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virtuosi concerts -

FEBRUARY 26 | 7:30 pm

View below for more information on the February 26 Concert - including programme, bios, Pre-Concert Chat and Young Artist info!


Winnipeg based Victoria Sparks is an active solo, orchestral and chamber percussionist. She completed her bachelor’s degrees in Music and Education studying with Rob Gardner and Jauvon Gilliam (University of Manitoba) and she completed her Masters in Percussion Performance with Jon Crabiel (Butler University). Active as a soloists in a variety of chamber music series in Winnipeg (Music’n’Mavens, Millennium Library, etc) Victoria also performs regularly with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. She is principal Timpani/Percussion with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra as well as working with many other local arts organizations including the Brandon Chamber Players, the Groundswell New Music Series, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Winnipeg Singers. In 2016 she had the honour of premiering Sid Robinovitch’s Concerto for Percussion and Strings with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Victoria works closely with clarinettist Cathy Wood in their collaborative project Viđarneistí. This duo has commissioned works for their unique instrumentation and they perform regularly in Manitoba and as well as at conferences and festivals throughout Canada and internationally.

In 2018, Sparks was delighted to join the faculty at the University of Manitoba teaching percussion as well as directing the percussion ensemble. She is honoured to be working full time with the faculty and students in the Desautels Faculty of Music. Before beginning this exciting new chapter she was the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Brandon University (since 2010). She is the founder and director of the MBA Prairie Percussion Workshop (since 2012), an education and performance based event for percussion students in middle and high school. She also maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator and clinician in Manitoba and Saskatchewan through various organizations and festivals. Victoria is honoured to be a part of the Yamaha Artist family and is proud to endorse their world class instruments and artistic initiatives. 


Wyatt King is in his fourth year as a percussion performance major at the Desautels Faculty of Music. He is co-principal timpanist in the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra and is actively involved in a variety of performing ensembles. From playing timpani with an orchestra, to contemporary solo/chamber music, playing with the Blue Bomber drum line, or drumming with his hardcore band Black Pine, Wyatt loves to play and perform in many different contexts.


“It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to perform in a concert alongside my teacher, who has contributed so much to my development as a player and a person. I'm very proud to have been chosen to play in this show and am thrilled to get to perform a duet with Tori.”



Elishia Ratel is in her third of percussion performance at the University of Manitoba. She has played in a variety of ensembles including orchestral, wind, brass, and percussion, as well as solo performances. Elishia enjoys playing music connected to and inspired by nature and the life it brings. Her aspirations are to pursue musicianship rooted in wellness and education.


“I’m honoured to play alongside my teacher, who has been my biggest supporter and mentor in my growth as a musician and as a person. This is an amazing opportunity and I’m very grateful to have been chosen to perform with her!"


Check out our Pre-Concert Chat with the performers HERE


Virtuosi Youg Artist Program

River Sawchyn was born in Winnipeg in 2003 and started playing the violin at the age of five. A graduate of the Suzuki program, he studied with Laurel Howard for nine years and now studies with WSO concertmaster Gwen Hoebig. Participating in local festivals and competitions since he was eight, River is a five time trophy winner at the Winnipeg Music Festival, has won 1st place in the senior division of the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras Scholarship Competition, and has previously taken the stage as a Virtuosi Young Artist. A long time member of the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras, River is currently in his second year as concertmaster of the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra. As well as a violinist, River is an aspiring composer and currently studies composition with Michael Van der Sloot. While a serious student of classical music, River also collaborates with a variety of folk ensembles, choral and instrumental groups and is an accomplished fiddle player. River has attended the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy in Winnipeg, the VCM Summer Academy in Victoria, and last summer studied online at Orford Music Academy, Valhalla Summer School of Music, and Domaine Forget International Academy of Music. River enjoys performing in a wide range of venues, even as a regular busker around Winnipeg. 



Previous Virtuosi "In Camera Sessions" funded by the Manitoba Safe At Home Grant include: 

Side By Side - Yuri Hooker & David Liam Roberts (Cello) 
January 22, 2021