Suzanne Kantorski, soprano
Suzanne Kantorski is one of the most exciting, and versatile vocal performing artists today. She has earned a solid reputation as a sensitive, and heart-rending interpreter of New Music, Contemporary Classical, rare concert works, and Jazz. She has also appeared in leading operatic roles, as a concert soloist with notable companies worldwide… but prefers to work with living composers.
Passionate about site specific performing, in 2016 Suzanne sang the inaugural season premiere of The Vermont Opera Project’s Orpheus and Euridice by Ricky Ian Gordon in an abandoned marble production facility, and the Washington National Gallery of Art. The Washington Post praised her performance saying: “Suzanne took on the role of Euridice with grace and generously smooth vocal production!”
Other recent new music projects include: performance art works by ambient composer Tim Hecker at EMPAC, Tierstien’s A Blessing on the Moon, which debuted with the Grammy Nominated Warsaw Village Band at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, Jerusalem’s Los Maitines de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, Lisoy’s Tenderness with The Manhattan Piano Trio, William Mayer’s A Death in the Family, Lorentz’s Sin Palabras, and Weiss’ Bridge to Glory.
In 2014, Suzanne created the principal soprano role of Mary in the recognized Operatic Tableaux, Oh My Son by Spanish Composer Marcos Galvany with members of the Washington National Opera Orchestra and Chorus. In June 2015, Oh My Son made its second major debut in the U.S. at The Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles. Oh My Son continues to tour worldwide to sold out venues across Europe.
In Jazz, Suzanne was a founding musician of the all female jazz ensemble AZULES that toured regularly on the U.S. east coast. Her work frequently caught the attention of Fanfare Magazine, who described her as: “…Reminding one strongly of the pioneer work that Ursula Dudziak... the propulsion and mosaic-like quality one associates with Ornette Coleman… (and the) way shades of Loulie Jean Norman! …Exquisite, and often striking vocals.”
In film, Suzanne's work on the Independent Short, Il Destino directed by Ricardo Correa Berriozabal, has been seen at festivals internationally. She is also the leading actress Mimi in the feature film adaptation The Bohemians based on Puccini’s La Boheme, directed by Jose Luis Cortes. The Bohemians is slated for release in theatres worldwide in 2018.
Currently, Suzanne is also a Visiting Associate Professor of Voice at The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. She has been regularly featured on nationally syndicated radio programs such as NPR’s “Sound Check” with John Schaefer, WQXR with Brian Wise, and VPR’s “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera” talking about the trained voice, artistic projects, and the direction of vocal artists in the 21st Century.
Quintus 4 combines everything Suzanne loves most about music and performance, and she is beyond excited to share this unique vision for the future of classically based presentations with you. She has also most recently changed her hair to blonde, and is finding it to be, indeed more fun.
Krystina Marcoux, percussion
Flamboyant and energetic, Krystina Marcoux is rapidly gaining a reputation for her particular interest in interdisciplinary works. She dedicates her creativity to conceiving shows that combine musical excellence and other artistic disciplines. She strongly believes that a stage is a malleable material that needs bending and curving, just like plasticine. Allying theatre, dance, stand-up comedy, miming, humour or even sports to her percussion playing on stage, Krystina strives to open her musical world to a larger and broader audience.
Krystina has won many prestigious prizes, such as the First Prize of the Standard Life OSM Competition and the Fondation Banque Populaire de France. She has conceived, staged and performd in 5 shows (Mélange à trois, Zeee Match, La Perle, 400 ans sans toi…, L.O.V.E.) while also playing in more conventional musical ensembles such as a tango ensemble and a marimba duo. It is her unique artistic vision that brought festivals such as the “Biennale Musique en Scène” or the Colombian Percussion festival “FOSBO” to commission her shows.
Originally from Quebec, she is pursuing doctoral studies under the guidance of Jean Geoffroy in Lyon, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon, specializing in the relationship between theatre and music. At CNSMD and in partnership with the Ecole National Supérieur des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre, she has conceived and now teaches a program for musicians and actors, bringing both disciplines together so that they can learn from one another. In her teaching, as much as in her performances or her work as a doctoral researcher, she tries to eliminate artistic borders thus exploring new possible staged combinations, awakening artistic curiosity.
Juan Sebastian Delgado, cello
Recognized for both his fearless embracing of challenge and his expressive performances, young Argentinean cellist Juan Sebastian Delgado recently completed his Doctoral degree in music performance at McGill University focusing on contemporary music under the guidance of celebrated solo cellist Matt Haimovitz.
As soloist and chamber musician, Juan Sebastian has won top prizes at the USA International Music Competition, the II Latin- American Cello competition (Buenos Aires), the Honours Chamber music competition (Boston 2008 and 2010), and the Ravenna Chamber music competition (Italy, 2007).
As a chamber musician, Juan Sebastian has collaborated for over nine year with Albanian pianist Redi Llupa. As duo, they have received critical acclaim for their energized performances in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, United States, Brazil, and Japan. Their recordings have been broadcasted in Albania, Brazil, and Argentina.
Current principal cellist of Pronto Music Chamber Orchestra in Montreal, conducted by Alexis Hauser, and a member of the BIK Ensemble (Krystina Marcoux, percussion and Alex Read, violin), an unconventional trio that specializes in the commissioning of new instrumental theatre works, Juan Sebastian has increasingly used his intellectual curiosity to re-imagine his practice by bringing the perspectives of past and present into dialogue.
Rich Coburn, piano
Known for his subtle and nuanced playing, Rich Coburn made his orchestral debut at 17 with the Youth Symphony of the Kootenays. As well as touring throughout Canada and China, he has appeared in performance in the United States, Italy, France, and Austria. He has been “considered a hero” and praised for his “masterful playing” on his most recent tour of Eastern Canada.
Rich has been recognized for his solo piano playing but finds himself drawn to collaboration with other musicians. His favourite musical experience is playing duets and two piano repertoire with his twin brother, who is also a professional musician. Although his primary work is as a vocal collaborator and coach, Rich enjoys versatility; he balances an active schedule as an organist, arranger, composer, and choral director. He has degrees and diplomas in solo piano (ARCT, Royal Conservatory of Toronto; BMus, University of Calgary; MMus, McGill Univeristy), collaborative piano (ADip, McGill University), and organ (ARCCO, Royal Canadian College of Organists). He has also studied at the prestigious Music Academy of the West and Tanglewood Music Center programs.
Most recently Rich has toured Eastern Canada with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada's production of Don Giovanni. This is his second season on this tour. He has worked as a coach at Virginia Opera, L’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Brott Opera, and Opera McGill, as well as Music Director with Cowtown Opera.
Rich is fascinated by the compositional procedures of the very late nineteenth and twentieth century, and how they can be brought into dialogue with contemporary musical processes. He has developed a unique method of analysis for this repertoire to explore this dialogue. He is passionate about discovering and performing new music.
Quintus 4 is a natural extension of his musical personality, bringing together his passions for discovery and learning, arranging and composing, and, of course, performing.