World-renowned violinist and teacher, Moshe Hammer, has seen the scars of war and violence and the power of music to heal them. Born in the ruins of Budapest, Hungary after World War II, Moshe and his family traveled to the new country of Israel as refugees. There, as Israel was struggling to build itself in a troubled region of the world, young Moshe established himself as an award-winning musician.
Moshe has studied at the University of Tel-Aviv’s Rubin Academy of Music, the Julliard School in New York and with violin masters Jascha Heifetz in Los Angeles and Yehudi Menuhin in London.
Violinist and Pedagogue
Xiao Grabke is one of the most sought after violin pedagogues in Toronto and over the past 20 years has taught numerous violin students through Havergal College, the Royal Conservatory of Music and Grabke Violin Studio. She has a Music Performance Degree from the University of Toronto and is a tenured orchestral member of the National Ballet of Canada. Ms. Grabke has recorded many CDs and jingles with CBC and has played in numerous Broadway musicals in Toronto.
Ms. Grabke has a passion in seeking out and nurturing young musical talent. She believes it will enable them to focus strongly in school and capable to achieve higher goals in life. She says, “Music simply brings out the strength and the beauty of each child”.
Ross Inglis is the Director of Music at Knox United, currently runs a private studio of fifty students and is the conductor of the professional choir for the High Holy Days at Temple Sinai in Toronto.
An accomplished athlete as well as musician, Ross has run 25 marathons or ultra-marathons, including four Boston Marathons, several 50-km races, and races of 50 miles and 100 km.
Garrett Knecht is from Calgary, Alberta where he began his studies with John Kadz in the Academy of Music at the Mount Royal College Conservatory. He continued to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Calgary. As a visiting student at the University of Ottawa, Garrett formed the Volta String Quartet, completing several international concert tours and competitions. As well as being voted “What’s Hot at the University of Ottawa” by Maclean’s magazine, the quartet also recorded several works for CBC radio including a premiere of Canadian composer Patrick Cardy’s Dolce es Decorum Est.
Garrett performs regularly with the Canadian Opera Company, Via Salzburg, Calgary Philharmonic and the Toronto Philharmonia. A passionate and enthusiastic teacher, Garrett holds a position as string teacher at the Alan Howard Waldorf School in Toronto. Garrett also teaches at the Classical Music Conservatory and Branksome Hall. He is looking forward to growing his teaching studio and sharing his love of cello with his students through his innovative and upbeat teaching style.
Tony Rapoport is principal violist of Sinfonia Toronto, violist of the Windermere String Quartet, and was a founding member the Aradia Ensemble. In the summer of 2014, he collaborated with Form Contemporary Dance Theatre on the critically acclaimed Storm and Silence . (“Anthony Rapoport’s wicked violin is amazing.” – Hamilton Spectator) He has recorded fourteen internationally released CDs. Anthony received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School in New York. He is a Visiting Artist at Etobicoke School of the Arts, and former faculty member at Sistema Toronto.
Brian Baty is a professional freelance musician who has performed with most professional orchestra’s in Ontario including the Toronto Symphony, the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company. He also currently holds the position of principal double bassist with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.
Brian also maintains private teaching studio as well as coaching string sectionals in elementary schools, secondary schools and community orchestras. He has also been a sessional lecturer at Lakehead University and has presented master classes at Western University.
Brian is thrilled to be teaching with Hammer Band. Having received his own start in music through the public school system, he is particularly aware of the impact music can have on a student’s life.
Dr. Zachary Ebin has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, and Israel. He holds a BA and an MA from Brandeis University, where he served as concert master of the Brandeis-Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, and an MM from the Boston Conservatory. Zachary recently completed his PhD at York University. Zachary’s research interests include music education, Suzuki pedagogy, music cognition and perception, and discovering forgotten composers. Active as a music educator, Zachary was formerly chair of Suzuki Strings at South Shore Conservatory and is now on the faculty of Etobicoke Suzuki Music. Additionally, he serves as music director of Arco Violini, an advanced student ensemble that performs throughout Ontario. In high demand as a guest clinician Zachary has taught and lectured all over North America at conferences, institutes, and workshops. In the summers, Zachary can be found in Belfountain, ON where he serves as the artistic director of the Belfountain Music Festival.
Jane Quinn has been teaching violin for over 25years. She was a co-founder of The North York Suzuki School of Music in Toronto. In 2005 she moved to Rothesay, New Brunswick where she enjoyed teaching violin in the local school district’s strings program as well as her home studio. She enjoyed being concertmaster for a local community orchestra and being part of the freelance community. While in New Brunswick she also taught English to newcomers and refugees through the local YMCA’s LINC program. In 2013 & 2014 Jane was a violin adjudicator at festivals in Nova Scotia, the YIP Festival in Toronto and Toronto Mandarin Lion’s Club Music Festival.
Presently, Jane resides in Toronto where teaches violin at The North York Suzuki School of Music, the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre’s Suzuki program as well as her home studio.
Currently based in Toronto, Naomi is an active freelance musician playing regularly with groups such as the Toronto Symphony and Canadian Opera Company. She has been featured live on CBC radio and is an avid chamber musician, recently collaborating with the renowned Robert McDonald. A seasoned orchestral musician, she has performed under the batons of such celebrated conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, Jesús LópezCobos, Giovanni Antonini (Il Giardino Armonico), and James DePriest. Passionate about bring music to our children, Naomi has guest taught at the RCM, JCC and the Etobicoke Suzuki Music school as well as the Hammer Band. She spends her summers in southern Oregon where she is in her fourteenth season as principal cellist of the Britt Festival Orchestra and is regularly featured as a soloist.
Canadian violinist Praise Lam is thrilled to be working with the Hammer Band. An avid promoter of arts in education, Praise believes in the power of music. Having worked with students and youth orchestras of all ages in the Peel District School Board and the Toronto District School Board, Praise continues to maintain an active role in music education. Her performances as a award-winning violinist has taken her from her hometown stage in Canada to appearances in Hollywood’s 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage in Los Angeles, California. An accomplished pianist and composer as well, Praise currently works as a professional freelance musician in Toronto.
Praise holds an ARCT Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music Performance degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. For more information, please visit www.praiselam.com