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The Gibson Trio

Saturday, September 7, 2024 at 7:30 pm - and -

Sunday, September 8, 2024 at 2:00 pm

$35 per ticket


The 18th and 19th concerts in the York Place Musical Salon.


Paula Kiffner, Keith MacLeod, Robert Holliston

About the Event

The Gibson Trio comprises three well-known BC musicians, all of whom are active as performers and teachers in Victoria and elsewhere throughout North America. Paula Kiffner (cello), Keith MacLeod (clarinet) and Robert Holliston (piano) will perform a staple of the repertoire for piano, cello and clarinet by Johannes Brahms, and a marvelous piece by a very important 19th-century French composer and trailblazer, Louise Farrenc, one of the few female composers of the era.


Louise Farrenc - Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in E-flat Major, Op.44 (1854)

Johannes Brahms - Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114 (1891)


Tickets will be released on Sunday, July 7, 2024.

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About the Musicians

Paula Kiffner

Paula Kiffner, cello, earned music performance degrees from Ohio State University and the Peabody Conservatory. While at Peabody she was principal cellist of the Annapolis Symphony and a member of the Washington Theater Chamber Players, both under the artistic direction of Leon Fleisher. Her teachers were Harvey Shapiro, Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates.


A former member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Kiffner has also performed as guest principal cellist of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and appears frequently as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her performances are heard on CBC Radio and KING FM (Seattle).


Ms. Kiffner also works with youth orchestras in Canada and the United States, and has served as guest artist and teacher at the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and the Victoria Conservatory of Music.


Keith MacLeod

Keith MacLeod, clarinet, was born in Quebec, spent his childhood in Manitoba and his adolescence in Vancouver. He began serious study of the clarinet in Vancouver with Wes Foster and then Ronald De Kant: both outstanding professionals. In 1976 through 1979 Keith studied in Chicago with the legendary Robert Marcellus.


He began his professional career in opera under the direction of Sir Richard Bonynge and Dame Joan Sutherland. He has worked with some of the greatest singers in the world from the Metropolitan Opera and other opera houses across the globe. Keith has performed across North America as guest soloist with Milwaukee Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony as well as the Winnipeg, Calgary and National Arts Centre orchestras among many others.


As a Yamaha Artist, Keith MacLeod has conducted master classes across Canada, the USA and as far away as Spain. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Victoria, University of BC and Louisiana State University. Keith was Principal Clarinet with the Victoria Symphony for forty years, where he makes his home with his wife Jennifer and their two daughters.


Robert Holliston

Robert Holliston, piano, studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and at the University of British Columbia. He has performed and recorded a wide variety of repertoire throughout Canada and the USA, England, New Zealand and Australia, and has been heard frequently on CBC-Radio. In collaboration with many of Canada's leading singers and instrumentalists and as a member of the popular salon group Viveza, Robert has participated in such festivals as Juneau Jazz and Classics, Parry Sound, Caraquette, Adelaide (Australia), and the Ottawa, Sitka and Orcas Island Chamber Music festivals. He is currently Head of the Keyboard Department at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where he also teaches music history and serves as chamber music coach.


A popular public speaker, Robert has given pre-performance lectures for Pacific Opera Victoria since 1993 and served as the company’s répétiteur, Chorus Master, and Principal Coach from 1991-2013. Through UVic’s Continuing Studies program, he has led several cultural tours to New York, Santa Fe, and Newfoundland. He is now Pacific Opera Victoria’s Curator of Public Engagement and the host of the company’s new outreach series INSIDE OPERA. During the past decade and a half, Robert has given several concerto performances with the Sidney Classical and Civic Orchestras and also appears frequently as orchestral keyboard player with the Victoria Symphony.

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