“Don’t be misled by the Toy Piano Composers. They are not a one-note joke, but a cheerful, creative group of musical collaborators that embody the creativity, dynamism and enterprising nature of a new generation of Toronto artists.”

— John Terauds, musicaltoronto.org

Tim Crouch, flute

Tim Crouch is an active freelance flutist and arts administrator in the Toronto region.  He is currently the principal flutist of the Sneak Peek Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Blythwood Winds.  He is currently the Marketing Manager at Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Director of Marketing and Development for the Toy Piano Composers, and does marketing and promotions for Timothy Eaton Memorial Church music program.  He is also the Vice-Chair of the Board of Musicworks magazine, and is a voting member for the Ontario region of the Canadian Music Centre.  Mr. Crouch received his Bachelor of Music from Western University, his Masters of Music from the University of Toronto, and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory.  Tim loves to relax, swim, and kayak in his home town of Fenelon Falls.


Sharon Lee, violin

Aptly labelled a "compact fireball" (La Scena Musicale), violinist Sharon Lee made her concerto debut at the age of ten with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, and has since appeared as soloist with the Banff Festival Orchestra, Korean-Canadian Symphony, Toronto Concert Orchestra, among others. Sharon won her first full-time position at 26 as Principal Second of the Thunder Bay Symphony, and has served as guest concertmaster of Mississauga Choral Society, Sudbury Symphony, Sneak Peek Orchestra, and Beaches Chorale. She currently serves as Concertmaster of Toronto Concert Orchestra and Bellus Barbari, Toronto's all-female orchestra.


Sharon has enjoyed fellowships to Aspen Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Meisterkurse, New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall; as well as five glorious summers at the Banff Arts Festival and Orford Arts Festival, and two sessions at the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar.

Invited to join the studio of Lorand Fenyves at just 16, Sharon performed at his memorial concert as his final pupil. A young enthusiast of chamber music, she has received the CBC's Galaxie Rising Star Award and the Ontario Arts Council's Orford String Quartet Scholarship.


An advocate of music of our time, Sharon is violinist of the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, and has worked with Tapestry New Opera, CONTACT Contemporary Music, and estimates she’s taken part in about 100 world premieres. Sharon has hit the jackpot a few times in the world of pop music - she found herself starstruck while backing up Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, Peter Gabriel, Earth Wind & Fire, David Foster, Josh Groban.. Sharon's rocker alter-ego is violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist/growler of Dévah Quartet, a progressive-rock electric string quartet. Sharon is a D'Addario Canada Artist.


Daniel Morphy, percussion

A graduate from the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School, percussionist Daniel Morphy now performs with some of Toronto’s most well known and respected ensembles. A busy chamber musician, Daniel performers regularly with the Toronto Symphony, the Esprit Orchestra,and the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan. He is also a founding member of the River Connected Duo, the Ken Shorley Trio, Big Zang Collective, Quicksilver (flute/ perc) and the Toy Piano Composers.

Daniel is mostly known for his work with the TorQ Percussion Quartet. His work in TorQ has taken him back and forth across Canada as well as performances in the USA and Europe. Daniel is currently developing a solo repertoire of original and commissioned works with guidance from percussionist Ray Dillard, with his debut solo CD “Changes” to be released in the fall of 2015. He has also had performances presented by the Banff Centre, Soundstreams Canada, Acadia University and Stratford Summer Music.

An active composer and music creator, Daniel has written extensively for percussion, and most recently his work “Runaway”, commissioned by the Toy Piano Composers for their collaboration with the TorQ Percussion Quartet in their 2014/15 concert season. Daniel can be heard both as a composer and performer on CBC, NAXOS, Centrediscs, TSO live, MTV and Bedoint Records. He became a Canadian Music Center Associate composer in 2014.


Adam Scime, double bass

As a young composer and performer living in Toronto, Adam Scime has been praised as “a fantastic success” (CBC) and “Astounding, the musical result was remarkable” (icareifyoulisten.com). Awards received for his work include the Toronto Emerging Composer Award, the SOCAN Young Composers’ Competition, the Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music, Esprit’s Young Composer Competition, and the Electro-Acoustic Composer Competition. Recent notable performances of Adam’s music include New Music Concerts,The National Arts Centre Orchestra, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, The Esprit Orchestra, l’orchestre francophonie, The Continuum Ensemble, a feature in the Emergents Series at the Music Gallery, a tour of his piece Broken Images to several new music festivals in China, the Hamilton Philharmonic New Music Festival, the UofT New Music Festival, and broadcasts on CBC Radio. Adam has been selected for various workshops with renowned ensembles and organizations including Domaine Forget, Soundstreams, Vocalypse Productions, The National Arts Centre, the Continuum Ensemble, and The Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop. Adam also performs as an in demand double bassist specializing in new music appearing regularly with New Music Concerts, The Array Ensemble, and the Toy Piano Composers among others. Recent composition projects include commissions for the Esprit Orchestra, Array Music and a new opera for FAWN Chamber Collective all to be premiered in 2015/16. Adam is currently studying as a DMA student with Gary Kulesha at UofT.

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Wesley Shen, piano

Wesley Shen can be found in a variety of solo, chamber and orchestral settings, playing an expanded arsenal of keyboard instruments, including piano, harpsichord and toy piano. In the contemporary music scene, he is a regular member of the Toy Piano Composers, and the Bicycle Opera Project. He also works frequently with composers in the development and performance of new works. On the flip side, Wesley studies and performs harpsichord in period Baroque settings, working alongside and mentored by members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.


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Anthony Thompson, clarinet

As a freelance clarinetist, Anthony Thompson performs with many Toronto-based ensembles.  As an orchestral musician, Anthony appears frequently with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed under the baton of renowned conductors Leonard Slatkin, Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian, Kerry Stratton, and Sir Andrew Davis.  Anthony has also appeared with the Toronto Concert Orchestra, the Arizona Opera Orchestra and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.


Anthony has a deep passion for contemporary music, performing regularly with many of Canada's premier new music ensembles such as New Music Concerts, Continuum, and Soundstreams.  Additionally, he is a full-time member of the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble and the Thin Edge New Music Collective.  He has performed in contemporary music festivals across Canada, most recently in Alberta and British Columbia, as well as in Asia at the National Concert Hall in Taipei and the Beijing Modern Music Festival.


As a founding member of the Blythwood Winds woodwind quintet, Anthony is also an active chamber musician, performing regularly at many of Toronto’s musical and cultural venues.  In addition to his performance career, Anthony has a private teaching studio and also composes music for solo clarinet and bass clarinet.

 

Anthony holds an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, a Master of Music from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Music from California State University, Northridge.  His teachers include Joaquin Valdepeñas, Dr. Robert Spring, Dr. Julia Heinen, and Keith Lemmons.


Katherine Watson, flute

Katherine Watson is a flutist and piccoloist based in Montreal, currently pursuing her Master of Music in Orchestral Performance studying with Timothy Hutchins at McGill University. Her most recent performances have included performing with Orchestre Philharmonique des Musiciens de Montreal, Black House Collective Contemporary ensemble as part of the Montreal Contemporary Lab, performing with L’Orchestre Symphonique de L’Agora, as well as many McGill ensembles including the McGill Symphony Orchestra. In the past four years based out of Toronto, Katherine performed with the Toy Piano Composers’ ensemble, the Sneak Peek Orchestra, the Heliconian Choir and Orchestra, and the Bicycle Opera Project. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Heliconian Orchestra, the Toy Piano Composers, Toronto’s New Adventures in Sound Art, The Pendulum Ensemble, Musica Reflecta, and Windago. Katherine has premiered dozens of new Canadian works, and has been featured on CBC Radio 2. As well as being in high demand as a soloist, Katherine has performed with many orchestras and chamber ensembles including The Royal Conservatory Orchestra, The University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Greater Toronto Area Orchestra, The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble, The U of T Contemporary Ensemble, The Sir Ernest MacMillian Chainsaw Gang, as well as many contracted ensembles for recordings. Renown conductors she has worked with include Peter Oundjian, Leon Fleisher, Alexis Hauser, Johannas Debus, Antoin Kuerti, Julian Kuerti, David Briskin, Uri Mayer, Gary Kulesha, and Brian Current. She is a graduate of the prestigious Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, receiving her Artist’s Diploma in 2012, as well as earning her Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto in 2010 studying with Leslie Newman. She has studied privately with Denis Bluteau, Douglas Stewart, Susan Hoeppner, Virginia Spicer, Camille Watts, Susan Milan, Carolyn Christie, and Peter Lloyd.

 
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