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KIWANIS Music Festival’s cellist Joshua Lee and Jeremy Ho, piano

01 May Posted by in Schedule | Comments
KIWANIS Music Festival’s cellist Joshua Lee and Jeremy Ho, piano

Born in South Korea, cellist Joshua Lee moved to Calgary in 2007. Now fifteen years old, he   started taking cello lessons at the age of eleven with Kirill Kalmykov, with whom he studies at the Mount Royal University Conservatory. He is a second year member of the Calgary Youth Orchestra and had a chance to go to France with them last year.

Last summer, Joshua participated in Canadian Music Competition for the first time, and was able to take 1st in Strings: 14 Years Old. Joshua also had a chance to play the Haydn Concerto No. 1 with the Kensington Sinfonia. In the past few years, he participated in the Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival where he was awarded gold certificates and scholarships. He will have an opportunity to compete in provincials at the end of this May.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Jeremy Ho began his piano studies at the age of six with Dr. Esther Chu. Since moving to Calgary in 2005 and undertaking piano study with Professor Edwin Gnandt, Jeremy has become a consistent recipient of numerous awards and medals at the Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival, the Alberta Music Festival, and the Canadian Music Competition. At age twelve, Jeremy was awarded the Gold Medal in Music Composition (senior class) at the 2010 Alberta Provincial Music Festival.  In 2011, he was a semi-finalist in the Seattle International Piano Competition and Festival.  And in 2012, he was awarded the Exceptional Concerto Performance Certificate at the Curtis Institute High School Summer Music Program.

Known for his sensitive touch and technical command, Jeremy made his first orchestra debut at the age of eleven. He was featured in CBC’s Living Calgary show on Mar 6, 2009.

Jeremy has had the privilege to participate in masterclasses with many internationally distinguished pianists, and was selected to perform for Jean-Efflam Bavouzer in 2010 and Aleksandar Madzar in 2012 at the Esther Honens International Piano Competition Masterclass.

Using his musical talents to inspire others and serve the community has always been Jeremy’s passion. In May 2011, he gave his first full length solo benefit piano recital at the age of thirteen. He aspires to become both a concert pianist and composer.