Musician Profiles

Here you will find information on some of the people who contribute to our music making

Mary-Elizabeth Brown, violin - Hailed for her "powerful and poignant playing" (Seen and Heard, UK), Canadian violinist Mary-Elizabeth Brown is currently the youngest member and Associate Concertmaster of Orchestra London Canada, as well as the Concertmaster of Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA). Her studies had taken her to Toronto, Chicago and Montreal before moving to London in the fall of 2006. As a chamber musician, she has been heard on CBC Radio and at major music festivals across Canada and Europe. She tours extensively in Europe and North America with YOA, having recently recorded Verdi's Requiem with Placido Domingo for Deutsche Grammophon and Sony Classical (to be released in 2007) as well as several broadcasts for Radio France and Deutschlandradio. Mary-Beth was recently appointed concert master of Sinfonia Toronto and performed at the White House this past summer. Mary-Beth plays a 1737 Guidantus violin and F.N. Voirin bow kindly on loan from the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Houman Behzadi, violin -Persian violinist, Houman Behzadi, started learning the violin in his home city, Tehran. He came to Canada in 2001 to continue his studies at the University of Western Ontario. His principle teachers in Canada were Dr. Robert Skelton, Canadian renowned violinist Gwen Thompson, Annette-Barbara Vogel, and Jonathan Crow at the McGill University. He currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in violin performance and is working on his Master’s degree under Joseph Lanza. Houman is also an active baroque violinist and has been a member of the Early Music Studio at the UWO for the past five years. His baroque violin instructors have been Joseph Lanza, Jeanne Lamon, and various members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Performance practice and violin pedagogy are amongst his major interests. He has been teaching privately in London and has coached numerous chamber groups. He is freelancing with Orchestra London Canada in their 2006-07 season. Houman plays on a 1745 Guadagnini violin on loan to him from the Don Wright Faculty of Music String Bank.

Lac-Hong Phi, cello - Lac-Hong has a BMus and MMus in Performance from the University of Western Ontario and pursued further studies at the Royal College of Music in England on full scholarship. He has worked with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Alexander Baillie, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Roger Norrington, and the late Sir Georg Solti. He was a member of The Planets, an ensemble whose album was number 1 in the UK Classical charts for 12 consecutive weeks, and was signed to EMI. He has performed around the world in a variety of musical styles ranging from Classical to Folk to Metal, toured the UK and Germany as the support act for Deep Purple, performed in recital for Radio-Canada, and even performed before 12 000 people at Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations. Lac-Hong also did his teacher training in London, England. He teaches at the Forest City School for Talent Education as well as privately, in addition to freelancing regularly with Orchestra London. Most recently, he has recorded with Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, Sonja Gustafson, and Musk Ox.  He enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, Kristin and their sons, Tien-Long & Khai-Hoan.

* Encore Music maintains a list of qualified substitute musicians, and reserves the right to change personnel as necessary.