He is a violist and teacher who was born with an
illness that necessitated the amputation of his legs below the knee when he
was three years old. Two years
later he was fitted with prosthetic limbs.
He took studies at Montreal’s McGill University,
the University of Toronto and the Banff School of Fine Arts.
He joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Principal
Violist in 1977 but has also held that same position with the Canadian
Opera Company, the Mainly Mozart Orchestra, the Northern Lights Music
Festival and the National Ballet Orchestra, who he performed with during
the premiere of the Rudolf Nureyev commissioned Four Schumann Pieces
and the tours by the dancer.
An accomplished chamber musician, he has performed
with the Toronto Symphony in many performances as well as with smaller
ensembles such as his co-founded Accordes string quintet and the Amaro
Busy in the recording studio he has worked as a
session musician with many popular artists that include Placido Domingo,
Hagood Hardy, Loreena McKennitt, Anne Murray and
has performed on the movie soundtrack of Aftermath: Remnants of War
and Marion Bridge and on music for television programmes such as The
Road to Avonlea, Street Legal and Robocop.
His album credits are many and, outside of his
recordings with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, some of these include Tremolo
by Blue Rodeo, Baby It’s Cold Outside by Holly Cole. The
Grande Passion: World Sinfonia by Al Di Meola, The Day After That by
Liza Minnelli, One Light One Sun by Raffi, Orchestra by Peter
Ustinov and the Classical Kids albums Beethoven Lives Upstairs and
Tchaikovsky Discovers America.
In the field of musical education he has taught many
students at educational establishments in Toronto such as its Royal
Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto, as well as with
Orchestras such as the National Academy Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony
Toronto Symphony Orchestra Recordings
SMCD 5119 I (CD - Adeste Fidelis)
Toronto Symphony Orchestra and
Conductor - Jean Ashworth Bartle
Soloists - Louis and Gino