Tre Gatte

Ginny Scarfino, clarinet
Cynthia Steele, cello
Michelle Kyle, piano


Tre Gatte is a new chamber music ensemble formed in December 2022 in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Michelle met Ginny and Cynthia in various orchestras and approached them about forming a trio. All being cat lovers whose families include cats, they agreed on the name Tre Gatte, which means three (female) cats in Italian. The trio looks forward to performing in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.






Repertoire

The trio's repertoire under development includes:

Major works
Six Sonatas, H516-521 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Germany
Trio in E flat major, K. 498, Kegelstatt Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austria 1786
Trio in B flat major, op. 11 Ludwig van Beethoven Germany 1798
Trio in E flat major, op. 27 František Škroup Czechoslovakia 1846
Trio in E flat major, op. 44 Louise Farrenc France 1856
Trio in A minor, op. 114 Johannes Brahms Germany 1891
Trio in D minor, op. 3 Alexander von Zemlinsky Austria 1896
Trio in G minor, op. 45 Robert Kahn Germany 1905
Trio in A minor, op. 40 Carl Frühling Austria 1925
Trio per clarinetto, violoncello e pianoforte Nino Rota Italy 1973
 
Short pieces
El Cóndor Pasa Daniel Alomía Robles, arr. Marco Mazzini Peru 1913/2006
Melody (from the film, The High Pass) Myroslav Skoryk, arr. Maksym Kanke Ukraine 1982/2022
Young at Heart Johnny Richards, arr. Michelle Kyle USA 1953/2023
Can't Help Falling in Love Peretti, Creatore and Weiss, arr. Michelle Kyle USA 1961/2023
Moon River Henry Mancini, arr. Michelle Kyle USA 1961/2023
Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond, arr. Michelle Kyle USA 1969/2023
Joy to the World Hoyt Axton, arr. Michelle Kyle USA 1971/2023





Performances

Date Organization Location
3-Mar-23, 2:30 pm Waterloo Chamber Players and Tre Gatte The Village at University Gates retirement home, Waterloo
10-Mar-23, 3:00 pm Waterloo Chamber Players and Tre Gatte The Westhill Retirement Residence, Waterloo





Biographies

Clarinetist Ginny Scarfino is a native of Kitchener-Waterloo and began playing clarinet in high school. While working toward a Computer Science degree at University of Waterloo, she began taking private lessons with former K-W Symphony principal Victor Sawa and studied with him for 18 years. A fellow musician in a chamber music quartet she played in had an extra bassoon, so she borrowed it to give it a whirl. She loved it! After Victor Sawa left K-W, she decided to study bassoon with former K-W Symphony principal, Cedric Coleman, and 20+ years later is still doing so! After a 33 year career in IT with Mutual Life/Sun Life/IBM, she retired in 2013, and decided to add piano lessons as well, with long-time Beckett School teacher Terry Kroetsch. She is very active in the musical community, playing Principal Bassoon in Arcady, The Wellington Wind Symphony, The Waterloo Chamber Players, and Sinfonia Ancaster; Second Bassoon in the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra; and Principal Clarinet in the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Orchestra. She performs annually on both clarinet and bassoon in the Noon Hour Concert series put on by St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kitchener. For hobbies, she loves to knit, especially socks, and loves to put together jigsaw puzzles, the bigger the better!

Cellist Cynthia Steele completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. During her fourth year, she had the opportunity to travel to Holland to spend a term at the Utrecht Conservatory of Music. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Cynthia went on to earn a Master's degree in Cello Performance from the University of Victoria. Cynthia has a passion for chamber music and is celebrating her 10th season as Principal Cellist of the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra. She is also Assistant Principal Cellist of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. Cynthia has also studied Baroque cello and enjoys working in Baroque ensembles and playing continuo. She performs and records frequently, often covering a wide range of styles from classical to contemporary and pop/rock. Cynthia has taught for over 20 years, and has run her private studio in Kitchener for 14 years, teaching students of all ages and levels. She also teaches cello at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate. She is thrilled to be able to run her monthly Cello Orchestra program once again. Cynthia shares her home with her husband, guitarist Tom Steele, her daughter, a beautiful golden retriever, two rescued cats, a bearded dragon, and backyard chickens. If she could, she would sneak a horse in too.

Pianist Michelle Kyle (née Hunchak) began playing at age four, and at 11 began playing professionally for Ukrainian dance groups in Ottawa. Studying with Garth Beckett at Wilfrid Laurier University, she completed Licentiate and Fellowship diplomas in piano performance from Trinity College of Music, London, England. Studying with Tom Plaunt at McGill University, she earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance. Michelle has been music director and pianist for professional musical theatre productions and church organist/pianist/choir director in several provinces. She was co-founder and artistic director of the Heliconian Choir and Orchestra in Toronto and Joyful Voices choir in Listowel. Michelle has performed as a pianist and cellist for special events throughout Ontario for decades. She also completed degrees in law at Osgoode Hall and adult education at Brock University; has been a lawyer, web developer at a major bank, and certified rock climbing instructor; and now teaches adult literacy in Woodstock. She is Principal Cellist of the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Orchestra and plays with the Waterloo Chamber Players. She lives in rural Princeton with her husband and many cats and chickens and enjoys swimming, cycling, Duolingo and puzzles.






Contact

Facebook: www.facebook.com/3gatte
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tre.gatte/
Email: tregatte@outlook.com





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