The newly formed Chitarra da Camera Ensemble is dedicated to exploring the chamber music repertoire that uses the guitar as an integral part of the group. The early part of the 19th century was a particularly rich period for such repertoire. Tonight’s program will feature a variety of solo, duo, trio and quartet works by familiar composers such as Paganini, Haydn and Schubert as well as lesser know composers such as Matiegka, Dotzauer and da Fossa. Chitarra da Camera Ensemble members include Martin Krátký, cello, Sandra Wilmot, violin, Ashley Kroecher, violin and Alan Rinehart, guitar.
Martin Krátký is active as the principal cellist of the Kamloops Symphony and the assistant principal of the Okanagan Symphony. Much in demand as a chamber musician, he also teaches at the Kelowna Community Music School and the Kamloops Symphony music school.
Sandra Wilmot is a Kelowna-based freelance violinist, educator, piano accompanist, clinician, journalist, and award-winning composer. She plays regularly with both the Okanagan and Kamloops Symphony Orchestras and maintains a large studio of private students and string ensembles at the Kelowna Community Music School, and the Kamloops Symphony Music School. She has played professionally with various other orchestras across Canada, including the Saskatoon Symphony, and has attended many prominent orchestral and early music intensive summer programs. Sandra has also worked extensively as a classroom music teacher and has taught at various summer music camps throughout the B.C. Interior. Sandra is a graduate of the University of British Columbia.
Ashley Kroecher grew up in North Vancouver. After completing a B.A. with honours in general arts at UBC, he spent 5 years in Trossingen Musik Hochschule, one of Germany’s national conservatories. He moved to Kelowna in 2003 and became assistant principal violist with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) with whom he has been featured both as section leader and soloist. In 2013 he won the position of Principal violist with the Kamloops Symphony, where he is also very active as a member of the Sycamore String Quartet. Ashley has also performed on numerous occasions with the Vancouver Island Symphony, the Prince George Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Kelowna.
Alan Rinehart has over 45years experience as a professional classical guitarist. From1983 to 2003 he was a faculty member of the music schools at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Community College. He currently lives in Kelowna, where he recently had the honour of performing for their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their 2016 Royal Tour visit to BC. His latest solo CD, Verdi’s Guitar was recently picked by US based Classical Guitar Magazine as one of the top 10 recordings of the year.