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Musicians' Biographies

Dolin Quartet

Our concert for October 23, 2022 features a a quartet including Laurence Kayaleh on violin, Lambert Chen, viola, Elizabeth Dolin, cello and Meagan Lilatz, piano. Brief biographies are presented in the following paragraphs.

In February 2020, Laurence Kayaleh performed with Elizabeth Dolin here in Hudson. Laurence has been a guest soloist with many distinguished orchestras: Zurich Tonhalle, Russian National Orchestra, National Symphony (Washington), Lamoureux (Paris), Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the major orchestras of Cleveland, St. Louis, Caracas (Simon Bolivar), Basel, Mexico City, under such conductors as Slatkin, Dutoit, Kogan, Pletnev, Nowak, Wakazugi, Carewe, Turnovsky and Venzago. Le Figaro world-renowned critic, Pierre Petit, used the phrase « L’Archet Royal » to describe her golden tone. Laurence has recorded for NAXOS the complete works for violin and piano by N. Medtner, A. Honegger, and G. Catoire. She plays a magnificent 1742 Pietro Guarneri of Venice which belonged to the eminent violinist and pedagogue, Carl Flesch.

Born in Taiwan, violist Lambert Chen gave his first recital at Montreal’s Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur at 10 and first performed as a soloist with I Musici de Montréal at 13. A member of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal for five years, he has been Co-Principal Viola with the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse since 2014. Lambert has performed with various chamber music ensembles including the Schulich String Quartet, Musica Camerata Montreal and the Trio di Colore. He has appeared as a guest of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Orford Arts Centre and Music and Beyond (Ottawa). A recipient of McGill University’s Golden Violin Award and Sylva Gerber Music Foundation Award, Lambert is also a prize winner in the New England Conservatory Competition and the OSM Competition and placed in the finals at the Primose International Viola Competition. He holds the bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Doctorate from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. He is currently Professor of Viola at the Institut Supérieur des Arts de Toulouse.

Since her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1985, Elizabeth Dolin is recognized as one of Canada’s finest cellists, in demand as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout Canada and the United States, and as soloist with major Canadian orchestras under such conductors as Mario Bernardi, Yannick Nezet-Séguin and Simon Streatfield.

A founding member of several highly regarded ensembles (Les Cordes Romantiques, Duo Fouquet-Dolin, Reiner Trio), she has collaborated with such artists as Martin Beaver, Bernadene Blaha, Steven Isserlis and Pinchas Zuckerman. Her regular appearances at Festival of the Sound, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Orford Festival, Chamber Music Kincardine and the Fredericton Chamber Music Festival, among others, have been enthusiastically received. Elizabeth Dolin plays on a François Lotte bow, graciously provided to her by the company CANIMEX INC. from Drummondville (Quebec), Canada.

Canadian pianist Meagan Milatz is quickly emerging as one of the most sought-after collaborative artists in the country. She regularly shares the stage with top international musicians including Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Stefan Dohr, Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic; and cellist Matt Haimovitz with whom she was featured in two concerts in 2021 for the Ladies Morning Musical Club series in Montreal. Her chamber music experiences are far-reaching: in May 2022, she appeared in concert in Spain with Kai Gleusteen, concertmaster of the Orchestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, and in 2021 she was named pianist of Trio Fibonacci, a long-standing Montreal-based trio internationally recognized for its brilliant interpretations of the entire piano trio repertoire. Her duo “meagan&amy” with violinist Amy Hillis launched onto the scene with their debut album Roots in 2019 before embarking on a 50-concert, Canada-wide tour as winners of the first-ever Pan-Canadian Partnership Recital Tour offered by Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Debut Atlantic, and Prairie Debut. Meagan's collaborative performances are regularly broadcast on CBC/Radio-Canada.

Meagan began her studies in Saskatchewan with Cherith Alexander and holds a Master’s degree from McGill University studying piano with Ilya Poletaev and fortepiano with Tom Beghin. She has also studied collaborative repertoire under the tutelage of Philip Chiu. Enthusiastic about helping the next generation of young musicians, she has been on faculty as a collaborative pianist at Domaine Forget and frequently coaches students at McGill.

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