Kelly Zimba joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in 2017. Previously a flute fellow at the New World Symphony, she has performed with the Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Palm Beach Symphony Orchestras, and was a two-time fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. As a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Ms. Zimba has performed around the world in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, Royal Albert Hall, and the Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, Chile. She was featured on the cover of Flute Talk Magazine in October 2017.
In addition to performing, Kelly has served on the faculty of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska, where she was an artist-in-residence in January 2018. She also taught instrumental music at Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, Massachusetts, in addition to teaching privately across the United States.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kelly completed her graduate studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and received bachelor’s degrees in flute performance and music education from the University of Michigan. She is greatly indebted to all of her teachers, most especially Leone Buyse and Amy Porter.
Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Hugo Lee joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Second Oboe in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Elaine Douvas. Hugo began taking oboe lessons at age 10 with Wendy Bornstein in Richmond Hill, and later continued his studies under TSO Associate Principal Oboe Keith Atkinson. Hugo is a graduate of the Arts York program at Unionville High School, and an alumnus of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra.
Prior to joining the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hugo performed as a soloist in New York City and across Canada. He has appeared as a soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the New Juilliard Ensemble with performances reviewed by The New York Times, Musical Toronto, and the New York Classical Review. He has also performed as a chamber musician with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, along with cellist Cameron Crozman and pianist Philip Chiu, embarking on a 13-concert tour across Eastern Canada to critical acclaim.
Outside of music, Hugo enjoys computer programming, and drinking lots of coffee.