Timothy Steeves, violin
Ji Eun Jenny Lim, violin
Katrina Chitty, viola
Jacob van der Sloot, viola
Luke Kim, cello
Jonathan Lo, cello
Strauss & Tchaikovsky: The String Sextets
Dates and Tickets
Wed, 28-30 Apr 2021
Anvil Centre, Virtual Concert
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70.
About Schubert String Quintet
Canadian violinist Timothy Steeves has performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and advocate of contemporary music. He has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Salzburger Festspiele.
Timothy has previously he served as Concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Assistant Concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Concertmaster for the world-premiere recording of Darius Milhaud’s Oresteia of Aeschylus. Timothy’s chamber music collaborators have included Pierre Amoyal, Andrés Cárdenes, Nancy Ambrose King, Steven Mackey, and Paul Schoenfeld and he has also toured both Canada and the United States as a duo with pianist Jani Parsons and with soprano Alexandra Smither.
A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Timothy has given the world premieres of dozens of works. He is the founding violinist of the new music ensemble Latitude 49 with which he has toured all over the United States. The ensemble’s debut album, Curious Minds, was released in 2017.
Timothy is a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award and a Laureate of the 2015 Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition. He is a Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate at Rice University having previously attained both a Bachelors and Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan. Timothy’s primary teachers include Edmond Agopian, David Halen, Cho-Liang Lin, Nick Pulos, and Stephen Shipps.
Ji Eun Jenny Lim
As the winner of The Artist’s International competition, Ji Eun Lim was awarded a debut recital at the Carnegie Weill hall the following year; and also made her debut at the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center with the Juilliard Orchestra after winning the Juilliard competition. In Korea, she made her debut with Leipziger Kammer Orchester in the 2001 Seoul International Music Festival, and also was the soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in the New Year’s Gala Concert. Ji Eun has appeared with numerous orchestras, toured playing recitals, chamber music concerts and international festivals in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, and USA.
After her education with Gerard Kantarjian in Canada, Ji Eun achieved her Bachelor’s, Master’s degree and professional studies program under the guidance of Hyo Kang at the Juilliard School in New York. Her studies continued with legendary artists such as Arnold Steinhardt(Guarneri Quartet), Donald Weilerstein(Cleveland Quartet) and Norbert Brainin(Amadeus Quartet).
For more than ten years, Ji Eun taught violin and chamber music at YonSei University and HanYang University in South Korea, and also at Montpellier International Music Academy and International Sommerakademie Schloss Heiligenberg.
Katrina Chitty, a native of Langley, BC, joined the Vancouver Symphony viola section in 2019. Katrina originally began her musical education on the violin at age four – and only a couple of years later, became one of the youngest members to join the Surrey Junior Strings.
This early introduction to orchestral life inspired her throughout her musical studies, and several years later she was accepted at the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud in France to further her musical education. Following that, Katrina attended Wilfrid Laurier University for her bachelor’s degree, studying with Jerzy Kaplenek.
Finding that a switch to viola better suited her, Katrina then completed her master’s degree at McGill University under the direction of André Roy. She spent a year performing chamber music around the world on cruise ships with her quartet, and then spent several years freelancing in Toronto with the Toronto Symphony, National Ballet, and Canadian Opera Company. Katrina is now happy to call Vancouver her home.
When not on stage, Ms. Chitty serves as a Logistics Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves.
Jacob van der Sloot
Jacob van der Sloot started playing violin under the instruction of his mother and father, Daphne and Michael van der Sloot, when he was 5. He then switched to viola with his Father when he was 13 and was accepted to the Juilliard school to study with Steven Tenebom, where he would earn his Bachelors degree in 2019. Shortly after his undergraduate studies, Jacob became the youngest member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at age 22.
Growing up in Victoria BC, Jacob had the opportunity to solo with the Sidney Classical, Sooke Philharmonic and the VCM Senior string orchestras, being praised for his “..deep, rich sound with flying colours.” (Times Colonist, Canada) Jacob has gone on to perform in halls around the world such as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully hall in New York City, and the Bejing Conservatory Concert Hall, among others. Jacob also made his solo Carnegie debut in 2019 playing the Brahms E-flat Major viola sonata as part of Julie Jordan’s “International Rising Stars” concert series.
An avid chamber musician, Jacob was part of the Noctis Quartet, which won second place at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the WDAV Young Artists Competition. Jacob’s passion for chamber music also carries into music outreach, playing chamber music all over New York City in hospitals, prisons, retirement homes, schools and psychiatric facilities as part of Juilliard’s “Gluck” Fellowship program and through GroupMuse concerts. He also enjoys private teaching, and has served on faculty of the Victoria Summer Strings Academy.
Jacob’s orchestral journey began with the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra. He has since played with the Juilliard Orchestra, the Juilliard Lab Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Violist of both the Sidney Classical Orchestra and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta. Jacob joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2020 and is incredibly happy to call Vancouver his home.
A member of the Vancouver Cello Quartet, Luke Wook-Young Kim completed his undergraduate studies at UBC where he received the Catherine-Cooke Topping Memorial Medal for musical excellence. Then, he finished his Master of Music degree as a full scholarship student at UCLA. His teachers include Antonio Lysy, Joseph Elworthy, Eric Wilson, John Friesen, and Kenneth Friedman. Luke participated in masterclasses with Lynn Harrell, Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, and Paul Katz. He also attended the Aspen Music Festival and the Early Music Vancouver Programme (baroque cello). Besides cello, he enjoys playing the viola da gamba.
Luke has appeared in various concert series and recitals throughout Greater Vancouver. In addition, he has performed as a soloist with various orchestras such as the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, the Polish Czestochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Busan Neo Philharmonic (Korea). In spring 2015, Luke was featured as a soloist for Friedrich Gulda’s Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra with the UCLA Wind Ensemble. He also performed Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante with the West Coast Symphony in 2019.
Canadian cellist Jonathan Lo has performed in venues such as Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Canadian Opera Company, Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Paleis Het Loo. He has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Burnaby Symphony, and the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. His chamber music collaborators have included Geoff Nuttall, Dasol Kim, Robert Levin, Louis Schwizgebel, Georgy Tchaidze, and the late Lynn Harrell; additionally he has worked closely with composers such as Oliver Knussen, Shulamit Ran, and Osvaldo Golijov.
From 2013 to 2020, he was the founding cellist of the Rolston String Quartet, winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, Cleveland Quartet Award, and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. Praised for their “maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world” (Musical Toronto), they performed throughout North America, Europe, and Israel, in such concert halls as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Koerner Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Esterhazy Palace. Festival appearances include Spoleto Chamber Music Series, LaJolla SummerFest, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, and the Schwetzingen SWR Festival alongside artists such as the Carter Brey, Gary Hoffman, Cho-Liang Lin, Miguel da Silva, Dimitri Murrath, Paul Neubauer, and the Dover and St. Lawrence String Quartets.
Jonathan has given masterclasses at the University of Toronto, University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and La Jolla SummerFest. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, as well as fellowships from the Glenn Gould School and the Yale School of Music. Jonathan has had masterclasses with Mischa Maisky, Steven Isserlis, Raphael Wallfisch, and Timothy Eddy. His major teachers include Norman Fischer, Desmond Hoebig, Andrés Díaz, Joel Krosnick, Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliott and Audrey Nodwell.