Viola d'Amore Workshop


Viola d'Amore Workshop: May 31-June 7, 2020

Further details, including fees and application forms, will be available in early December 2019.

In conjunction with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, we are delighted to offer a week-long workshop dedicated to the study of the viola d’amore. Leading the workshop is Thomas Georgi, a member of Tafelmusik and an internationally renowned performer and researcher of the viola d’amore. Daily activities include lectures, masterclasses, and chamber music rehearsals, all culminating in a public performance on the final day.

Program Overview
  • Daily masterclasses, lessons, and chamber music rehearsals
  • Lectures on aspects of the instrument, its repertoire, and performance practice
  • The focus of the workshop will be the recent discoveries in the repertoire of the viola d’amore. Examples of this repertoire will be provided, and participants will be expected to prepare this to work on at the workshop; participants are also welcome to bring repertoire of their choosing.
  • Continuo accompaniment will be provided.
  • A public performance by the participants in the program on Sunday, June 7.
As the workshop is run concurrently with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, participants are welcome to attend TBSI activities, including lectures, concerts, masterclasses, dance classes, etc. 

The activities specific to the viola d’amore class will be scheduled in the afternoons. This allows the participants who wish to take in TBSI activities to attend TBSI classes and lectures in the mornings. Practice facilities will be available throughout the days and evenings for those who wish to use their free time for individual practice.
Evening activities include a concert by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir (Monday, June 1), and a reading of the Bach St. Matthew Passion by the TBSI participants (Friday, June 5), in which the viola d’amore players are welcome to participate on violin or viola.
The workshop ends with a public performance on Sunday, June 7, celebrating the viola d’amore and featuring the workshop participants and Thomas Georgi.
Accommodations are not provided, and participants are responsible for arranging their own housing. Discounted accommodations will be made available at a University of Toronto residence at a special TBSI rate. Please see the Accommodations page for details.