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THE PEOPLE

We are an award-winning collective of classically-trained, professional artists primarily based out of Victoria, British Columbia, with a unique commitment of intentionally creating & curating unforgettable musical experiences wherever we perform.

 

Along with string quartet services, we also offer string duo & string trio services, as well as strings + piano, strings + voice, and strings + guitar. Having honed our crafts for 20+ years, we have played for around 1,000 special events, including weddings, corporate events, private parties, as well as plethora of live concerts & feature performances, including retirement home recitals, house concerts, educational outreach concerts for schools, community festivals  & collaborations with choirs, such as Soundings Music, The Choir,  and Victoria Philharmonic Choir. Performing concerts has brought us opportunities to tour extensively throughout the coast: Powell River, Salt Spring Island, Campbell River, and all around Greater Victoria. Concert presenters have included City of Victoria's Free Concerts in the Park at Cameron Bandshell, Westshore Arts Council, Salt Spring Bach on the Rocks, and more. We have also been featured in different publications, such as Love IncWest Coast Weddings , Wandering Photographers Blog, Goldstream Gazette, Campbell River Mirror, & 109,7 CILS FM Victoria and were awarded "Best Live Musician or Band" in 2017 and 2018 by the Vancouver Island Wedding Industry Association & Awards.

 

Rather than simply 'playing some background tunes' for your event, we are focused on curating a transformative musical experience to flawlessly & delightfully meet your unique tastes and add a seamless layer of great joy to your event.

Past clients include:

 

Acura Canada

Bank of Montreal

British Columbia Ministry of Justice

City of Victoria

Maximus Canada

MCI Canada

Scentsy

Now, here's more about the people bringing this vision to life.
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Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Kathryn is an active & versatile freelance modern & baroque violinist, entrepreneur, and educator on Vancouver Island. Her passionate and intuitive musicianship has brought her the opportunity to perform with distinguished ensembles around Canada and the USA. Currently, she performs regularly with the Victoria Symphony, Victoria Baroque Players, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and has appeared as a guest leader/violinist for Per Sonatori Baroque Ensemble in Regina, Saskatchewan. She studied at the University of Toronto and University of Michigan under the tutelage of Yehonatan Berick as a merit scholar. During this time, she served as concertmaster in University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and was a finalist in the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Competition. Over the years, she has brought her talent various music festivals, including the Vancouver Bach Festival, Berwick Academy at the Oregon Bach Festival, Brott Music Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Domaine Forget, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and Interlochen Centre for the Arts. Kathryn can also be heard on the album, “La riche canadienne: The Music of Elinor Dunsmuir”, an exciting project which premieres a collection of post-romantic, recently-unearthed chamber works by the fascinating Canadian composer. 

Violinist, Creative Director

Kathryn Wiebe

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Victoria native, Jessica, started violin at the age of 6 and viola at 14. From there, her musical life took off. She won multiple chamber and solo awards including the Louis Shermann Concerto Competition, the coveted Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship, and performed in masterclasses with Pinkus Zukerman, Moshe Hammer and the Lafayette String Quartet. 


A full scholarship sent her to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University for a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance under Asst. Principle of the Minnesota Orchestra, Rebecca Albers; and the violist from the Emerson String Quartet, Lawrence Dutton. In 2016 she earned a Masters in Viola Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, under Dimitri Murrath.


Throughout college, she's worked with top musicians in the world including Hsin-Yun Huang, Richard Aaron, Roberto Diaz, Robert McDuffie, as well as the Emerson, Borromeo, St, Lawrence, Ehnes, and Cavani String Quartets who prepared her to perform in many professional concerts alongside Toby Appel, Julie Albers, David Ying, and others. She's worked with noted conductors, including Michael Tilson-Thomas, Hugh Wolf, Benjamin Zander and Robert Spano as well as rock, pop and jazz musicians like John Patitucci, Mike Mills(REM), Chuck Leavell(Rolling Stones) 
She's been accepted to summer festivals like the Banff Masterclass Program, Domaine Forget, Icicle Creek, Amelia Island Chamber Festival, the Quartet Program in NY, and the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy.
After moving back to her hometown in 2016, Ms. Pickersgill is excited to again offer performances and music instruction in her hometown.

Violist

Jessica Pickersgill

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Praised for her "supple phrasing" and "singing tone” (South Florida Classical Review), Rosanna Butterfield is a versatile cellist who performs in a variety of settings, and is especially passionate about music as a tool for social change. Rosannabegan private cello lessons and ballet classes at the age of five, and dreamed of becoming a ballerina. In 2001, she and her family moved from England to Vancouver, BC, where her teacher Judith Fraser inspired her to pursue a career as a cellist. In 2008, she began her studies with Norman Fischer at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, (Houston, TX), graduating cum laude in May 2012. Rosanna was a Tanglewood Music Center fellow for three summers (2009-2011), and in the summers of 2013-2015 she played in the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. From 2012-2016, she was a fellow at the New World Symphony, an orchestral academy in Miami Beach, FL, where she honed her skills as an orchestral cellist and chamber musician, and was heavily involved in community outreach work. In the summer of 2014, Rosanna traveled to Amman, Jordan, with Music for Life International, where she worked with Syrian refugees at Za'atari camp. She also coached at the Academia Filarmonica de Medellin (now Iberacademy) in Colombia, as a part of an exchange program with the New World Symphony. 

Since leaving Miami, Rosanna has played all over North America, from several months as a member of the Oregon Symphony in 2016, to the Sarasota Opera Orchestra in early 2017. Last summer, she played in a piano quintet onboard the MS Oosterdam, as part of an exciting new partnership between Holland America Line and Lincoln Center in New York City. Now based in Victoria, BC, Rosanna is continuing to forge a multifaceted career that balances her love of orchestral playing with her other interests such as teaching, traveling, and playing chamber music.

Cellist

Rosanna Butterfield

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Tyson brings so much fun and excellence to our group. Full of cheer, adventure, & wit, he is always smiling and engaging so well with listeners and fellow musicians. He is also an avid arranger for the ensembles, and is so proud to call beautiful Vancouver Island home where he lives with his wife & fellow violinist, Kathryn Wiebe.

He is a member of the Victoria Symphony and performs with various groups on Vancouver Island, including Pacific Opera Victoria, Sidney Classical Orchestra, and Galiano Ensemble of Victoria. He studied violin performance at the University of Victoria, and during his years there was concertmaster of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra. Tyson has participated in various orchestral programs across the country, including the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton, and Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in Powell River. He is an active teacher, bringing along the next generation of young players. 

Violinist

Tyson Doknjas

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Cellist, Erin Tinney, currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia. She is a graduate from the University of Victoria with her Masters & Bachelor degrees in cello performance. She has performed with the Prince George Symphony, The Galiano Ensemble of Victoria and was principal cellist in the University of Victoria Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, she also received training through Lafayette String Quartet's chamber music program.

Erin is also a passionate educator in the community. Working with the LSQ's string mentorship program at UVic, Erin would connect with many string music teachers and aspiring students in many high schools, middle schools and elementary schools in the Victoria area. Currently, she boasts a large private studio of budding cellists, and is a lead instructor through Harmony Project Sooke, a non-profit organization founded in Los Angeles, with a mission to promote positive social change through musical education. Working with youth has been an exciting and rewarding experience for Erin, and she finds that discovering creative solutions to current problems and constantly learning more about music with a positive spin is an extremely valuable and meaningful way to build musical community.

Erin has studied cello with Pamela Highbaugh-Aloni, Paula Kiffner and John Doerksen, Paul Katz, John Kadz and Shauna Rolston.

Cellist

Erin Tinney

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Barry began his career as a violinist and completed a Bachelor Degree in Violin Performance at the University of Victoria studying with violinist, Sharon Stanis. He began playing viola in the Double Bond String Quartet and studied at the University of Victoria under violist Joanna Hood. Barry has performed with the Galiano Ensemble, the University of Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, Palm Court Orchestra, and Sidney Classical Orchestra. On the side Barry enjoys an active lifestyle, which includes outdoor hikes, trail runs, and a good game of basketball!

Violist

Barry Leung