Performer (ensemble)

Trained at the University of Toronto and the University of Southern California, clarinetist Shalom Bard performs in diverse genres, from Klezmer to classical to contemporary. Invited by conductor Zubin Mehta, Bard recently played as Acting Principal Clarinetist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, Bard has performed with ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Juno Award-winning cellist Amanda Forsyth came from South Africa to Canada as a child and began playing the cello at age three, eventually becoming a protégé of William Pleeth in London, England. At age 24 she had performed two seasons with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and was appointed principal cello of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra by Mario Bernardi.

Canadian violinist Erika Raum performs regularly in Europe and North America, both as a recitalist and chamber musician. Recent highlights include the Festival Pablo Casals in France, the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw and an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall. Raum graduated from the University of Toronto where she was awarded the prestigious Eaton Scholarship. She is currently on faculty of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

The pianist Andrew Burashko has appeared with many Canadian orchestras, including numerous appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and as a chamber player has performed at many festivals including the Vancouver Chamber Festival, the Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound), and the Budapest Spring Festival. His interest in contemporary music has led him to work with Array Music, New Music Concert, Continuum, and the Esprit Orchestra. He is at present a member of the teaching staff of the Royal Conservatory of Music.