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(Past Event) Contrasts with Allan Pulker on Flute

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 7:30 pm @ St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Tickets only $15.00 / We’ll have a wine bar at the event.
For tickets call the church office at 905-853-7285.

Noted Canadian flautist Allan Pulker will be performing a concert of contrasting classical music covering two centuries of works by great composers such as Handel, Bartók, Bach, Briccialdi, Barber and Doppler at St. Paul’s Anglican in Newmarketon Saturday, May 28th at 7:30 pm, and tickets are only $15.00. Performing with Allan will be pianist Pegah Yazdani and Allan’s special guest, flautist Khrystyna Skira. There will be a wine and beer bar for refreshment! Allan is a marvelous classical flautist who has done a great deal of solo and ensemble work in Toronto and throughout southern Ontario. It will be a beautiful musical experience that you do not want to miss. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance from the church office at 905-853-7285.

Allan Pulker (Bio)

Allan Pulker began studying the flute at the age of eleven in Ottawa under Ottawa Philharmonic Orchestra flutist, Alex Finlayson. While working towards a degree in philosophy at the University of Toronto he had lessons with Robert Aitken, and a few years later, as a music student at the University of Western Ontario, studied with Leola Wilkins. While working toward his Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Toronto he studied with Ron Taylor and then, in the early 1980s, while teaching music in Thornhill, with Robert Bick at York University. Robert Bick had recently returned from a year and a half studying with the great French flutist and teacher, Marcel Moyse, whose teaching and insights he conveyed with great conviction and accuracy. More recently Allan has played in master classes with Peter Lloyd and had lessons with Robert Aitken and Angela Hawaleshka.

In 1995, with business partner, David Perlman, he started Pulse Magazine, which soon became WholeNote Magazine, to promote and publicize the dynamic musical life of Toronto and southern Ontario. The same year he became a flute and recorder instructor at the newly established Kingsway Conservatory of Music, where he still teaches, in Etobicoke. Since 2006 he has performed solo recitals at numerous venues in Toronto and Southern Ontario.

While he began his career as a high school music teacher, he moved in the years between teaching and starting Pulse, into the design-build business, an area to which he has recently returned, taking an on line course in interior design with the Interior Design Institute in Vancouver, and is currently working towards the certificate in architecture at Ryerson University and preparing for the B.C.I.N. examinations. As a designer he thrives on both the problem-solving challenges of design and the aesthetic challenges of creating beautiful and harmonious buildings in a way that is both original and also of our time. He plans over the next few years to combine flute playing and design, activities which, he considers closely related.

Pegah Yazdani (Bio)
Pegah is an active musician both as a performer and a teacher currently residing in Toronto. Originally from Iran, Pegah showed great enthusiasm and talent for music from an early age and began taking piano lessons when she was still very young; later on, she pursued her musical education in Moscow and graduated from the prestigious Gnessin State Musical College as a concert pianist, orchestra musician and piano teacher.

Pegah taught piano at the Tehran Conservatory of Music and worked as an accompanist for The State National School of Music in Tehran for a few years. In addition, she had the position of Director of the Course, Music/Piano Instructor and Examiner in BIHE University and performed in many concerts, both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist.

In 2007, Pegah began her master’s degree in Piano Performance in London/UK studying with Professor Michael Schreider and successfully graduated in 2008. Pegah participated in different music courses and master classes specifically in North London Piano School where she had the chance to meet and take master classes with world renowned professors from Russia and the United Kingdom.

Since moving to Canada, she has been pursuing her music career as a Piano Teacher and Performer earnestly and passionately. Apart from being a performer and playing in different solo and chamber music concerts, she is an active member of ORMTA and a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music, running her own piano Studio, also teaches at the Kingsway Conservatory and Dixon Hall School of Music.

Khrystyna Skira (Bio)
Khrystyna is currently studying flute performance with Allan Pulker at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music in Etobicoke. Previous teachers include Megan Chang. Khrystyna has participated in a masterclass with established flutist Paul Edmund-Davies in 2015. She is also the recipient of numerous awards from the Kiwanis Festival of Greater Toronto, including the Sinclair Memorial Award. She has performed in woodwind duets, trios and quartets, as well as solo at various recitals. In 2014 she received the 1st Prize KCM Merit Scholarship for her performance. Khrystyna has also performed in the York University Wind Symphony since 2014. She is currently working towards a specialized honours B.A in Translation at Glendon College.

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