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Monday, June 2, 2014

Symphony Nova Scotia congratulates Robert Uchida on permanent Concertmaster position with the Edmonton Symphony

Halifax, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia extends its warmest congratulations to Robert Uchida, who has accepted a permanent position as Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony. Robert joined Symphony Nova Scotia as Concertmaster in October of 2006, and during his eight-year tenure with the orchestra, forged lasting relationships with Symphony Nova Scotia’s musicians, partners, and audiences. He was frequently featured as a guest soloist in Symphony Nova Scotia performances, and in 2010 began leading the orchestra in an annual “homegrown” baroque concert that’s since become an audience favourite.  During his time in Nova Scotia, Robert also maintained a busy teaching schedule, including a position at Acadia University, and was very active on Symphony Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors and Programming Committee. In addition to guest appearances with orchestras across the country, he also performed regularly throughout Nova Scotia as a chamber musician, and took a leading role in the Symphony Nova Scotia Players’ Association’s annual Feed Nova Scotia fundraiser. “Robert has been an inspirational Concertmaster,” says Bernhard Gueller, Music Director of Symphony Nova Scotia. “He has been a friend to so many of us. His commitment to Symphony Nova Scotia and his involvement on so many levels has been outstanding, and we will miss his input along with his superb playing. We wish him and Laura Veeze, his violinist wife who has also made a strong mark on us all, the very best as they embark on the next stage in their careers. We will miss them.” Robert has been regularly performing with the Edmonton Symphony since fall 2013, while on a one-year sabbatical from Symphony Nova Scotia. During Robert’s absence, the role of Symphony Nova Scotia Concertmaster has been filled by Montreal-born violinist Renaud Lapierre, who was selected as the top candidate for the Symphony’s Concertmaster position last fall. Renaud will continue to perform with Symphony Nova Scotia throughout the 2014/15 concert season. About Robert Uchida
Canadian violinist Robert Uchida has been hailed for his “ravishing sound, eloquence, and hypnotic intensity” (Strings Magazine). He enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and educator. His performances across North America and Europe have been received with great critical acclaim. Robert previously served as Concertmaster of Symphony Nova Scotia and Associate Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and has acted as Guest Concertmaster for the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He has worked as Concertmaster with many of the world’s top conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Edo de Waart and Pinchas Zukerman.  In recent years he has been a featured soloist with several of Canada’s orchestras including the Edmonton Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre de la Francophonie, Ottawa Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Symphony New Brunswick. His recital and chamber music performances have included prestigious venues including Lincoln Center (New York), Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), and the Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto). He has been a guest violinist at numerous Canadian festivals and chamber music series. An advocate of new music, Robert has worked with many composers including John Corigliano and Richard Danielpour; given premieres of works by Tim Brady, John Frantzen, Augusta Read-Thomas, Scott Wollschleger; and recorded the premiere of the Sonata for Solo Violin by Andrew Violette for Innova Records.  Robert has held teaching positions at Acadia University, the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, and the National Arts Centre’s Young Artist Program. He is Artistic Director of the Acadia Summer Strings Festival in Wolfville and is frequently invited to give master classes at schools across the country. Robert performs on a Lorenzo Ventapane violin made in Naples, Italy in 1810, bows by Peccatte and Sartory, and a baroque bow by Max Kasper. He currently lives in Edmonton with his wife Laura and their two children. About Renaud Lapierre
Born in Montreal, Renaud Lapierre grew up in Saint-Lambert, Quebec in a musical family. He first began playing the violin at age five, and spent nearly ten years studying music at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Raymond Dessaints. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Performance under Anne Robert at l’Unversité de Montréal. Renaud has performed and toured with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal throughout Canada, Japan, Korea, and Europe, where he visited twelve cities in two weeks. He has also toured in the U.S. with Les Violons du Roy, playing in Los Angeles at the Walt Disney Centre and in New York at Carnegie Hall.  In 2005, Renaud was winner of the Trois-Rivieres Symphonic Orchestra Competition. Previous appointments as Concertmaster include the Orchestre de la Francophonie canadienne and Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal. He also held the position of Principal Second Violin for Symphony Nova Scotia in 2011/12.  In his spare time, Renaud enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, camping, getting together with friends, and spending time with his two children.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love – from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is one of the most broadcast orchestras in the country, with over 20 commercial releases and multiple East Coast Music Awards. Visit to learn more, listen online, or get tickets today!

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