Alumni Artists

Rashaan Allwood

Rashaan Allwood

Rashaan Allwood is a keyboard player and performer of great versatility. As a pianist, organist, and harpsichordist, he actively performs in a variety of solo, collaborative, and chamber settings, including performances with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and the University of Toronto’s Collegium Musicum. Rashaan was the first prize winner for the organ category in the Canadian National OSM Manulife competition in 2016 and second prize winner in the Wadden Sea International Organ Competition and the Lynwood Farnham Organ Competition in 2017.

As a passionate recitalist, Rashaan strives to uses cohesive programming, lecture recitals, and multimedia performances to engage audiences. This has led to performances at venues such the Canadian Opera Company Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, the Montreal Maison Symphonique and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, UK.

Rashaan is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he studied piano performance with Professor James Parker and organ with Professor Kevin Komisaruk. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Organ and Church Music at McGill University and studying with Professor Hans-Ola Ericsson.

Trevor Cooper

Trevor Cooper

Trevor Cooper was one of 14 internationally selected guitarists to study in the III Master in Classical Guitar Performance at the University of Alicante, Spain. There he studied with Grammy award-winning artists David Russell, Manuel Barrueco (guitar), Paul O’Dette (lute/early music), Jose de Eusebio (conductor) as well as Paul Galbraith, Pepe Romero, Fabio Zanon and others. He currently is concluding his studies at the Universitaet Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where he studies with guitarist Eliot Fisk.

When Trevor was 17 he was accepted into the University of Toronto Faculty of Music where he entered the Performance program. There he began studying guitar with Jeffrey McFadden and performance practice with Kevin Komisaruk (organ/keyboard). He won national recognition with the 1st Place in Guitar at the 2013 FCMF National Music Festival in Waterloo, Canada. After receiving his Bachelor of Music in Perfomance he traveled to Seville, Spain, where he studied with Spanish guitarist Francisco Bernier.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, he started playing guitar at a young age, studying locally with Dale Besler and Michel Forestier. Apart from the guitar and music, Trevor enjoys philosophy, cooking, politics, nature, traveling, hockey and ideas. He speaks Spanish and is learning German. He plays an Alector (Greece) guitar.

David Podgorski

David Podgorski

David Podgorski obtained a Masters degree in harpsichord performance from McGill University, where he studied with Hank Knox, and pursued further studies at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague with Jacques Ogg. David completed a demo recording in Italy of the solo harpsichord works of d’Anglebert. He continues to perform regularly, and has performed in solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts in Canada, the US, and Europe. He enjoys exploring historical improvisation techniques, performing intimate salon concert recitals, and recording. David is a founding member of Rezonance Baroque Ensemble, and he currently writes Early Music columns and reviews for Musical Toronto.