well as their passionate rendering of classical and romantic masterpieces. Since their beginning, they have premiered over fifty pieces from Canadian composers and have worked with many renowned international composers such as Pascal Dusapin, Henri Pousseur, Mauricio Kagel and Jonathan Harvey.
Julie-Anne Derome, violin
Winner of the prestigious 2003 Virginia Parker Prize of the Canada Council for the Arts, given to underline her innovative contribution to contemporary Canadian music, Julie-Anne Derome studied with Christopher Rowland at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK, as well as with Mitchell Stern and members of the Emerson String Quartet in the USA.
Early on, she gained recognition through her success in various competitions: she was awarded a special prize at the 1992 Yehudi Menuhin Competition in Paris for her interpretation of Anthèmes by Boulez, won first prize at the Mendelssohn Trust Award (UK) in 1994 and also first prize at the Emerson String Quartet Competition in 1995 (USA). In 1993, she took part in a concert of chamber music for Queen Elizabeth II in Cyprus. In 1996, Julie-Anne released a CD of twentieth century solo violin works on the Atma label and in reference to this recording the BBC Music Magazine hailed her as "a star in the making."
Julie-Anne has been a guest artist at numerous international festivals including the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) on two occasions, Musica Strasbourg (France), Ultraschall (Germany), XIII Festival Música Contemporánea Chilena (Chile) and at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK).
Gabriel Prynn, cello
According to the magazine Musical Toronto "Prynn has a particularly silken bowing arm and remarkable control. Everything he played was poised, seamless and impeccably shaped." During his career as a soloist, as a member of the Trio Fibonacci and as a guest artist with diverse ensembles, notably the Ensemble Alternance in Paris, Gabriel has both resurrected forgotten masterpieces and premiered over sixty new works. Gabriel has performed at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre, Merkin Hall in New York, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in association with IRCAM and Radio-France, at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
He is passionate about teaching, and in addition to his current position at Ohio University has given masterclasses, coached chamber music, and given workshops at such prestigious institutions as the École Normale de Musique (Paris), University of South Africa, University of Curitiba (Brazil), Royal Academy of Music (UK), Conservatory of Belgrade (Serbia), Conservatory of Nagoya (Japan), Hochschule Hanns Eisler (Berlin, Germany) and at the University of Oxford (UK).
Gabriel has collaborated with some of the most respected composers of our time such as Mauricio Kagel, Pascal Dusapin, Jonathan Harvey, Georges Aperghis, Hannah Lash, Georges Tsontakis and Henri Pousseur. His book “Apprivoiser le violoncelle” (Taming the cello), a guide to contemporary cello performance for students and composers alike, should be published in 2018.
Meagan Milatz, piano
Meagan Milatz is quickly emerging as one of the most sought-after collaborative artists in the country. She regularly shares the stage with top international musicians including Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Stefan Dohr, Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic; and cellist Matt Haimovitz, among many others. Her duo “meagan&amy” with violinist Amy Hillis launched onto the scene with their debut album Roots in 2019, before embarking on a 50-concert, Canada-wide tour as winners of the first-ever Pan-Canadian Partnership Recital Tour offered by Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Debut Atlantic, and Prairie Debut. They have been presented at the Ottawa Chamberfest and Lanaudière festival, and their performances are broadcast on CBC/Radio-Canada.
Chosen as one of CBC’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30,” Meagan has appeared as a soloist alongside orchestras such as the Edmonton, Regina, Sherbrooke, and McGill Symphonies. She was a top prize winner in the Shean Piano Competition, CFMTA National Piano Competition, and Canadian Music Competition as well as a recipient of a Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award.
Meagan began her studies in Saskatchewan with Cherith Alexander and holds a Master’s degree from McGill University studying piano with Ilya Poletaev and fortepiano with Tom Beghin. She has also studied collaborative repertoire under the tutelage of Philip Chiu. Enthusiastic about helping the next generation of young musicians, she has been on faculty as a collaborative pianist at Domaine Forget and frequently coaches students at McGill.
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