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Professional Biographies


Elizabeth Carmack

Elizabeth Carmack completed her MA from King's College London with a thesis on The Resurgence of Arthurian and Grail Motifs in 19th Century English Poetry. At the same institution she started a PhD dissertation on Metaphysics and Music in Shakespeare's Romances which remained incomplete. Elizabeth teaches critical thinking and academic writing at Simon Fraser University. She lectured in English Literature, as well as specifically on Shakespeare, at Moscow State University in Russia and Tsinghua University in China. Inspired by her sister's Catherine Carmack's research work at Cambridge University, Elizabeth became passionate about the link between music and freedom. As a result Elizabeth conceived of the Cambridge Music Conference in 2000 running the first conference in 2001. She is the artistic director of the Cambridge Music Conference. Vancouver Michaelmas Conference is her eleventh event in fourteen years.

Janet Danielson

Janet Danielson is a Vancouver-based composer and music theorist. Her compositions include an opera, The Marvelous History of Mariken of Nimmegen, and a number of works combining Western and Chinese instruments. She has taught courses in music theory, analysis, music and culture, and composition at Simon Fraser University and at Vancouver’s Regent College. Recent publications include a chapter in Bearing Witness: Perspectives on War and Peace from the Arts and Humanities. Her Cambridge Music Conference commission, Truth Threatens Mercy Threatens Justice Threatens Peace for SATB chorus and oboe d’amore, was premiered in 2012 in Vancouver. Upcoming projects include a chapter in a forthcoming book on neo-Calvinist philosophy and the arts, a suite of works for piano trio and percussion to be premiered in Tennessee, and realizations of the earliest known compositions in Canada by Ursuline nuns.

Marina Hasselberg

Along with being the Artistic Director of NOVO Ensemble, Marina is an active and passionate chamber musician specializing in new and baroque music.

In 2008 Marina left her home country (Portugal) and moved to Canada where she was offered several scholarships and awards to pursue a Master’s in Literature and Performance at the University of Western Ontario (completed in 2010 with distinction). Since then Marina has performed with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute Orchestra (Toronto), American Bach Soloists Academy Orchestra (San Francisco), Victoria Baroque Players (Victoria, BC), Orchestra London (London, ON), Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (Kelowna, BC), Kamloops Symphony Orchestra (BC), and Vancouver’s Orchestra Armonia, NOVO Ensemble, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Redshift Music Society, Vancouver Pro Musica, Vancouver New Music, Stellaria, St. Andrew’s Wesley Oratorio Singers, The Little Chamber Music Series That Could, Turning Point Ensemble, Restless Productions, and Early Music Vancouver Cantata Project Players.

An advocate for new works, especially those by Canadian composers, Marina has commissioned and premiered many new pieces with several more being written for future premieres. Marina’s love of all the arts, especially dance, film and theater, is leading to the creation of inter-disciplinary works that cross genre boundaries.

As a baroque cellist, Marina dedicates a lot of her time to playing and studying the repertoire and historically informed performance practice of the 17th and 18th centuries. As part of her exploration of the world of baroque music, Marina has learned from many wonderful musicians including Marc Destrubé, Jaap ter Linden, Tanya Tomkins, Christina Mahler, Viola de Hoog, Allen Whear and Rainer Zipperling.

Marina plays an Italian cello from 1860, and a David Rubio baroque cello kindly loaned by Dianne Miskey.

Evgeny Shcherbakov

Born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, July 18, 1958. Aged 8 he started as a brass band player, at 9, he created his first composition “Minutes” for piano, still performed in Russia and Switzerland. He studied composition under Prof. Boris Getzelev at the State Glinka Conservatoire of Music, receiving his Doctorate in 1991. Shcherbakov also took a specialization in the opera and symphonic conducting under Prof. M. Samorukova. As a conductor he also graduated from the Dzerzhinsk Musical College (1977 – Orchestra conducting); the Samara State Culture and Art Institute (1981 – Choir conducting). 1990 – 2008 he was a professor at the Conservatoire in Nizhny Novgorod, department of Composition and Instrumentation. 1996-2008 he was an associate conductor of the State Glinka Conservatoire of the Music Symphony Orchestra, a guest conductor of the Municipal Chamber Orchestra “Soloists of Nizhny Novgorod”, guest conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmonic. He was awarded International Residences and Grants in Switzerland. His works have been performed in Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France, Ukraine, Macedonia, Canada. Awards won include: 2008 Shcherbakov won the All-Russian competition of composers “Saint Symbols of Russia”, 2010 Special Prize-Composer at the Vancouver International Festival of Russian Music. In 2008 he moved to Canada as the Choir Director of the Vancouver Waldorf High School and continues to compose. Shcherbakov’s style is based on Russian Orthodox Religious traditions and philosophical conceptions of Russian philosophers, which composers interpret through the prism of contemporaneity and contemporary techniques. His work covers different genres from children and chamber music to symphonies, instrumental concertos, cantatas and oratories. He has composes for eurythmy.

Jinny Shaw

Okeanos' primary focus is to reach out to new audiences, create opportunities for young composers, and initiate pioneering performance events, often collaborating with other art forms.

Having premiered over 100 new works, including commissions from Robin Holloway, Howard Skempton, Judith Weir, Nicola Lefanu and Judith Bingham, they have been at the forefront of many young composers' careers; Lynne Plowman, Dai Fujikura, Chikako Morishita and Basil Athenasiadis to name a few.

They recently gave an all-Knussen chamber music programme as part of Institute of Musical Research's Oliver Knusssen conference. They have also played at Kings Place, and the Warehouse participating in 5 BMIC Cutting Edge Series. Residencies have included Dartington 2009 in celebration with Japan-Uk150, Vale of Glamorgan Festival and Oxford Brookes Universities. They have given workshops and performances at Oxford & Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festivals, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Bath Spa and Cardiff Universities. Earlier projects include collaborations through SPNM and the Asian Music Circuit with koto soloist Etsuko Takezawa; and also with artist Katharine Dowson and Textural Space exhibition curator Lesley Millar.

This February they give their debut at the Barbican in a concert as part of BBC Radio 3's Total Immersion weekend featuring the music of Dai Fujikura.

Okeanos has featured on Radio 3's 'Here & Now' and their recordings broadcast on Australian and UK radio. The recently released NMC Debut Disc series features music by Dai Fujikura and has been acclaimed worldwide.

Joan Sleigh

Joan Sleigh was born in 1962 in Hermanus, Cape, South Africa. As the second daughter of Julian and Renate Sleigh Joan enjoyed a happy, harmonious childhood in Camphill. Her schooling was partly Waldorf and partly state education. After graduating from high school she moved to Germany for 13 years where she had four children and then did the Waldorf teacher seminar in Witten/Annen. She then returned to South Africa in 1995 and worked in the Michael Oak Waldorf School for 18 years, as well as in the Center for Creative Education, training teachers.

Having grown up in Camphill with Anthroposophy and having attended and studied Waldorf Education, Joan became an active part of the anthroposophical work in Cape Town. In 2011, she  took on the position representing South Africa in The Haag Circle of the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach.

In 2012 Joan was asked to consider joining the Executive Council at the Goetheanum, which she then did in March 2013. Part of her responsibility is in the field of Studies and Further Education, especially Anthroposophical Studies in English. Another aspect of her work is linking with the English speaking Anthroposophical Societies throughout the world.

Klaus Suppan

Klaus Suppan was born 1981 in Graz, Austria. He studied jazz and improvisational music, as well as music and media technologies, at Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Austria. Klaus studied eurythmy at the Individual Study Programme at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. Currently he teaches eurythmy within the context of Course Studies and Further Education at the Goetheanum, as well as the Academy for Art and Anthroposophy. He is part of the Kairos Project Ensemble and is the director of the Academy for Art and Anthroposophy in Dornach, Switzerland.

Philip Thatcher

Philip Thatcher taught history, English and drama for seventeen years at the Vancouver Waldorf School and served as General Secretary for the Anthroposophical Society in Canada from 2004 to 2011. He is the author of The Raven Trilogy, a retelling of the Parzival story through Native North American characters, and continues to be active as an adult educator.

Ursula Zimmermann

Ursula studied Eurythmy with Elena Zuccoli from 1975 to 1979 in Dornach. She then actively taught in the Elena Zuccoli School of Eurythmy until 2000. Today Ursula works at and carries responsibility for the Kairos Centre of Eurythmy. She teaches eurythmy courses in Switzerland and abroad, but also within the College for Studies and Further Education at the Goetheanum. She possesses professional expertise from her longstanding work on the Goetheanum Stage as well as her continuous independent artistic projects since 1990. She heads the Kairos Project-Ensemble which often appears within conferences at the Goetheanum.