Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, Violinist

Elyssa’s musical studies began at the age of five under Heilwig von Koenigsloew at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music in British Columbia. After completing studies with violinists Lorand Fenyves in Toronto and Ian Swensen in California, Elyssa moved to Toronto in 2007 and is quickly becoming in demand as a baroque violinist, chamber musician, teacher and coach.

Elyssa is a member of the Aradia Baroque Ensemble on both the orchestral and chamber music series, and has made six recordings with the group under the Naxos Label. She appears regularly with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier, Talisker players, Opera in Concert, Orchestra London and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Elyssa has been invited to perform as a guest artist with the IFURIOSI Baroque Ensemble and the Windemere Quartet and has appeared as a soloist with the Corktown Chamber Orchestra, Georgetown Bach Chorale and the Alicier Arts Concert series. Her international tours have included performances in Russia, Australia, France and Ireland and Italy.

Elyssa has been teaching and coaching chamber music for over a decade and is the founder of the newly formed Toronto Youth Chamber Orchestra. She has served on faculty at summer music programs in Langley, BC and Seattle, WA, as well as at several festivals in Ontario.  She maintains a large studio of private students and chamber music groups in her home as well as the Kingsway Conservatory.

In 2013 Elyssa opened a studio, Bellwoods Academy of Music, where she and her colleagues teach violin & piano.