Andromeda Trio was recently awarded grants from Canada Council for the Arts and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund to commission, workshop and record a piece by Canadian composer, Karen Sunabacka, which will explore Métis-Mennonite relations in Canada, which reflects the ancestries of our ensemble. We are thrilled to be collaborating with pianist, Angela Park, for this project. Follow this journey through our facebook page!
Andromeda Trio was established in 2014 in Waterloo, Ontario. Since then, they have performed for many chamber music series in the greater Toronto area including for the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Guelph Connections Concert Series, Laurier Noon Hour Series, Toronto Chamber Players, Conrad Grebel Noon Hour Series and more.
Marcus Willem Scholtes is currently the Associate Concertmaster of Sinfonia Toronto, a Juno-award-winning ensemble. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he graduated with a Doctor of Music degree in Violin Performance in the studio of renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig.
A multi-talented artist, Marcus is an active soloist on both the violin and piano, at times even performing as a soloist on both instruments on the same concert program. As pianist, he has most recently performed Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto, and has performed solo piano programs in South Korea.
As Concertmaster, Marcus has led the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival orchestra in Germany, and has performed and toured much of Europe with this ensemble, including concerts in Spain, Turkey, Poland, Budapest, the Czech Republic, and Denmark. Marcus is also an original member of Aldeburgh Strings based in the UK, which has recently recorded two CDs, both released to critical acclaim in the UK and Germany. Outside of his musical interests, he is a driving and automotive enthusiast.
Miriam Stewart-Kroeker is a native of Hamilton, Ontario, where she began her studies at the age of 5. She studied with Paul Pulford and the Penderecki String Quartet at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she received an Honours Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance as well as a Diploma in Chamber Music Performance. She went on to complete a Master’s degree in Cello Performance at McGill University under the direction of Matt Haimovitz. She recently joined the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony cello section in January 2020.
On top of performing with various orchestras throughout Ontario, Miriam is an active chamber musician. She is a founding member of the Andromeda Piano Trio, who perform frequently for a number of chamber music series in the region, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Guelph Connections Chamber Music Series, Conrad Grebel Noon Hour series, Toronto Chamber Players series and more. In 2013 Miriam completed a winter residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in solo and chamber music, and her chamber ensembles have been the recipients of a number of awards. She has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Choir and the Georgian Bay Symphony.
Heidi Wall performs piano solo repertoire, chamber music, and concertos both locally and abroad. While studying with Anya Alexeyev at Wilfrid Laurier University for her Bachelor of Music in piano performance, Heidi placed first in the concerto competition, was awarded the gold medal for music and won two gold medals in the Canadian Music Competition. She then completed three residencies at the Banff Centre, one of which resulted in a recording of Schöenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Gruppo Montebello which was released on the Etcetera label in Europe. Wall completed a Masters in Music in Performance and Literature at Western University with Stéphan Sylvestre in 2017. During that time, she placed first in the Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition and was honoured with the prestigious Artistic Performance OGS Award.
Heidi is currently a DMA student at Western University. She coordinates the Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival, is the music director at the Church of the Good Shepherd, is faculty pianist at National Music Camp of Canada, and teaches piano. Heidi Wall lives in Kitchener-Waterloo.