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3 Conversations - 1 - For the Sake of Argument

Nathan Petitpas


1. a conversation between two persons; dialogue

2. a dramatic performance or piece in the form of a dialogue limited to two speakers

Duologue is a Toronto-based violin and percussion duo that is committed to connecting with audiences in a sincere, conversational manner.


We are passionate about expanding the repertoire available for this unique instrumental combination through the commissioning of new works from living composers.

Suhashini Arulanandam - Violin

Suhashini is a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.  She is also the newest member of the Ton Beau String Quartet. Past performances include an appearance at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and tour of Ontario and Western Canada with Canadian singer-songwriter  Sarah Slean as part of Slean's handpicked string quartet. Not confined to the classical world, she has performed with Anne Murray, Matt Andersen, and Basia Bulat.  A lover of world music and experimentation, she has improvised with tabla virtuoso Samir Chatterjee and Sufi-influenced rock guitarist Salman Ahmad at the Chhandayan Centre in New York City.  She has performed in Ajijic and Guadalajara, Mexico with the Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival, and in Charleston, South Carolina as a member of the internationally recognized Spoleto Festival Orchestra. As a soloist, Suhashini has appeared with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, the CUNY Queens College Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.


Suhashini teaches at her private studio, the Mississauga Violin Studio at Trinity St. Paul's Anglican Church in Port Credit. For the last two years, she has been the violin teacher for Reaching Out Through Music, a subsidized music program serving St. Jamestown. Suhashini has sub taught on request for various music programs in Toronto including the Royal Conservatory of Music's Suzuki program, the Etobicoke Suzuki School, the North York Suzuki School, and the Regent Park Music School. She has been a certified Suzuki teacher since 2006, and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas..


Under the training of noted pedagogue Burton Kaplan, Suhashini received her Master's degree in Music Performance from the City University of New York (CUNY), Queens College and a 4-year Performance Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, as a student of Erika Raum and Annalee Patipatanakoon. Her additional training includes four summers on scholarship at The Banff Centre where she had lessons with the late Lorand Fenyves, Chamber Music at Le Domaine Forget Academy of Music and Dance, and seminars/retreats at the Magic Mountain Music Farm with Prof. Burton Kaplan.


Suhashini enjoys the challenge and freedom of interpreting contemporary solo and chamber music. Along with her colleagues from the Thin Edge New Music Collective, she has premiered numerous works by composers from Canada and the UK. Most recently, she dipped a toe into the world of Baroque performance practice and has been performing as part of the Aradia Ensemble, conducted by Kevin Mallon. She has received coaching from Jeanne Lamon, Marilyn McDonald and Marc Destrube, and was invited to participate in the American Bach Soloists Academy last summer in San Francisco. She recently participated in the Tafelmusik Winter Institute.


Nathan Petitpas - Percussion

Percussionist Nathan Petitpas was born and raised in Cape Breton Nova Scotia and now enjoys a busy performing career based in Toronto.

Nathan has been a member of the Thin Edge New Music Collective since 2012 and in the past year he has toured with them across Canada, performed in Argentina, and has recorded on their first album to be released in late 2016. In his time with TENMC he has had the honor of premiering dozens of new works by composers from Canada and abroad. Thin Edge was ensemble in residence with Array Music for their 2015/2016 season and will continue this position into their 2016/2017 season.

Nathan has performed with organizations such as Cirque du Soleil, the Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company, FAWN Opera, Bad New Days, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Rose Orchestra to name a few. He has also performed in various festivals and concert series including Nuit Blanche Toronto, New Works Edmonton, New Music Calgary, Music on Main (Vancouver), Open Spaces in Victoria, NUMUS, and twice in the Cape Breton International Drum Festival. He is a founding member and co-artistic director of Duologue, a violin and marimba duo with violinist Suhashini Arulanandam.

Outside of a classical context Nathan performs regularly on drum set in various projects in the Toronto area. He can also be heard on the debut album of Brooklyn-based orchestral pop band San Fermin. The album was released on Downtown Records in 2013, it was praised by NPR as "one of the year's most surprising, ambitious, evocative and moving records," and it reached #18 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers album chart.

As a composer, Nathan has had his music performed by the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, the Stereoscope Saxophone Duo, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, Duologue, and the Acadia University and University of Toronto Percussion Ensembles.

Nathan teaches a variety of music programs through the Regent Park School of Music. He has also coached the University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble, the Toronto All City Band, the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, Calgary Youth Orchestra, and Edmonton Youth Orchestra.

Nathan holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto where he studied with Russell Hartenberger, Beverley Johnston, and Mark Duggan as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Acadia University where he studied with Mark Adam. He has also completed two ten-week independent music residencies at the Banff Centre.




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