FACULTY

Helena Jung

helena Jung

Helena Jung has had a diverse career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher in Vancouver Island, B.C. She vigorously pursues an eclectic repertoire, having performed with many well-known pianists such as Sarah Hagen, Lynn Robinson, Dagmar Kilian, Linda Lee Thomas, Glen Montgomery and Sean Mooney, as well as with the Vancouver Island Symphony since 2005. Helena received her BMus and MMus from Ewha University in Seoul, Korea, and has performed with the Jeunesses Musical World Orchestra as a member, the Seoul Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gyeonggi Provincial Philharmonic Orchestra as a principal.

As well, she joined various musical programs, such as the Ratzeburger Sommer Akademie Festival in Germany and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. She has appeared as a soloist with the Seoul Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ewha University symphony Orchestra, the Gyeonggi Provincial Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, and the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra.

Helena is a member of the Comox Valley Piano Society and BC Registered Teachers Music Association. Furthermore, she plays with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Island Baroque Ensemble, and is the leader of Vancouver Island Cello Ensemble. Also, she has annually held her own cello recital series;“Cellobration” and her students` concerts ; ” Hello,Cello!”, since 2007.

For more information, please visit helenajung.com.


Jean-Pierre Calitz - piano

Jean-Pierre Calitz is a South African born award-winning pianist and teacher. An active soloist, collaborator, chamber musician, recording artist, repetiteur, pedagogue and researcher, he holds a Masters degree in Piano Performance from Western Michigan University in the United States. Jean-Pierre consequently graduated with a professional doctorate in piano performance from “Université de Montréal”. He was awarded Performers and Teachers Licentiate diplomas from UNISA as well as the performer's certificate from Trinity College in London, all with distinction. He has appeared for concerts in Africa, North America and Europe.

His most prominent musical mentors include Nettie Immelman, Ella Fourie, Albie van Schalkwyk, Silvia Roederer, Lori Sims and Paul Stewart. He has performed extensively in masterclasses, most notably for Niel Immelman (UK), Andrea Bonnata (Italy), Frank Glazer (a student of Artur Schnabel) and Andre Watts (USA).

His accolades include the Gertrude Buchanan Prize and Prize for the best rendition of Liszt  (UNISA), SAMRO Undergraduate study scholarships, Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Awards, Gold medals at National Solo and Ensemble competitions, a Wendy Ackerman Foundation Award, Bay View Music Festival Collaborative Piano Fellowships and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Fellowship.

In addition to his independent career, he has held positions at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, North West University and the Tshwane University of Technology Opera School and St John's College.

Jean-Pierre is a passionate and dedicated teacher, highly in demand. After intensive study and practical training in piano pedagogy throughout his student years and beyond, he has spent much of his career on the establishment, development and nurturing of young musicians at various levels from beginner to advanced pupils. His students are presented at various Eisteddfodau and National Music competitions, many awarded trophies and gold medals.  He has entered hundreds of students into practical and music theory examinations by external examination boards (ABRSM, Trinity, RCM etc) many with distinction results. Jean-Pierre is designated as a "Registered Music Teacher" by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers. 

Above all, Jean-Pierre cherishes a passion for music and its role in communities around the globe.

Jean-Pierre Calitz

Calvin Dyck - violin

Calvin Dyck, violin

Calvin Dyck has been concertmaster for the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo for 21 years and is also the director for the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra.  Calvin has played concerts in over 15 countries and is in demand as a producer, teacher, conductor, and adjudicator.

Although a college aptitude test recommended a career as a tug boat captain, Calvin finished a DMA in Violin Performance as USC with minors in choral conducting, and music history. He currently has about 25 students.  Some of his former students are currently studying at universities across Canada, and one is now a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Calvin has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for service to the community.  He has also been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities by Trinity Western University. He as recorded 4 solo CDs to benefit the charity “Communitas”.


Paolo Bortolussi - flute

Flutist Paolo Bortolussi is a soloist, chamber artist, and new music pioneer.

Raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada, the US and abroad. A specialist in contemporary music, Paolo is the flutist and co-director of the Nu:BC Collective, a new music and multimedia arts ensemble in residence at the University of British Columbia. To date he has premiered over one-hundred and fifty solo and chamber works, including concerti written for him by Jian-Ping Tang, Dorothy Chang, Aaron Gervais, and Jocelyn Morlock, whose concerto “Ornithomancy”, commissioned with funds from the Canada Council, was premiered by Paolo and the Vancouver Island Symphony in April 2013. In 2016, Paolo released his first solo album, Israfel – music for flute and electronics, on the Redshift label, which includes works by Keith Hamel, Larry Lake, John Oliver, and Kaija Saariaho. The album received two nominations at the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards, including Artist of the Year.

Currently principal flutist with the Vancouver Island Symphony, Paolo has appeared as soloist multiple times with the VIS as well as the Albany (NY) Symphony, the Canada West Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with the Turning Point Ensemble, the Aventa Ensemble, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, The Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, as well as the Vancouver and Victoria Symphony Orchestras. He is a featured soloist on Vancouver Visions, a Centredisc release of Stephen Chatman’s music as well as Mirages, a CD of chamber works by Dorothy Chang. In 2014, Beyond Shadows, The Nu:BC Collective’s first CD was released on the Redshift label, featuring music by Dorothy Chang, Marc Mellits, and specially commissioned works by Brian Cherney and Chris Paul Harman. In November, 2014, Paolo performed and recorded Dorothy Chang’s flute concerto “Flight” with the University of British Columbia Symphony under Maestro Jonathan Girard, which will be released on a CD of concerti by University of British Columbia composers. Recent events also included the world premiere of works by Gabriel Dharmoo and Edward Top on Music on Main’s “Modulus”, a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #4 on period instruments, performances and clinics in Taipei, Taiwan, a unique arrangement of Mahler’s seminal work “Kindertotenlieder” by Alfredo Santa Ana, the premiere of a new trio by Dorothy Chang, as well as the world premiere of a triple concerto by Aaron Gervais featuring Nu:BC as soloists with the Turning Point Ensemble.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.Mus) and the Indiana University School of Music (M.Mus, D.M.A), he serves on the music faculties of the University of British Columbia, where he co-directs the Contemporary Players Ensemble, as well as Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Trinity Western University.

Paolo Bortulussi - flute

Brian Yoon - cello

Brian Yoon - cello

Brian Yoon is currently the Principal Cello of the Victoria Symphony. He has also served as guest principal with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand.

Since winning First Prize at the 35th Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, he has performed for audiences across Canada. In 2012, CBC Music featured Brian as “Canada’s next cello superstar” with a national broadcast of a recital recorded at the Glenn Gould Studio.

Brian has received support from the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation.


Christopher Lee - clarinet

Conductor/Clarinetist, Christopher Lee completed his Master’s degree at Juilliard School where he received Bachelor’s degree on Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and Eve Lyndlemarch Scholarship. He has studied with the renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima at The Juilliard School. Christopher has won the first and grand prizes at many competitions such as Korean Clarinet Competition, Vancouver Burnaby Clef Society Competition, Vancouver Academy of Music Competition, Korean Young Artist Competition and more. He was invited to perform and received the certificate at the 5th Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in Odense.

Christopher had been appointed as a principal clarinet of National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Canada, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and “VAM” Symphony Orchestra while giving out concerts tour in 12 different cities in North America. For his outstanding musicality, he was selected for “Award of Excellence” with a $5,000 scholarship in NYOC. He has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, Pilgrim Orchestra, The Korean Clarinet Orchestra at Seoul Art Center in South Korea and Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. After his successful performance with VSO, they invited him again to perform for their annual outdoor concert at the Deer Lake Park in Canada that attracts more than 10,000 concertgoers every year.

In 2010, he had been appointed as an executive director of “First Steps Benefit Concert Series” in Vancouver, which has raised approximately $30,000 per concert a year since 2009 at their annual concert benefiting the children in North Korea. He continues to organize such benefit concert series every year with Jireh Clarinet Ensemble and Jireh Chamber Orchestra to fundraise for the charity societies in Vancouver.

Christopher is currently principal clarinet of Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra and occasionally performs with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, and Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Also, he is a member of Cascadia Reed Quintet made up of top woodwind players from Vancouver BC area with a collected background. He is also devoted to teaching and conducting, he joined the clarinet faculty of Vancouver Academy of Music since (S.K Lee College) 2014 and he is the artistic director of “Jireh Music & Performing Art” and “Vancouver Korean Presbyterian Church’s Choir”.

Christopher Lee