The SPOGreatMusic Podcast Series: S02E02

Release Date: December 3, 2021

Host: Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh | In today’s episode we’ll be exploring how music and dance have inspired one prominent Toronto musician to form Echo Chamber Toronto, an ensemble which combines chamber music with contemporary dance.

Stephen Bonfield, from Ludwig Van Toronto, writes: “Toronto’s hottest chamber performance series going these days”

Canadian Violinist Aaron Schwebel leads Echo Chamber Toronto. Aaron writes:

“My objective as Artistic Director is to create performances that offer a new lens through which both music and dance can be experienced. By merging these two art forms in an intimate setting, Echo Chamber performances deliver the unique opportunity to see and hear music and dance together as one integrated expression.”

Here’s some additional information and pictures on our special guest interviewee for this episode:

Aaron Schwebel, Violin  |  Founder of Echo Chamber Toronto

Canadian Violinist Aaron Schwebel currently holds the positions of Concertmaster with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster with the Canadian Opera Company. As a guest concertmaster, Aaron has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Les Violons Du Roy, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Aaron is also Founder and Artistic Director of Echo Chamber Toronto, a series that intertwines chamber music and contemporary dance (www.echochambertoronto.com).

Aaron has performed as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Lanaudiere, Scarborough Philharmonic, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Kindred Spirits Orchestra, and McGill Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber music performer, he is a founding member of the Toronto-based LARK ensemble and Rosebud Quartet, and has been on faculty at Toronto Summer Music Festival, Interprovincial Music Camp, and Festival Del Lago in Ajijic, Mexico. Aaron appears regularly at summer chamber music festivals around Canada, including Music by the Sea in Bamfield, BC, Ottawa Chamberfest, Stratford Summer Music Festival, and the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival.

Aaron did his studies at McGill and Indiana universities. As a student, Aaron was a member of the Roddick String Quartet, representing Canada at the 2009 London International String Quartet Competition, and the Kuttner Quartet, Indiana University’s resident string quartet. Upon graduation from McGill, Aaron was awarded the Schulich School of Musicʼs Golden Violin Award.

Echo Chamber Toronto  |  www.echochambertoronto.com

Echo Chamber is a performance series that intertwines live chamber music and dance in new choreographed works. Echo Chamber creates performances that offer a new lens through which both music and dance can be experienced. By merging these two art forms in an intimate setting, Echo Chamber performances deliver the unique opportunity to see and hear music and dance together as one integrated expression. Echo Chamber performances have featured choreography by some of Canada’s leading dance makers, including Alysa Pires, Hanna Kiel, Christopher Stowell, Liana Bellissimo, Tara Pillon, Robert Stephen, and Brendan Saye. Echo Chamber has appeared at music and dance festivals around Ontario, including Fall for Dance North, Toronto Summer Music Festival and Ottawa Chamberfest.

Echo Chamber Photo Credit: Karolina Kuras


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