Bios of the composers and musicians for "from the soundtrack of...."
Leila S. Lustig
Leila Lustig was born in Louisville
In Canada she has been an arts marketer, a university public-relations officer and a government writer, while continuing to compose and to perform. Her choral works have been performed in the U.S. and Canada. While serving as Communication Officer at Brock University in Ontario, she composed incidental music for two student productions and sang her own and other contemporary composers’ music with two faculty members as the Trio Con Brio.
Her works have been featured in several Sonic Boom Festivals and by others in Vancouver. In Victoria, the Prima Youth Choir performed Persons of No Fixed Abode. In Victoria, her works have been performed by choirs and other ensembles . She participated in Pacific
Her chamber works have recently been performed in Victoria, Edmonton, Mount Allison, PEI and Juneau, Alaska,
She is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.
Diane Berry grew up in Toronto graduating from the music program at York University and since then she has been working as a private teacher and freelance flutist. She began composing in her thirties.
She has had works performed by the Erato Ensemble, the Turning Point Ensemble, NuBC, the SOCCO string quartet in Seattle, flutist Mark McGregor, Kamloops Chamber players, and many local Victoria performers. Her work has also been featured in the Sonic Boom New Music Festival and in the Oak Bay Music series. In 2016, her piece for string quartet, "Chasing the Raven" was awarded second prize in the Seattle Composers Alliance competition, was performed by NOCCO and broadcast on Seattle's KING.FM. Earlier that year, her piece "Ephemeral" was performed in the Hugh Davidson Readings by the Victoria Symphony, and in the Jean Coulthard Readings by the Vancouver Symphony.
Last fall she was commissioned to write a piece for Open Doors Milwaukee, to be performed in the old Gas Light Building. "Gaslight 1904" is for clarinet and cello. In October 2018, she had her European debut with her piece for solo flute and electronics, "Calling" which was part of the International Alliance for Women in Music's annual concert in Dublin, Ireland
She is a registered music teacher, an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, a member of the Association of Canadian Women Composers, the International Alliance for Women in Music, the Victoria Composer's Collective and the Canadian League of Composers.
Marnie Setka-Mooney is active in Victoria as both a performer and teacher. She has her AVCM (voice), and BMus-Vocal Performance from UBC, having studied with Catherine Young in Victoria and French Tickner at UBC. A believer in professional development, Marnie has also sung in Master Classes for Richard Miller, Edith Wiens, and Cornelia Prestl.
Over the years, Marnie has sung professionally as a recitalist in Winnipeg (Women of Note), Europe, the U.S, Vancouver (Cantata Singers), Kelowna (Philharmonic Orchestra), and Victoria (Bel Canto/Viva), while also being a frequent guest soloist at locations all around B.C, as well as in Mexico. As a performer, she enjoys premiering new compositions, especially those of the Victoria Composers Collective
On Faculty at the VCM since 1998, Marnie has also taught at Pearson College, the Victoria School of Ideal Education and she has been on faculty at the Canadian College of Performing Arts (Musical Theatre). She has adjudicated for the VCM Lieder Competition and has taught Children’s Voice for the VCM Diploma Program
A Choral Conductor for over a decade, Marnie’s current conducting role is with Sing Victoria Children and Teens’ Choir. Past Conducting duties have been with VIVA children’s choir, St. Mary’s Children’s Choir (Oak Bay), Crystal Singers Women’s Choir, Victoria Male Voice Choir, and the Foundation Choir (VCM
She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, a BC Registered Music Teacher, she has recently begun serving as the Mid-Island representative for the BC Choral Federation and is the new Director of Music Together Mid Island, a research based early childhood music program for families.
Kathryn Le Gros
Kathryn enjoys playing piano and clarinet in chamber music and other small ensembles. After graduating Wilfrid Laurier’s Bachelor of Music program with a major in two instruments, she co-founded the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra (and was also the manager for several years). She was a regular recitalist in southern Ontario before moving to Victoria in the 1990’s. In Victoria, she has played in classical and jazz trios quartets and quintets, as well as performed with singers and other instrumentalists. Recent performances on both clarinet and piano include An Die Musik (an evening of Schubert music) and Amor (an evening of Spanish music) with Resonance, Spring Romantique with cello and singers, classical repertoire with the Aerie Trio, light jazz with Broke and Blue (featuring music of Claude Bolling) and jazz with 5 Shadez of Blue. In addition to her musical pursuits, Kathryn had successful careers in downtown management and postsecondary education before recently retiring.
Originally from the Netherlands, Erik Abbink has been living and working in Canada since 2002. His wide musical interests range from classical, contemporary, popular to film music. As a saxophonist he has performed around the world with various chamber music ensembles, wind bands, and orchestras.
He is the founder and Artistic Director of Victoria’s most eclectic chamber music society Oak Bay Music, which presents concerts of traditional and new music as well as a yearly New Music Festival.
Erik Abbink holds a Doctorate in Music Performance from the University of British Columbia. Music composition classes include studying art music and orchestration at UBC Vancouver and ArtEZ Enschede (The Netherlands), Film and TV Scoring courses through Berklee College Boston, and Sound Design through ThinkSpace Education Film Scoring School (United Kingdom). Erik is a member of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and board member of the Victoria Independent Film Professionals Association.
Nathan Friedman is a composer and clarinettist based in Victoria, BC. He has degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of Victoria, where he studied with composition with Paula Matthusen, Anthony Braxton, John Celona, and others, and clarinet with Patricia Kostek. His works engage with and aim to subvert the contradictions and conventions of music and aesthetics of the last 150 years, using a pluralistic approach that juxtaposes rigorous structural methods with an expressionist lyricism. They have been performed by Mark McGregor, Erik Abbink, the Bassinova Quartet, the Vancouver Clarinet Trio, loadbang, Michael Robert-Broder & Corey Hamm, and the Victoria Composers Collective. In 2019, he is participating in the PIVOT workshop, sponsored by the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre. Working with mentor Martin Arnold, he is writing a new work for Continuum Contemporary Music.
As a clarinettist, Nathan is active in classical, new music, klezmer and free improvisation contexts. He is currently a member of the Victoria Composers Collective, A Place to Listen Ensemble and Friedman/Krause Duo.