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Chamber Music with Friends

  • David Stewart, Violin
  • Paule Préfontaine, Violin
  • Yariv Aloni, Viola
  • Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, Cello

Sooke Harbour House, Thursday, October 11 2018  7:30 PM


  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Duo for Violin and Viola in E Flat K.424
  • Maurice Ravel – Duo for Violin and Cello
  • Edvard Grieg – Quartet in G minor, Op. 27

Performer Bios

Violinist David Stewart has enjoyed a wide range of experience in the music profession: as frequent soloist with orchestra, recitalist, chamber musician, studio musician, baroque violinist, concertmaster, university professor (University of Ottawa and the University of Manitoba) conductor, and as 1st violin of the Quatuor Lumiere, a classical period-instrument quartet.
Presently re-engaged as First Concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, he re-won his position after 20 years absence.

He has been a leader in several orchestras, starting out as assistant concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony, Concertmaster of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and a mentor/apprentice position as Concertmaster of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. He has worked as a guest concertmaster in several orchestras including the Hanover Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony, the Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company, and is regularly a guest concertmaster with the Porto (Portugal) National Symphony.

His passion for excellence in orchestral playing has led to many engagements as conductor/coach for youth orchestras around the world: multi-year engagements with the Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend Philharmonie in Berlin, the Orchestra de la Francophonie in Montreal, the Grieg Academy in Bergen, coaching for Norges Musikk Høyskolen in Oslo, Norway, and the Copenhagen Youth Orchestra. As well, he has toured China fourteen times as conductor and soloist with student ensembles from Canada and Norway. His teachers included Oscar Shumsky, Steven Staryk and Camilla Wicks. David is co-founder of the Lumiere Quartet, the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival and the Norwegian Contemporary music ensemble BIT-20

Paule Préfontaine was a member of the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, regularly performed with the National Arts Center Orchestra and was associate concertmaster of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, she co-founded the String Quartet Lumière. She is recitalist, soloist, orchestral musician and chamber music performer. She has performed in Canada, Scandinavia, Austria, and on radio, in Canada and in Norway.

With the Tafelmusik Orchestra, she has toured in Europe, Canada, and the United States, and has performed as a soloist at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Previously, she was successively concertmaster of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Youth Orchestra, the MusikBarock Ensemble in Winnipeg and associate concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,

Touring in Scandinavia, Europe, and Japan.
Paule Préfontaine was an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa until 2012 and was responsible for the strings at the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy.

Yariv Aloni is the music director of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, the Victoria Chamber Orchestra and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, as well as being a principal guest conductor of the West Coast Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver. His other guest appearances include the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, The Victoria Choral Society and Prima Youth Choir.

Former violist of both the Penderecki string quartets and the Aviv piano quartet, he has performed in many concert halls around the world.

He was a finalist at the François Shapira competition in Tel Aviv and his musical awards included the Israel Broadcasting Authority award for chamber music performance.

Yariv Aloni has recorded for the United, Marquise, Tritonus and CBC labels as well as independent CD labels. He performs in numerous chamber music concerts, festivals and recital series.

Born on a kibbutz in Israel, Yariv began studying the violin at the age of eight and turned to the viola when he was sixteen. He studied viola with David Chen at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Daniel Benyamini, principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Michael Tree and the Guarneri String Quartet.

Cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni has enjoyed performing both as a chamber musician and soloist in North America and Europe. Pamela is a co-founding member of the Lafayette String Quartet, Artists-in-Residence at the University of Victoria. With the ensemble she has won prizes in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Portsmouth (England) International String Quartet Competition, the Cleveland String Quartet Residency Competition and in 1988 was cited as one of Musical America’s “Young Artists to Watch”.

A native of California, Ms. Highbaugh Aloni has appeared throughout California and later in Detroit, Michigan, where she served as principal cellist with the Renaissance City Chamber Players. She was a Ford Motor Company Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Creative Studies Institute of Music and Dance and a faculty member at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Prior to this position she earned her BMus and MMus degrees in music from California State University, Northridge and Indiana University, respectively. Her principal teachers have included, Peter Rejto, Janos Starker and Paul Katz.

Since 1991, Pamela has been an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Victoria where she teaches both cello and chamber music courses. It is from this base in Victoria that she and the members of the quartet have continued to perform and record while maintaining their leadership in one of the strongest university string programs in Canada. The quartet celebrated the millennium year 2000 by devoting their season to the performance of all sixteen string quartet of Ludwig van Beethoven. Their recent CBC recording with Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” was awarded “Outstanding Classical Recording of the Year” for 2003 by the Western Canada Music Awards.

She has performed as soloist with the Victoria Chamber Orchestra and the West Coast Symphony and has been a guest artist with various chamber groups including the Vetta Ensemble of Vancouver, the Victoria Summer Festival, Eine Kleine Summer Music, Chamber Music San Juan, the Victoria Symphony’s Summer Cathedral Series and is principal cellist with the Galiano Ensemble. She has recorded six compact discs for the Dorian, CBC and AdLar labels, has been heard on NPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning, and can be regularly heard on the CBC radio two. She plays on a George Craske Cello made in England, 1850.

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