Louis Pino is from Dix Hills, NY and is a recent graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, having studied percussion with Michael Rosen and computer music with Aurie Hsu and Joo Won Park, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in percussion performance at the University of Toronto with Aiyun Huang. Pino began his musical career playing drum set and hand drums with several local ensembles, and moved on to study at the Juilliard Pre-College, where he received the Commencement Award upon graduation. When arriving at Oberlin, Pino had the opportunity to collaborate with many students at the conservatory and has come to premiere over 50 new chamber and solo works written by himself and his peers. In addition to performing, Pino teaches a small studio of students and is an active composer of electroacoustic music. He often writes music for instruments and interactive electronics, and collaborates in creating interdisciplinary works with dancers and film artists. Outside of music, Pino likes to spend time cooking, hammocking outdoors, and competing in food challenges.
Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Boyce Jeffries, Jr. developed an affinity for a wide array of percussion music from his first teacher, Daniel Kennedy, and continues crafting his eclectic style of performance and composition. He served for one year (2016-17) as an adjunct faculty member at California State University-Sacramento, teaching courses in percussion educational methods, and directing the Balinese gamelan ensemble.
In his second year of the doctoral program, Boyce has begun research on the historical and musical development of the vibraphone from the early twentieth century to today’s contemporary music. In addition to his own work and research, he has served as a teaching assistant in applied percussion lessons, coach for the percussion ensemble, assistant for the Wind Symphony, and serves as the Percussion Area Resource Coordinator for the Faculty of Music.
Most recently, he has become a performing member of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, directed by Ritesh Das. In order to promote and preserve the ensemble’s work, he is currently transcribing and arranging the ensemble’s compositions into standard music notation to incorporate standard and world percussion instruments alongside tabla.
Toronto-based percussionist Jonny Smith is an avid performer of new and contemporary music. His solo concerts have been described as “phenomenal and surprising, even from a performer who is already known for eclectic and diverse performances.” (M. Wightman, The Argosy). Jonny has worked with a number of Canadian composers on developing new works for solo percussion including Kevin Lau, Quinn Jacobs, Riho Maimets, Caleb Chan, Stephanie Orlando, and Liam Ritz. Jonny is also a founding member of the marimba duo Taktus. Taktus released its debut album, “Glass Houses for Marimba” in July 2015. It has been nominated for an East Coast Music Award in the category of Classical Recording of the Year and was included in the CBC’s Top 10 Canadian Classical Albums of 2015. As an active part of the new music community, Jonny has performed with various chamber ensembles in Canada including the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, Din of Shadows, gamUT, and Motion Ensemble. Jonny’s most recent performances include the iconic modernist work, Le Marteau Sans Maître, at the Ottawa Chamberfest (August 2018), and a series of concerts and workshops at the International Gamelan Music Festival in Munich, Germany (June 2018). Jonny is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto. His research centres on composer-performer collaborations in the development of new percussion music and how these relationships function to advance and diversify the repertoire.
Qiuchen Wang began studying percussion when she was young. She first studied with professor WenDong Guan at Wuhan Conservatory of Music, and then with Mr. Anthony Gonzalez, the former Director of Percussion and Principal Timpanist Percussionist for the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Xing Hai Conservatory of Music in China. And she holds a Master’s Degree in percussion performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studies with Professor John R. Beck. In 2017, she moved to Canada and went to the McGill University for Graduate Diploma in Performance, and she has studied with Professor Fabrice Marandol, Shawn Mativetsky, and Ben Reimer. Currently, Qiuchen is pursuing an Advanced Certificate in Performance at the University of Toronto, and studies with Professor Aiyun Huang, Beverley Johnston, and John Rudolph.
Qiuchen also actively participated in several well-known workshops and performance including Leigh Howard Steven 37th Summer Marimba Seminar, PASIC 2016 (with Cloyd Duff Scholarship), Nief-Norf Festival 2017, Atlantic Music Festival 2018 (with fellowship). Besides her devotion in performance, Qiuchen had been a music teacher (with Teacher’s Certificate in Music Education) for nine years in children’s music education, and had been a full-time Percussionist of Beijing Performance Production Center of Guangdong Province TV Station in China.