LSA 2017 Workshop West Registration
There are lots of exciting changes happening with the LSA Workshop West this year (see complete information about the event below)! It will take place at the University of Victoria, located on lovely Vancouver Island from August 6-12. This year the faculty will include Robert Barto, Elizabeth Kenny, Sylvain Bergeron, lecturer Ray Nurse, luthier Travis Carey, and Phillip Rukavina (Director). The event begins with on-site registration and check-in on Sunday, August 6 and classes run through Friday, August 11. Departure date is Saturday, August 12. Please note that flights directly to Victoria, BC are comparable in cost to flights to Vancouver, BC.
LSA Workshop West 2017 Faculty
Robert Barto graduated from the University of California, San Diego, having specialised in historical lute performance. A Fulbright scholarship brought him to Europe,
In 1984, he was awarded first prize at the International Lute Competition in Toronto, as well as top prize in a competition of all the instrumental soloists at the Musica
Robert Barto has performed throughout Europe and North America, including solo recitals in the Festival of Flanders, London's Purcell Room, the Utrecht Festival and
Robert Barto's five volumes of baroque lute sonatas by Silvius Leopold Weiss and 2 CDs of the complete solo works of Joachim Bernhard Hagen have met with great enthusiasm from critics and the public alike.
Described as “a supremely refined, elegant, cerebral musician” (Ottawa Citizen), Sylvain Bergeron is a master of the lute and plucked strings family of instruments including theorbo, archlute and baroque guitar. He is in high demand on the North American music scene as a soloist and continuo player. Wholenote Magazine declared, “Sylvain Bergeron is a brilliant musician who weaves an unforgettable aural tapestry.” Bergeron is the co-founder and co- artistic director of La Nef and has been at the helm of many of the Montréal-based ensemble’s award-winning presentations, including Joan the Mad, Perceval, and Montségur.
A native of Québec, Sylvain Bergeron gives almost 100 concerts each season, playing with such high profile companies and ensembles as Les Violons du Roy, the Canadian Opera Company, and Apollo’s Fire. He has also played with such internationally renowned early music icons as Dame Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, and Jordi Savall.
He teaches lute, baroque guitar, theorbo and continuo at McGill University and the University of Montréal.
I first came to the lute and its music in the early 1990s. I knew, from the start, that I would build my own instrument. People often ask how I got into lute making, and it's about as simple as that. I learned that the lute existed, and pretty much knew right away that I'd build one.
In the summer of 2002 I traveled to Vancouver and introduced myself to master lute maker Grant Tomlinson in his workshop. Grant was very encouraging, and very clear in his advice: that to build well, to make fine instruments for knowledgeable and discriminating players, one would need to study closely the work of the old master makers and apply the principles of historical construction. This was exactly what I had hoped to hear. I asked Grant if he would help me pursue the goal of building fine, historically informed instruments, and he said that he would. For me, the craft and profession of lute making had begun.
In 2009 I received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, which allowed me to move to Vancouver and work alongside Grant in his workshop for a full year. Every piece of work I did had to pass Grant's close inspection, and meet his high standard of craft. Each instrument I built or helped to build during that year bore the workshop label of Grant Tomlinson, and in accordance with tradition - the tradition of the old Lute Makers' Guild - I was allowed to sign my initials on that label. It was an honour to do it.