Rising Stars

The third concert of our 2021-22 season will feature rising-star conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser in a rousing programme of works by Beethoven, Gounod, Mendelssohn, and JUNO Award-winning, Halifax-based composer Dinuk Wijeratne. Additionally, Suzanne Brenton Award-winner Justin Amador will make his much anticipated appearance as the featured soloist in Franz Strauss’ Horn Concerto in C Minor and the orchestra will present the Canadian premiere of Jonathan Bingham's Diamond.
Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser earned his Bachelors in Music Performance and Education from the University of Calgary, and received his Master of Philosophy in Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. He’s been awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Jean-Marie Beaudet Prize for Orchestral Conducting and has served as Assistant Conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Associate Conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Daniel has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic and Eastern Sierra Symphony and others. He performs regularly with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and was cover conductor with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Centre in 2020. Daniel is currently the San Francisco Symphony Resident Conductor of Engagement and Education, the Artist in Residence and Community Ambassador at Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Barrett Principal Education Conductor and Community Ambassador of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He is the host of the weekly, national Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio how “‘CentreStage’ - with Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser”
To learn more about Daniel, we recommend watching this recent CBC documentary, Disruptor Conductor.
A graduate of UPEI's Bachelor of Music program, Justin Amador is currently active as a hornist, singer, and songwriter, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in the Philippines an raised in Charlottetown, he quickly became immersed in the music culture of the island. In 2016, Justin competed in the Kiwanis Music Festival, and went on to represent PEI at the National Music Festival of Canada, also performing at the Indian River Festival. In 2019, he competed again in the Kiwanis Music Festival, receiving the Suzanne Brenton Award and the invitation to perform a concerto with the PEI Symphony, as well as being selected again to represent PEI at the National festival. With experience in classical, contemporary, and popular music, Justin has performed with a variety of ensembles, including the PEI Symphony Orchestra, the Confederation Brass, the Charlottetown Jazz Ensemble, and the UPEI Wind Ensemble. He has sung with the Luminos Ensemble, the UPEI Concert Choir, the UPEI Chamber Singers, as well as the East Coast Carolling group, and the vocal group A Tempo.
Before the concert, all guests are invited to join PEISO Vice President Will Hobbs in a casual interview with the show’s featured guests, as they discuss the music on the programme and the performance to follow. This free event takes place in the Confederation Centre's Studio 1 at 1:30pm on the day of the concert (please be prepared to show proof of vaccination).
Under the direction of Maestro Mark Shapiro, the PEISO’s 54th season is chock-full of thrilling masterworks and world-class guest performers, taking place entirely at the Confederation Centre of the Arts Mainstage Theatre.