Markham Symphony Orchestra & String Chamber

The Official Homepage of The Markham Symphony Orchestra

Ephraim Cheung  -  Music Director & Conductor

As a symbolic representation of the cultural and artistic life of Markham and the northern communities, we are a non-profit, charitable organization that seeks to promote community interest and appreciation in the performing arts.

The orchestra consists of the best players including professional, university and post-graduate musicians around the region and the GTA. We are also seeking community support to conduct the outreach program within the local schools. We gratefully recognize donors who generously support us. Our musicians are hired on a pay-per service positions.


MSO Musicians

MSO Musicians Rehearsal:


10-year old Canadian-Chinese violinist, Mercedes Cheung (Zhang), has been hailed as being "A True Music Prodigy" by many world leading musicians & media: "Very talented"- Itzhak Perlman, "Extremely gifted… A Wonderful talent”- Donald Weilerstein. Mercedes currently studies with Donald Weilerstein (Faculty of Juilliard School and New England Conservatory, Dorothy Richard Starling Chair) and Ephraim Cheung (Music Director and Conductor, Markham Symphony Orchestra). She has been admitted with a full scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division-Young Talented Program at the age of 8. In 2011, Mercedes has been offered a full scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music "Young Artists Performance Academy" at the age of 9. At the same time she has been invited by world-famous violinist, Barry Shiffman (Juror of Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition), as a special guest soloist to perform in the Banff Centre Artists Concert in Rolston Recital Hall, Alberta. Mercedes is the youngest one in the history of the Royal Conservatory of Music to pass the ARCT Violin Performer Diploma Exam at 9 years old. She will have her "Ten Years Old" Carnegie Hall debut recital performing the Complete Paganini 24 Caprices at Weill Recital Hall on November 3, 2012


Markham Symphony Orchestra Principal cellist, Brandon Wilkie. He started playing cello at age 14 in his native town of Pembroke, Ontario. Since then he has participated in masterclasses with Aldo Parisot at the Banff Centre and Janos Starker at the Orford Academy. He has also been featured as a soloist with several community orchestras, playing concertos by Elgar, Dvorak and Haydn. Brandon has a special interest in chamber music and opera and he hopes to continue to pursue both in his musical career. He recently completed his Bachelor degree at U of T studying with Shauna Rolston. In his final year, he was a finalist in the school's concerto competition and his chamber group was awarded the Galimir Prize for chamber music excellence.