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Cliff Ridley has three previous recordings to his credit: “Ach des Knaben Augen” (Ah, the boy’s eyes), featuring songs of Hugo Wolf, Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler; “Gentle Lady, do not sing sad songs ---“, selections from the works of Jean Coulthard and Violet Archer: “Outward Voyage”, featuring Christopher Ludwig’s complete setting of the book of poems by Ken Cathers.
Tatiana Khvatova was born in Stupino, near Moscow. Tatiana studied at the Gnesins Musical and Pedagogical College, and received her Masters Degree in both piano performance and pedagogy from The Russian Gnesins Academy of Music. Before immigrating to Canada in 2008, Tatiana worked as piano teacher and accompanist at The Gnesins Music School, one of the most prestigious music schools in Russia. She also performed as a soloist with several philharmonic orchestras and was an accompanist at concerts and competitions in several of the great music halls in Moscow.
Pianist Anna Vavilova, one of Vancouver’s most respected and distinguished solo and collaborative artists, was born and grew up in Daugavpils, Latvia, where she began her musical education with G.Starozicka. For advanced studies at Daugavpils Music College her principal teachers were A. Zelc and L. Lebedeva. Anna entered college at the age of 16 and by the age of 18 she was unanimously considered the best pianist in junior college, winning school competitions 3 years in a row.
Samantha Fu’s passion for music led her to accomplish A.R.C.T Performance Diplomas in both piano and flute from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto, Canada). Samantha is a member of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and the Ethos Collective, a new music and improv ensemble. She has also performed as an extra musician with the Vancouver and Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestras.