About Us

Canto Sentimento Strings was founded in 2006 as the need for string music for formal events grew in Ottawa. Our various ensembles are made up of string players who are alumni of or are currently studying at the University of Ottawa in the music department, performance division. All of our musicians have been performing for many years, playing in various orchestras and string ensembles in the Ottawa area and around the world. 

Jolani Domitrovits, violist


Jolani began her musical studies on piano and voice at a young age, and then later went on to study at Canterbury High School for the Arts in Ottawa where she continued to pursue her music studies on the violin. After high school, she finished three years in a violin performance program and two years in viola performance, finishing her Bachelor of Music degree, Magna Cum Laude, at the University of Ottawa in 2012. In 2014, Jolani obtained her Masters of Music degree in Viola Performance at the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of Rennie Regehr. She is currently a student in the Artist Diploma program at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto where she studies with Steven Dann. She is also a founding member of the musical group Canto Sentimento Strings where she has been playing since 2006, and has played in the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra since 2011. She has also performed with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Orchestre francophonie du Canada.

Gabriela Ruiz Rueda A., cellist


Gabriela Ruiz is a musician who has specialized in cello performance since 1999. The majority of her work was done in Mexico until she moved to Canada in 2010 to pursue her Masters degree in cello performance, a degree she obtained in 2012 under Paul Marleyn. Since then she has also earned a postgraduate degree, an "Orchestral Certificate Diploma" at the University of Ottawa under Paul Marleyn and David Curie.

Since then she has been an active member of the Ottawa musical community, participating in over 40 programs in the last four years, as well as imparting her knowledge onto the new generations while teaching in several music schools in the community and at the University of Ottawa.

Her main focus is performance and with this comes a love for the old and the new. She thoroughly enjoys music ranging from early baroque music to modern and extended technique compositions; she has also premiered a number of Canadian works written by fellow students at Ottawa U and is a proud supporter of upcoming talents and composers.

Adam Nelson, violinist


Adam Nelson received his Bachelor of Music as well as his Suzuki Teaching Certification from Wilfrid Laurier University. He then went on to earn his Masters of Music Performance degree and Orchestral Studies Certificate from the University of Ottawa. While a student, he studied under such esteemed violinists as Jerzy Kaplanek, David Stewart, Jonathan Crow and David Zafer. Adam is an experienced and versatile teacher who enjoys teaching all ages, levels and abilities from absolute beginner to emerging performer. He has taught at many different schools and camps, such as Kincardine Summer Music Festival, the National Music Camp of Canada, and the Summer Music Galway camp in Galway, Ireland. In addition to teaching, Adams musical passions include playing in orchestras ranging from the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra as associate concertmaster, to Orchestre Francophonique du Canada and the National Academy Orchestra.

Aurélie Thériault Brillon, violinist

Aurélie entered the Bachelor of Music program in violin at the University of Ottawa at the age of 16, first under the direction of David Stewart and then under the supervision of Yehonatan Berick. She obtained her Master’s degree in violin performance at the University of Ottawa in 2018. She is now pursuing her PhD in musicology (recherche-création) at Université Laval in Quebec City.

Aurélie regularly participates in masterclasses and summer music programs that have given her the chance to travel in Canada, France, Portugal, Italy, South Korea and the United States. Over the last six years, she gained major orchestra experience playing with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the University of Ottawa. She was also a member of the 2014 and 2016 editions of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

She won several awards over the years, receiving the Governor General's Academic Medal, the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Exceptional Merit, the Faculty Plaque in Music for the highest academic standing, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.