Julie-Anne Derome, violin
Gabriel Prynn, cello
Maxim Shatalkin, piano
Trio Fibonacci made its first appearance on the Canadian music scene in 1998, with the press reporting that “to hear them is to enter into the world of miracles” (Le Devoir, Montreal). The Trio Fibonacci has been guided by some of the world’s most respected chamber musicians, including Menahem Pressler, members of the Alban Berg, Guarneri and Vermeer String Quartets, and by their mentors Eberhard Feltz and Michael Vogler in Berlin.
Trio Fibonacci is internationally recognized for its brilliant interpretations of the entire piano trio repertoire, from the works of Haydn through to collaborations with over sixty living composers on four continents. Their concert tours have led them to several European countries, to Argentina, South Africa, Brazil and Japan, to Berlin, San Francisco and New York. Trio Fibonacci has performed for television in Canada, China, and Brazil, and their concerts have been broadcast on Canadian, German, Belgian and Chilean radio networks.
Winner of the prestigious 2003 Virginia Parker Prize of the Canada Council for the Arts, given to underline her innovative work as a performer, Julie-Anne Derome studied with Christopher Rowland at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK, and with Mitchell Stern and members of the Emerson String Quartet in the USA. She received a special prize at the 1992 Yehudi Menuhin Competition in Paris for her interpretation of Anthèmes by Boulez, and in 1993 took part in a concert of chamber music for Queen Elizabeth II in Cyprus. In 1996 Julie-Anne released a CD of twentieth century solo violin works on the Atma label and in reference to this recording the BBC Music Magazine hailed her as "a star in the making." She may also be heard on the Analekta and Cyprès labels.
Julie-Anne has been a guest artist at numerous international festivals including the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) on two occasions, Musica Strasbourg (France), Ultraschall (Germany), XIII Festival Música Contemporánea Chilena (Chile) and at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK).
According to the magazine Musical Toronto "Prynn has a particularly silken bowing arm and remarkable control. Everything he played was poised, seamless and impeccably shaped." During his career as a soloist, as a member of the Trio Fibonacci, and as a guest artist with diverse ensembles, notably the Ensemble Alternance in Paris, Gabriel has both resurrected forgotten masterpieces and premiered over sixty new works. Gabriel has performed at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre, Merkin Hall in New York, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in association with IRCAM and Radio-France, at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
Gabriel is passionate about teaching and held the position of Visiting professor at Ohio University from 2016 to 2019. He as given masterclasses, coached chamber music, and given workshops at such prestigious institutions as the École Normale de Musique (Paris), University of South Africa, University of Curitiba (Brazil), Royal Academy of Music (UK), Conservatory of Belgrade (Serbia), Conservatory of Nagoya (Japan), Hochschule Hanns Eisler (Berlin, Germany) and at the University of Oxford (UK). Excerpts of his book Taming the Cello, a guide to the interpretation of new music for cello, were published in the December 2018 edition of The Strad.
Laureate of the 2004 Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation Award, the 2012 Rachmaninoff International Competition in St. Petersburg, and the 2013 Vienna International Piano Competition, Maxim Shatalkin graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied piano with Valery Kastelsky, Elena Kuznetsova and Mikhail Voskresensky, and chamber music with Alexander Bonduriansky, pianist of the Moscow Piano Trio. After winning the prestigious 2006 Swedish International Duo Competition with cellist Alexander Zababurkin, the local press reported: “Shatalkin revealed himself as a masterfully driven piano artist, where nothing was neglected: his performance combined a solid fidelity to style, well-adjusted temperament and overall an incredible, dazzling virtuosity”.
As a member of the Kudriakova-Shatalkin Piano Duo, he was also a prizewinner in the 2015 International Competition Pietro Argento in Italy and the 2016 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston (USA). Maxim has taken part in various music festivals around the world, including the Julitafestival (Sweden), the Concert series Science and Music (Germany), the Sviatoslav Richter Festival in Tarusa (Russia), the Banff Summer Music Festival (Canada), and the concert series Belo Horizonte Concertos Didaticos and Concertos para Belem in Brazil.