Yukari Cousineau, violin
Yukari Cousineau is Concertmaster of the Orchestre Métropolitain under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She also performs with the Ensemble Magellan (with Olivier Thouin, Yegor Dyachkov, and Jean Saulnier), the Ensemble Jean Cousineau, and the Quatuor La Muse, which she founded in 2008. In 2014 she performed Alban Berg’s violin concerto To the Memory of an Angel with the Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Julian Kuerti, and in November 2016 she will again appear as a soloist with the Orchestre Métropolitain. The daughter of Jean Cousineau, founder of the École Les Petits Violons, Yukari has performed with a number of ensembles, including the Trio Cousineau, the Quatuor Molinari, La Pietà, and the McGill Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as guest artist at numerous music festivals, including the Festival International de Lanaudière, the Concerts aux Îles du Bic, and Un Été à Bourges.
To learn more, visit www.yukaricousineau.com
Brian Bacon, viola
Brian Bacon graduated from McGill University, where he studied with Steven Kondaks. He presently holds the positions of principal viola for l'Orchestre Métropolitain and l'Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil. He was the violist for NEM from 1989 to 2010, with whom he appeared as soloist in Europe, Asia and North America. A very active studio musician and chamber musician, he is a founding member of the La Muse string quartet, and appears in the Allegra Chamber Music series. He often plays with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and has performed with all of the major ensembles in Montreal and in several of the metro stations.
Tim Halliday, cello
Tim Halliday fell in love with the cello at the tender age of 4. At the age of 14 he secured a position with Orchestra London Canada. After completing his studies under Marcel St-Cyr and Antonio Lysy at McGill University, he joined the Orchestre de chambre I Musici in 1995. He is the busy father of two wonderful teenagers. He presently performs on a 2014 GruszBlatt 'Kolia' generously loaned from the collection of David Sela.