Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra

Sabatino Vacca, Music Director

North York Music Festival

The North York Music Festival is an annually held music competition. The mission of the Festival is to provide amateur musicians of all ages with the opportunity to perform in a stimulating and encouraging environment while benefiting from the expertise of distinguished adjudicators. Funds raised go towards scholarships to reward participants success and hard work. The Festival promotes the appreciation of classical music for the enrichment of our participants and the broader public.

Jared Dunn

Jared Dunn

Jarred Dunn has been described as "evocative and mystical" by the New York Classical Music Guides, and the First Belarusian Radio praised his debut with the Academic Symphony of Radio and Television in Minsk as "technically flawless performance.a subtle and deep inner experience created by a real musician." Further praises are found in local news such as SNAP Brampton and the Guardian for his performances and teaching. Mr. Dunn has appeared with local symphonies including the Rose Orchestra (Brampton), and abroad with Torun Symphony Orchestra (Poland), Budapest Chamber Symphony (Hungary), and Minsk Radio and Television Symphony (Belarus). He has played recitals and chamber music concerts in North America, Europe, and Australia. A prize winner in local music festivals since his early years, he received a Gold Medal and the Schimmel Trophy at the North York Music Competition, noted for his performances of both Chopin and Rachmaninoff. His articles are regularly published in the CMEA Journal. As David Dubal's assistant at Juilliard, Dunn has collaborated on The Piano Matters (Yale University Press) and another upcoming book. He received the W.O. Forsyth Award for outstanding piano playing upon graduation from the University of Toronto, which he attended on scholarship (B.M., B.Ed.), he studied at The Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky and was the last student of Jacob Lateiner. He received a Master of Music degree at the K. Szymanowski Academy in Katowice where he studied with Anna Górecka and continues to study there in the Post-Graduate program. Further studies include work with Edna Golandsky in New York, following his brief period of study with the late Dorothy Taubman.

Alik Volkov

Alik Volkov

Born in Athens, Greece, Alik Volkov grew up to be a definite musician in the musical family, society, and culture surrounding him. Under the direction of his dad at first, Alik began learning the cello at a tremendous pace and made his debut at the age of 11 as a soloist with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra conducted by Norman Reintamm.

Having his older brother as a role model for him, Alik quickly developed his skills with ease as a stage performer and adapted to the development of a professional musical career. After moving to Canada and joining the Eli Phil and Taylor Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Alik continued his studies under Dr. David Hetherington. Every year, he competes at festivals including Kiwanis, North York and York Region Music Celebration Festival and achieves high marks and first places. In 2015, Alik received the Most Promising Cellist Award and a 1st Place of the Concerto Competition of the York Region Music Festival. As a result, he performed with the orchestra on February 7th, 2015 conducted by Jacque Israilevitch. Alik’s most recent achievement is the Best of Class Award in Kiwanis Music Festival in 2016. He also, twice in a row, became a winner of the Concerto Competition of North York Music Festival in 2015 and 2016.

Olga Vilkova

Olga Vilkova

Olga Vilkova is currently in her third year at McMaster University pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Music under the instruction of Alla Zacarelli. Since entering McMaster, Olga has been a recipient of a number of music scholarships, most notably the Frank Thorolfson Memorial Scholarship, L.Bettger Music Scholarship, and the Irene Pearce Music Scholarship. She also competed in the Reginald Bedford Scholarship Competition where she triumphed in June 2015. Olga has been invited to perform at several prominent events, including the grand opening of the McMaster LIVElab in 2014, the Canadian Chopin Competition as well as at the Mississauga Polish Heritage Day alongside Canadian finalists of the 2015 International Chopin Competition. Olga made her orchestral debut in the spring of 2016 with Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, under the baton of David Bowser with the McMaster Orchestra. She devotes her spare time to running the McMaster MusicBox Children's Charity which focuses on bringing music to vulnerable children. Olga hopes to pursue a Master's degree with the end goal of a successful career in music with a focus on piano performance.

Astrid Nakamura

Astrid Nakamura

Astrid Nakamura is 16 years old and a student in grade 11 at Earl Haig Secondary School, in the Claude Watson strings program.

She has been a student at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music studying with Marie Bérard since 2012. This summer Astrid was named 'Orchestral Scholar' and awarded full scholarship as a member of the Advanced String Quartet Program and member of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. In past summers she has attended Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, NY., working with Gerardo Ribiero, previous sessions at Interlochen Arts Camp and has worked on chamber music repertoire at Music at Port Milford in Picton, Ontario.

Astrid has played in small string ensembles and has enjoyed playing in the CMC and Kiwanis Music Competitions. Currently in her fourth season with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, she was named co–concertmaster TSYO, for the 2016–17 season. Astrid also plays in the Academy Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Astrid has been fortunate to play in master classes for Victor Danchenko, Martin Beaver, Barry Schiffman, Lina Bahn, Andrès Cardenes, Phillippe Djokic, and Witold Swoboda.

Astrid also plays alto saxophone, piano and composes music. When she's not busy with music she enjoys playing hockey, field hockey, reading and spending time with friends.