Formerly known as, I-Musici Sushi Chamber Orchestra.
Founder: Tony Lee
Tony Lee started learning the violin at the age of 8 in Singapore and subsequently added the viola as his second instrument. He obtained his LRSM, London in Violin Performance at age 17. He currently plays violin and viola regularly with the West Coast Symphony, Arbutus String Quartet and several chamber ensembles. In his professional life, Tony practised law in Singapore, and has worked in the finance and investment industry since immigrating to Canada 40 years ago.
Conductor: Nicholas Urquhart
Nicholas Urquhart is a conductor, double bassist, composer, arranger, and music educator.
He studied Double Bass at the Victoria Academy of Music and the University of Victoria, earning his Bachelor's in Music with distinction. There, he was mentored by Janos Sandor and Yariv Aloni in orchestral conducting. Nicholas later continued his conducting studies with Ken Hsieh, Bujar Llapaj and Jin Zhang. He also continued Double Bass studies with VSO principal double bassist, Ken Freidman. In addition, Nicholas has a degree in music education from UBC and is completing a Master’s degree from Acadia University in music curriculum and pedagogy.
Nicholas is the program director and conductor of the West Vancouver Youth Strings, the director of the Killarney Strings program and the conductor of the Harmonia. He has served as Assistant Conductor for the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Canada Day Pops Orchestra. As well, he is the programming director and past President of the West Coast Symphony. He is also a clinician with the Vancouver and Burnaby school boards and has been an adjudicator for the Kiwanis International Music Festival.
Mr. Urquhart has had the pleasure to direct numerous ensembles, including, conducting the West Coast Symphony, Sunshine Coast Symphony, UVic Chamber Orchestra (a group which he founded), BCMEA Honour Orchestra, A Little Night Music Orchestra, Kabok Chamber Strings, Elgar Strings, St. James Academy Orchestra, Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra, Plastic Acid Orchestra, Surrey Youth Orchestra, I Musici Sushi Orchestra and New Westminster Symphony.
When Nicholas is not directing orchestras, he continues to perform as a freelance double bassist in chamber ensembles, orchestras, operas, and musicals. He also sits on the board of the IBB (Instruments Beyond Borders), a foundation dedicated to putting instruments in the hands of in need youth in Vancouver and worldwide (most notably in Paraguay)
Nicholas brings a verve and vitality to his music making. His blend of sophistication, wit and joy, have earned him many return engagements and a reputation of excellence.
Concertmaster: Dominic Woo
Native of Korea, Dominic Woo is an active solo violinist in both Canada and Europe. Upon winning 2nd Prize at the 2007 Padova International competition, Dominic became a member of the Jenaer philharmonie orchestra in Jena, Germany and is currently, concertmaster of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
Dominic began his musical training on the violin at age of six with Prof. J.K. Song in Korea. After his immigration to Canada, he furthered his studies on the violin with Mr. Arthur Ludwig Polson. In Canada, Dominic was a top prize winner in many musical competitions such as the ‘96 North American Star Quest. Dominic has earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the Musik Hochschule Felix Mendelssohn Bartholy in Leipzig where he studied violin with Prof. Ulrich Klupsch. Throughout his years in Musik Hochschule, he was appointed as a concertmaster under the baton of legendary conductors such as Kurt Masur and Fabio Luisi.
In the 2001 season, Dominic gave concerts throughout Europe, including Italy, Germany, Hungary, Russia, and Switzerland with the chamber orchestra “l’seidici” as 1st violin tutti/solo player. With his Mendelssohn Haus debut in Leipzig, Germany in 2004, Dominic was appointed as concertmaster of the music school and associate concertmaster of ARS chamber orchestra of Leipzig. During his time in Leipzig, he had also been working with world renowned orchestras, such as “Gewandhaus Orchester zur Leipzig”.
In 2008, Dominic received a performance and teaching degree from the Musik Hochschule in Leipzig, and was assigned as an assistant Professor from his teacher Prof. Ulrich Klupsch. Upon graduation, he accepted positions at both, the Orchestra Academy in Musikhochschule “Franz Liszt” Weimar and also for the Konzertexamen degree in Musikhochschule “Carl-Maria Webber”, Dresden. In his last season, he was selected from the Konzertexamen ensemble in Dresden Musikhochschule, and was appointed as concertmaster. In Dresden Musikhochschule, Dominic studied with Grammy award winning Professor, John Holloway and graduated with top honors.
Upon his return to Canada in 2010, Dominic gave numerous solo performances with Orchestras in Vancouver, such as the West Coast Symphony (Bruch: Scottish Fantasy), New Westminster Symphony (Beethoven: Violin concerto), Vancouver Philharmonic (Saint-Saens: Violin concerto 3) and the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (Dvorak:Romance).