Participants in the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival's inaugural Career Development Residency (CDR), the Amarok Ensemble was founded in Toronto, Canada in 2014 following a highly successful private appearance organized by the late James Stewart in his spectacular Integral House. The trio is dedicated to building and maintaining a repertoire of both contemporary compositions and standards of the piano trio repertoire. One of three ensembles chosen to perform in the 2015 St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar International Showcase in Stanford, California, the Amarok Ensemble’s past engagements have included recitals at both the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto and in the Health Arts Society of Ontario concert series. The trio’s recent artistic advisors and collaborators have included Chris Costanza of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, Pocket Concerts director Rory McLeod, pianist Stephen Prutsman, and “What Makes it Great” author Rob Kapilow. The Amarok Ensemble made its Ottawa Chamberfest main stage debut in July 2016 as featured artists in the festival’s Generation Next showcase concert.