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Violinist

 

Georgia is a Toronto-based violinist with over 25 years of training. Born in 1990, she grew up learning both fiddle and classical music through the Suzuki method, and later fell in love with traditional music from around the world. She attended Claude Watson School for the Arts (1999-2008) and was a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2003-2008. While completing a degree in Neuroscience at McGill University, she joined community orchestras and became the lead 2nd Violin for the I Medici di McGill Orchestra. In 2010, she joined Montreal-based Irish folk band The Mudlarks and began learning Arabic music at the Dhow Countries Music School while on a field study in East Africa.

 

Upon moving back to Toronto in 2013, she began playing with folk music collectives such as Balfolk, while completing her Master’s in Psychology and working as a Listening Therapist at the Listening Centre. She is now a full-time musician and member of several groups, including Polky Village Band (Polish folk), the Blue Dot Ensemble (Middle Eastern), and the Canadian Arabic Orchestra. She composes her own music and collaborates with dancers, circus performers (at the Festival de Circo in Mazunte, Mexico), poets, and storytellers. She regularly performs at weddings as part of a duo or trio and teaches violin, both privately and at the Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music. Georgia has performed at Summerfolk, the Stewart Park Festival, the Danforth Music Hall with Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Hugh’s Room Live, Roy Thompson Hall, the Toronto Ukrainian and Polish Festivals, the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, and the Aga Khan Museum. She has showcased at Mundial Montreal and Folk Music Ontario.

 

 

 

 

Projects

 

Polky Village Band

Polky Village Band performs authentic and energetic folk songs from various regions of Poland.

 

Blue Dot Band

The Blue Dot Band explores world music and dance with a focus on cultures from the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Central Asia.

 
 

Canadian Arabic Orchestra

The Canadian Arabic Orchestra connects audiences with classical Arabic music while celebrating the freedom and diversity of Canada’s cultural landscape.

 

Klezfactor

Klezfactor is a unique band that fuses traditional Klezmer with other styles such as jazz, classical, and rock. 

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