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Stellae Boreales is Ottawa Suzuki Strings’ premier performance violin ensemble, formed from the school’s senior students. The musicians range in age from 12 to 17, and most have been studying the violin since the age of 4 or 5. Members of the ensemble have had the honour of performing with Maestro Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Many are prize winners of the Kiwanis Music Festival and the Canadian Music Competition. Stellae Boreales has toured widely, with performances in Victoria, BC (2006); China (2008); New York City (2010); Iceland (2011); Washington D.C. (2012); Cuba (2013); Minneapolis (2014); China (2015); Stratford ON (2016); and Argentina (2017).

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Donnie Deacon

VIOLIN

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Donnie Deacon studied at the Royal Scottish Academy
of Music. He continued his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London under
the tutelage of Natasha Boyarskaya and Lord Menuhin. He finished his schooling
at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Jaime Laredo and
Ida Kavafian.
Mr. Deacon has performed as soloist all over the world with such distinguished
orchestras as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Ulster Orchestra, BT Scottish Ensemble, London Soloists, Concerto Soloists of
Philadelphia, Pablo de Sarasate Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of
Music and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
He became principal second violin of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 2001,
the youngest player to do so in the history of the Orchestra. He has also been
guest Concertmaster of both the Vancouver Symphony and The National Arts
Centre Orchestra.
Mr Deacon was a founding member of the Zukerman Chamber Players, performing
in the worlds finest music festivals such as Ravinia, Aspen and Verbier.
As an advocate for Canadian music, he has given the world premiere of Gary
Kulesha's 2nd violin concerto and William Rowson's violin concerto.
Mr Deacon was named Resident Artist in the Community for the National Arts
Centre in 2016 until his appointment of Music Director of the Ottawa Youth
Orchestra Academy in 2018.

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Donnie Deacon

Donnie Deacon

VIOLIN

Judith Ginsburg

Collaborative Pianist

“Pianist Judith Ginsburg, possibly the best of Ottawa’s regular accompanists, had a fine rapport with the soloist and was deft and musical, as always.” (Ottawa Citizen)  Judith was the longtime Principal Repetiteur, Opera Studio Manager and Music Director of the Opera for Young Audiences program with Opera Lyra Ottawa.  She is a frequent  performer in the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Music and Beyond Festival, and has been heard in the National Arts Centre’s Music for a Sunday Afternoon, Almonte in Concert Series and on CBC Radio.  Judith has collaborated with many of Canada’s leading artists and has performed extensively in Canada, the United States, and Europe.  Her teachers have included Jean Paul Sevilla, Paul Hamburger, Martin Isepp and Seymour Bernstein.  Judith is in great demand as a collaborative pianist.  For several years, she was a faculty member of the National Arts Centre’s Young Artists Program as Collaborative Pianist.  She is Pianist and Administrator with the Ottawa Suzuki Strings music school, Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Opera Company Ottawa (COCO) and a MASC Artist.

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Judith Ginsburg

Judith Ginsburg

Collaborative Pianist

TOURS

CHINA (2015) - The group had a very successful and high-profile tour of China in nine different cities under invitation by Poly Theatre Management and the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing, with help from the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.

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Find Us in Ottawa

Stellae Boreales has played at numerous galas and receptions in the Ottawa area, including the Canadian Senate, National Arts Centre, University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Federation of Ottawa Chinese Canadian Organization and several embassies. The ensemble is available to perform at similar events, either as a full group ensemble or in smaller groups. Contact the school administrator for details and further information about the group.

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