Sheila Jaffé, violin
Canadian violinist and violist Sheila Jaffé is praised for her versatility and expression on the instrument. She has performed around the world as a chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist.
Very much in demand in chamber music circles, she has performed in numerous international festivals, including Domaine Forget in Quebec, IMS Prussia Cove in England, Toronto Summer Music and Ottawa Chamberfest. She has collaborated with some of the world's finest chamber musicians, including Steven Dann, Richard Lester, Ian Brown and Daniel Phillips.
An experienced orchestral leader, miss Jaffé first appeared as concertmaster of the Florida Youth Orchestra at the age of 10. Since that time, she has gained valuable experience in that capacity. Between 2007 and 2010, she was concertmaster of the Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal, and has been chosen as leader of several festival orchestras including the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchester in Germany and the Orford Festival Orchestra. She has worked under the baton of many great conductors in various orchestras in Canada and Europe, including Kent Nagano, Christoph Eschenbach, Lawrence Foster, and Christoph von Dohnanyi.
Sheila recently moved to Toronto from Berlin, Germany, where she was studying at the prestigious "Hanns Eisler" Hochschule für Musik, as well as playing with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin as part of their Praktikum program. She has now joined the viola section of the Canadian Opera Company orchestra.
Sheila plays on a Francesco Gobetti violin (1710-15) and a Raymond Schryer viola on generous loan from Canimex.