Anson Hui, Executive Director
Twenty years old Anson has given concerts in Europe, Asia and North America. He has performed twice at New York Carnegie Hall. At age 15, he won the grand prize of both the 2014 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and Indiana University Concerto Competition as the youngest contestant among all others. He has also received numerous awards and scholarships from many international and Canadian piano competitions. Anson has played piano concertos with major orchestras such as Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Kindred Spirits Orchestra, York Symphony Orchestra, MostArts Festival Orchestra, Indiana University Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta, and New York Sinfonietta. He performed the Mozart Piano Concerto #20 with New York Sinfonietta in New York City when he was only 11 years old and received a raving review:
“This was soul-satisfying Mozart. Anson is a major talent whose gifts deserve careful nurturing. One could readily imagine that one was hearing Mozart himself—as a child prodigy—at the keyboard, so preternaturally profound was young Anson’s interpretation. It is unlikely that Mozart could have played this concerto any more convincingly than Anson did.” ~ The Epoch Times, New York.
Anson received his liver transplant from an anonymous living donor, which switched his path from music to medicine. He is currently a third year Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology student at University of Toronto.
“As a musician myself, I am aware of the unwavering devotion and financial support needed when chasing our musical dreams. I hope Musician’s Dream Aid can mitigate these encumbrances as much as possible for those musicians.”
Jane Du, Director of Communications
Jane Du, 18, is in her first year at Cornell University. Having played piano since the age of six, Jane is intimately familiar with the blood, sweat, tears, tears, and tears that go into the beautiful music we all love to hear, and she is eager to support the aspirations of young musicians lacking just that one financial stepping stone.
Jane enjoys the visual and literary arts, and is an editor of her school newspaper. On the opposite side of the spectrum, she is an avid lover of maths and sciences. In her free time, she can be seen doing anything from writing poetry, to drawing comics, to puzzling over physics problems.
Amy Kwong, Director of French Communications
Amy Kwong, 18 ans, est une étudiante de premier cycle à l'unversité d'Ottawa. Depuis un jeune âge, elle a joué la piano, et elle joue de la flûte et du piccolo dans l'orchestre à l'école. Auparavant, elle a étudié dans un programme d'immersion française. Elle adore jouer la musique instrumentale et chanter, et elle a hâte d'aider les musiciens, anglais et français, atteindre leurs rêves.
Amy Kwong, 18, is in her first year at the University of Ottawa. She has played piano since a young age, and she currently plays flute and piccolo in her school's concert band. She has previously studied in a French Immersion program. She loves playing instrumental music as well as singing, and she is looking forward to helping musicians of all languages achieve their dreams.
Jessica Mau, Director of Volunteer Resources
Jessica Mau, 21, is going into her fourth year at York University. Growing up, Jessica had a huge curiosity for music of all sorts. This led her to pick up piano, violin, guitar, and singing at a very young age. In her free time, Jessica continues to write music inspired by her life experiences, hoping to share it with the whole world one day. Aside from her passion for music, she is actively involved with the York Lions Dragon Boat Team at York University as the fundraising executive, planning and managing fundraising initiatives to collect more funding allowing the York Lions Dragon Boat Team to reach their goals, and continue to move forward without being limited by finances.
As the Director of Volunteer Resources, Jessica is excited to assist MDA in helping others in achieving their musical dreams without being limited by any external factors.
Timothy C.F. Lam, Artistic Director
Born in 1999, Timothy Lam graduated from Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts in Toronto (class of 2017), where he was active as an orchestra violinist. He is also an alumnus of the Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto. As top prize-winner and laureate of several piano and violin competitions, Timothy has received numerous awards and generous amounts of scholarship at regional, provincial, and national levels. He has been featured in several winners’ and gala concerts for both instruments, and has also been invited to play at several private and fund-raising concerts, performing in several venues in Toronto, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York.
While attending Western University (Ivey AEO, Bachelor of Management Organization Studies with specialization in Finance, Class of 2021), Timothy hopes to contribute and support MDA’s cause of helping musicians achieve their dreams.
Ironically, he is an avid fan of the cello, which he does not play, and in his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing a variety of sports, listening to music, biking, skiing, as well as a passion for cars and electronic games.
Ethan Chen, Artistic Director (piano)
Ethan, 20, is currently a 3rd year Honours Physiology student at McGill University, hoping to pursue a career in medicine.
He has won numerous regional, provincial and national competitions, including the recent Canadian Music Competition in 2018. The year before that, he completed his Licentiate exam at the Royal Conservatory of Music with the highest mark across Canada. He has also performed with several orchestras such as the Greater Toronto Philharmonic and Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra across the GTA.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing badminton, reading books and continuing to perform music for his Classical Music Club and for patients at the hospital.
Lareina Xu, Assistant Director of Marketing
Lareina Xu, 15, is a tenth grade student from Newmarket High School. She completed her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music piano exam with First Class Honours with distinction and is currently working towards her Associate's diploma. Through her experience helping NHS student council with advertising and starting up her own company, she hopes to apply her skills to help spread MDA's objective by providing students passionate about music an opportunity to achieve their dreams.
Lareina enjoys robotics and learning about Artificial Intelligence through competing in many robotics competitions with her school team. She also participates in DECA, a business competition, and HOSA, a health science competition to further enrich her knowledge of topics that interest her. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, snowboarding, and trying new foods. She hopes to travel to as many places in the world to experience different cultures and lifestyles.
Alison Dowling, Chief Editor of Notes
Alison Dowling is a Toronto-based actor and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Alison is always eager to expand on her skills and expertise, as an artist, as well as in the hospitality and events industry, and now as a writer and editor. She is thrilled to be on board with the MDA as their new Chief Editor providing you with the bimonthly newsletter!
Maryse Johnson, Director of Finance
Maryse Johnson has spent the past 30 years honing her skills in bookkeeping and customer service through a variety of positions such as amateur choir director, computer skills coach, administrative assistant, and entrepreneur.
Her love of numbers and passion for helping people led her to pursue accreditation in the accounting field. She is currently an honours student in her final year of the Business - Accounting program at Mohawk College.
As Director of Finance, Maryse is delighted to assist MDA in their mission.
Cassandra Lobo, Branksome Hall
Cassandra Lobo, 16, is currently in Grade 10 studying at Branksome Hall. Cassandra plays the piano and violin, and has won several Kiwanis and CCC Competitions. She is currently a member of Branksome Hall’s Symphony Orchestra and Chamber ensemble and Mooredale Youth Orchestra and regularly performs at their various concerts. This year, she had the privilege of participating in the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival (CISMF). During her free time, she enjoys listening to all kinds of music, attending concerts, swimming, skiing and singing.
Being a musician, Cassandra understands the financial difficulties that the families face. She is looking forward to supporting MDA’s cause of helping musicians achieve their dreams!
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