Jeanette Jonquil, Clarinet
Jenny Jonquil has been the principal clarinetist of the VSO since 2005. She was previously the principal clarinetist of the Charleston Symphony and a member of the Milwaukee Symphony. She has performed as guest principal with the Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
For several summers, Ms. Jonquil was the principal clarinetist of the Colorado Music Festival. In BC, she has performed at the Pender Harbour, Blueridge, and Quadra Island Festivals. She has attended the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Chautauqua Festival in New York, Spoleto Festival USA, and was a fellow at Tanglewood where she was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize for Outstanding Woodwind Playing.
Ms. Jonquil attended Northwestern University (BM) and Yale University (MM). Her primary teachers were Russell Dagon and David Shifrin. While at Yale, her quintet was the first prize winner at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition (LA) and she was the winner of both the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and the Nyfenger Memorial Prize for Excellence in Woodwind Playing.
Timothy Steeves, Violin
Canadian violinist Timothy Steeves has performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and advocate of contemporary music. He has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Salzburger Festspiele and his performances have been heard on BBC Radio, NPR, and Radio Canada among others. Timothy made his solo debut in 2004 with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and has since performed with orchestras in both Canada and the United States in repertoire ranging from baroque standards to world premieres.
Timothy is the Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the founding violinist of the new music ensemble Latitude 49. In great demand as a recitalist and chamber musician, his collaborators have included Pierre Amoyal, Andrés Cárdenes, Steven Mackey, and Paul Schoenfeld. He has also toured both Canada and the United States in recital with pianist Jani Parsons and soprano Alexandra Smither.
Timothy is a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award and a Laureate of the 2015 Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Rice University where his research centered on the twenty-first century violin concerto literature. He previously attained both a Bachelor and Masters of Music from the University of Michigan and ARCT Performance Diplomas in both Violin and Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. Timothy’s primary teachers include Edmond Agopian, David Halen, Cho-Liang Lin, and Nick Pulos.
Carina Vincenti, Violin
Carina Vincenti, born and raised in Seattle, WA, began her violin studies in the Coleman Studio and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras at age seven. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Jaime Laredo.
Prior to accepting her position with the VSO, Carina completed one year of her Master of Music degree with Bill Preucil, performed in both Canton and Akron Symphony Orchestras’ violin sections and taught her 19 students in and around Cleveland.
Most recently, Carina traveled to Switzerland to perform with the Verbier Festival Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, and Fabio Luisi to name a few. Other highly esteemed summer festivals she has attended include Pacific Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, McGill International String Quartet Academie and Mimir Chamber Music Festival. Carina has participated in master classes and lessons for artists James Ehnes, Leonidas Kavakos, Glenn Dicterow, Frank Huang and Rainer Küchl among others.
Katrina Chitty, Viola
Katrina Chitty, a native of Langley, BC, joined the Vancouver Symphony viola section in 2019. Katrina originally began her musical education on the violin at age four – and only a couple years later, became one of the youngest members to join the Surrey Junior Strings.
This early introduction to orchestral life inspired her throughout her musical studies, and several years later she was accepted at the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud in France to further her musical education. Following that, Katrina attended Wilfrid Laurier University for her bachelor’s degree, studying with Jerzy Kaplenek.
Finding that a switch to viola better suited her, Katrina then completed her master’s degree at McGill University under the direction of André Roy. She spent a year performing chamber music around the world on cruise ships with her quartet, and then spent several years freelancing in Toronto with the Toronto Symphony, National Ballet, and Canadian Opera Company. Katrina is now happy to call Vancouver her home.
When not on stage, Ms. Chitty serves as a Logistics Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves.
Henry Shapard, Cello
Henry Shapard, 21, was appointed Principal Cello of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in March of 2020. Before joining the VSO, he briefly held the position of Principal Cello of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was appointed by the RIPO’s Artistic Adviser—and Music Director Emeritus of the VSO—Bramwell Tovey.
Henry is a two-time fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he received the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award. He has also performed across Germany and Denmark as a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra.
In May 2020, Henry graduated with distinction from Yale University with a degree in History, where he was named Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the Bach Society Prize, the Sharp Prize, the Selden Memorial Award, and the Berkeley College Arts Prize. At Yale, he was a student of Ole Akahoshi and served as Principal Cello of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, where William Boughton became another important mentor. Henry served as the assistant conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Berkeley College Orchestra and the Saybrook College Orchestra. He led Low Strung, an all-cello rock group at Yale, on tours to China, Singapore, and across the USA.
Henry has spent the COVID-19 period as the cellist of the New Fromm Players of the Tanglewood Music Center, working remotely to develop widely applicable techniques for real-time performance of contemporary music over the internet.