Born in Yakoutsk, Siberia, Esfir Dyachkov began piano lessons at age five. After studying at the Moscow Academy of Music, she continued at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the renowned professors Nathan Fishman and Leonid Roizman. Having graduated with Great Honours, she was invited to become a professor at the Conservatory's Academy of Music, a position she kept in conjunction with an active concert career.
She moved to Canada in 1988. Performing as a soloist and accompanist has enabled her to tour throughout Europe, the United States and South America. While a member of the Moscow Goskonsert, she had the opportunity to play with famous artists from all over the world. She guides soloists, while remaining discretely in the background. As well as being an experienced instrumentalist, she coaches and performs with vocalists and choirs.
Esfir Dyachkov has won numerous international prizes and a special first prize for the premiere of Shostakovich's last work: Sonata for viola and piano, op.147. She has recorded for Melodiya and Radio-Canada.
As a teacher, she has authored several publications on piano pedagogy, methods and techniques, and many of her students have been recipients of international prizes. She founded music schools in Russia, Ecuador, and Camp musical Tutti in Canada.
Administrative Director & Piano
Nancy Golberg, Administrative Director & Piano
Nancy has been teaching piano privately to both adults and children in Montreal for many years. An experienced former camp counselor, she joined our staff to share her skills and enjoyment of outdoor activities with interested campers. She became so inspired by her experience at Camp Musical Tutti that she now participates as one of the piano teachers and serves as the camp's administrative director.
Dmitri Babich, Cello
Dmitry Babich graduated from the celebrated Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory under professor Mariya Chaikovskaya – a former student of Mstislav Rostropovich. Dmitry was awarded the jury`s Special Prize at the 3rd International Shostakovich String Quartet Competition and was a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Franck Quartet for several years. As an orchestra member and soloist, he performed with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian-American Youth Orchestra and the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra. A Montreal resident since 2010, Dmitry obtained his master`s degree in interpretation at the University of Montreal in 2013, being the last graduate student of professor Yuli Turovsky. In 2011 and 2013 Dmitry performed as a soloist with the New Generation Orchestra. Since 2011 Dmitry has taught cello at the McGill Conservatory. In 2013 he also joined Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf as a Cello Teacher, and the Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec as Associate Cello Teacher.
Isabelle Caron, Piano
Isabelle Caron began studying music with Gislaine Nepveu at the age of 5. At 6 years old, she started to participate in competitions, winning prizes in several, including the Canadian Music Competition. Very active on the music scene in her youth, Isabelle played several times on radio as part of Les jeunes artistes and appeared on various TV shows.
Isabelle studied with Marc Durand at the University of Montreal, where she received her Masters degree in Music Performance in 2004. Since then, she has devoted her time to pedagogy. She is currently teaching at College Regina Assumpta.
Guylaine Cotnoir, Flute
Bio being prepared
Luo Di, Cello
Cellist Luo Di was born in China, where he studied with renowned teachers at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing including Wang Pei Fan, Zhong Po and Yu Ming Qing. He participated in several master classes with artists such as Yo Yo Ma and Janos Starker. In 1994 he joined the Beijing Symphony Orchestra as associate cellist.
In 1998 Luo Di moved to Canada studying music interpretation with cellist Yuli Turovsky at the University of Montreal where he obtained his Doctorate in Music in 2005. Luo Di performs regularly in concert with several orchestras including the chamber orchestra I Musici directed by Yuli Turovsky as well as being a regular performer on radio and television. Luo Di has won several prestigious competitions, in particular the 4th International Competition of the Orford Arts Centre.
Luo Di is a founding member of the Muczynsky Duo and the Muczynsky Trio. In 2002 the trio won the Grand Prize at the Canadian National Music Competition and First Prize in the International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Cracow, Poland. The trio performed in the Topaz Series of Pro Musica in 2006 and played 20 concerts on a cross-Canada tour with Les Jeunesses Musicales. Also in 2006, Luo Di undertook a summer concert tour in China. In 2007, Luo Di and the Chinese violinist Erhu Shen Qi formed the Folkloric String Ensemble which explores Chinese and classical music styles and participates in many festivals and cultural events.
Luo Di teaches at the Mount-Royal Academy of Music, at Camp Musical Tutti, and he is a guest teacher at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. He has recorded several CD's, including those with the Muczynsky Trio and I Musici of Montreal.
Martin Dorval-Hardy, Guitar
Originaire de Québec, Martin est un jeune compositeur et guitariste qui s’intéresse aussi à l’enseignement. Après un DEC en guitare classique avec Claude Gagnon, il a poursuivi ses études en composition avec Denis Gougeon à l’Université de Montréal. Il termine actuellement son BACC en éducation de la musique à l’UQÀM. À travers ses études, Martin a exploré divers univers musicaux qui vont de la musique du monde au jazz, de la musique brésilienne à la musique contemporaine en passant par le rock pour ne nommer que ceux-ci. Sa polyvalence l’a amené à se produire surtout sur la scène classique, mais aussi sur la scène populaire en tant que guitariste ou percussionniste. Aujourd’hui, il cherche à parfaire ses projets pédagogiques auprès des jeunes et moins jeunes.
Martin est aussi actif professionnellement en tant que guitariste en duo avec guitare, flûte ou percussions. Il s’est perfectionné auprès de plusieurs maîtres tels que Claude Gagnon, Pavel Steidl, Sergio et Odair Assad, Isabelle Héroux, David Jacques, Bruno Perron, Peter McCutcheon, Jean Vallières et Denis Poliquin. Il est aussi actif en tant que percussionniste au sein du groupe Movimento. Avec ce groupe à vocation sociale, il est amené à former les recrues à plusieurs instruments et à jouer pour des organismes caritatifs et divers organismes à but non lucratif sociaux comme Amnistie internationale, le Garage à musique du Dr Julien, l’Accorderie ou encore dans divers centres hospitaliers ou Maison des jeunes. Martin enseigne dans plusieurs établissements privés dont l’école des jeunes de l’Université de Montréal, le Centre de la petite enfance de McGill et le camp Tutti.
Yegor Dyachkov, Cello
Lauded for his remarkable stage presence, depth of insight, nuance and generosity, cellist Yegor Dyachkov is an inspired recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. Since being proclaimed Artist of the Year by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in 2000, Mr. Dyachkov has gone on to perform throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Canada and the United States, making his New York debut at Lincoln Center in October 2000. He has appeared with major orchestras in such cities as Antwerp, Geneva, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto and Vancouver, and has performed at numerous international festivals in Évian, Kronberg, Lanaudière, Ottawa and Tanglewood.
A champion of new music, Yegor Dyachkov has premiered works dedicated to him such as the Sonata by Jacques Hétu, Ironman by Michael Oesterle, Vez for solo cello by Ana Sokolovic, as well as Menuhin : Présence by the late André Prévost. He was invited by Yo-Yo Ma and Sony Music to take part in the Silk Road Project.
Winning the Orford International Competition led to an invitation from the Chandos label to record his debut CD in 1997. His other acclaimed recordings can be found on the Brioso, Pelléas and Analekta, Riche Lieu and Atma labels. Yegor Dyachkov's principal mentors have been Aleksandr Fedorchenko in Moscow, Yuli Turovsky in Montréal and Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne. He teaches at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and at l'Université de Montréal and offers frequent masterclasses
His name is Alex Soudin, but it is under the stage name of Kazo that he conveys us to the unique charm of drums. A percussionist from Martinique with thirty years of experience, Kazo knows how to communicate his passion for Latin, Cuban and African rhythms as well as those from the Antilles.
After having experienced great success in his country, Kazo immigrated to Quebec twelve years ago. He has participated in cultural events such as the FrancoFolies of Montreal, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Nuits d'Afrique, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, and Vues d'Afriques, to name only a few. With a variety of bands, Kazo has more than twenty recordings. He has toured in Canada, in the Antilles, in South America, in Europe and Africa. In addition, he gives private lessons and percussion workshops for individuals of all ages.
Martine Labbé, Violin
Bio being prepared
Samuel Laroche-Pagé, Guitar
Très tôt, Samuel participe à de nombreux concerts et évènements musicaux. En 2007, il obtient avec grande distinction un diplôme d’études collégiales au Cégep Marie-Victorin dans la classe de M. Jacques Joubert. Depuis, il n’a de cesse d’approfondir sa connaissance de la guitare et de son répertoire.
Boursier de l'Academie du Domaine Forget, Samuel s'est perfectionné auprès de grands maîtres de la guitare tel que Rémi Boucher, Ioana Grandrabur, Jean Vallières, Roland Dyens et Manuel Barrueco. Il étudie présentement l'interprétation à la faculté de musique de l'Université de Montréal avec M. Peter McCutcheon.
Les champs d’intérêt de Samuel sont très diversifiés. Il compte à son actif quelques années d’expérience en jazz et en rock-blues. De plus, il s’emploie constamment à élargir ses horizons par l’apprentissage d’instruments intimement liés à la guitare tel que le luth renaissance et la guitare romantique. Sur la scène, il se produit en duo avec flute, violon, voix et duo de guitares, mettant ainsi à profit son ouverture aux musiques de tous genres. Récemment, il forme un duo avec le guitariste et compositeur Martin Dorval-Hardy.
Samuel enseigne maintenant à l'Académie de guitare de Montréal. Remarqué par Mme Esfir Dyachkov, il devient en 2008 professeur de guitare classique au Camp musical Tutti à l'université Bishop's.
Anne-Catherine Lebeau, Theatre
Bio being prepared
Caroline MacLeay, Art
The daughter of musician parents, Caroline MacLeay was born in Montreal in 1969. In 1987 she embarked on a course of self-study through which she developed into a multi-disciplinary artist. She works in acrylic, oil and ink, and she is also involved in dance and piano. Sports-minded as well, she has coached basketball and been a canoe-camping guide.
Since 2001, she has concentrated on teaching art (pastels and acrylics) and on producing her own works. She has illustrated music books, CD covers, publicity brochures and posters and pedagogical materials. She has participated in many exhibits, and her works form part of several private collections.
As an art teacher, she has animated many workshops, both for children and for adults, among them Camp musical Tutti. She is also active on many committees in the heart of her community.
Caroline Malo, Performing Arts
Caroline has a passion for all genres of performing arts. Her journey is quite the unusual one: since her youth, she has studied music (by tackling a doctorate in piano performance at the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal), theater (mostly at the École le petit monde des artistes, but also during numerous stages in Québec as well as overseas), singing (with Gaétane Létourneau and Pierrette Lachance) and dance (classical and modern).
Not content to remain with a single means of expression, she has attempted for many years to fuse her different artistic languages into a whole that would transcend the obstacles often associated with conventional schools. Caroline Malo designs scenic shows for Le Théatre des Marie-Sirènes that she founded in 2002. In June of the same year, 'Viviane', the first creation of the TMS, won two prizes given by the Association of Certified Gerontologists of Laval University: best troop project and public prize.
Caroline Malo teaches privately piano and vocal posing to teenagers and adults. She is a specialist in vocal coaching. For more than 15 years, she has been a rehearsal pianist, a playwright, choreographer, musical arranger, author of musicals for Le petit monde des artistes. Furthermore, she has been part of the group Triange (voice, piano, cello) and gives solo performances (piano and voice) for special occasions.
Kerry Roebuck, Conductor - Winds
"If music be the food of love, play on!" is the philosophy which drives Kerry Roebuck.
By the age of 18, Kerry was awarded a full-year scholarship to study clarinet and conducting in Venezuela. He also received trophies for a number of competitions, including the Edward Johnson Music Competition and the Trinidad & Tobago Music Festival.
Kerry loves jazz, popular, and art music alike, and helping young and not-so-young musicians find understanding and joy in performing music truly satisfies his thirst as a conductor and teacher. He has taught and performed in Caracas, Trinidad & Tobago, Ontario and Montreal. As an instrumentalist, he has performed with such groups as the Simon Bolivar Clarinet Choir, The Lydian Players, the Brass Institute Soca Band, the Magnum Dance Band, the North York Symphony Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. As a conductor, Kerry has directed the National Youth Orchestra of Trinidad & Tobago, and the Queen's Royal College Concert Band and Marching Bands, the Rudolf Steiner School of Montreal Choral and Orchestral ensembles, the Montreal West Operatic Society, and the Chroma Musika Symphonic Ensemble.
His musical arrangements for diverse combinations of small to large ensembles have been performed since his high school days. He likes spending his free time thinking of innovative ways of enticing and motivating musicians in their quest for musical fulfillment.
Mark Simons, Conductor, Winds
Mark Simons is one of Montreal's more versatile clarinetists performing various genres of music with groups ranging from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and I Musici de Montreal, to Kaba Horo and Kleztory. A frequent performer at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, he has also performed as soloist with Ensemble Caprice, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Les Idées Heureuses, Clavecin en concert, I Musici de Montréal, the Québec Symphony Orchestra, and string quartets including Daponte, Alcan, Bozzini, Franz Joseph, Blue Engine and Arthur Leblanc. Also a conductor, Mark Simons was artistic Director of the Westmount Youth Orchestra from 1999 to 2006. He currently teaches at the Schulich School of music of McGill University, and at Marianopolis College.
Josyanne Sylvestre, Violin
Née à Montréal, Josyanne Sylvestre est une violoniste et artiste émergente. Elle a terminé son récital de DESS en interprétation à l’Université de Montréal avec brio : «Une musicienne de première classe », selon Andrée Azar. Mme. Sylvestre s’intéresse au violon dès l’âge de 5 ans et fait ses débuts avec le professeur Romain Desroches. Elle obtient son baccalauréat de l'Université McGill sous la tutelle de Jonathan Crow. Elle fait ensuite une maîtrise et un DESS à l’Université de Montréal sous la direction de Claude Richard. Elle a la chance d’avoir des cours avec plusieurs grands musiciens pour parfaire sa formation en violon, musique de chambre et orchestre. Parmi ces musiciens notons Douglas McNabney, Yegor Dyachkov, Kyoko Hashimoto, Pinkas Zukerman, Alexis Hauser, Jean-François Rivet, Jean-Pascal Hamellin, Jean-Philippe Tremblay et Denise Lupien.
Josyanne Sylvestre se spécialise dans la musique de chambre surtout pour le style sonate. Son DESS et sa Maîtrise ont été dédiés en grande partie à l’étude des sonates pour violon (Fauré, Frank, Catoire, Grieg, Ravel, Debussy, Brahms, Beethoven, Schumann…). Présentement, Mme. Sylvestre colabore avec le pianiste Kimihiro Yasaka. Ensemble, ils se spécialisent dans la musique contemporaine Canadienne et Japonaise et aussi dans les pièces de répertoire pour violon et piano.
Mme. Sylvestre joue aussi avec quelques orchestres, dont l’orchestre de chambre Arkea (dirigé par Dina Gilbert, chef assistant de l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal), l’orchestre 21, l’orchestre de Sherbrooke et la Sinfonia de Lanaudière. Elle a aussi enregistré de la musique de film, de jeux vidéos et plusieurs grandes oeuvres pour orchestre.
L'enseignement est aussi une de ses passions. Durant sa maîtrise, elle a suivi deux séminaires de didactique instrumentale donnés par la pédagogue Noémie Robidas. Mme. Sylvestre a plus de dix années d'expérience en enseignement autant pour les petits que pour les grands, débutants ou avancés.