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Journey with Classical Groove
The Grace Trio

Beethoven : Trio op. 70 “ghost”
Dalal : Voyage for Piano Trio
Halvorsen-Handel : Passacaglia for Violin and Cello
Piazzolla : Winter for Piano Trio
Rapoport : Barcarola for Violin and Cello

The Grace Trio

Pamela Hinman – Violin

Pamela Hinman is from Calgary Alberta, Canada, where she began studying violin at the age of three. She continued her musical education at the Conservatory of Mount Royal College, where she was a member of the Academy program and received her Music Performance Diploma. She continued to complete her Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance at the University of Calgary, and then her Master’s at the University of Toronto.

Pamela has been greatly involved in Toronto’s music scene since relocating there in 2004. She is a member of the highly acclaimed Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, performing chamber music with internationally renowned musicians such as Andre LaPlante, Steven Isserliss, and Mayumi Seiler. Pamela also works regularly with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, performing a wide range of operas including Wagner’s Ring Cycle. As a teacher, she is actively involved all over the city in many different settings including her own private studio, Branksome Hall, and most recently with The Hammer Band, an outreach program providing violin lessons to underprivileged kids in Toronto.

Lydia Munchinsky – Cello

Cellist Lydia Munchinsky is a graduate of the Performance Diploma Program of The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. A student of Simon Fryer, she was also a member of the Veritas Piano Quartet, the school’s ensemble in residence. Veritas performed in various music festivals across Ontario and has been featured on CBC Radio Two’s “Music Around Us” series. Lydia also has her ARCT in performance for both piano and cello.

Lydia Munchinsky (nee Helsdon) grew up near Aylmer Ontario and began piano lessons at the age of four. She began studying cello when she was ten, and at the ages of ten and twelve performed for Dr. Suzuki at the International Suzuki Conventions in Australia and Korea. After high school, Lydia also studied for a term at Swiss l’Abri, an International Christian Study and Philosophy Centre. While there, she met her husband Marty, whom she married in 2003.

Lydia currently lives and works as a freelance musician and teacher in Toronto. She has played in music theatre productions at Stage West and Theatre Aquarius and enjoys performing in various solo and chamber music recitals across the city. She also performed the Haydn D+ Concerto with the Deep River Orchestra last October. In her spare time Lydia enjoys painting, playing sports and making ice cream.

Mariko Kamachi-Cosbey – Piano

MarikoKamachi, born in Saitama, Japan, studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music's Glenn Gould School as a student of Leslie Kinton. She began her piano study at the age of five with Mitsuo Yoshino, a graduate of Toho College of Music in Japan.

Mariko is an active chamber musician. In Toronto, she has performed on the Alicier Arts chamber music series and performing on the Canadian Opera Company's Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre concert series. In Regina, she recently performed a recital with cellist Peter Cosbey on the Regina Musical Club concert series which will be broadcast on CBC radio.

Sharbel Dalal

Sharbel was born in 1982 to a Christian family in the port city of Haifa which is located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. He started his musical studies at the age of 5 with basic rhythmic training. At the age of 8 he started studying Piano with Mr. Theodor Broder at the Rubin Conservatory of Music in Haifa. He continue studying with Mr. Broder until his retirement, then Sharbel studied with Ms. Rieta Lesuchen also a teacher at the Rubin Conservatory in Haifa.

After graduating from High School, Sharbel attended the university in Haifa and received a B.Sc in computer science. After graduating from university, and while continuing his piano training with Ms. Rieta Lesuchen, Sharbel decided to move to Canada and apply to study composition at the University of Toronto.

Sharbel studies piano with Mr. John Kruspe and composition with Mr. Alexander Rapaport and also studied with Mr. Christos Hatzis. Sharbel plans to pursue a doctoral degree in composition while trying to pursue a piano performance career as well as a career as a composer.

Alexander Rapoport

Alexander Rapoport has been an active composer in Toronto since 1982 and has received commissions in such diverse media as choral, orchestral and chamber music, incidental music for theatre, musical comedy, children’s opera and film. Rapoport studied composition in Vienna with Augustin Kubizek at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst (now known as the Musikuniversität Wien). His works are still performed regularly in Austria. Rapoport also studied with Lothar Klein at the University of Toronto, where he earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Music Degrees. He is now a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and the Division of Humanities, University of Toronto at Sacrborough.

Rapoport’s principal interests are traditionalism in composition and exploring the connection between music and theatre through composition of incidental music as well as approaching problems of composition from the point of view of theatre.