Aleksandra Balaburska  BMus

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Oliver Balaburski BMus,BMus, MMus


For the past four seasons Oliver Balaburski has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Huronia Symphony Orchestra in Barrie and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Orilia Youth Symphony Orchestra and surrounding area contributing to the cultural life in Simcoe County. 

Oliver has been teaching students of all ages for 10 years successfully preparing them for attending art schools, faculties of music, youth orchestras, RCM exams and competitions like Peel Music Festival where his students were recipients of high awards.  In 2012 he was an adjudicator at Kiwanis Music Festival in Orillia.

His other conducting engagements include concerts with the Hart House Chamber Strings as well as guest conducing with the Macedonian Opera and Ballet.

In 2006, seeing the opportunity to go deeper into the secrets of the broader symphonic repertoire, Oliver started his Masters studies in Performance at the University of Toronto, with his mentor and teacher, the eminent conductor, Prof. Raffi Armenian. He also studied with Prof. Dr. Doreen Rao at the University of Toronto, fulfilling the necessity for the philosophical and practical approach to the extensive vocal- instrumental music.

In 2008 Oliver received a Masters of Music degree, Masters in Performance (conducting) .

In 1999 he was awarded with the Norman Del Mar Junior Fellowship in Conducting at the Royal College of Music in London, UK, specializing in symphonic repertoire and studying with the distinguished conductor and Professor John Carewe.

After Oliver's return from UK, he was appointed as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Opera of the Macedonian National Theater, where he managed  to significantly increase the budget, enlarge the repertoire and promote the Macedonian Opera House. Until 2004 he was the Principal Conductor at the same Opera Company.

Oliver has had many successful concerts and performances with distinguished orchestras and ensembles such as Symphony Orchestra of the Royal College of Music, London- UK, the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Opera of Macedonian National Theater, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Opera of the National Theater in Belgrade, the Nish Symphony Orchestra and the Huronia Symphony Orchestra.

He has had the honour to actively participate in Master Classes with Sir Roger Norrington and Michael Tilson Thomas and with one of the greatest Bach authorities, Helmuth Rilling.

He is the recipient of many awards and recognitions such as:

  • Newcomer Recognition Award- Immigrant Artist by County of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
  • Recognition Of Outstanding Service by Hart House, University of Toronto,
  • The Arthur Plettner Graduate Fellowship, University of Toronto,
  • The University of Toronto Fellowship,
  • The Norman Del Mar Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom,
  • A Scholarship from the Macedonian Government for Specialization in Conducting,
  • A Macedonian National Scholarship for Talented Students.

Aleksandra Balaburska has devoted herself teaching music for the past 10 years. She was a full time teacher at the Peel Music Academy and Tan Music Academy in Brampton.

In 1999 Aleksandra graduated from the Faculty of Music at the University Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia in the voice department. Driven by the need to expand her experience and knowledge, she moved to London, UK to study singing with Denise Mulholland and Margaret Kingsley from the Royal College of Music. In addition, she completed a non-degree Opera Program at the Morley College with which she performed the productions of La Cambiale di Matrimonio by Rossini and Carmen by Bizet, collaborating with the conductor Alex Ingram of the English National Opera.  

Aleksandra's education also includes numerous Master Classes with distinguished professors in England, Italy and Bulgaria. In 2002 she made her debut at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet in Il Barbiere di Seviglia as Rosina. She also performed many leading and supporting roles in the productions of Cavalleria Rusticana, La Traviata, Nabucco, Rigoletto and others. Aleksandra’s repertoire is very wide and includes works from all periods and styles. As a concert singer she has performed in Italy, Poland, England, Macedonia and Canada.

From the many concerts and recitals in Canada the most significant are at St. Lawrence Hall performing for the 175th birthday of the City of Toronto and John Basset Theatre in the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. She has performed solo recitals in Brampton, Toronto and Cobourg as well as with the Hart House Chamber Strings in Toronto.

In the past two seasons Aleksandra has performed in concert with the Huronia Symphony Orchestra in Barrie.