The Sound of Silent Voices
Upcoming Concert for the Silent Voices Project

Saturday November 5, 2016 - 8:30 p.m.
Beth Avraham Yosef of Toronto (BAYT) Synagogue, Toronto Ontario

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The Sound of Silent Voices is a project designed to use the voices of contemporary children to recreate the voices of children silenced at the hands of the Nazis.

The project allows student composers the opportunity to musically interpret poems written by children during the Holocaust.

To date, the program includes composers from Toronto, Waterloo, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. Compositions for this concert will be performed by the Ton Beau String Quartet.


Dr. Zachary Ebin has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, and Israel. Having recently completed his PhD at York University, Zachary’s research interests include music education, music cognition and perception, and discovering forgotten composers. Active as a music educator, Zachary is a member of the faculty at Etobicoke Suzuki Music. Additionally, he serves as music director of Arco Violini, an advanced student ensemble that performs throughout Ontario. In high demand as a guest clinician Zachary has taught and lectured all over North America at conferences, institutes, and workshops. To learn more about Zachary Ebin please visit

Ton Beau String Quartet

Based in Toronto, the Ton Beau String Quartet has performed at Maureen Forester Hall, the Toronto Music Garden, the Dinkelspiel Auditorium, the KWCS Music Room, the Toronto Music Gallery and Rolston Hall, at the Banff Centre. The quartet has also enjoyed several successful collaborations including with folk band The Kruger Brothers, Afiara Quartet, Spectrum Music, pianist David Braid and the Iranian Composers of Toronto (ICOT). The TBSQ’s own series, Ton Beau Concerts, has included performances with prominent Canadian artists including pianist Peter Longworth, clarinetist Peter Stoll, and members of the Cecilia String Quartet.


Gershon Willinger was born in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1942 to German-Jewish parents who were later murdered in Sobibor in July 1943. He was placed in hiding as a very young orphan. In 1944, as a two-year-old child, he was deported on a children’s transport to Bergen-Belsen and later to Theresienstadt where he was liberated in 1945. Gershon became a social worker and immigrated to Canada in 1977 from Israel.
Photo: Elliott Sylman


Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin is mara d’asra (senior rabbi) of Beth Avraham Yosef of Toronto Congregation (“The BAYT”). He received his rabbinic ordination from HaRav Y. Ruderman zt”l, of Ner Israel Rabbinic College. He has served pulpits in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Allentown, PA. Rabbi Korobkin holds a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Medieval Jewish and Islamic Thought from UCLA. He continues to pursue his studies in Jewish philosophy in Toronto. He is the translator and Annotator of the Feldheim edition of Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi’s Kuzari.

The Composers

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Daniel Esser

Daniel plays in ensembles, string quartets and solo through the Etobicoke Suzuki Music School and Orchestra Toronto. He recently did a concert tour of China with students from across Canada. Daniel began composing three years ago.
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Liam Cummins

Liam Cummins studies music composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and studies piano, cello and organ. Liam loves playing music by the world’s great musicians and also improvising in the classical style. Follow his music blog These 88 Keys.
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Jonah Thiessen

Jonah began playing violin at age 4 with the Etobicoke Suzuki Music school, and has been playing in groups, orchestras, and quartets ever since. He is the concertmaster of his school’s Senior Strings, and a member of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Kai Rousseau

Kai Rousseau has been playing violin since the age of 4. A student of Dr. Zachary Ebin, Kai plays first violin with the Mooredale Youth Orchestra and has been a member of Arco Violini. He is passionate about playing music and choosing challenging pieces.
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Sean Wilson

Sean Wilson, attends the Etobicoke School of the Arts, and has written music since childhood, leaving traces of his creativity wherever he composed. His song, based on the poem, “Forgotten”, conveys the strength of the human spirit.
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Arie van de Ven

Arie van de Ven is a student at Wilfrid Laurier University where he studies Composition. He has scored films featured in festivals across Ontario and the US and worked on theatre productions. Arie is currently working on a short opera with artist Erika Verhagen.
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Anagha Kapsi

Anagha Kapsi studies violin with Ms. Julie Murphy Ruiz at the Suzuki Academy, Music School of Delaware. She loves composition, art, theatre, making movies and science. In May, she will perform at Carnegie Hall with students from her music school.
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Thomas Mitchinson

Thomas Mitchinson has been playing violin and piano since he was three. He is a violin student of Zachary Ebin and a piano student of Hana Gurtlerova and is entering his second year with Arco Violini. Thomas began experimenting with composition last year.
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Adah Kaplan

Adah Kaplan is a violinist and composer from Philadelphia, who started playing at the age of 4. Adah plays in three orchestras, sings in a choir and sang in Philadelphia’s 2015 Annual Memorial for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs. Photo: Elise Cellucci Photography.
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Damiano Perrella

Damiano Perrella, a student of Zachary Ebin, has been playing violin for seven years and composing for four years. He has performed at the Belfountain Music Festival, is the concertmaster of his high school’s Symphony Orchestra and a member of Arco Violini.
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Zach Fischer

Zach Fischer is a multi-instrumentalist and composer and is one of the leading young guitarists in the Philadelphia area. He is a member of the highest level of the elite Kimmel Center Creative Music Program, an ensemble for young jazz musicians in the Philadelphia area.
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Amanda Li

Amanda Li attends the Etobicoke School of the Arts strings program, has played piano for eight years and studies violin at the Miles Nadal JCC Suzuki Program. She has participated in numerous chamber groups and orchestras, and has experimented with different genres of composition.
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Joshua Holme

Joshua Holme is an aspiring conductor and currently scores local student films along with releasing his own works. His work is generally rooted in ambient and minimalist music while remaining in touch with western musical aesthetics.
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Jack Liu

Jack Liu has been playing the violin since the age of 6, and piano since the age of 7. He plays in orchestras, ensembles and chamber groups, and will represent Toronto in the Ontario Music Festival Association in Peterborough next month.

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