Canadian ensemble Tafelmusik announced the death of its Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon, who passed away in Victoria, British Columbia, yesterday at age 71.

The ensemble’s news release says: « Lamon’s inspired leadership, passionate dedication to artist training, and commitment to the values of collaboration, inclusion, and artistic excellence shaped Tafelmusik over the course of her remarkable 33-year tenure from 1981 to 2014. »

Jeanne Lamon was born and raised in New York State and attended Brandeis University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. She began to specialize in baroque violin in the early 1970s, studying in The Hague with Sigiswald Kuijken. From 1972 to 1981 she was engaged as concertmaster of many period orchestras, both European and North American, including Il Complesso Barocco, Boston Baroque, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, and The Smithsonian Chamber Players of Washington, among others. In 1980, Lamon was invited to Toronto by Tafelmusik’s founders, Kenneth Solway and Susan Graves, and was appointed music director in 1981.

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