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Grace came to Canada from South Korea at age nine, and immediately began studying violin as a student in Campbellford, Ontario.  Moving to Toronto and then Mississauga, Grace continued studies with Victor Danchenko and in 1984 graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada) young artist Scholarship program.  Grace received the Presidential Award and a Bachelor in Music Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and then went on to earn a Masters in Music degree from Southern Methodist University, Texas. 


Graces has performed and taught around the world including engagements with the Shreveport Symphony, orchestra, the Michigan Opera Company, COC, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and extensive touring with Livent USA productions.  Grace has enjoyed being Concertmaster with many local orchestras including the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra, the East York Symphony (now Orchestra Toronto) and the Toronto Philharmonia.  She is especially proud that this season marks her tenth year leading Orchestra Toronto.  In addition to her local Orchestra involvement, Grace continues to keep a busy performing, teaching and recording schedule.


Grace’s students can been found in Orchestras and Opera companies all over North America after graduating from her programs at the Idyllwild School of Music and Arts in California, the Misicordia Summer Music Festival in Massachusetts, the University of Hawaii and more recently at Toronto’s Havergal College.

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Grace Hong, violin

Ines Pagliari, violin


Born and educated in Toronto, Ines is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she earned an Honours Degree in Performance. Ines' early violin studies began with the late Jack Montague, Isidor Desser and undergraduate studies with Victor Danchenko. Ines received numerous scholarships and awards from The Royal Conservatory of Music and Kiwanis Music Festivals.


She was invited to perform in a masterclass held in Toronto by the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin in 1987. Ms. Pagliari has been Concertmaster of the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra for the past ten years and prior to that, Concertmaster of the York Symphony Orchestra for six years. She was recruited at the age of 15 by the orchestra's beloved founder, Clifford Poole and was a violin section member for six years before becoming Concertmaster. Ines has given recitals throughout Ontario and has appeared  on numerous occasions as soloist with both orchestras. Ms. Pagliari's most recent post, since October 2007, is as principal chair with Orchestra Toronto. Ines also free-lances regularly at weddings and other special events with the All'amore, Alexandre and Bellamusica chamber ensembles.

Ms. Pagliari is the Director of the Beaches Suzuki School of Music since
1994 where the program flourishes with instruction in violin and piano. Ines teaches violin privately and is a registered Suzuki instructor

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