ANNA STUBE & SUSANNE RUBERG-GORDON (violin & piano)
Virtuosity: One of Canada’s foremost emerging talents, 16-year-old accomplished violinist Anna Stube joins pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon in a compelling classical program laced with a brilliant mixture of styles and eras. From Sarasate to Gershwin, this selection is sure to captivate any audience.
At the age of 16, Anna Stube has already enjoyed an extensive international performance career with acclaimed concerts in Israel, Poland, and various venues in the United States and Canada. Anna began playing the violin at the age of #ve, around the same time that her family moved to Canada from Latvia. She took violin lessons with Maria Meadlow from 2011 and since 2014 she has been studying violin with professor William Van der Sloot at the Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary, where she currently participates in the Advanced Performance Program.
Anna has had the pleasure of working with internationally distinguished artists and teachers such as Donald Weilerstein, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Pinchas Zukerman, GerardoRibeiro, Roberto Diaz, James Ehnes, Nikki Chooi, Ian Swensen, Yehonatan Berick, the Kronos Quartet, Gwen Hoebig, the Calidore String Quartet, and many more. She has won numerous awards from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music, the Calgary Performing Arts Festival and the Canadian Music Competition (CMC), where she won the Grand Prize in 2018 and 2019 resulting in a performance with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Karl Hirzer.
Anna has participated in highly esteemed summer music programs such as the Young Artist Program in Ottawa, the Orford Music Academy, and the Domaine Forget program in Quebec. She was also part of the Morningside Music Bridge (MMB) program from 2017 to 2019 at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Poland, and the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, where she was a #nalist of the Concerto Competition and performed at numerous concerts such as at the Palace Wilanow in Warsaw and the prestigious Rockport Chamber Music Festival concert series with her international piano trio. Anna was given the opportunity to perform in Israel with “Trio Savyon”, appearing in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ashdod and Nazareth, as well as at a private recital for the Mozart Patron Group of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) in 2018. Anna was invited to appear on NPR’s ‘From the Top’ program in 2019 as part of the MMB program, performing the Beethoven ‘Ghost’ Piano Trio with renowned cellist Paul Katz. She has also performed several solo recitals for Latvian cultural organizations in Hamilton, ON and Kalamazoo, MI along with her accomplished mother on the piano.
In November 2019, Anna won the 1st prize in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Manulife Competition in Montreal, Quebec, which included a full scholarship to the Domaine Forget program. She was also a prizewinner at the Lethbridge Symphony and Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competitions.
In addition to her acclaimed performance with the CPO, Anna has collaborated with several ensembles such as the Calgary Civic Symphony in 2018 and the Kensington Sinfonia in 2019 after winning their concerto competitions. She has been a featured artist on various concert series including the Canmore Rising Stars as well as upcoming engagements with the High River Gift of Music and the ProArts Society concert series in Calgary.
Although performing and communicating with audiences is an important facet of her career, Anna is also passionate about advocating for arts education as well as illuminating social issues and helping make music more accessible to underprivileged people around the world by her participation in the Back to Bach project, a global initiative inspiring a new generation of artists through the instillation of curiosity and commitment values in young children, outreach performances at Calgary’s many senior centers and schools, and using her insight especially during this difficult time to assist in making sure the arts community is acknowledged and supported by leadership.
Quoted in the Chronicle Herald as "A superb musician", Swedish-born pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon is a highly regarded chamber musician and collaborative pianist.
She has collaborated in concerts with artists such as Andrés Diaz, Andrés Cardenes, Ron Leonard, Desmond Hoebig, Ian Swensen, Alain Trudel, Jens Lindemann, Ning Feng, Catherine Monoukian, Ni Tao, Arnold Choi and Nikki Chooi.
Susanne is a core member and the pianist of the Land's End Ensemble in Calgary (John Lowry, violin and Beth Root Sandvoss, cello), and the Galena Trio (Johanne Perron, cello and Nicola Everton, clarinet).
As a collaborative pianist, Susanne has been featured on Swedish Radio, CBC Radio and Radio Canada. She also has performed in competitions such as the Montreal International Violin Competition, the MSO Standard Life competition, the Wieniawski International Violin Competition and the Sheen Competition.
After graduating from the Edsberg Institute of Music in Stockholm with a Diploma in Chamber Music, her studies brought her to the Banff Centre Music and Sound Program. Her primary teachers were Greta Eriksson and Jose Ribera but she is also grateful to have learned from Gilbert Kalish, Marc Durand and David Moroz.
Susanne has also performed in various masterclasses with Geoffrey Parsons, Richard Goode, Frans Helmerson, Lynn Harrell, Janos Starker, Henk Guittart and Siegfried Palm, to name a few.
Susanne has been on faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory since 1991 where she is the coordinator of Collaborative Pianists, works extensively with the senior string students and teaches chamber music. She has also been a Collaborative Artist for the acclaimed Morningside Music Bridge program in Canada, China and Poland since 2001.
"the perfect collaborative pianist, elegant and refined and her shaping everything the connoisseur of the composer could wish"
-The Calgary Herald