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Adele Armin

Adele Armin. Violinist, b Morris, Man, 2 Dec 1945.

Armin, Adele

Adele Armin. Violinist, b Morris, Man, 2 Dec 1945. She studied 1958-61 with Carl Chase in Detroit, 1962-5 with Josef Gingold (violin) and János Starker and Menahem Pressler (chamber music) at the University of Indiana, summers 1961 and 1962 with Joseph Fuchs at Blue Hill, Me, and 1968-70 with Lorand Fenyves at the University of Toronto. She won first prize in the 1970 CBC Talent Festival and in the 1971 Cosmopolitan Violin Competition in New York (for which the prize included two performances of the Prokofiev Concerto in G Minor with the Cosmopolitan Young People's Symphony Orchestra at Philharmonic Hall) and was a bronze medalist in the 1970 Geneva International Violin Competition. She made her professional debut with the TS in 1968, playing the Prokofiev, and has also been a guest soloist with that orchestra on other occasions. She was a concerto soloist with the NYO (Mendelssohn's Concerto in E Minor) and the MSO, and in 1973 was a founding member of Camerata. With this group she appeared throughout Canada and in Cuba and South America, and recorded and performed on radio and TV. With Elyakim Taussig she recorded sonatas of Brahms and Mendelssohn (1971, CBC SM-145). She performed with the Armin Electric Strings and beginning in 1988 with Sound Pressure, a contemporary music ensemble which toured the USA and Europe, commissioned and premiered works by Martin Arnold, Glenn Buhr, Bruno Degazio, Linda C. Smith, Robert Stevenson, and James Tenney, and was heard frequently on CBC radio's 'Two New Hours.' In 1989 she became concertmistress of the Toronto Philharmonic and formed with her brother Richard an avant garde/jazz/roots ensemble called Hemispheres, which commissioned and premiered works by Norma Beecroft, Norman Symonds, and Larry Lake. She recorded in June 1991 Bach's Violin Concerto in E Major and performed works by Vivaldi and Beethoven on several Classical Kids albums, including Beethoven Lives Upstairs (SAN-CD-1003). Beginning in 1990 she performed solo concerts of works by Sergio Barroso and others (often with the RAAD violin and electronic tape) in Germany, New York, and Minnesota.

See also Jay Armin (her father), and Otto Armin, and Paul Armin (her brothers).