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Carlos Restrepo is a classical double bass player, having studied in Toronto, New York & Montreal. He has participated in summer festivals such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute, Orford Music Academy, and Vermont Mozart Festival. He also enjoys playing chamber music, having performed Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale at the Manhattan School of Music, and Schubert’s Trout Quintet at McGill University. His current teachers include Ed Tait and Dylan Palmer.
Beyond music Carlos is interested in strength and conditioning. Carlos has interviewed leading experts on topics related to music and fitness, talking to spine specialist Dr. Stuart McGill, top selling calisthenics author Steve Low, & NBA Sport Psychologist Graham Betchart. Carlos is intrigued at applying concepts that are used in the athletic world to the performing arts, in order to improve performance and wellness.
Chia-ying Lin is a french horn player originally from Taipei, Taiwan and currently base in Montreal, Canada. She is a graduate student studying at the Schulich
School of Music of McGill University in the class of Nadia Côté.
Lin has a lot of passion of chamber music and orchestra playing. She form the wind quintet”Qintessence” with friends and won the 4th prizeat Coltman Chamber Music Competition at 2020.
As a orchestra player, Lin has been touring Europe and USA with Asian youth orchestra as represent active of Taiwan. Before studying in Mcgill, She has also been invited as an extra and substitution Horn to National Symphony Orchestra(Taiwan), Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, and Evergreen Symphony Orchestra.
Christopher Reyes received his Honours Bachelor of Music Performance at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he studied with Guy Few. He is currently completing his Master’s degree in Music Performance and Literature at the University of Western Ontario, studying under Shawn Spicer. During his time at Laurier and Western, Christopher has played with the Laurier Wind Orchestra, Vera Causa Opera, Wilfrid Laurier Symphony Orchestra, Western University Jazz Ensemble, Western University Wind Ensemble, Western Chamber Orchestra, and Western’s Trumpet Ensemble. Christopher was also a finalist for the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Concerto Competition, as well as the Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition.
In the future, Christopher hopes to develop his musicianship through academic or professional programs, and by continuing his involvement in ensembles and groups.
Chris Stork started his career as a homeschooled fiddler in the woods of Vermont. It wasn’t until he began his violinistic training with Miss Sally Thomas in New York City that his violin playing took off. From there he went on to study at McGill University where he received his Undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Violin Performance. It was at McGill that Chris played as Principal Second of the Baroque Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, as well as Concertmaster of the McGill Opera Orchestra. Chris also has a deep love for the art of chamber music. Specifically the string quartet.
While at McGill he became second violinist of the Iceberg String Quartet. With the ISQ, Chris would win the McGill Chamber Music Competition, get finals in the Chesapeake International Competition and semi-finals in the illustrious Young Artists Award in Manhattan. Chris is now Principal second of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and has survived the pandemic thanks to his incredible students.