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Ellis Yuen-Rapati is a Montreal-based violist. He began his musical education on violin at age four under the guidance of Yvonne DeRoller. Through his studies at McGill University, The Glenn Gould School, and various summer programs, including six years as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, he has had the privilege of working with prominent musicians including Professor André Roy, Professor Steven Dann, Maestro Michael Francis, The Gryphon Trio, and Cho-Liang Lin.
Music has taken Yuen-Rapati all across Canada, from his hometown in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to up north in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He has also had the opportunity to play at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, and Ruínas do Carmo in Lisbon. Yuen-Rapati is currently living in Montreal where he is completing his GDP at McGill University.
Born in France, Elsa Barozzi began her violin studies at the age of 3. In 2018, she entered the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal under the tutelage of Anne Robert, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance in 2021. She is actively pursuing her Artist Diploma as well as chamber music studies with Denis Brott and Richard Raymond, and orchestral excerpts with Marianne Dugal.
In 2021, she won the Montreal Conservatory Concerto Competition and performed the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto no. 3 as soloist with the Montreal Conservatory Orchestra at the Maison Symphonique in Montreal.
From 2009 to 2018, she studied with Alexandre Benderski and Martin Brunschwig at the Conservatoire de Perpignan, and earned her Diplôme d’Études Musicales en Cycle Spécialisé and a Diplôme de Perfectionnement.
Elsa has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with renown pedagogues such as Andrew Wan, Richard Roberts, Olivier Thouin, Sarah Nemtanu, Nemanja Radulovic, Laurent Korcia, and Martin Chalifour.
She has performed with the Orchestre Philharmonic des Chœurs Mélomanes de Montréal, the Orchestre Philharmonique de la Relève du Québec, l’Ensemble Volte, at the Festival Musique en Ré in St-Martin-en-Ré (France) and at the Contemporary Music Festival in Ijevsk (Russia) in 2014.
Elsa is also an active chamber musician and currently performs with the Collectif de la Cité et du Quatuor Lunes, which accompanies artists all around Quebec. She was previously a member of the Perpignan Octet from 2014 to 2018.
When the world of music came to a halt during the pandemic, Elsa pursued volunteer work with residents of the CHSLD, long term care homes for elderly people with significant loss of autonomy.
Elsa Barozzi currently plays on a Carlo Giuseppe Testore violin, ca. 1710-1715, and a Louis Joseph Morizont bow, which was graciously loaned to her by Mr. Roger Dubois from Canimex Inc.
Emily Luo is an oboist from Edmonton, Alberta. She began her studies at the age of 13 with Lidia Khaner and attended Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. There, she studied with Dane Philipsen and received the Fine Arts Award in 2020. She has been part of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, attended Domaine Forget, and the Curtis Summerfest Young Artists Summer Program in Philadelphia where she was the recipient of the Canadian American Relations Cross-Border Scholarship. Emily made her debut as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton in 2016.
Emily is in her second year of the Bachelor of Music program at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, studying with Sarah Jeffrey.
Emma Reader-Lee was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, where she began studying violin at age three with Yasuko Eastman. In 2021 she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Music in Performance, where she studied with Jean-Hee Lee and the late Yehonatan Berick. She currently studies with Erika Raum at the University of Toronto, where she has just completed her first year of her Masters’ degree in performance.
Emma has received many solo and chamber music awards on the local and provincial level, and represented her home province in the strings category at the National Music Festival in 2017. She has also served as concertmaster of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and held the position of concertmaster mentee in the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra’s Student Mentorship Program in partnership with the University of Ottawa in 2019.