Main Series 5

Sunday, April 30, 2017
2 PM  (note special time)

Holy Trinity Anglican Church
10037 84 Avenue  Edmonton, AB
$35 Adult | $25 Senior [65+]  | $10 Student | BUY TICKETS

Due to an unpredictable circumstance, the XIA Quartet cannot perform.

The following performers and repertoire have been arranged in their place.

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7

Robert Uchida  Violin
Rafael Hoekman  Cello

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

Robert Uchida  Violin
Eric Buchmann  Violin
Milan Milisavljević  Viola
Clayton Leung  Viola
Rafael Hoekman  Cello
Meran Currie-Roberts  Cello


Robert Uchida
Canadian violinist Robert Uchida has been hailed for his “ravishing sound, eloquence and hypnotic intensity” (Strings Magazine). This versatile artist enjoys a varied career as soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and educator with acclaimed performances across North America and Europe. Now Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Robert previously served as Concertmaster with Symphony Nova Scotia and Associate Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with many of the world’s top conductors including Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur and Pinchas Zukerman.

Robert is a regularly featured guest soloist with many of Canada’s orchestras and chamber music festivals. An important new commitment has been his work as first violinist of the Toronto-based XIA Quartet. He has held teaching positions at Acadia University, the Manhattan School of Music and the National Arts Centre of Canada’s Young Artist Program. He currently lives in Edmonton with his wife Laura and their two children.


Rafael Hoekman

Hailed by the Toronto Star as a “young musician with a bright future” and noted for his “spirited and fiery performances”, Rafael Hoekman’s varied career as a soloist, teacher, chamber musician and orchestral cellist has taken him on a journey across Canada.

Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Rafael Hoekman is currently Principal Cellist of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a faculty member at the University of Alberta. He has been a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic, Quebec Symphony and I Musici de Montréal and looks forward to making his solo debut with the ESO in 2017.  Founding cellist of the Tokai String Quartet, Rafael was a prize winner at the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

He holds a  M.Mus from the University of Toronto where principal teachers were Yuli Turovsky and Shauna Rolston. He lives in Edmonton with his wife, cellist Meran Currie-Roberts and their children Sam and Anastasia.


Eric Buchmann
Eric Buchmann studied violin at the Conservatoire de Montréal and at the Université de Montréal where he earned a Bachelor of Music and a DESS degree. In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles to continue his studies at the University of Southern California. Two years later he joined the New World Symphony in Miami Beach where he played under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and many other music directors from all over the world.

Eric Buchmann joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2006. He was appointed Assistant Concertmaster following auditions in 2009 and from 2010 to 2013 served as interim concertmaster. Eric performs regularly with the ESO as a guest soloist.


Clayton Leung
Born and raised in Vancouver, Clayton Leung graduated from the University of Victoria and did further studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has performed with numerous orchestras including the Victoria Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra and the New World Symphony.  An avid chamber musician, he has performed across Canada, including the Atlantic String Quartet Recital series, at the National Arts Centre, Orford and The Banff  Centre.

Clayton joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2013, and has since been immersed in the local arts scene. In February and March 2016, he made his solo debuts with the ESO and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble. He is currently on faculty at the MacEwan University Conservatory of Music. In his free time he may be spotted around Edmonton sipping on lattes, dabbling in the culinary arts and lifting heavy weights in the gym.


Milan Milisavljević
Milan Milisavljević is currently Assistant Principal Viola with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and a former member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The Strad magazine has described his playing as “very imaginative, with a fine, cultured tone.” Milan has appeared worldwide with orchestras such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, Aspen Sinfonia and Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río. An accomplished chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Mendelssohn, and St. Petersburg String Quartets, as well as Robert McDuffie, Joseph Kalichstein and Sergiu Luca.

Milan started violin at a very young age, entering the Faculty of Music of the University of Belgrade at the age of 16 to study with renowned pedagogue Dejan Mihailović. Graduate studies took place at Indiana University and Rice University, where he received his doctorate. His major teachers include Atar Arad, Nobuko Imai and Samuel Rhodes.


Meran Currie-Roberts
Originally from Victoria, BC, Meran Currie-Roberts is sought after across Canada as a cellist, teacher, and arts administrator. She plays frequently with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and has also appeared with the Calgary Philharmonic and Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo and Windsor Symphonies. As a chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Madawaska String Quartet and has played at festivals including the Festival of the Sound, Elora Festival and Festival Ibero Americano (Puerto Rico). She is thrilled to be joining the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra’s cello section in 2017.

Former Dean of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, Meran is currently Executive Director of the Health Arts Society of Alberta, bringing hundreds of concerts to elders in care annually. She has an M.Mus from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Shauna Rolston. She lives in Edmonton with her husband, cellist Rafael Hoekman and their two children, Samuel and Anastasia.