Gerald Morin has been a member of l’Orchestre symphonique de Montreal for over 20 years. He grew up in British Columbia and received his formative training with James Hunter at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Gerald was principal cellist of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Halifax. Gerald performs as a recitalist, most often with his wife - pianist Sylvia Bruns, and he has been a participant in the OSM’s chamber music series. He was a founding member of the Atlantic String Quartet in St. John’s. He also enjoys teaching and has taught at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Acadia University in Nova Scotia. Currently he teaches privately in Montréal. With the OSM, Gerald has toured frequently throughout Europe, Asia, and South America and recorded for Decca, Sony, Analekta, Radio-Canada, and the CBC.
Originally from British Columbia, Sylvia Bruns has lived and worked as a pianist in Montreal for the past 25 years. She earned an Associate Diploma from both the Victoria and the Royal Conservatories of Music while studying with Dr. Robin Wood. She continued her studies with Marc Durand in Montreal where she completed a Concert Diploma from McGill University and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Université de Montréal. Sylvia has performed in recital and with orchestra, frequently with cellist, Gerald Morin as well as other OSM musicians. As an accompanist, she has worked at McGill University, Marianopolis College, with the Orchestre Metropolitain, and with various chamber ensembles and soloists. She is an experienced church music director and currently freelances in that capacity. Sylvia maintains an active private piano studio in Montréal and has been invited to give master-classes in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
Stephanie Morin graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance from McGill University where she studied with OSM flutist, Denis Bluteau. Currently she is pursuing a Master’s degree in flute performance at the Conservatoire de musique with Marie-Andrée Benny. At the Orford Music Academy and Domaine Forget she had the chance to study with many preeminent flutists such as Robert Langevin, Julien Beaudiment, and Paula Robison. She has performed in chamber music concerts in and around Montreal, with the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and as soloist with Orchestra Toronto and the Lakeshore Community Orchestra. She has toured three times with National Youth Orchestra (NYO) around Canada, as well as to South Korea with the Orford Academy Orchestra. Recognized for the lyric, expressive quality of her playing, she has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, awards and honours. Most recently in the Spring of 2017, Stephanie was awarded the “Prix de l’Academie de musique de Quebec” in the prestigious Prix d’Europe competition and an “Award of Excellence” from NYO.
Celia Morin is 17 years old and has been playing the violin and piano for 10 years. She has been awarded prizes for her performances of both instruments in numerous competitions including the Lakeshore Chamber Music Competition, the Quebec Music Educators Association Festival and the Montreal Classical Music Festival. She has participated in chamber music concerts in Quebec and British Columbia and performed as soloist with the Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra. This past summer she was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra for its milestone “Edges of Canada” tour, performing in 11 Canadian cities.