The Alberta Emerging Musicians Festival showcases some of the province's finest student musicians. The festival's featured soloists have garnered significant notoriety for their outstanding musicianship and artistry.
Rena Far, violinist
Alberta Music Education Foundation Student Recognition Award Winner
Rena Far has been studying violin with Prof. Edmond Agopian at the University of Calgary since 2014. She began her musical studies at age four with Keiko Takahashi, and has since achieved success in many music festivals and competitions, including winning first prizes at the 2015 RBC Concerto Competition and the 2016 Alberta Provincial Music Festival. She has been featured on three occasions as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to her solo studies, Rena is an active and dedicated chamber musician, having recently performed with groups such as the UCalgary String Quartet, UCalgary Klezmer Band, and New West Piano Trio. An experienced orchestral musician, Rena has served as Concertmaster of the UCalgary Orchestra and the Calgary Youth Orchestra. Rena also performs frequently as an extra musician with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and various other local ensembles.
Julia Chau, pianist
Winner of the 2018 AMEF Student Recognition Award for Community Service, Julia Chau is 17 and is currently studying with David Tutt at MacEwan University Conservatory of Music. At the age of 12, she received First Class Honours with Distinction for her RCM Grade 10 piano exam and the highest mark in the Edmonton region. She completed her ARCT in Piano Performance with First Class Honours in January of 2016. Julia was a two-time Canadian Music Competition National Finalist in 2013 and 2014.
Julia enjoys using her musical ability to help out in the community, and is a member of the Heart of the City Music Program, where she has volunteered as a piano teacher, performed at the annual fundraising concert, and participated with the HCMP Performance Troupe. At the age of 14, she held a fundraising concert with her sister to support the MacEwan University music scholarship fund. She has performed at hospitals, senior's residences and various concerts through the MacEwan University Conservatory of Music.