Roderick Seed is a British flute player based in Vancouver BC, who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010.
He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2009. He won the “Paddy Purcell Award” – an Entrance Scholarship – to study with William Bennett, OBE. He went on to study with Lorna McGhee, the principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where he also received a scholarship. Previously, he has studied with Sebastian Bell, Kate Hill and Pat Morris (piccolo) and has participated in masterclasses given by international artists such as Emily Beynon, Emanuel Pahud, Jacques Zoon, David Takeno (violin professor) and Shigenori Kudo.
In September 2010 Roderick was a First Prize Winner of the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition (New York) and in October he performed at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.
Roderick has given recitals and concerts in venues such as Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh Festival), St Martin in the Fields, St James’s Piccadilly and Westminster Cathedral, as well as concert halls in Canada, Hungary, Germany and USA. He has played with London Octave and has toured Europe as soloist in Malcolm Arnold’s Flute Concerto with West Sussex County Orchestra. Most recently, he has given concerts and masterclasses in Canada and Japan. He has played alongside flautists such as William Bennett and Denis Bouriakov.
Roderick is an active teacher. He was Teaching Assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School in 2009 and 2010. He has also given masterclasses at the Lizst Academy in Budapest, Hungary and for the Royal Muscat Philharmonic Orchestra in Oman. With the Moyse Ensemble, he has given classes and concerts in Japan and at the 2nd Canadian Flute Convention.
Braeden Li is a Vancouver musician, born and raised. He started his musical training at the age of twelve, playing clarinet and quickly moving to the bass clarinet. His first idol, Sonny Rollins, opened Braeden up to the world of jazz, and thus to the saxophone.
Braeden is currently in his final year of his Bachelors of Music in Secondary Education degree at the University of British Columbia, studying under the tutelage of saxophonist Julia Nolan. Braeden has played in UBC’s Concert Winds, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, as well as both of the UBC Jazz Ensembles. Recently, Braeden toured with UBC Choral Union, and performed Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe at Carnegie Hall, as conducted by Dr. Graeme Langager.
Braeden believes strongly in the importance of music in one’s life, and the many positive skills and benefits that come with listening to and playing music. He aims to share his enthusiasm and love for music with his students.