Amarok Ensemble was formed in 2014 following a highly successful private appearance organized by the late James Stewart in his spectacular Integral House. Founding members violinist-violist Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh and pianist Dr. Lisa Tahara are dedicated to building and maintaining a repertoire of contemporary compositions and staples of the Classical and Romantic chamber music canon.
Based in Toronto, Canada, the ensemble was featured in the International Showcase concert during the 2015 St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar in Stanford, California. The following year, they were selected as the inaugural ensemble for the Career Development Residency at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.
The members of the Amarok Ensemble have participated in such prestigious programs as The Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Domaine Forget Chamber Music Academy, Mozarteum Summer Academy, Wiener Musikseminar, and the Schlern International Music Festival, and have performed alongside such ensembles as the Penderecki String Quartet and the Art of Time Ensemble.
The Amarok Ensemble’s musicians hold degrees from the University of Victoria, University of Toronto, University of Montreal, and the Glenn Gould School. They have presented recitals at the Canadian Music Centre, the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, Mazzoleni Hall of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Festival Pontiac Enchanté in Luskville, Québec. Upcoming engagements include a series of recitals for the Health Arts Society of British Columbia, and appearances at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and Telus Gardens in Vancouver, BC. They will be featured in the Music at St. Andrew's recital series in Toronto in October 2018.