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Introducing the 2022-23 Rebanks Fellows

Introducing the 2022-23 Rebanks Fellows

Published on September 20, 2022

The Royal Conservatory is pleased to announce the six exceptional artists accepted into the prestigious Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program for the 2022-23 academic year. 

Rebanks 2022-23

Unique in Canada, The Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program is a one-year postgraduate program of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School. Created in 2013 for artists poised for professional success, it offers a rich curriculum for career development including private study with exceptional faculty and guest artists; concert presentations and career coaching; and marketing training and support.  Additionally, each  Rebanks Fellow also participates in a funded international residency.   

The continued success of The Rebanks Family Fellowship Program is possible thanks to the unwavering  support of the Rebanks Family and the Weston Family Foundation. 

Learn more about the Rebanks Family Fellowship Program

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Tim Beattie, guitar (Canada) 

Canadian guitarist Tim Beattie brings his genre-defying programming to stages around the world, “moving between textures and moods with ease ... Beattie’s guitar dazzles.” (Laura Stanley, MusicWorks Magazine). A graduate of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (BMus ‘19) and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (MMus ‘21, AD ’22), Tim is the recipient of numerous awards from the Sylva Gelber Foundation, Royal Overseas League, the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and international guitar competitions in Antwerp, Brussels, Calgary, Hamilton, Uppsala, and others. Tim’s recent activities include performances at Perth Concert Hall, Lammermuir Festival, UN Climate Conference 2021, Princess Alexandra Hall (London); collaborative projects with actor Tucker St Ivany and filmmaker Rosslyn McCormick; recordings on period instruments at St. Cecilia’s Museum (Edinburgh); premieres of new works by Finn McLean and Gerald Garcia; and teaching at the University of St. Andrews. 
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Aaron Chan, violin (Canada) 

Two-time Sylva Gelber Music Award recipient, violinist Aaron Chan came to public attention when he won the Golden Violin Competition in 2019 and has established himself as one of the most sought-after rising young artists of his generation. Born in Canada, Aaron was raised in Hong Kong since childhood. Aaron received a Bachelor of Music with Stephen Rose and Jinjoo Cho at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) and McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and continued his master's degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of music under the guidance of Paul Kantor. In 2018, Aaron won the classical concerto competition and chamber competition with his quartet (Lafontaine Quartet) at McGill, granting him public performances at the Pollack Hall and the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur respectively. Aaron was also the winner of the Concerto Competition at the Shepherd School of Music in 2021. 

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Hannah Crawford, soprano (Canada) 

Hannah Crawford is a recent Voice Performance graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently based in the Toronto area. Hannah was a recent finalist in the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Competitions and studied at Institute for Young Dramatic voice with Dolora Zajick in 2021 and 2022. Hannah was awarded first place in both the Wilfrid Laurier Concerto Competition and the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra Performers Competition, earning a scholarship and solo performance with each orchestra. Currently, Hannah co-hosts the podcast The Dreaming Divas to inspire her own generation of singers and gain industry knowledge in the opera world.

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Caleb Georges, viola (St. Lucia) 

Violist Caleb Georges comes from the island of St. Lucia and began his musical journey at the age of 7 on piano at the St. Lucia School of Music before picking up the viola at 13. A few years later, he left his island home to pursue his studies in music in the United States. A recipient of the Sphinx full tuition award, Caleb received his master’s at the University of Michigan studying Viola Performance and Chamber Music under the tutelage of Caroline Coade. In 2015, he won first prize at the 2015 Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition with the Max Trio, and he was also a first prize winner at the 2018 Dale & Nancy Briggs Chamber Music Competition as well as the 2019 WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition with the Ivalas Quartet. Later that year, he was featured as a soloist on the Violin Channel after winning third prize in the senior division of the 2019 Sphinx Competition, sharing the stage with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra in Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. An avid chamber musician, Caleb has performed and collaborated with ensembles across North America. He joined the Black and LatinX string chamber ensemble, Sphinx Virtuosi, performing on historic stages such as Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress. Since joining the Dior Quartet, Caleb attended Indiana University as a string quartet fellowship recipient, studying with Mark Holloway and the award-winning Pacifica Quartet. Dior is now entering its second year as Quartet in Residence at The Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School, and were recently one of 10 quartets selected to participate in the prestigious 2022 Banff International String Quartet Competition. 

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Daniel Hamin Go, cello (South Korea)

Described as “authoritative, poised, and dripping with élan” (Jonathan Freeman-Atwood), South Korean cellist Daniel Hamin Go is recognized as a special emerging talent. Daniel has performed throughout North America and Europe, collaborating with renowned musicians including Jonathan Biss, Miriam Fried, Rachel Podger, and Fazil Say; appearing in concert halls such as Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie, Flagey Studios, and Konzerthaus Berlin. Daniel obtained his Bachelor of Music at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Julia Lichten and David Geber, Master’s of Music at the Hochschule für Musik' Hanns Eisler' Berlin in the class of Nicolas Altstaedt, and as a recipient of the prestigious Bicentenary Award and the Drake Calleja Trust Award, Daniel completed an Advanced Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music. During the 2021-22 season, Daniel was an artist-in-residence at the coveted Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel working closely with Gary Hoffman. Daniel plays on a Francesco Rugeri, 1690, and a rare Joseph Henry bow, both generously on loan from private collections. 

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Jonelle Sills, soprano (Canada) 

Praised for her “...warm, full, elastic tone.” (Schmopera) Canadian soprano Jonelle Sills was named one of York University’s top 30 alumni under 30 for 2022 and in 2020 was one of CBC Music’s classical “30 under 30” performers. Past roles include Mimì, Musetta (La Bohème), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Micaëla (Carmen). Jonelle is a 2019 Dora award winner for “Outstanding performance of an Ensemble” in Vivier’s Kopernikus with Against the Grain Theatre. She holds an Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University. Jonelle originated the role of Esther in Prestini’s Vavrek and Strassberger’s Silent Light as a Resident artist at Banff Centre’s Opera in the 21st Century Program. Jonelle was recently a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program at Vancouver Opera for their 2021 and 2022 season. Jonelle believes that her work in opera can have a social and cultural impact and is a mentor with Opera In Reach, a collective of multidisciplinary artists who focus to embody equity, diversity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility to the operatic art form.