Presenting HATCH, Continuum Contemporary Music’s annual summer music mentorship project for performers, composers, and conductors made possible with the generous support of The Azrieli Foundation.
Composers: Carly Splett, Paolo Griffin, Yon Chekhanovich
Performers: Arlan Vriens (violin), Emma Schmiedecke (cello), Amanda Lowry (flute), Anjali Covill (clarinet), Megaria Halim (piano), Randall Chaves Camacho (percussion)
We are also proud to continue our partnership with Tapestry Opera and other partner organizations across Canada for the Women in Musical Leadership program. We welcome conductor Kelly Lin, who will lead the HATCH ensemble in rehearsal and performance.
HATCH Ensemble Bio
Continuum presents the fourth edition of HATCH, an annual summer music mentorship project for performers, composers, and conductors in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre and Tapestry Opera’s Women in Musical Leadership Program. HATCH is made possible with the generous support of The Azrieli Foundation.
The HATCH ensemble presents three world premieres written this summer by our composer participants, along with works by HATCH composer mentors Linda Catlin Smith and Anthony Tan. Following a week of rehearsals with Continuum’s core members at the Canadian Music Centre, the ensemble embarks on a tour of Southern Ontario, performing at Toronto Summer Music, Big Lake Festival, and Ottawa Chamberfest.
For over 35 years, Continuum has supported new ideas in contemporary chamber music through unique and compelling programming in Toronto. Under Artistic Director (and ensemble percussionist) Ryan Scott and Operations Manager Christina Volpini, Continuum each year presents a series of concerts often involving interdisciplinary collaborations with a broad range of partners and participants. Continuum has commissioned more than 300 new works from early-career and established Canadian and international composers, recorded three CDs, created an online resource of all live concerts since 2010, and toured extensively in Canada and Europe.
Randall Chaves Camacho, Percussion
Costa Rican percussionist Randall Chaves Camacho moved to the United States at the age of eighteen. Since his arrival, he has been featured on the Vic Firth Concert YouTube channel for whom he recorded Bart Quartier’s Why…?. Similarly, he recorded for Naxos Records Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto and Air as a member of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop and soloist Marina Piccinini. Currently, Randall is a second-year DMA student at the University of Toronto. He is an alumnus of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Institute of Music, USA.
Anjali Covill, Clarinet
Anjali Covill is currently finishing her Bachelor of Music at McGill University, where she studies with Todd Cope. Starting September 2022, she will begin her Master of Music at Northwestern, studying with Stephen Williamson and Todd Levy. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2020 and 2021 and has attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Curtis Summerfest. Her previous teachers include Anthony Thompson.
Megaria Halim, Piano
Megaria is a collaborative pianist currently based in London, Ontario. After graduating with MMus in Literature and Performance at the University of Western Ontario under Prof. John Hess, she is currently pursuing a DMA in collaborative piano with Dr. Angela Park. She is especially keen on works by contemporary composers and has regularly collaborated with and performed works by living composers. Megaria is also the pianist in Trio Moyen, a clarinet, viola, and piano ensemble formed by like-minded musician friends passionate about performing and exploring different works of chamber music.
Find Megaria’s work at https://www.facebook.com/megariapianist
Kelly Lin, Conductor
Kelly Lin is a Chinese-Canadian Conductor currently residing in Montréal. As the recipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation-Christa and Franz-Paul Decker Fellowship in Conducting, Kelly recently graduated from McGill University, under the mentorship of Alexis Hauser and Guillaume Bourgogne. Kelly has founded the Ensemble Lagom, devoted to revitalizing orchestral music for a contemporary generation of listeners. Recent engagements include leading several productions with Ensemble Lagom, guest conducting Ensemble Obiora, and serving as assistant and backup conductor at Symphony Nova Scotia and the Société de musique contemporaine de Québec.
Find Kelly’s work at https://www.kellylinconductor.com/
Amanda Lowry, Flute
Amanda Lowry is a performer and improviser, a composer and sound designer, and a singer-songwriter. Her debut EP, Find Your Light, was released in 2021. Amanda’s flute playing focuses on contemporary and electroacoustic repertoire, improvisation, and music by Canadian women. As a composer, Amanda writes primarily electronic and electroacoustic music, usually in collaborative settings. Amanda is currently pursuing a DMA in flute performance at the University of Toronto, studying with Camille Watts. She holds an M.Mus. (Composition) from UofT, as well as a Chamber Music Diploma and a B.Mus. from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Find Amanda’s work at https://msha.ke/amandalowrymusic/#about
TW: @tootyflutey IG: @amandalowrymusic
Emma Schmiedecke, Cello
Praised for her “huge musicality, depth of interpretation, and technical expertise” (Manhattan International Music Competition), cellist Emma Schmiedecke is a strong advocate for contemporary music. She has worked closely with composers Joan Tower, John Corigliano, George Tsontakis, Ana Sokolovic, Susan Botti, and Stacy Garrop, and has performed with the Da Capo Chamber Players, the American Composers Orchestra, Fifth House Ensemble, Against the Grain Theatre Company, Novarumori Ensemble, Contemporaneous New Music Ensemble, and New Music Concerts Toronto. Emma attends the University of Toronto School of Music as a doctoral candidate in Cello Performance and is a teaching assistant for the Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Find Emma’s work at https://www.facebook.com/emmaschmiedecke.cello
Arlan Vriens, Violin
Newly named as a 2022 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award, Arlan Vriens is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Toronto and Visiting Research Student at Cambridge University. After tenures as concertmaster of Opera on the Avalon and associate concertmaster of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, his present interests aim to bring novel sounds to the stage by discovering lost historical performance techniques and championing contemporary music. This season he will join Toronto’s Soundstreams as New Voices guest curator, and he will shortly release a new EP of Grażyna Bacewicz’s solo violin music.
Find Arlan’s work at www.arlanvriens.com
IG: @arlan.v TW: @arlanvriens
Yon Chekhanovich (b. 1994, Jerusalem) is a composer living in Montréal, Canada. From a young age, he trained as a classical pianist, graduating from his high-school studies at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. Yon has written for a wide variety of ensemble formations, which range from solo works to large orchestral pieces. His recent projects focus on including instruments of non-western origin and incorporate electronics. Yon pursues a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition and Anthropology at McGill University. Besides his studies, he is actively involved in mitigating injustices in the community by offering music sessions at homeless shelters and organizing charity events for various relief causes.
Paolo Griffin is a composer based in Tkarón:to/Toronto whose music explores notions of focused/unfocussed listening, repetition, and formal structures while maintaining a focus on close collaboration with the performers he works with. Paolo is also the Artistic and Executive Director Freesound, a Toronto-based performer’s collective that consists of a core group of the city’s most adventurous young musicians and interpreters of contemporary music. Freesound present concerts throughout the year with an interest in emerging composers from Canada and abroad. Paolo holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague.
Find Paolo’s work at http://paologriffin.com
TW: @PaoloGriffin; IG: @paolo.griffin; FB: Paolo Griffin
Carly Toperosky Splett
Carly is a young Canadian composer currently finishing her Master’s in Music Composition at McGill. She obtained her Bachelor of Music in 2019 at the University of Calgary, with a focus on composition and violin performance. Carly’s acoustic works often involve experiments with micro-movement forms, and with all other musical elements inspired by a variety of non-music phenomena. Carly also composes audiovisual works, electronic/electroacoustic works, and art installations. Her work tries to navigate internal and external spaces in both the creation process and the actual manifestation during performance.
Find Carly’s work at https://carlytoperoskysplett.weebly.com