All Terrain Tour
The Madoc Quartet: four accomplished orchestral musicians sharing a passion for the string quartet and discovered in each other the desire to classical music with people who rarely, if ever, get to hear a professional concert hall performance. Finessing the traditional string quartet repertoire and exploring new sounds in music by modern and particularly Canadian composers, the Madoc Quartet is primed to bring great music to audiences everywhere. "Canadian composers are writing the music for our time," Sebastian Sallans, quartet leader, says. "The string quartet is an sonorous, versatile and stunningly beautiful instrument for which the great composers wrote their best music. The Madoc Quartet wants everyone, no matter where they live and what their music experience is, to have the chance to discover and enjoy it all." Exciting performances can be expected from this exceptional ensemble.
Violinist Sebastian Sallans graduated B.Mus, Performance Violin from University of Toronto in 2014. Since then he has earned a reputation as a sensitive and accomplished ensemble musician, performing as soloist, concert master / assistant concert master and orchestral musician with orchestras across the GTA, Ontario, and Quebec, including the Niagara Symphony, Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, the North-Bay Symphony Orchestra (Principle 2nd) and the l’Orchestre symphonique régional Abitibi-Témiscamingue. He is a founding member of the Madoc Quartet, the piano duo, Driveshaft with pianist Todd Yaniw, the 6ix Quartet and jazz hybrid, Das Trio. Sebastian is a versatile multi-genre musician. His solo performance credits include appearances in the GTA, across the Quinte Region, and recitals in Salzburg, Austria.
Sebastian is drawn to the music of our time, collaborating with contemporary composers including Patricia Moorehead, Andy Slade and Jacques Marchand as well performing the traditional repertoire of the classical violinist. Sebastian studied under Mark Skazinetsky (TSO), Jonathan Crowe (TSO) Karoli Sziladi (NACO), Michael Frischenschlager (Salzburg Mozarteum), Andrew Wan (OSM) and Victor Dernovski (l'Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse) and continues to pursue advanced instruction. He also enjoys fiddle music, learning his tunes as a child from his grandfather, Bill Sallans and Ottawa Valley legend, Bruce Wilson.
Possessed of a highly personable stage presence and known for his deeply effective communicative style in performance, Sebastian enacts his commitment to promoting classical music from the stage and also as Artistic Director of the Quinte Society for Chamber Music. A well-known musical figure in the Quinte area, Sebastian grew up in Madoc township, and spent his summers and holidays with his grandparents in Prince Edward County. His grandfather taught him to fiddle, his mother saw to his classical training in violin and piano, and his friends and neighbors taught him to play the music of any genre or period in a way that includes everyone. To QSCM he brings a personal understanding of the Hastings- Prince Edward community and to every performance a heartfelt desire to share beautiful music with all.
Violinist Leslie Townsend has an impressive roster of highly respected European professional qualifications and earning his B. Mus. Hons from Trinity Laban in the UK, M. Mus from the Vienna Privat Universität, and a Violin Certificate from St. Petersburg, in Russia. Originally from London, UK, Leslie is classically trained in violin and piano. His performing career has taken him on tour in Africa, Europe, Canada and Asia.
Inspired and supported by amazing teachers and family, starting at 8 he quickly made progress and at 14 played as soloist in Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’. Yehudi Menuhin called him ‘a player of passion and interest’. In search of his family and musical heritage he studied in Russia, where his great grandmother had studied piano. Returning to England his string quartet won prizes at Trinity Laban and nationally before touring France and Switzerland. In Vienna he learned the precision and gracefulness of the Viennese style; before starting a busy playing career including: Music Theatre tours in Holland and Belgium, working for the BBC and teaching students.
Violist Sarah de Niverville performs and teaches in the Greater Toronto Area, and has been a core member of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra since 2018. Previously, she was a four-time member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, acting as Co-Principal Viola for three summers. Prior to pursuing graduate studies in Victoria, British Columbia, Sarah became the youngest member of Symphony New Brunswick at age 23. Additionally, she has played with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, the Scarborough Philharmonic, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and the Galiano Ensemble. Outside of Canada, Sarah has performed in Portugal, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, China and Italy. She also enjoys teaching children in Scarborough as part of the Sistema Toronto program.
Sarah earned her Master of Music in Performance at the University of Victoria under the tutelage of Joanna Hood of the Lafayette String Quartet. She previously earned her Bachelor of Music in Performance from the Université de Moncton, studying with Nadia Francavilla and Isabelle Fournier.
Known for his ingenuity in merging classical music with pop-culture, cellist Brenton Chan has performed in numerous concert halls and alternative venues across Canada and abroad. He shares his skill and passion with the University of Toronto as a cello ensemble coordinator.
As a featured artist and arranger at Music in the Morning, Brenton performed alongside Shauna Rolston, Barry Shiffman, and Joseph Elworthy at the Vancouver Academy of Music and at CBC Studio 1 in Vancouver. He has also appeared at the Glenn Gould Studio, most notably for John McDermott’s fundraise Music in the Key of Giving. In his continued pursuit of artistic excellence, Brenton has performed in many international music festivals including the International Festival of the Duchi d’Acquaviva (Italy), where he received a scholarship to study with acclaimed German cellist Maria Kliegel, and the Orford Music Festival (Québec), where he was invited by the Gryphon Trio to participate in their pilot project. In the realm of jazz, Brenton has collaborated with Juno Award winner Molly Johnson as well as Laila Baili. He has also released an independent trio recording of Beatles ballads available through iTunes and cdbaby.
Brenton holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto in Cello Performance. He is highly sought after as a guest coach for various music programs in the Greater Toronto Area. Brenton performs on a beautiful copy of a Brothers Amati cello made by Michèle Ashley. Brenton teaches cello lessons in Toronto at Neighbour Note.