Canadian violinist Liana Bérubé‘s love of performance began at the ripe old age of six and has since taken her around the world. An alumnus of the studios of David Zafer and Annalee Patipatanakoon at the University of Toronto, Liana completed her Masters of Music in Chamber Music Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying under Axel Strauss. She has played in many of the world’s greatest concert halls, including the Sydney Opera House, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Lyon Opera, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and the Tokyo Opera City Hall. Liana’s performances have been broadcast on CBC radio and NPR as well as VH1.
As an orchestral musician, Liana has played with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto chamber orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra among others; she is currently the associate concertmaster of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and principal second violinist of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and of the Monterey Symphony. Liana was a member of the prestigious Verbier Festival Orchestra from 2006-2008, and was featured as mandolin soloist on the 2006 tour through Asia and Australia.
In her parallel life as a non-classical musician, Liana is concertmaster of the Magik*Magik Orchestra in San Francisco, with whom she has played with Sting, Death Cab For Cutie, members of Fifth Dimension, members of the Manhattans, members of the Supremes, Chris Botti, John Vanderslice, Third Eye Blind, and many others. She has also appeared in concert with Sarah Slean, Emily Haines of Metric, Barry Manilow, and Josh Groban. Liana can be heard on John Vanderslice’s album White Wilderness and Death Cab For Cutie’s album Codes and Keys.
Having found her true passion in chamber music, Liana was a founding member of the Cecilia String Quartet until 2006, and is the violinist of the San Francisco-based Delphi Trio. A recipient of both the University of Toronto’s Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music Excellence and the SF Conservatory’s Departmental Award for Chamber Music Excellence, she has participated in multiple chamber music seminars, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Meisterkurse with the Tokyo String Quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and the St Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford. Liana has collaborated with many of the world’s leading chamber musicians, including Anthony Marwood, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Jodi Levitz, Kenneth Slowick, and Jorja Fleezanis. In her life outside of music, Liana is deeply interested in foreign cultures and people, and is committed to using her music to bridge differences in the world.
Bay Area native Michelle Kwon holds B.A. and M.M. degrees in Violoncello Performance from Stanford University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and studied with Christopher Costanza and Jennifer Culp, respectively. Although trained as a classical musician, she is enthusiastic and pursues many different styles of music in hopes of blurring the defined lines of genre.
A passionate chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Delphi Trio. She has collaborated with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, and Edgar Meyer, and has worked with Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann, Russell Sherman, and the St. Lawrence, Alexander, and Julliard String Quartets. Her other chamber music endeavors have included collaborations with folk and jazz artists such as Carlos Santana, Kenny Endo and the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, Tin Hat, and Quartet San Francisco. She has also performed as a Fellow at both the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Banff Centre for the Arts.
An equally enthusiastic orchestral player, she performed with the inaugural YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and holds positions with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, and Michael Tilson Thomas, and recently recorded the Kreutzer Concerti with violinist Axel Strauss under the Naxos label.
She is also a member of the Magik*Magik Orchestra of San Francisco, and under artistic director Minna Choi, she has collaborated with rock and pop artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, Charlie Wilson, and John Vanderslice. Through the orchestra, she has recorded for two Grammy-nominated albums.
Her other interests include East Asian folk percussion and martial arts.
Jeffrey LaDeur enjoys a busy career as soloist, chamber musician and educator. Praised for his “articulate, expressive work at the keyboard” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “…dazzling pianism…” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) Jeffrey has concertized around the world including performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Eastman Theater, Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, and Banff Centre for the Arts. His performances have been broadcast over WFMT Chicago, South Dakota Public Radio and America’s Music Festivals hosted by Marin Alsop. At the invitation of the Naumburg Foundation, Jeffrey made his Carnegie debut in Weill Recital Hall in March 2015.
As soloist with orchestra, Jeffrey made an auspicious debut with the Eastman Philharmonia performing César Franck’s Variations Symphoniques during his first semester of study at the Eastman School of Music. Recent orchestral engagements include concertos with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra, and Denver Philharmarnic, collaborating with esteemed conductors such as George Cleve, Lawrence Golan, Michael Morgan, and Neil Varon. Jeffrey began the 2015-2016 season with a performance of Mozart’s Concerto in d minor K.466 with the Merced Symphony and music director, Ming Luke.
LaDeur has performed in recital throughout the United States including appearances at the Kennedy Center, Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, and PianoForte Studios, Chicago. Jeffrey draws on his love of and experience with French music to offer Le Chemin Illuminé, the complete solo piano music of Claude Debussy in the context of his inspirations and influences.
A passionate chamber musician, LaDeur is a founding member of the acclaimed Delphi Trio. The Trio maintains an international concert schedule and has performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, WFMT Chicago, the Banff Centre, and many presitigous series throughout California. Prize winners of the 2015 Orlando Competition in Kerkrade, the Delphi Trio concertized throughout the Netherlands and Germany, including a broadcast for Dutch Radio 4. In addition to his activities with the Trio, Jeffrey has collaborated with artists such as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Geoff Nuttall, Ian Swensen, Axel Strauss, the Telegraph Quartet, and the Afiara Quartet.
Education through music is central to LaDeur’s mission as a performer. Jeffrey is a faculty member of the Crowden Music Center and serves as piano faculty for the school’s after school chamber music program and summer chamber music workshop. LaDeur is also on faculty of Young Chamber Musicians, an intensive chamber music program in partnership with Kohl Mansion in Burlingame. With his colleagues Liana Berube and Michelle Kwon of the Delphi Trio, he has developed a program for emerging artists which guides serious young ensembles through their first professional concert experience.
Jeffrey completed his undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Douglas Humpherys and earned a Masters Degree in chamber music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Yoshikazu Nagai. LaDeur completed additional studies with Robert McDonald through the Taos School of Music and has worked with members of the Saint Lawrence, Brentano, and Borromeo Quartets. Jeffrey received his formative musical training from Mark Edwards and Annie Sherter, a student of Vlado Perlemuter and Alfred Cortot.