Classical Music Performance

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The right to freedom of expression takes many forms! Join the Museum and Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts cellist Blair Burns and violinist Maya de Forest for a classical music performances over the holiday season.

The performance will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on December 27 on the Carolyn Sifton Foundation Terrace on Level 6.


Free with admission and free for members.

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Blair Burns

Blair Burns received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba where he studied under Bryan Epperson. Blair was principal cellist of the Orchestral Training Programme at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and received his Master of Music from McGill University, studying under Antonio Lysy. Blair studied period cello with Tafelmusik’s Christina Mahler and the AIMS Festival orchestra in Grax, Austria.  Blair then remained in Europe for eleven years.  During this time he was a member of the LOH-Orchester Sondershausen and Stadtisches Orchester Bremerhaven, as well as playing as a guest with several orchestras in Germany.


Maya de Forest

Maya de Forest began her violin studies in Winnipeg. Her abilities were developed under the guidance of Donna Grescoe, one of the founding members and teachers of the

Manitoba Conservatory. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in Performance from McGill University studying with Mauricio Fuks. A working musician for the last twenty years, Maya has been a member of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra as well as the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. She spent eight years playing as a regular extra with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Her freelance work includes Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Esprit Orchestra, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet touring orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony. Maya has also played numerous live stage productions with the Banff Centre, LIvent, MTC, Rainbow Stage and recording sessions for CBC, Sony, Disney and Livent.