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Yolanda

Yolanda is an international prize-winning pianist and an extraordinary highly sought-after collaborative pianist. A native of Xalapa, Mexico.

She has performed concertos with Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and CSU Symphony orchestra and has participated as a collaborative pianist of the Veracruz State Youth Orchestra, CSU Symphony Orchestra, and CU Symphony Orchestra. Yolanda has performed at international chamber music festivals such as the Académie Musicale de Morges in Switzerland, Orvieto Musica in Italy, San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival, Aguas Calientes Chamber Music Festival in Mexico, Bowdoin International Music Festival in the US, Toronto Creative Music Lab in Canada, and Festival Quito Cellos in Ecuador. She has performed and given masterclasses at the University of Veracruz, the International Music Festival in Loja, Ecuador, and Cambrian College School of Music. 

She was a Fulbright Scholar from 2012-2014, obtained an Academic Excellence grant awarded by the state of Veracruz in Mexico, and received recognition from CSU as the Outstanding Graduate student for her 4.0 average during her masters' degree. She was a prize winner at the Chamber Music National Competition in Mexico City, first and second prize at the CSU concerto competition, winner of the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and two-time finalist at the "María Clara Cullell" International Piano Competition, in San José, Costa Rica. She was a recipient of the Manuel M. Ponce award for the best chamber music group at the Chamber Music Festival in Aguas Calientes, Mexico, and a prize winner in the chamber music division of the Kiwanis Festival in London, Canada. 

Yolanda was a full-time collaborative pianist at the Institute of Music of Veracruz State. She has performed extensively as a chamber musician and has toured across the Midwest with Trio Loja and across Ontario with the Carnyx Trio (www.carnyxtrio.com), and Kuyum Ensemble.

Yolanda obtained her DMA in collaborative piano from the University of Western Ontario in Canada where she was also a graduate assistant, MM in piano performance/collaborative piano from Colorado State University, and BM in piano performance from the University of Veracruz. Between 2014-2015 she was mentored by Margaret McDonald, Alexandra Nguyen, and Mitsumi Moteki at the University of Colorado in Boulder. 
She currently works as a Collaborative Pianist at the University of Western Ontario working both with vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as music director of Knox. St. Andrews in Dutton, Ontario. 

Kimly

Born in China, pianist Kimly Mengyin Wang studied at Musikgymnasium C.P. E Bach in Berlin, Germany, before immigrating to Canada. She holds a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano and a Bachelor’s degree in Solo Piano Performance from the University of Western Ontario, where she studied under Dr. John Hess and Dr. Leslie Kinton. During her time at Western University, Kimly was recognized for both her academic and pianist abilities through multiple awards and honors. She received the Gold Medal for the highest academic achievement, and scholarships such as the Western University Graduate Research Scholarship, the Dr. Sherwood Fox Music Fellowship, the Willena Evans Award in Music, and the Eddy Wallman Piano Scholarship. Kimly plays in a broad range of settings, including solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and opera performances.

She has appeared on stage in North America, Europe,
and China at festivals such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, La Musica Lirica, the Chinese- Canadian Performing Arts Festival, and Accademia Europea Dell’Opera among others. Kimly maintains a strong interest in vocal repertoire, which has been enhanced through her assistantships at the New England Conservatory of Music and Western University, where she plays for voice lessons, vocal repertoire classes, and opera productions. She has worked as répétiteur for the Little London Community Opera and as vocal coach at the Western University.

Kimly is dedicated to philanthropy and has given concerts for charity organizations, such as SickKids Foundation, Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital in Sierra Leone, Markham Stouffville Hospital, and local churches. With a cosmopolitan background and multilingual skills, Kimly is most interested in intercultural exchange projects and cross-cultural education. She worked as a teaching assistant and translator at the Institute of Voice and Piano in Xuzhou, China in 2018, where a group of college music students had the opportunity to study Western art songs with the renowned mezzo-soprano Patricia Green. Kimly is the director of the music department at Elton
Academy, a private high school based in Toronto. She has helped the school establish a comprehensive music program that aims to provide conservatory-style training to international students from China who are hoping to pursue music in undergraduate studies and to help them prepare for a successful audition.

Kimly was the prizewinner of the KAWAI Music Competition and Germany Youth Music Competition.
She is currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Collaborative Piano at the New England Conservatory of
Music under the tutelage of Pei-Shan Lee and Cameron Stowe.

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