Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
String quartet Op. 20 No. 2 in C Major
About Artists
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.

Timothy Steeves

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.

Marina Thibeault

Violist Marina Thibeault’s “plangent tone and expressive phrasing” (The Strad) foreground a great richness in her playing that is on display across various styles. Named Radio-Canada's classical "Revelation" for 2016-2017, Marina has delighted audiences across Canada, the United States, and Europe with her elegant, spellbinding performances and engaging presence.

An accomplished concerto soloist, Marina has performed with the North Czech Philharmonic, Mariánské Lázně Symphony Orchestra, the Santiago Chamber Orchestra, the Verbier festival, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Sinfonia Toronto, to mention a few. Future concert dates will bring Marina to Seoul, Eastern Europe, the American West Coast, and Costa Rica.

An avid chamber musician, Marina has collaborated with members of the Guarneri Quartet, the Cleveland Quartet, Charles-Richard Hamelin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and Johannes Moser, amongst other renowned chamber musicians. Her interest in new music has led her to work with composers such as John Corigliano, Joan Tower, and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Marina's first album, Toquade, was released in April 2017 on the ATMA label, and was nominated by the ADISQ and Prix Opus for Album of the Year. Her 2020 JUNO Award-nominated album ELLES honours groundbreaking women composers from Clara Schumann to the present day. A passionate advocate for women’s rights, Thibeault has utilized the broad-ranging ELLES project in various iterations to reach out to at-risk women and raise awareness for organizations that support this important cause. The concert adaptation of ELLES presents a wide-ranging program of works for solo viola by Ana Sokolović, Dorothy Chang, and Melody McKiver.

Marina Thibeault holds numerous honours and distinctions, including prizes from the Père-Lindsay Foundation (2017), "Révélation Radio-Canada" (2016-2017), CBC’s “30 hot classical musicians under 30” (2016), and the Sylva Gelber Foundation (2016). She won first prize in the string category of Prix d’Europe (2015), the McGill Concerto Competition (2015), the Radio-Canada “Young Artist” prize (2007) as well as a special prize at the Beethoven Hradec International Viola Competition (2008).

Marina studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Michael Tree and Roberto Diaz, at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana under the tutelage of Bruno Giuranna, and at McGill University with André Roy where she received a Master's degree. She is currently completing her doctoral degree with Women in Music as primary topic, and secondly, with Sports Psychology Applied to elite musicians. Since the summer of 2018, Marina has coordinated the chamber music program at Domaine Forget, QC, where she also teaches viola since the summer of 2019. Marina Thibeault joinned the faculty of The UBC School of Music as Assistant Professor of Viola and Chamber Music, beginning in the 2019–20 academic year.

A certified Sivananda yoga instructor, Marina integrates mindfulness techniques into her teaching. When not playing the viola or spending time with her children Lucien and Tabea, Marina keeps her hands busy knitting, spinning and sewing.

Marina would like to sincerely thank Canimex for their generous support.

Jonathan Lo

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.

Dates and Tickets
Wednesday, 29 Sep 2021, 13:00
Highlands United Church, North Vancouver 
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VCMS String Quartet

Ji Eun Jenny Lim, violin

Timothy Steeves, violin

Marina Thibeault, viola

Jonathan Lo, cello

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5