Marta Potulska

Marta Potulska

Marta Potulska

VIOLA

Marta Potulska is a laureate of several international competitions, including winning first prizes at the Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria (2007) and at the International Bled Competition and Festival in Slovenia (2011), as well as second prize at the Michał Spisak International Viola Competition in Poland. She is also the recipient of a special award at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition on the Isle of Man, UK (2006).

Marta Potulska is also an active participant in many international music festivals such as Salzburger Festspiele, Golling Festspiele, Styriarte, Eggenberger Schlosskonzerte, St Gallen Festival, Austria, the Park City Music Festival, in Las Vegas, USA, the International Suzuki Institute in Salt Lake City, USA, Strings Only in Zadar, Osor Music Evenings Festival in Osor, Croatia, the International Music Interpretation Festival (ZAS) in Zakopane, Poland and theBled Festival as well as Arsana Art Festival Ptuj in Slovenia.

Marta Potulska completed her studies in the class of Matthias Maurer (former solo violist at Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam) at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria and was an assistant in her class at the same University in years 2012-2014.

She is currently a member of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Wien International Soloists Ensemble and Varietas Ensemble as well as a member of Ensemble of Burgtheater in Vienna.

Collingwood Music Festival
4-115 First St., Suite 437
Collingwood, ON
L9Y 4W3
office@collingwoodfestival.com

Office: (705) 416-1317

Charitable Registration
#749171088RR0001

WE'RE SOCIAL FOLLOW US

CONTACT US:

Contact Us
First
Last

Penderecki String Quartet

Penderecki String Quartet

Penderecki String Quartet

STRING QUARTET

The Penderecki String Quartet, approaching the third decade of an extraordinary career, has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation. These four musicians from Poland, Canada, and the USA bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Toronto, Globe and Mail). Their recent schedule has included concerts in New York (Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Los Angeles (REDCAT at Disney Hall), St. Petersburg, Paris, Prague, Berlin, Rome, Belgrade, Zagreb, Atlanta, as well as appearances at international festivals in Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Venezuela, Brazil, and China. The PSQ champions music of our time, performing a wide range of repertoire from Haydn to Zappa as well as premiering over 100 new works to date. Described by Fanfare Magazine as “an ensemble of formidable power and keen musical sensitivity”, the PSQ’s diverse discography includes the chamber music of Brahms and Shostakovich (Eclectra and Marquis labels) and their recently released Bartok cycle. They enter their 20th year as Quartet-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Collingwood Music Festival
4-115 First St., Suite 437
Collingwood, ON
L9Y 4W3
office@collingwoodfestival.com

Office: (705) 416-1317

Charitable Registration
#749171088RR0001

WE'RE SOCIAL FOLLOW US

CONTACT US:

Contact Us
First
Last

Tomson Highway

Tomson Highway

Tomson Highway

PIANIST

Tomson Highway, award-winning playwright and the author of The Rez Sisters, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Rose, and Kiss of the Fur Queen, was born in a tent near Maria Lake, Manitoba in 1951. A full-blood Cree, he is a registered member of the Barren Lands First Nation, the village for which is called Brochet. He grew up in the spectacularly beautiful natural landscape that is Canada’s sub-Arctic, an un-peopled region of hundreds of lakes, endless forests of spruce and pine, and great herds of caribou. His parents, with no access to books, TV or radio, would tell their children stories, and Tomson fell in love with the oral tradition of storytelling. When he was six, he was taken from his family and placed in residential school in The Pas. Although he resented being taken away from his parent and family, he did learn music, and had plans to become a concert pianist. He traveled to London to study, and earned his music degree in 1975 and a Bachelor’s of Arts in 1976 from the University of Western Ontario. But instead of becoming a professional concert musician, Highway instead decided to dedicate his life to the service of his people.

Subsequently, for seven years, he immersed himself in the field of Native social work, working on reserves and in urban centres across Ontario and, later on, Canada. He then decided it was time to put all this extraordinary artistic training and this extraordinary Native social work experience together – he started writing music, plays, and, later, novels. After years of working in the Toronto theatre industry, he achieved national and international recognition in 1986 with his sixth play, the multi-award-winning The Rez Sisters.

He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1994. For many years, he ran Canada’s premiere Native Theatre Company, Native Earth Performing Arts, in Toronto, out of which has emerged a generation of professional Native Theatre artists. He now splits his time between homes near Sudbury, Ontario and Gatineau, Québec.

Collingwood Music Festival
4-115 First St., Suite 437
Collingwood, ON
L9Y 4W3
office@collingwoodfestival.com

Office: (705) 416-1317

Charitable Registration
#749171088RR0001

WE'RE SOCIAL FOLLOW US

CONTACT US:

Contact Us
First
Last

Patricia Cano

Patricia Cano

Patricia Cano

ACTOR, SINGER-SONGWRITER

Patricia Cano is a Peruvian-Canadian actor and singer-songwriter born and raised in Sudbury, ON. Since 2001, she has travelled the world singing Cree Cabaret alongside Cree playwright/author/composer extraordinaire, Tomson Highway. In 2017, Patricia won the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Cree, English and French in Highway’s one-woman musical, The (Post) Mistress.
Her acting credits include memorable years spent as a member of the renowned French theatre company, Le Théâtre du Soleil, and later as a member of the NAC’s English Theatre Company. Her solo music career was launched in 2009 with the release of her first studio album, This is the New World– a collaboration with Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist, Carlos Bernardo. The album won Best Album by a Solo Artist at the 2011 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards and led to years of cross-Canada touring. In October 2017, Patricia released her much anticipated sophomore album, Madre Amiga Hermana, of which one reviewer wrote, “This is an outstanding release from a supremely talented songwriter and vocalist” (Raul Da Gama, World Music Report, Oct 2017).
In 2019, Patricia won the Northern Ontario Music & Film award for Outstanding Vocal Performance on a Recording for her rendition of Violeta Parra’s “Gracias a la Vida”. In February 2021, Patricia released a recording entitled The Love & Resistance Sessions, a four-song collaboration, crafted with love in the time of COVID, with multi-instrumentalist and composer Louis Simão. Most recently, Patricia voiced the audiobook for Tomson Highway’s Kiss of the Fur Queen for Penguin Random House released in June of 2021.

Collingwood Music Festival
4-115 First St., Suite 437
Collingwood, ON
L9Y 4W3
office@collingwoodfestival.com

Office: (705) 416-1317

Charitable Registration
#749171088RR0001

WE'RE SOCIAL FOLLOW US

CONTACT US:

Contact Us
First
Last

Ben Heppner

Ben Heppner

Ben Heppner

TENOR

Ben Heppner, internationally renowned operatic tenor, public advocate for the arts, and radio broadcaster.  For almost 3 decades, Mr. Heppner has been hailed among the most sought-after musical talents in the operatic world.  His command of the heroic repertoire of Wagner, Strauss and Verdi, among others – is second to none.  He is widely appreciated for the depth of his interpretations and for the expressive character that he has brought to the roles that he has played. 

Ben Heppner first came to the attention of the Canadian public as the winner of the CBC Talent Festival, in 1979. He won the Metropolitan Opera auditions in 1988.  Heppner’s career has taken him to the most prestigious opera and concert stages of the world – from Vienna to Paris, Berlin, London, New York and beyond.  He set new standards of performance in some of the most demanding operatic roles including such as Wagner’s Tristan, Verdi’s Otello and the complex and dark leading role of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. 

Ben Heppner has appeared on numerous recordings and has won three Juno and three Grammy awards. He has also received nine honorary doctorates from prestigious academic institutions throughout Canada.  He is the recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and, in 2008, was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada. Ben has received a life-time achievement award from the Governor General Performing Arts Award.

Ben Heppner retired 8 years ago from the opera and concert stage – and became host of CBC Radio’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Backstage with Ben Heppner. Recently he left his position on the radio. However, every once in a while, he’ll press the tux and shine his shoes to host or narrate a concert event.

Collingwood Music Festival
4-115 First St., Suite 437
Collingwood, ON
L9Y 4W3
office@collingwoodfestival.com

Office: (705) 416-1317

Charitable Registration
#749171088RR0001

WE'RE SOCIAL FOLLOW US

CONTACT US:

Contact Us
First
Last







Sign up to our Newsletter. Your email is completely safe!