Violin and Viola Lessons
Nadia Francavilla, Montreal-born violinist and music educator, brings a collaborative spirit, a passion for new music, and a distinctly European sensibility to her performing and teaching work. A McGill University graduate, she trained under Mauricio Fuks, Raphael Druian and Joseph Silverstein. Ms. Francavilla spent several years with Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc and Quatuor Bozzini, producing recordings and touring in North America, Europe and Japan. At present, she performs most often with Motion2, Atlantica Ensemble and Moineaux D’Entendre, exploring classical and contemporary works in mixed chamber music settings. Ms. Francavilla’s driving interest in new music has led her to commission and premiere new works from both Canadian and international composers. She particularly enjoys working with young composers, sharing in their creative process and nurturing their innovative spark. Meanwhile, explorations of improvised works and frequent collaborations with visual and multimedia artists have shaped her study of music as performance art. Ms. Francavilla has held the position of Musician in Residence at UNB since 2009 where she has worked on solo projects, given masterclasses and lectures and integrated herself into the Fredericton music scene. Mrs. Francavilla is also a violin teacher at the Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University in Sackville.
Ron MacDonald was for many years a member of UNB's Philosophy Department specializing in the Aesthetics of Music. His early violin studies were in Halifax with Jean Fraser, a pupil of Leopold Auer. Subsequently he studied with Kenneth Piper of the Royal College, London and with Joseph Pach, Paul Campbell and most recently, Nadia Francavilla. He has also participated in a Master Class with Joseph Szigeti and has had lessons with Alfredo Campoli and David Yang. He was a member of the viola section of Symphony New Brunswick and has been concertmaster of the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra since its inception. He was the founder of the String Program in the Fredericton Public Schools.
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