Mayumi Seiler, Artistic Director, Lead Violin

Mayumi Seiler began her musical upbringing in Osaka, Japan, where she was born of Japanese/German parentage. Wedded to the violin from the age of three, Ms. Seiler received her musical education at the renowned Mozarteum during the formative years of her childhood in Salzburg, Austria.

With a busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Japan and North and South America, Ms. Seiler was the founder and artistic director of the successful chamber music series called Via Salzburg "One of the best roads to our musical hearts" (Toronto Star). For 14 years she mentored and lead a string orchestra which performed regularly at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto for sold out audiences. She invited renowned artists from Europe and Asia for smaller or bigger groups and combined different art forms such as dance, pantomime and painting. "Combustion of creative energy - they clearly love what they are doing" (Toronto Star)

Ms. Seiler has performed with numerous renowned orchestras and conductors including Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Peter Oundjian, Sandor Vegh and has been the featured soloist with orchestras such as the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony, the Moscow Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Montreal Symphony and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She was invited by legendary violinist Ruggiero Ricci to perform with him in his final concert in Washington DC. Her performances as soloist have been in such major venues such as Toronto's Roy Thompson Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and Vienna's Musikverein and the Barbican and the Wigmore Hall in London.

Ms. Seiler has recorded many of the violin concertos and chamber repertoire for such labels as EMI, JVC Victor, Hyperion, and Capriccio.

As the violinist of the recently formed Laplante-Seiler-Carr piano trio with renowned pianist Andre Laplante and British cellist Colin Carr, Ms. Seiler will commence their inaugural tour this summer with performances across Canada.

Ms. Seiler has been very active and passionate as a teacher with a previous professorship at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg and master classes in North and South America, Europe and Asia and has been invited to adjudicate at numerous international violin competitions. She currently teaches at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto where she resides with her husband Michael. She has two children, Hana and Seiji and two step children, Megan and Ian.

Ms. Seiler performs on the Croall Stradivarius from 1684 owned by a private benefactor.