Equally at home conducting symphonic or choral repertoire, Ivars Taurins is founder and director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir since 1981. He was also principal violist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra for its first 23 years. Under his direction the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir has been widely praised for its clarity, nuance and brilliance. The choir celebrates its 30th anniversary in the 2011/12 season.
Principal Baroque Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 2001-2011, he has also appeared as guest conductor with the Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Victoria and Windsor symphonies, Orchestra London, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Thirteen Strings (Ottawa), Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Winnipeg Singers, and Elora Festival Orchestra and Singers. He was director of the 2000 & 2009 Ontario Youth Choir, 2003 Nova Scotia Youth Choir, and 2004 Alberta University and College Choir. He has been appointed director of the 2012 National Youth Choir.
His regular appearances directing the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Orchestra have received widespread critical acclaim and are frequently heard on CBC Radio. His recordings (CBC Records) with Tafelmusik have all received JUNO nominations. A CD celebrating the choir’s 25th anniversary, featuring music of Bach, Vivaldi and Mondonville was released in 2007. The choir has premiered works by R. Murray Schafer, Omar Daniels, Chan Ka Nin, Brian Cherney and Paul Frehner with Soundstreams Canada. They have also premiered works by Imant Raminsh, James Rolfe, Christos Hatzis, and Ruth Watson Henderson.
A passionate lecturer and teacher, Mr. Taurins teaches conducting and baroque ensembles at the University of Toronto, and has been a guest teacher at the universities of Sherbrooke, Western Ontario, Queen’s, Alberta, Calgary, and Windsor, and the Glenn Gould School in Toronto.
Mr. Taurins is director of the vocal/choral programme at the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.
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