In celebration of our recently released new album, Clara — Robert — Johannes: Darlings of the Muses, we're happy to present you with another Brahms-themed NACO Lunch Break!
Donald Renshaw (Principal Trombone), Colin Traquair (Second Trombone), Douglas Burden (Bass Trombone) and Chris Lee (Principal Tuba) bring you Brahms' Chorale Prelude No. 8, Es Ist ein Rose Entsprungen, a four-part arrangement by Richard Fote. Bring on the low brass!
Born in Montreal, Donald Renshaw received his Bachelor degree in Music with distinction in trombone from McGill University in 1977 and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York City in 1982.
After graduating in 1977, he freelanced in both the classical and commercial fields performing a wide spectrum of musical styles from early and contemporary music with such groups as the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal under Christopher Jackson on sackbut, and the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec under Serge Garant, to performing in backup, jazz and dance big bands.
While in New York, he performed regularly at Carnegie Hall with the National Orchestra of New York. During this time, he attended summer sessions of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts. In 1983, Mr. Renshaw was invited to perform with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombone. He was appointed Principal Trombone of Orchestra London Canada in 1983, a position he held for three years while teaching at the University of Western Ontario.
In 1986, Don Renshaw became Principal Trombone of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and taught trombone, tuba and Jazz Ensemble at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Hull from 1987 to 1994. He was a founding member of the Rideau Lakes Brass Quintet (now known as the NAC Brass Quintet), the Capital BrassWorks ensemble and the Ambassador Brass Trio, and taught at the University of Ottawa.
Don was the dear husband of Linda Renshaw, and proud father of two sons, Adam and Aaron.
Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, and raised in Regina, Colin Traquair has been second trombone with the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 1989. He also played four seasons with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and was principal trombone with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra from 1995-2002.
Studying with Frank Crisafulli and Arnold Jacobs, he received his Master’s degree from Northwestern University in 1988 and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1985. Additionally, he studied in Berlin with Christhard Gössling, principal trombone of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Colin has performed as soloist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and in the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and has performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Nova Scotia. He is also a co-founder of the Ottawa-based Capital BrassWorks.
Douglas Burden has been the Bass Trombonist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 1972. He has taught at the University of Ottawa since 1975 and continues to do so. He was the bass trombone instructor at the McGill Faculty of Music in Montréal for six years from 2001 to 2007. For a period of five years from 1987 to 1992, he travelled weekly to Kingston and taught at Queen's University. He was also a member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra for seventeen years from 1975 to1992.
After playing the cornet, trumpet, and tenor trombone for seven years, he received his early formal instruction on the bass trombone as a high school student at the Hamilton Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Antal Dvorak. Upon receiving a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music, he continued his studies in Rochester New York under the famous trombone teacher Emory Remington and later with Donald Knaub, graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance "suma cum laude".
In 1979 Mr. Burden received a grant from the Canada Council to continue studies with Arnold Jacobs and Edward Kleinhammer, both members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
As an active member of the musical life of Ottawa, Mr. Burden has performed solo Bass Trombone Recitals for the CBC, solo and chamber music recitals at the University of Ottawa, was a member of the Ottawa Brass Quintet, and was the manager and co-founder of "Classical Brass", a ten-piece brass ensemble. Currently he is the bass trombonist of Capital BrassWorks. Mr. Burden has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival on many occasions, Music and Beyond Festival, as well as the Elora Festival. One of Mr. Burden's former students is now the principal trombonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and another is the second trombonist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Many other students have gone on to successful careers as music educators and military band musicians.
Mr. Burden has been on the trombone faculty of the Domaine Forget Brass Academy in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013 as an Instructor of private lessons, coaching orchestral excerpts for low brass, and conducting the Brass Choir and Trombone Choir.
As an adjudicator Mr. Burden has adjudicated the Kiwanis Music Festival in Ottawa and MusicFest Canada.
Mr. Burden has conducted Masterclasses throughout Canada and the world. Some of the highlights are at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia; University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta; McGill University in Montreal, Quebec; Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Three Oaks Secondary School in Summerside, Prince Edward Island; Beijing Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China; Nottingham Great Britain, and The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark.
As a free-lance musician Mr. Burden has performed and recorded with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under Charles Dutoit, The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, The National Ballet Orchestra, and in the pit orchestras for "Les Miserables" and "The Phantom of the Opera" among many others. Other freelance work has included playing in the backup orchestras for singers and entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Holly Cole, and Rich Little.
Douglas is the bass trombonist with Capital BrassWorks and can be heard on all four CDs that they have recorded.
Mr. Burden is a Thein Artist in Canada and can be heard on recordings of the National Arts Centre Orchestra on the RCA, Analekta, and CBC labels and on the London Decca label with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. He is in demand across North America as a soloist, conductor, adjudicator, and clinician.
You can also hear Douglas on two Decca recordings with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, most notably the Berlioz Requiem. These recordings are available here.
Douglas enjoys spending time with his family. He enjoys reading a wide range of books that span from Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, through Patrick O’Brien, to C. S. Forester, Barbara W. Tuchman, Winston Churchill, and Margaret MacMillan. He is a keen student of military history particularly WWI and WWII. During the summer months he enjoys touring on his Honda Goldwing and playing golf. During the winter months, when time allows, he enjoys watching movies both new and classics. Douglas is a big sports fan and follows the NFL, in particular the New England Patriots; as well as the NHL Ottawa Senators.
Douglas enjoys teaching and keeping in touch with his former students.
A native of Toronto, Chris began playing tuba at the age of twelve at Winona Drive Senior Public School and instantly discovered a passion for performing. During his time at Winona, Chris met Chuck Daellenbach of the Canadian Brass, and performed over 50 concerts with the Winona Brass Quintet including a tour of Japan. Chuck would serve as a role model and mentor for the remainder of Chris' career and those early musical experiences with the quintet would leave an indelible imprint on him.
After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Chris’ formal education included studies with Dennis Miller at McGill, Alain Cazes at the Montreal Conservatoire and Dan Perantoni at Indiana University. His summers were spent performing at various summer festival orchestras including the National Academy Orchestra (Hamilton Canada), National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado), National Orchestral Institute (College Park, Maryland), Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra (Switzerland) and a memorable summer in the Ceremonial Guard Band performing on Parliament Hill.
Chris’ professional orchestral tuba career began overseas in Spain, performing as Principal Tuba with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia for 2 seasons from 2001 to 2003 before returning to Canada to take up the same position with the Winnipeg Symphony in 2003. Chris served as Principal Tuba with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for 15 seasons from 2003 until 2018, when he started as Principal Tuba with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Chris has been an active teacher and enjoys sharing his passion for music. While in Europe, Chris was the Professor of Tuba at the ESMAE School of Music in Porto, Portugal and is the former Instructor of Tuba at the University of Manitoba. He is very proud of his former students who hold a variety of positions.
Chris has recorded with the Winnipeg Symphony, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Real Philharmonic de Galicia, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Brass and numerous studio recordings in the US. Chris has appeared as a soloist with a variety of ensembles including the Winnipeg Symphony, the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble and the National Youth Band of Canada. Chris gave the orchestral premiere of the Victor Davies Tuba Concerto in 2009 with the WSO and is always on the lookout to find new tuba repertoire to perform for Canadian audiences. When he is not playing tuba, Chris enjoys running, playing golf and spending time with his wife, Desiree and their two kids; Evelyn and Keenan.