Categories Archives: Soloists

Douglas Reach

Guitarist

Guitarist

The Halifax Chronicle-Herald has described guitarist Douglas Reach as “one of the finest talents in the country” and enthusiastic audiences throughout North America readily agree.

Douglas Reach has performed across Canada and the United States as both soloist and in chamber music settings. His performances have been heard regularly on CBC radio and television. (more…)

      Peter Allen

      Pianist

      Pianist

      Concert pianist Peter Allen has continually delighted audiences with his power and poetry as a pianist, composer, teacher and conductor. With two solo CD’s to his credit, Peter has a new one in the works including the Brahms Handel Variations and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. He is currently Professor of Piano at Dalhousie University’s Department of Music. Also an active composer, he accepts commissions, most notably by CBC for a piano concerto called “Hurricane Juan”, premiered by Symphony Nova Scotia with Peter as soloist on September 2008 in Halifax. He had the honour of being the only music finalist for the 2006 N.S. Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks Award for his orchestral work Variations on the Halifax Explosion. As a pianist, he is often heard on CBC regional and national radio. (more…)

          Janice Jackson

          Soprano

          Soprano

          Janice Jackson graduated from the Utrecht Conservatoire (Netherlands) in 1990 with a Commendation for her interpretation of 20th century music. Since then, she has been in great demand as an interpreter of modern music. She has sung in modern music festivals and concert halls internationally, including Wien Modern (Vienna), The Proms (Amsterdam), IRCAM (Paris), and Big Torino 2000 (Turin). Recently she has performed 4 world premieres, 2 in the Scotia Festival, another with Array Music, Toronto in May, 2001 and another in Denmarkís Diem Festival, June 2001. (more…)

              Patricia Creighton

              Flautist

              Flautist

              Described as a flutist with a lovely tone, a fine sense of phrasing and natural musicality, Patricia Creighton is currently Principal Flutist with Symphony Nova Scotia, a position she has held for 20 years.

              As a chamber and orchestral artist, she has performed with such distinguished artists as Julius Baker, Robert Cram, Victor Yampolsky, Isaac Stern, Maureen Forrester, the late William Tritt, Peter Bowman, Steven Dann, Fred Sherry, Malcolm Lowe, Erica Goodman, Anton Kuerti, Peter Allen, Jeanne Lamon, Georg Tintner, Simon Streatfeild, Mario Bernardi, Grant Llewelyn, Denise Djokic, and many others. She is a regular guest artist with the Scotia Festival of Music and most Nova Scotian concert series and with the New Brunswick Music Festival. She has performed across Canada, in the United States and in Germany, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, and Mexico. (more…)

                  Karen Rokos

                  Harpist

                  Harpist

                  Karen Rokos began her harp studies in her native city of San Diego, California. After only two years of study, she won the position of Principal Harp with the internationally acclaimed San Diego Youth Symphony. She continued her studies in college with Marjorie Call at the University of Redlands where she was awarded membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, a music scholarship society. Karen completed her formative studies with internationally renown harpist Susann McDonald at Indiana University, where she finished her Bachelor’s Degree and earned a Master’s Degree, both in Harp Performance. She graduated with distinction from Indiana University in 1986. (more…)

                      Shimon Walt

                      Cellist

                      Cellist

                      Shimon Walt is the Assistant Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia. Since his arrival to Nova Scotia in 1976 he has been an integral part of the province’s musical life. Whether on concert stages with Symphony Nova Scotia, in solo recitals or in chamber music concerts, or teaching in the classrooms of Dalhousie University, he is totally dedicated to the art of music. Shimon is also one of the founding members of Symphony Nova Scotia. (more…)