Thu Nov 1
Tunes at Noon
Billie Smith violin
Benjamin Hopkins piano
Mozart Violin sonata in E-flat major (K 401), Mvt. I
Strauss Sonata in E flat major Mvt 1 and 2
Bach Sarabande and Gigue from Partita No. 2 in D minor
Manuel Ponce arr. Heifetz Estrellita
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Mvt. II
12:00 noon, The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
6163 University Blvd, UBC
Tunes at Noon features performances in the foyer of the UBC Welcome Centre by UBC School of Music students and alumni. Bring your lunch, listen, and enjoy. Presented in collaboration with UBC Welcome Centre, UBC School of Music, Alumni UBC and UBC Arts and Culture District.
Billie Smith is a violinist from Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up playing many different genres of music including fiddle, bluegrass, and jazz. She has been actively involved as a chamber musician in the early music community of Vancouver, and has played the Baroque violin in various ensembles, including the Early Music Ensemble at UBC, and the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Project with Early Music Vancouver and members of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. She earned her ARCT diploma in Violin Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (2013), and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of British Columbia (2017), where she studied with David Gillham. Upon graduating from UBC, she received the Director’s Graduation Prize in Orchestral Ensemble Leadership. Billie has played in masterclasses for Rachel Barton Pine, Vadim Gluzman, Philipe Quint, Tasmin Little, Henning Kraggerud, and Martin Beaver, among others.
Since winning first prize in the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, Benjamin Hopkins has won acclaim for performances across North America and Europe. At 18, he debuted with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra after decisively winning all categories of the RPO League’s Young Artist Auditions. Most recently, he won grand prize in the inaugural Robert and Ellen Silverman Piano Concerto Competition at UBC, first prize in the UBC Concerto Competition and the Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artist Competition, and third prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Auditions. He made his European recital debut this summer as a fellow at the Gijon International Piano Festival and appeared as a concerto soloist with the UBC Symphony for the third consecutive season this fall.
Hopkins is completing his doctoral studies at UBC under the instruction of Corey Hamm and is mentored by renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He previously studied at the University of Southern California with Lucinda Carver, where he was named outstanding graduate of both the Bachelor and Master of Music programs. He was also recognized with awards for his contributions in chamber music and as a teaching assistant. Hopkins has played in masterclasses for many distinguished artist teachers, including Julian Martin, Hung-Kuan Chen, Stephen Hough, Anton Nel, Menahem Pressler, Ilana Vered and Paul Lewis. His past teachers are Brian Preston, Norman Krieger, and Henry Gronnier.