Born in South Africa to French and Spanish parents,Edgar Donati is a true citizen of the world. He is fluent in three languages and has lived in many different countries, forging his own eclectic style. He began his studies at the age of 5 with Tedi Papavrami and Viollça Agolli, immediately winning first prize in Paris’ Flame Competition and the Vatelot Violin Competition. After moving to Serbia and winning first prize in the International Petar Konjovic Competition and the Young Artists Podium, Edgar made his solo debut with the Serbian Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra. He maintains an active performing career, and has given several solo recitals in Belgrade’s Kolarac Concert Hall and at the Serbian Academy of Fine Arts (SANU). He is also regularly invited to perform in Montreal, France, and Guadeloupe.
Edgar spent time at the Conservatoire National Régional de Paris before moving to North America where he received his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music from McGill University’s Schulich School, studying with Marcelle Mallette and Axel Strauss. He also holds a Performer Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Mauricio Fuks. He has worked with several famous masters such as Alexandre Brussilovski, Vladimir Landsman, Dejan Bogdanovic, Yuri Volguine, Boris Kuschnir and Zakhar Bron.
The Korean-Canadian violinist, Martin Noh, was born in South Korea and raised in Canada. A scholarship recipient at the Eastman School Of Music, Martin is currently studying under the tutelage of Professor Oleh Krysa and has worked closely with members of the Ying Quartet as part of the Intensive Chamber music seminar. He made his solo debut with the K-W Symphony Orchestra in 2015 after winning the KW Youth Concerto Competition. Since then, he has performed as a soloist with various symphony and chamber orchestras throughout Ontario.
Martin is a 10-time Gold medalist & KW Violin Trophy winner at the Kiwanis Music Festival. In 2017, he was selected as a national finalist at the Canadian Music Competition. He has served as concertmaster of the Waterloo Collegiate High School Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Chamber Orchestra and has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada where he has performed and toured throughout Canada and Spain.
Additionally, he has performed in master classes for Cho-Liang Lin, Atis Bankas, Paivyt Meller, Jupiter and Ying String Quartets, among many others. He currently plays on a violin made by Andranik Gaybaryan in 2018.
Outside of violin, Martin enjoys playing various sports such as table tennis, basketball, badminton, and tennis.
Blake Kitayama is a chamber musician, orchestral cellist, and music educator who strives to foster an accessible musical dialogue. Blake made is solo debut with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in 2003. He is also a founding member of de Sterke Quartet who were national finalists in the 2018 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Blake has performed concerts and recorded throughout the United States. He is currently a member of the Winston Salem Symphony and has previously recorded for Navano Records as well as held positions with the Jackson Symphony and Huntsville Symphony. He has also been heard on broadcasts such as APM’s Performance Today and WDAV.
As an educator, Blake had maintained a studio for over 8 years, as well as completed basic Suzuki training. He believes in a multifaceted approach that integrates technology into musical training.
He earned a Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University under the instruction of Felix Wang and his Master of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with Brooks Whitehouse.
Daniel Spink, violist, is an active performer, and collaborator with living composers. He has premiered and recorded new works for both solo viola and string quartet. He appears nationally and internationally as a solo, chamber, orchestral musician, and teacher with both violin and viola. Daniel regularly performs in outreach settings including past solo appearances with Central City Opera’s Inside the Orchestra chamber music performances for the Eastman School’s Music for All series, and the Rochester Early Music Festival for Coffee Connection. Daniel has been a member of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra since 2019.
Daniel made his solo debut with orchestra at age 10 on violin. In 2016, Daniel was a finalist in the American Viola Society Festival’s National Solo Competition. A lover of cross genre improvisation, he teaches and regularly performs in improvised concerts. In 2016, Daniel was a finalist in the American Viola Society Festival’s National Solo Competition.
As a teacher, Daniel maintains a selective international studio of students across the US and overseas, including students In Europe, the UK, Japan, and Singapore. Daniel is currently faculty of violin, viola, and improvisation at the Kanack School of Music in Rochester NY. Mr. Spink received his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Carol Rodland and Masumi Per Rostad and was professor Rostad’s teaching assistant.
Growing up in Colorado gave Daniel a lifelong love of sunshine and the outdoors. Away from the viola, he enjoys practicing mixed martial arts, swimming, cycling, and hiking and has performed as a jazz saxophonist at jazz clubs and venues in Denver. Daniel plays an unnamed Italian violin from the 1860’s on generous loan from the Eastman School of music, and viola made by Nicolas Augustin Chappuy in 1768.