As a Historical Performance major, Kailey and I thought it would be appropriate to take advantage of one of the most beautiful spots on the U of Toronto campus: Trinity College. What a beautiful, serene chapel...here's more about Kailey!
Kailey Richards is currently studying in the Master of Historical Performance program at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Jeanne Lamon. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she studied with Stanley Ritchie, was the recipient of a Premier Young Artist Award, and was named an Indiana University Founders Scholar. She has performed with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, and Generation Harmonique. She was a previous student of Julia Wedman and Patricia Ahern in Toronto and has participated in both the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and the Tafelmusik Winter Institute. She has also attended the Oberlin Baroque Institute where she worked with Marilyn McDonald and Marc Desturbé; and the International School of Improvisation in Italy where she studied with Davide Monti. She is originally from Ottawa where she began her studies with Daniel Taylor and Adrian Butterfield.
Kailey is also extremely passionate about education and outreach. During her studies at Indiana University, she worked with Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig in the Indiana University String Academy (where Joshua Bell began his studies). She also has worked as the Program Coordinator of the Ottawa-based program, OrKidstra. The El Sistema inspired program is dedicated to empowering children and building community through music. She has combined what she has learned working in the string academy with the teaching philosophies of the Suzuki Institute and the El Sistema programs into her own teaching approach.
I'm so excited to share some moments with the lovely Bedford Trio!
Founded in late 2016, the Bedford Trio is already thrilling audiences with their dynamic, elegant, and energetic performances. The group’s repertoire ranges from the classic piano trios of Beethoven and Brahms to contemporary works by Canadian and International composers, and they are committed to commissioning and performing new repertoire by both established and emerging composers.
The Bedford Trio was founded by award winning instrumentalists Alessia Disimino (violin), Andrew Ascenzo (cello), and Jialiang Zhu (piano) and is currently based in Toronto, Canada. All three members are former prize winners of the University of Toronto’s Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award competition, and Jialiang was a semi-finalist at the 2016 E-Gré Contemporary Music Competition in Brandon, Manitoba. Alessia is a recent graduate of the Master of Music in Performance program at the University of Toronto, while Andrew and Jialiang are currently pursuing their Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at U of T.
The Bedford Trio is devoted to bringing live music into the community, and performs regularly in hospital in-patient units, community centres, retirement homes, and schools as part of their ongoing musical outreach initiatives. All members are avid music educators with active private studios, and appear as guest instructors at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and various music festivals in Ontario throughout the year.