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JANUARY 22 | 7:30 pm

View below for more information on the January 22 Concert - including programme, bios, Pre-Concert Chat and Young Artist info!


Principal cellist of the WSO, Yuri Hooker is well-known for his passionate and soulful interpretations of a wide range of repertoire. His frequent solo appearances have met with critical and audience acclaim: his 2007 Rococo Variations with the WSO was lauded as one of the best classical performances of the decade by the Winnipeg Free Press, and in 2011 The Strad magazine spoke of his performance of Britten as being among the “outstanding performances” of the inaugural International Cello Festival of Canada. An avid chamber musician, Yuri also appears regularly with the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society and Groundswell.
As well as performing, Yuri is an inspiring and dedicated teacher whose students are regularly recognized locally and nationally with awards and scholarships. As well as maintaining a private teaching studio, he served as the Sessional Instructor of Cello at the University of Manitoba from 2004-2008, and in the summer of 2011 he launched the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy for young string players. Yuri holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Brandon University, which he followed with graduate studies under Janos Starker at Indiana University.


Winner of the 1st Prize and Grand Award at the 2018 National Music Festival, David Liam Roberts is establishing himself as one of the most exciting Canadian cellists of his generation. Named one of Canada’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians under 30” by CBC in 2019, David Liam is known for his extraordinary technique and sincerely communicative performances. The 20-year- old cellist is the recipient of the 2020 Michael Measures 2nd Prize, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. After winning the Winnipeg Music Festival’s Aikins Competition on his fourteenth birthday, David Liam was lauded by the Winnipeg Free Press as “prodigiously gifted...displaying an artistic sensibility well beyond his tender age”.

Engagements in the 2020-21 season include a recital in the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg’s season as part of the Zyra Trio, as well as appearances at the Lunenberg Academy of Music Performance and Cecilia Concerts in Halifax with pianist LaLa Lee.

As a soloist, David Liam has appeared with the Winnipeg Youth Symphony and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) on several occasions. Most notably, he performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto as soloist with the WSO as the 2nd Prize winner of the 2018 Doris McLellan Competition. Equally at home in an orchestral setting, David Liam has recently performed as principal cellist of both the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Originally from Winnipeg, David Liam was a student of Yuri Hooker for eight years. He now studies with Hans Jørgen Jensen and Andrés Díaz at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he holds the Chisholm full scholarship and is sponsored by the Manitoba Arts Council.

David Liam’s cello was made for him in 2017 by Canadian luthier, Garth Lee. (December 2020)


To view our Pre-Concert Chat with David and Yuri, click HERE

Virtuosi Youg Artist Program

Sixteen year old Seanne Buenafe is excited to return as part of the Virtuosi Young Artist Program this year. A frequent performer at the Winnipeg Music Festival, Seanne was awarded best instrumentalist in 2016 and 2017 and the John Melnyk trophy for best performance of a piano concerto in 2019. This year, Seanne is playing seven diploma classes including the concerto class where he will be playing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Seanne has been the recipient of numerous local and international awards and scholarships over the years. He has just completed his practical examination for ARCT Diploma in piano performance. He is planning to give a formal recital of his complete program this spring in a public venue.

Seanne would like to express a special thank you to his family for their ongoing support as well as his teacher, Jacqueline Ryz, for her inspiring guidance.