Samantha Fu, flute
Samantha Fu’s passion for music led her to accomplish A.R.C.T Performance Diplomas in both piano and flute from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). Samantha is currently a member of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, and has performed as an extra musician with the Vancouver and Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestras. Recent engagements include performing as a soloist with A Company of Instruments Baroque Orchestra, and two recitals with pianist partner Anna Vavilova. She enjoys sharing her art form through teaching, and has over 15 years of teaching experience.
Education: B.Mus., UBC (2001); M.Mus. (2006) & Artist Diploma (2008), Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University.
Stefan Hintersteininger, cello
Stefan Hintersteininger is a Vancouver-based cellist, composer and arranger, equally at home in a vast number of different musical styles. Stefan is a regular extra player with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as being a member of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra and the Erato Ensemble. He is also increasingly becoming known as a composer, having written works for Colin MacDonald’s Pocket Orchestra, Tom Cone’s Opera Project, and the Vancouver Brass Project. Stefan is currently working on a concerto for soprano saxophone for Julia Nolan.
Education: B.Mus., UBC (2004); M.Mus., DePaul University (2006); MLIS, UBC (2009).
Kathryn Emiko Lee, violin
Kathryn Lee is passionate about creating different sonic textures and colours. An active orchestral and chamber musician, she regularly performs with Orchestra Armonia and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, and has also performed with the Kamloops and Vancouver Island Symphonies. Notable collaborations include performing as soloist for Vivaldi’s “Winter” with the Plastic Acid Orchestra, touring with tenor Ken Lavigne, and premiering Elizabeth Knudson’s opera “The Painted Brain.” An advocate for music education, this past year Kathryn taught kindergarten to grade seven music at a school in Burnaby.
Education: B.Mus., UVic (2006); M.Mus., DePaul University (2008); B.Ed., UBC (2011).
Christopher Morano, piano
Christopher Morano is an exciting and passionate performer dedicated to the creation of new music. He has worked with numerous composers including Frederic Rzewski and Michel van der Aa, and premiered several works for both solo piano and chamber ensembles. He was recently named the inaugural Emerge on Main Artist by Music on Main, following a third place finish at the Eckhardt-Gramatté contemporary music competition in 2010. Since moving to Vancouver in 2009, he has performed at Music on Main’s Modulus Festival, Vancouver New Music’s Sonic Boom, and at the CMC’s Creative Hub.
Education: B.Mus., University of Western Ontario (2003); M.Mus., Northwestern University (2004); DMA candidate, UBC.
Katie Rife, percussion
Katie Rife continually seeks new and intriguing ways to use her percussion skills. An active local freelancer, she has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Hard Rubber Orchestra, Redshift’s Vertical Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, and Fringe Percussion, among others. She is the first percussionist with the Okanagan Symphony, and has performed and recorded with the Banff Centre’s alumni all-star project Gruppo Montebello and with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble. As an educator, she teaches at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Langley Community Music School.
Education: B.Mus., UBC (2005); M.Mus. & Professional Studies Diploma, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2009).
Timothy Van Cleave, percussion
Dr. Timothy Van Cleave’s stylistic diversity and experience in genres including avant-garde, jazz, and contemporary improvisation has developed his unique understanding of musicality and presentation. Since relocating to Vancouver in 2010, he has performed as a guest musician with Fringe Percussion, including Xenakis’ Persephassa with Vancouver New Music and the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Redshift Music Society. He is an extra percussionist with the Kamloops and Vancouver Island Symphonies, and regularly performs around town with the Jamie Croil quartet. Find out about his upcoming performances at timothyvancleave.com.
Education: B.Mus., Ball State University (2004); M.Mus., University of Tennessee (2006); DMA, Ball State University (2010).