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H&H concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky is a versatile and charismatic musician who brings passion and fervour to every project she pursues. She performs in solo and chamber music recitals across North America, Europe and Asia. Recent triumphs include performing concertos with the Calgary Philharmonic and with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, as well as giving the world premiere of “Stand Still”- a new piece for solo violin by Michael Oesterle commissioned by Aisslinn with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Highlights of the 2011/2012 season find her performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons both in Boston with the Handel and Haydn Society and at the Lameque International Baroque Festival as as guest directing the Thunder Bay Symphony. She is often in demand as a leader and concertmaster and has led the Grand River Baroque Festival Players, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Hanyang and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Aisslinn has recently been named concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, a post she is looking forward to taking up in September 2011.
As Co-Artistic Director of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble (www.ifuriosi.com), Aisslinn has helped to bring an enthusiastic new audience to baroque music. For twelve years, I FURIOSI has presented its own flamboyant and inventive concert series in Toronto. I Furiosi also tours extensively with recent appearances at Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg, Germany), the Galway Early Music Festival, the Lameque International Baroque Festival, the Mosel Musikfestival, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, and the Montreal Baroque Festival. In December of 2008, the group’s latest disc “CRAZY”, was released by Dorian/Sono Luminus. In 2007 the ensemble became the first classical music group to headline Toronto's Pride celebrations. I FURIOSI released its first self-produced CD “Defiled Is My (Middle) Name” to great critical acclaim in 2006.
With the Eybler Quartet(www.eyblerquartet.com), Aisslinn explores repertoire from the first century of the string quartet (approx. 1730-1830) on period instruments. Its world premiere recording of Joseph Leopold Eybler's Op.1 String Quartets is available on the Analekta label, and the group released its recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with English clarinettist Jane Booth on the same label in September, 2011. The Eybler Quartet will be presenting a programme of Haydn’s Op.33 string quartets at the Ottawa Chamberfest on August 3 2011 and will be recording them for future release on Analekta.
Since 2005, Aisslinn has been a highly active member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (www.tafelmusik.com) both as an ensemble member and as soloist. As Canada’s period instrument orchestra, Tafelmusik is greatly in demand internationally, and in 2009, the group debuted at Carnegie Hall. With TBO, Aisslinn has toured the world and has been a featured soloist at many prestigious festivals including the Ravinia Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Klang & Raum Musikfestival, and the Seoul International Bach Festival. The 2011/2012 season will find Tafelmusik touring Australia with its innovative “Galileo Project”, and making a return to Carnegie Hall.
Before joining Tafelmusik, Aisslinn was Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra for two seasons and appeared as Guest Concertmaster with Symphony Nova Scotia on several occasions. Ever-embracing of all musical forms, Aisslinn can also be spotted playing after hours with such bands as The Hidden Cameras, Hunter Valentine, and Rock Plaza Central.
A native of Nanaimo, BC, Aisslinn Nosky made her solo debut with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra at the age of eight. She studied with Heilwig von Koenigsloew at the Nanaimo Conservatory and with Lorand Fenyves at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She studied both solo and chamber music for many summers at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and studied at the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival one summer as a member of the Metro String Quartet.