The Board of Directors of the Fredericton Playhouse is pleased to announce that string performers and teachers Hrvoje and Aida Tisler have been named the 2015 recipients of The Playhouse Honours.
Since immigrating to Canada from Sarajevo in the mid-1990s, the Tislers have used their considerable skills as string performers to teach new generations of musicians. The couple arrived in Fredericton in 1996, and over the past two decades, the number of highly talented and well-trained young string players in the city has taken a quantum leap forward.
Wayne Burley, President of the Fredericton Playhouse Board of Directors, is thrilled with the decision to recognize the Tislers. “Hrvoje and Aida Tisler have made a remarkable contribution to the city of Fredericton,” Burley says. “Thanks to their dedication, hundreds of local students have benefited from a musical education. The Tislers have played a pivotal role in raising the standard of musical excellence in our community, and we are very proud to have them as the recipients of The Playhouse Honours.”
Hrvoje Tisler began his music career at an early age as both a teacher and performer. He has performed in hundreds of performances with the Sarajevo Philharmonic, the Sarajevo Chamber Orchestra and the Sarajevo String Quartet. He performed as a member of Symphony New Brunswick between 1996 and 2001, and currently teaches and performs in New Brunswick. Among other accomplishments, he has performed in some 200 concerts with Symphony NB and 30 with the Fredericton Chamber Players.
Aida Tisler has had an equally impressive career, having performed as a violinist with the Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra, the Sarajevo Philharmonic and the Sarajevo Chamber Orchestra. Aida has obtained a Bachelor of Education with distinction from the University of New Brunswick, has taught violin privately, and has coached chamber groups and student orchestras at UNB Music Camp, New Brunswick Conservatory and several elementary schools. Since becoming a member in 1997, Aida has performed over 150 concerts with Symphony New Brunswick. In addition, Aida performs regularly with Fredericton Chamber Players and Atlantic Sinfonia.
The Tislers’ uncommon dedication to teaching frequently involves long hours of work and self-sacrifice. Annually, more than 100 of their students perform in the Fredericton Music Festival and many win first places, medals and prizes. Some have been stars of the Festival. Many of their students play or have played with the award-winning New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.
Several of their students have continued with advanced musical education, and are working toward careers as professional performing musicians or music teachers. With more than 70 years of combined teaching experience, the Tislers have literally taught hundreds of private students in Fredericton and have coached and directed numerous young violin players in the UNB Conservatory junior and youth string orchestras and UNB Summer Music Camp.
“Hrvoje and I have been welcomed by the local music community ever since arriving in Fredericton,” Aida Tisler says. “Directors, teachers and musicians helped us become part of this city’s musical scene. Over the years, we have had the chance to perform with many distinguished musicians. And as educators, we have fulfilled our dreams, with many of our violin students receiving local, provincial, national and even international awards.
“The Playhouse has been a wonderful stage for us and our students; it truly feels like home. We are deeply touched to be recipients of The Playhouse Honours.”
Established in 2008, the Playhouse Honours is given annually to an individual selected by the Fredericton Playhouse Board of Directors. Generously presented by Atlantic Mediaworks, the program recognizes an individual’s involvement in the performing arts in Fredericton, fostering a deeper appreciation of the value that people can bring to community life through their work in music, theatre, dance, spoken word and multidisciplinary performing arts. A permanent display in the west gallery of the Playhouse recognizes the honourees.
Previous recipients of The Playhouse Honours include Ilkay Silk, Brent Staeben, Philip Sexsmith, Walter Learning, Mabel Doak, Bonnie Kilburn and Michael Doherty.