Laine Longton, DMA
Laine Longton is a Doctoral student in her final year at UBC studying with professor Eric Wilson. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria School and a Masters of Music degree from the University of Illinois. Ms. Longton has studied extensively in both North America and in Europe with Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, Dmitry Kouzov, Martin Rummel, Guido Schieffen, and violinist Denes Zsigmondy.
Ms. Longton was a member of the National Academy Orchestra in the summer of 2013. Currently she is a Principal Cello of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, on the Extra Cellist list with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and is a Core Section Cello member of the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo.
Ms. Longton’s performance experience is vast, including giving recitals throughout British Columbia with clarinet trio “Trio Dolce” with Clare Yuan, performing with UBC opera for the premiere of Stephen Chatman’s opera “Choir Practice”, performing the premiere of Stephen Taylor’s opera “Paradises Lost” at the University of Illinois, being part of the Jessie nominated pit band for Patrickstreet Production’s “Floyd Collins”, and performing and recording for numerous present-day composers.
Charlene Lee is an alumni from University of British Columbia for the Bachelor of Music as a violinist. She has studied violin under David Gillham and Erin Dorfer. As a pianist, she has achieved Royal Conservatory of Music level 10, and has studied under Dr. Ronald Morgan and Sarah Bowker. Charlene, along with Caroline Chu, is the co-founder for the string quartet 16 Strings (Vancouver). As a violinist, she has performed in various weddings, receptions, and concerts, both in classical and pop genres. As a teacher, Charlene is enthusiastic and strives to motivate students.
Maria Calvet Gadea is a violin player and teacher native from Valencia (Spain). In 2011, after graduating with the highest honours from “Salvador Seguí” Conservatory of Music, where she received her Bachelor Degree, Maria moved to Tallinn (Estonia) to study her Master in Violin Performance at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
She studied regularly with José Luis del Caño in “Salvador Seguí” Conservatory of Music and with Mary Tampere-Bezrodny (main teacher) and Kristina Kriit (assistant) in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Also she has attended several master-classes and courses with Anabel García, Vicente Balaguer Domenech, Pierre Hommage, Vasko Vassilev, Andrei Chestiglazov, Vicente Huerta and Michael Gaisler.
As a violin player, Maria has performed with Youth Orchestra of Generalitat Valenciana, Youth Symphony Orchestra of Castellón, Orchestra of Salvador Seguí Conservatory, Orchestra of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn International Youth Orchestra, ArtOrchEesti, and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO).
Besides playing violin, Maria has been also very interested in teaching. She always tries passionately to motivate the students and get them involved as much as possible in the music. She has experience on music theory, violin, viola and beginner piano.