“Tafelmusik” is a German word that means “table music” or “music for the feast.” It was a common title for collections of music in the baroque period, and we adopted it as our name in 1979.
Music Director Jeanne Lamon has been with Tafelmusik since 1981, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000.
In 2012 Tafelmusik launched its own independent recording label, Tafelmusik Media.
Tafelmusik has recorded more than 78 CDs and DVDs, and has won 9 JUNO Awards. Visit our Watch & Listen to sample Tafelmusik audio and video tracks.
Ivars Taurins has directed the award-winning Tafelmusik Chamber Choir since 1981
Tafelmusik performs over 100 concerts each year - including more than 75 in Toronto at various venues.
Tafelmusik is proud to be one of Canada's foremost music ambassadors: over the past 35 years, Tafelmusik has performed in over 325 cities in 30 countries around the world from the U.S. and Mexico to Germany, Israel and China. “No other Canadian orchestra... does so much to give Canada a profile in the international arena of music.” - The Toronto Star
Tafelmusik is committed to educating the next generation of period performers. Approximately 95 participants join us from around the globe each June for the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, our 2-week intensive training programme.
Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music.
Tafelmusik has an online Baroque Learning Centre and a webgame for kids.