Canada’s Rising Stars

  March 23, 2019, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm  | Saturday

Program Fee: $25 / youth $12.50

Program Fee Member: $21.25

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The beloved Rising Stars concert is back for another year! Join us for an inspiring evening featuring the next generation of Canada’s truly outstanding young classical musicians – in collaboration with internationally acclaimed pianist and Canmore resident Susanne Ruberg-Gordon. You will be wowed, moved and blown away!

2019 Rising Stars:
Solana Frebold (16), Banff - violin
Maya Budzinski (15), Edmonton - violin
Daniel Szefer (19), Calgary - piano

Solana Frebold
Solana Frebold began her violin studies at age three in her hometown, Banff, Alberta and at twelve years, began studying with her current teacher, Joan Barrett in Toronto. Presently, she is a scholarship student in the Advanced Performance Program at Mount Royal University. Through this program, she has had the opportunity to work with many distinguished teachers and guest artists including William Van Der Sloot, Krzysztof Jablonski, Beth Root Sandvoss, Andres Cardenas, Gerardo Ribeiro, Yehonatan Berick, Gwen Hoebig, Ian Swensan, Joel Krosnick, James Ehnes, and members of the Dover and Pacifica Quartet, among others. Solana has had great success in local and provincial competitions where she has won numerous scholarships including first place at the provincial music festival in Edmonton. In the past three years, she has been nominated to compete in the National Final through the
Canadian Music Competition. Solana is a member of the Calgary Youth Orchestra where she has had the opportunity to act as concertmaster in numerous concerts. In the summer of 2018, she went on tour with the orchestra to Hungary, Austria, and Poland.

Maya Budzinski
Maya Budzinski began playing the violin at age 4. At age 7, she started participating in the local Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival and won several awards such as first prize at the 12 and Under Provincial Class, the 14 and Under Provincial Class, and the Sonata Class. In addition to the festival, Maya won the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition in 2015 and played the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra. Maya has been taking part in the Canadian Music Competition since 2014 where she was granted first place twice, second place once, and in 2018, Maya received the Grand Prize and had the opportunity to play with the Metropolitan Orchestra in Montreal. In January 2018, Maya played with the Burman University Orchestra as a result of a first prize in the Alberta String Association Music Competition. Lastly, Maya has been to many important music camps and festivals around the globe, such as the Meadowmount School of Music, Morningside Music Bridge, Heifetz International Institute of Music, The Young Artists Program in Ottawa, and Orford Musique, to name a few. Maya aspires to become a professional musician and to tour the world sharing her music.

Daniel Szefer
Daniel Szefer, pianist, is a first-generation American born to Polish parents. He had his first piano lessons at the age of seven and was introduced to the public in Miami, FL by the Chopin Foundation of the United States when he was ten. He gave three solo performances in Millennium Park in Chicago in 2010. In 2011, the cable television network, POLSAT, made a documentary about his life as a young musician. Szefer was one of eight international students invited to study at the Sergei Babayan Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012. The same year, he gave a solo concert at the Chicago Symphony Center. He had his orchestral debut with the Lira Ensemble Orchestra conducted by Mina Zikri at the age of 13 and would concertize with this orchestra for the next three years. At 13, Szefer was the youngest finalist in the Crain-Maling Foundation of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Audition in 2012. He received a scholarship to the Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival at the University of Oxford, Great Britain in 2013. As a member of the Fortis Piano Quartet, Szefer won the 1st prize and the overall Grand Award during the 2015 Barnett Chamber Music Competition and performed live on WFMT’s “Introductions”. As a member of the same group, Szefer was a semifinalist at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2015. He was the youngest Fellow at the the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in 2014 and one of two Americans, who participated in the 8th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, Russia in 2014. Szefer had his Chicago Symphony Center orchestral debut with the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra in November, 2015. In June 2016, Szefer was a top prizewinner at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. 

Susanne Ruberg-Gordon
Quoted by the Chronicle Herald as “a superb musician”, Swedish-born pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon’s is a highly regarded chamber-musician and collaborative pianist. She has performed with artists such as Andres Cardenes, Andras Diaz, Ron Leonard, Dame Evelyn Glennie, James Campbell, Desmond Hoebig, Ian Swensen, Alain Trudel, Jens Lindemann, Ning Feng, Arnold Choi and Nikki Chooi. Susanne is the pianist and core member of the JUNO nominated Land’s End Ensemble in Calgary, an ensemble that is dedicated to contemporary classical music. Susanne has been on faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory since 1991 where she is the coordinator of Collaborative Pianists. She has also been a Collaborative Artist for the acclaimed Morningside Music Bridge program in Canada, China and Poland since 2001.

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