Artist Bios

Scott St. JohnScott St. John

Scott St. John lives in London, Canada with his wife Sharon Wei and daughter Julia. Scott was a member of the St. Lawrences String Quartet and faculty member of Stanford University for seven years, from 2006 - 2013. 

Currently he coaches chamber music at Western University (Canada), plays chamber music at the Marlboro Music Festival (Vermont), and plays concertmaster of the ROCO Chamber Orchestra in Houston. 

A recent recording of Mozart's Symphonia Concertante with his sister Lara St. John won a Juno Award for Best Recording: Solo with Orchestra. Working with composers has been important throughout his career; Scott has worked with Johan Adams and Oswaldo Golijov in the US, and Arsenio Giron, Gary Kulesha, Elizabeth Raum, and many others in Canada. 

Scott began his violin studies at age three with Richard Lawrence, in London. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied violin with David Cerone, Arnold Steinhardt, and chamber music with Felix Galimir. Current non-musical activities include serving on the boards of the London Organic Food Co-op and Transport Action Ontario. Scott also supports HanVoice, a lobby organization for North Korean refugees in Canada. 

 

 

Sharon Wei 

Canadian violist Sharon Wei is a dynamic and varied musician, establishing herself as one of the most respected violists on the scene today. She has appeared throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has been guest principal violist of the Cincinnati Symphony,  Canadian Opera Company, and Ensemble Matheus. Sharon has played chamber music with Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Joseph Silverstein, and Jonathan Crow. 

Sharon co-founded Ensemble Made in Canada which won a CBC rising stars award. Sharon has been the recipient of grants through the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. She has toured under the auspices of Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut. 

Sharon was on the faculty of Yale and Stanford and is currently Assistant Professor of Viola at Western University. Sharon has created a course for performance majors in which students learn important off-stage initiatives such as networking, concert production, grant writing, website design, and budget management. 

 

 

Thomas Wiebe 

Cellist Thomas Wiebe is well-known as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed on numerous occasions as a guest artist with Orchestra London Canada and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. He has also been heard as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Centre in New York, and with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. 

In addition to his involvement with Rebelheart, Thomas Wiebe is cellist with the Duke Trio, along with violinist Mark Fewer, and pianist Peter Longworth. He also plays regularly with Toronto's Art of Time Ensemble, and with other leading chamber musicians. 

Mr. Wiebe studied cello in his native Winnipeg with the late Julie Banton. He also studied at the Eastman School of Music with Robert Sylvester, and with Aldo Parisot at Yale and Julliard. He holds a Doctor of Music Arts Degree from Yale. 

Thomas Wiebe is Associate Professor of Violoncello at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. He is also on the faculty of the Domaine Forget Summer Music Academy in Quebec. 




Erik
a Raum

Playing professionally since the age of twelve, Ms. Raum quickly rose through the ranks by taking first place at the 1992 Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition in Budapest as well as the award for best interpretation of a Mozart concerto. She has returned on many occasions to perform in Hungary, Portugal, Sweden, Austria, Germany, England, Italy, and France. 

A distringuished music abroad, Erika also performs frequently throughout her homeland with orchestral appearances in cities such as Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Victoria, Halifax, Laval, and Edmonton. Both a recitalist and chamber musician, some of her recent international highlights include the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, the BargeMusic Festival in New York, and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. Her performances are often heard on an array of radio networks like CBC across Canada and the NPR in the USA. 

Erika is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied with the later Professor Lorand Fenyves and was awarded the prestigious Eaton Scholarship upon her graduation. She is also a recipient of The Canada Council for the Arts - Career Development Grant. Ms. Raum is currently on the faculties of The GLenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory and the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto with her husband, dinstinguished Canadian composer, Omar Daniel, their daughter Roslein, and triplets Eero, Oskar, and Roxanne. 

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