Violinist Tori Gould has consistently distinguished herself as an exuberant and varied performer and instructor. In 2006 Tori joined the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia, Canada, in the position of Principal Second Violin. She has also held the Assistant Principal Second Violin chair with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and can frequently be seen performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Past orchestral experiences include acting guest Concertmaster of Symphony Nova Scotia and numerous performances with the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera orchestras. A widely hailed solo performance with the National Repertory Orchestra and with the Victoria Symphony as part of its “Classics” series number among Tori’s solo accomplishments.
Tori maintains a passion for chamber music, having been a regular member of Victoria’s Odyssey String Quartet and the Galiano Ensemble since 2007. She has also collaborated with such ensembles as Via Salzburg, Metamorphosen, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. In 2008 Tori performed to critical acclaim with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble both in the United States and as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world.
A highly sought after teacher, Tori currently teaches violin and chamber music at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where her students have gone on to pursue successful examinations, post-secondary musical training and teaching positions. She has coached the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra in both weekly rehearsals and at the GVYO summer string camp. Tori has shared the stage with the performing ensemble Music Corner, a group presenting children’s stories set to music, and as a member of the Odyssey Quartet regularly brings classical music to classrooms across the Greater Victoria area. Accompanying the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus on their European tour, she collaborated with hundreds of young artists in Toronto and on an exchange throughout cities in Europe, encouraging their interaction with and love of music. Tori was also invited to participate in both individual and group instruction at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska, the Texas school Laporte 6th Grade Campus, and she has acted as a mentor at the National Academy Orchestra of Canada for many seasons.
Born in Grimsby, Ontario, Tori began violin through a public school program at the age of 9 and continued her studies at the University of Toronto with David Zafer and Mayumi Seiler. In 2005 she graduated with honours from Rice University with a Masters degree in violin performance under the tutelage of Kathleen Winkler.
Hometown: Grimsby, Ontario
First season with the VS: 2006/07
Most memorable VS experience: The opportunity to perform weekly with this fantastic group of people is such a treat. But my most memorable experience occurred during a Christmas performance in which we played excerpts from the Nutcracker, along with some ballet dancers. Fake snow was supposed to fall from the rafters onto the dancers as they performed the beautiful snowflake waltz, as happens onstage in the full performance of the ballet. In this pops show however, the orchestra was onstage and must have been taking up more room than expected, because what felt like the entire bucket of “snowflakes” proceeded to fall on my music stand, on my head, in my eyes, in my clothes.. they were everywhere. I was laughing so hard I could barely finish the scene!
Hobbies and interests: Avid skiier and cyclist, much of my free time now is spent preparing for the birth of our first child, expected February of 2016. Getting ready for our lives to be turned upside-down!
Favourite things to do around the capital region: Ski, cycle, walk on the beach and hike the amazing trails, kayak in the summer, and eat at the many great restaurants we’re lucky to have here!
“I’m a big supporter of programs that further music in schools. Having started in a school program, I think they’re essential – I wouldn’t be here unless I had been introduced to the opportunity to join in a violin program in my grade 4 class. Let’s keep music in schools!” -TG
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