Tafelmusik violinist Aisslinn Nosky gets concertmaster's job at Handel & Haydn Society
One of the busier and more versatile of Toronto's professional violinists, Aisslinn Nosky has landed the job of concertmaster at Boston's venerable and respected Handel & Haydn Society. She has two guest visits left this season with the nearly 200-year-old music presenter, and begins the new job in earnest next season.
Playing period violin, Nosky is best known in Toronto as one of the founders of I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble. She and I Furiosi pal Julia Wedman have also been members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for five years. Nosky, who is originally from Vancouver, is also an active chamber musician and I've even spotted her on occasion filling it on modern violin at the Toronto Symphony. She was assistant principal second violin in the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra for a couple of seasons before she joined Tafelmusik.
Because a concertmaster has a lot of administrative work to do as well, I'm not sure how much Nosky is going to have to cut back in Toronto, but she is definitely staying on with Tafelmusik, as much as schedules will allow.
Here is what Tafelmusik music director Jeanne Lamon had to say in an email, when I asked her about this:
"In spite of her new appointment as concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, she will continue to be a valued member of the Tafelmusik core orchestra, missing none of our tours or recordings and only a very few of our concerts.
"I'm thrilled for her. It is a very valuable opportunity for her at this point in her career. Aisslinn is a musician with a lot of leadership talent which this position will allow her to develop."
I Furiosi have always added an extra layer of theatricality to their concerts. Here is a sample of their work. The singer is Gabrielle McLaughlin. Stephanie Martin is at the organ. Felix Deak plays cello. Julia Wedman and Aisslinn Nosky are on violin: