Georgia is a violinist, fiddler, composer, and educator with over 30 years of training. They are the co-founder of the global chamber-folk quartet, Medusa. They grew up learning both classical violin from the Suzuki Method, and Celtic and Canadian fiddle with Oliver Schroer, Anne Lederman, and Emilyn Stam. In 2011, their passion and interest in global roots music led her to study abroad at the Dhow Countries Music Academy in Zanzibar, Tanzania, with violinist Mohammed Issa Matona. They have continued to study Arabic and Turkish music for the past ten years, learning from renowned Egyptian violinist Alfred Gamil, and has recently toured across Canada with the Canadian Arabic Orchestra, including performances with the acclaimed Oud player Naseer Shamma.
Always fascinated by the connections between musical traditions, Georgia has also studied Eastern European, Balkan, and Klezmer music since 2015 and has been a member of several bands in Toronto, including the CFMA-award-winning Polky and Ontario-Folk-Awards-nominated Queen Kong. Several of their arrangements, and one of their original compositions, “Under my Skin,” were featured in Polky’s debut album Songs from Home.
Georgia has recorded and shared the stage with JUNO nominees Leif Vollebbek, Sultans of String, and Lemon Bucket Orchestra, and guested with the hit international folk band The Turbans. They have composed for and performed in stage productions at the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Festival de Circo in Mazunte, Mexico. Georgia teaches fiddle and violin from her home studio and has taught at the Suzuki Summer Music Camp, Strings Across the Sky, and the Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music. They have also worked as a Listening Therapist, working with children and youth with special needs, at the Listening Center in Toronto.
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I have been teaching for the past 8 years, and currently teach private lessons out of my home studio and online. I have expertise in a variety of styles, from Celtic to Old Time and Klezmer.
I will take you through each step of the way to realize your musical goals. You will learn technique, style, and build your repertoire and your confidence, all while having fun. I am sensitive to different learning styles and capacities, and have experience with teaching neurodiverse people. All are welcome!
No experience is necessary!
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"Georgia's genuine love for fiddling and genuine care and support as a teacher inspired me to explore my own passion and style. Learning to fiddle with Georgia helped me to play with confidence and continually improve my skills, because of their ability to create a relaxed, comfortable learning environment to explore and have fun with the instrument."
- Steven Snyder, Toronto