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Sundays in the Atrium
Featuring students of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music
Nofar Yacobi, Soprano
William Weil, Cello
Sasha Bult-Ito, Piano
Nofar Yacobi was born in Israel. She is a member of the Rebanks program at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, The Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, the Ra’anana Symphonette Orchestra, the Ferrara Conservatory Orchestra, and the Revolution Orchestra. She recorded for Disney Pictures the Hebrew version of Beauty and the Beast live action movie. Her operatic repertoire includes Queen of the Night and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart),Despina in Così fan tutte (Mozart), Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss), Oscar in Un ballo in maschera (Verdi), Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Mozart), The Sand and the Dew fairies in Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck), Clorinda in La Cenerentola (Rossini), Suor Genovieffa and Suor Osmina in Suor Angelica (Puccini), Soeur Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc), Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor (Mozart) and more. She performed in many concerts in a wide operatic and concert repertoire including the soprano solos in the Stravinsky Les Noces, Dvorak Te Deum, Berg Seven Early Songs, Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras, Mozart Exsultate, jubilate and more. Nofar Yacobi graduated from the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at the Tel Aviv University and is an alumnus of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program. She received the AICF, the Buchman-Mehta School of Music and the Eli Leon scholarships, as well as the Sir Jack Lyons Charitable Trust and the Azrieli Foundation sponsorships.
William began his musical education in 1999 in Israel. In his first years of studies, he was the recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation that is still supporting him. Since then William has been touring in various Orchestras and Chamber music groups across the USA South America and Europe playing in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert hall, Royal Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Berlin, Kodaly Center. As a Soloist William has performed with the Jerusalem Academy of music High-School as well as with the Buchman-Metha School of music Orchestra, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, and the Mendi Rodan Orchestra among others. William has won first prize at the string competition of the Jerusalem Academy in 2016 as well as the first prize in the concerto competition and the chamber music (2015) competition at the Academy. He was awarded the audience choice at the Aviv competition in 2017. Among his teachers are H. Zori, Z. Plesser and W.E. Schmidt. William was a member of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and is currently studying at the Glenn Gould School with Mr. Jensen and Mr. Diaz as a recipient of the David Lyons scholarship.
Sasha Bult-Ito, 20, has been a soloist with orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, and has given over two dozen solo recitals. Sasha has performed in Koerner Hall as a finalist of the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition, and in Weill Recital Hall with duo partner, violist Jacob Clewell. In addition, she was a semifinalist of the e-Piano Junior and Eastman Young Artists Competitions. She has performed for such distinguished artists as Leon Fleisher, Jon Nakamatsu, and Boris Slutsky, and attends international summer festivals regularly. Sasha began piano studies at age four with her mother and attended The Interlochen Arts Academy. She currently studies with John Perry and David Louie at The Glenn Gould School as a full-tuition scholarship recipient.