Stellae Boreales is Ottawa Suzuki Strings’ premier performance violin ensemble, formed from the school’s senior students. The musicians range in age from 12 to 17, and most have been studying the violin since the age of 4 or 5. Members of the ensemble have had the honour of performing with Maestro Pinchas Zukerman and the NAC Orchestra. Many are prize winners of the Kiwanis Music Festival and the Canada Music Competition. Stellae Boreales has toured widely, with performances in Victoria, BC (2006); China (2008); New York City (2010); and Iceland (2011). In 2012, the young musicians travelled to Washington, DC, where they performed with the Peabody Institute ensemble. The 2012 season closed with a highly successful concert tour of Cuba. In 2014, Stellae Boreales had the honour of being invited to participate as featured performers at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis. In 2015, the group had a very successful and high-profile tour of China in nine different cities under invitation of Poly Threatre Management and the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing, with help from the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Stellae Boreales has played at numerous galas and receptions in the Ottawa area, including the Canadian Senate, National Arts Centre, University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Federation of Ottawa Chinese Canadian Organization and several embassies. They are available to perform at similar events, either as a full group ensemble or in smaller groups. Please see the Stellae Boreales website for contact details and further information about the group. Thank you for your support!
Ensemble members are drawn from the studios of Rosemarie Klimasko, Kit Barham, Elaine Klimasko and Lance Elbeck .