Justin Haynes, Viola da Gamba

Justin Haynes studied viola da gamba at Harvard and the Royal Dutch Conservatory in the Hague where his principal teachers were Philippe Pierlot, Anneke Pols and Reiner Zipperling. He has performed with many leading Canadian early music ensembles including Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, and Les Voix Humaines, and appears regularly as both soloist and continuo player with the Toronto Masque Theatre and the Toronto Consort.

Justin is a founding member of Elixir Baroque Ensemble. Increasingly in demand as a teacher of baroque instrumental style, he coached and performed with the Community Baroque Orchestra of Toronto for their 2012-3 season. Justin’s interest in the viola da gamba includes the history and construction of the instrument itself. After making the viol he currently plays on, he was awarded a Shaw traveling fellowship to study instrument making in London and to explore the great Northern European viol collections.