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Amanda Forsyth
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Amanda Forsyth, Pinchas Zukerman, Ariana Zukerman at the 2008 New York Gala of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic. Photo: Chris Lee

Juno Award-winning Amanda Forsyth is considered one of North Americas most dynamic cellists.  The intense richness of her tone, her remarkable technique and her exceptional musicality combine to enthrall her audiences and critics alike.

Born in South Africa, Ms. Forsyth came to Canada as a child and began playing the cello at age three.  She became a protg of William Pleeth in London and later studied with Harvey Shapiro at the Juilliard School in New York and with Lynn Harrell in Los Angeles. After two seasons with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra she was the youngest principal ever selected by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra where she remained for six years.  In 1999 Amanda Forsyth was appointed principal cello of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada where she is also featured as a soloist each season.

Ms Forsyth is recognised as an eminent recitalist, soloist and chamber musician appearing with leading orchestras and prestigious chamber music festivals in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.  

As soloists, Amanda Forsyth and violinist Pinchas Zukerman appear frequently together in Canada, the U.S., Europe and South America.  She has also collaborated as a soloist with illustrious artists including Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Garrick Ohlsson, Jon Kimura Parker, Yefim Bronfman, Joseph Kalichstein, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Arnold Steinhardt., Michael Tree and Louis Lortie

Ms Forsyth has appeared with all the major orchestras in Canada including the Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Nova Scotia, Saskatoon and Okanagan Symphonies, the Calgary and Hamilton Philharmonics and the McGill Chamber Orchestra.

In July 2005 she made her solo debut performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and in 2006 appeared for the first time in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taipei, with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal, with the Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva, in Cortona Italy, Sofia, Bulgaria and Orquestra de Castillo Y Leon in Spain. Other appearances for the 2005/6 season included the New West Symphony, Los Angeles, Highland Park Strings, Chicago, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Texas, the Art of Time Ensemble, Toronto, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Falls, Texas and in recital at the Waterside Summer Series on Amherst Island, and later in 2006 performances in Spain and Bulgaria.

In August 2006 Amanda Forsyth will appear with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival for her sixth consecutive season.

Amanda Forsyth returned as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the beginning of the 2005/6 season in the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Pinchas Zukerman and Janina Fialkowska and also in Electra Rising by Malcolm Forsyth.  She was the featured soloist in Edmonton in a joint gala with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and NACO in November 2005. She will appear during the 2006/7 season in Schuberts Trout Quintet and Shostakovitch Cello Concerto No 1.

Ms Forsyth is the cellist of the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, which has appeared to critical acclaim since its first international tour in 2003.  Since then the ensemble has appeared in Canada, at Festivals in Ravinia, Aspen and Tanglewood, Britain, Germany, France, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey where the ensemble was presented at a special Friendship Concert in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel.  This season they have appeared in Ottawa, Baltimore, El Paso, Saratoga, Portland, Sun City, University of Maine, Domaine Forget, Ravinia, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Spain and in Italy.

She recently collaborated with Wynton Marsalis in New York recording the sound track for Ken Burns 7-part television film about World War II to be produced for SBS.

Ms. Forsyth appears on the Fanfare, Marquis, Pro Arte, Altara, Naxos and CBC labels. The Juno Award-winning cello concerto Electra Rising was recorded with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by Soaring with Agamemnon and in 2004 Musique de chambre francaise, a collaboration with flutist Susan Hoeppner both for Marquis Classics.  Chamber music recordings for CBC include the Mozart Flute Quartets which was named Opus Magazines Best Canadian Chamber Music Recording of 2001 and in 2003 Mozarts String Quintet in G minor, and Clarinet Quintet in A major Stadler,  which was nominated for the Juno Awards.  In July 2005 the Zukerman ChamberPlayers made their first CD for the new Altara label in New York and will record a second disc in the summer of 2006.   Naxos Records has recently released An American Journey which she recorded with Arnold Steinhardt in 2006.

Amanda Forsyth performs on a 1699 cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore. 

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1.Ariana Zukerman
2.Pinchas Zukerman
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