Avalon String Ensemble
is a unique musical outfit that features violinist Jenn Tufgar, guitarist
Stephen Parton and 'cellist Trina Nadeau. The three players are also available
in different combinations as a duo, ie: guitar and 'cello, 'cello and
includes works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and
Contemporary eras. The performances also highlight various traditional
and Celtic pieces, as well as some original compositions. In the absence
of well-known classical pieces composed specifically for guitar, 'cello
and violin (save for a few pieces by Paginini), their arrangements have
stemmed from symphonies, string quartets, harpsichord and piano pieces,
as well as 'cello sonatas and solo guitar pieces.
Avalon String Ensemble is based out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Nadeau ~ Cello
Trina Nadeau grew up in a musical family, being nurtured to grow
in piano and cello. She studied with Nancy Wharton from the KW Symphony,
and went to Eastwood Collegiate for the enriched arts package program.
Trina played with the KW Youth Symphony and started playing for
weddings and events in a quartet called Sixteen Strings. She later
joined the KW Chamber Orchestra, and then pursued music at Mohawk
College in the Applied Music Program, studying under Marcia Moffet
from the Hamilton Symphony. Being surrounded by jazz and more popular
music ensembles in this program, Trina branched out and embraced
a more alternative side to her cello. Joining the band Ophelia Syndrome,
she was soon playing shows throughout Southern Ontario. She also
began teaching at the Merriam School of Music. Since this time Trina
has joined two more groups, a Celtic/World/Folk music group called,
Quest for the Past, and a popular music group called, The Colour
Tasters. Trina continues to play as a freelance musician for weddings
and events. She also continues to teach music privately. She loves
her incredibly busy music filled life, juggling 3 groups, orchestra,
events, and everything else that she does is music to her ears.
Jennifer Tufgar ~ Violin
Jennifer began playing the violin at age 4 under Linda Judiesch.
Years of hard work, perseverance and much parental support have
earned her countless music awards including the Cheryl Anne Faley
Memorial Award from the Hamilton Board of Education (1998), and
several awards at the Hamilton Kiwanis Music Festival.
also won many awards at fiddle contests around Ontario, Manitoba
and Saskatchewan, including First Place in the Shelbourne Open Fiddle
Competition, and First Place in the Open Class at Saskatchewan.
As a classical
violinist and violist, Jennifer has played with the Hamilton Philharmonic
Youth Orchestra for five years, and currently plays with Symphony
Parton ~ Guitar
Born in Jonquière, Québec, Steve began playing guitar
at the age of ten years while living in Dundas, Ontario. Further
studying brought him to London, Ontario and to Montreal, where he
studied classical guitar. In Toronto, Parton also studied fingerstyle
guitar with Canada's premier acoustic guitarist, Don Ross. Classical
guitar instructors have included masters Alexander Dunn, Davis Joachim
and Norbert Kraft.
Parton has composed for, and performed on guitar several times as
a soloist with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra and is scheuled
to perform Vivaldi's Lute Concerto in D-major with the Dundas Valley
Orchestra in January 2011. He still plays professionally as a session
guitarist (live and studio), in the Avalon String Ensemble, and
as a soloist. Steve's guitar work has graced over a dozen albums.
Steve's website is www.partonmusic.com
Steve is the owner of Avalon Music Academy (www.avalonmusic.ca)