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Mary-Elizabeth Brown, violin

In addition to her post as Associate Concertmaster of Orchestra London Canada, Ms. Brown serves as Concertmaster for Sinfonia Toronto, and is frequently called upon to lead The Britten-Pears Orchestra (UK) and Youth Orchestra of the Americas. She regularly plays under the batons of distinguished conductors, having recently completed projects with Lorin Maazel, Placido Domingo, Benjamin Zander, Carlos-Miguel Prieto, Martin Brabbins and Roberto Minczuk.

Equally at home as a chamber musician, Ms. Brown received her formative training with members of the St. Lawrence, Brentano, Orford and Alban Berg Quartets as well as the Gryphon Trio, Scott St. John and Laurence Lesser. She has appeared in concert with distinguished colleagues at the Banff Summer Arts Festival, the University of Western Ontario's Fridays at Noon series, the Festival Campos do Jordao (Brasil), Mozarteum Uruguay, and the White House's 2007 Conference on the Americas.

Ms. Brown holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Universite de Montreal, with additional studies at DePaul University (Chicago) Her principal teachers include Robert Skelton, David Zafer, Mark Skazinetsky, Ilya Kaler and Vladimir Landsman, as well as additional solo master classes Pinchas Zukerman, Regis Pasquier, Jean-Jacques Kantarow, Pierre Amoyal and Martin Chalifour. In addition to being a two-time CMC National Finalist, she was the winner of the 2001 London Kiwanis Rosebowl, and received the Prix d'Excellence en Interpretation from the Universite de Montreal in 2006. She gratefully acknowledges the support of the Banff Centre for the Arts' Instrument Bank, the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation, the Hazel Cryderman-Wees Foundation and the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.

When she is not playing, Ms. Brown is an advocate for music education both in Canada and abroad. She maintains an active studio of private students in London, Ontario, has taught in the Neojiba Project (Salvador, Bahia, Brasil) and lead the 2008 Sembrano Talentos project in Montevideo (in collaboration with Mozarteum Uruguay).


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