Bios

(Up-to-date as of March 2017)

STUART MATTHEWS has been playing violin since the age of three and is currently studying with Joan Milkson and Rennie Regehr. Stuart studied at the Summer String Academy at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from 2009-2011 and 2013-2014. From May 2011 to May 2012 he studied in the year-round pre-college strings program at IU and, while there, was a member of the internationally renowned performance group, the Violin Virtuosi. Active in chamber and orchestral groups, Stuart is in his fifth year as a member of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra (OYO), which toured Europe in March 2013, and is currently one of OYO’s two co-concertmasters. In April 2016, Stuart performed the Prokofiev Violin Concerto #2 as a soloist with the OYO. Also, in 2015, Stuart was concertmaster for the Young String Performers ensemble that visited Vienna, Austria. In 2013, Stuart won the Bravissimo Competition at the Gatineau Conservatory of Music, and at the 2014 Kiwanis Music Festival, he won the Flora Matheson Goulden Trophy for Best Musicianship in Senior and Open Strings. In addition to violin, Stuart also plays viola (in a quartet with Daniel) and piano, and enjoys cycling, geocaching, camping, and other outdoor and indoor endeavours. He plays a 1915 Gatti violin on loan from the Gratton family.

DANIEL WADE started cello lessons at the age of 6. He studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau with professor Anne Contant. Daniel won 1st place at the national level of the 2016 Canadian Music Competition. He was winner of the Bravissimo Competition of the Conservatory in 2012, 2014 and 2016. In February 2015, he was guest soloist with the Parkdale Symphony Orchestra performing the Saint-Saëns cello concerto no 1. Daniel was a member of the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC) and has attended other summer music programs such as the Camp musical des Laurentides and the Domaine Forget International Academy. He was chosen to partake in the junior program of Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra in the spring and summer 2014. Daniel is also an accomplished drummer. He studied with his father, percussionist Jonathan Wade and jazz drummer Don Johnson, and now plays with the Conservatory Jazz Ensemble. He has graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program at Grande-Rivière High School and is presently enrolled in the Bachelor of Music Performance program at the University of Ottawa.  In his spare time, Daniel loves playing tennis, cycling and cross-country skiing in the Gatineau Park.

YUYANG XIE started to play piano when he was four years old and is currently taking lessons at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau with Marlene Finn. He has participated in many music competitions, both regional and national, winning numerous prizes and scholarships. In 2015, Yuyang won 4th place in the Canadian Music Competition in the 15 years and under age group for piano. He also competed in the Kiwanis Music Festival for several years. In 2012, he won the Laurentian Junior Music Club trophy and the Douglas Voice Memorial Trophy in the intermediate level. Last December, Yuyang performed the complete Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 for piano with the orchestra of the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau. He was invited recently invited to play with the National Arts Centre Orchestra for the Family Adventures in Music Series in 2017. Yuyang is a grade eleven student at Colonel By Secondary School, enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program, where he plays the alto saxophone in the school’s Concert Band. When not making music, he likes to read and play sports.

Trio Neutrino is coached and mentored by Ms. Joan Milkson, President of the Young String Performers’ Foundation. Thank you!

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