Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith: Violin

Elyssa’s musical studies began at the age of five under Heilwig von Koenigsloew at the Nanaimo Conservatory of

Music in British Columbia. After completing studies with violinists Lorand Fenyves in Toronto and Ian Swensen in California, Elyssa moved to Toronto in 2007 and worked for a decade as baroque violinist and chamber musician with groups such as Tafelmusik, Aradia Baroque Ensemble, IFURIOSI, Talisker Players and Opera Atelier.

She was a founding member of the chamber group Elixir Baroque Ensemble that won a place in the finals of the Early Music America competition in 2014.

Elyssa was also the director of the string program at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music where she founded the orchestral program, organized a summer chamber music festival annually and enjoyed teaching her private students, chamber groups and string orchestra year round.

Most recently Elyssa moved across the country to Victoria, B.C. to be closer to family. Since arriving on the West Coast she has been invited to play with the Victoria Baroque, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Festival and Early Music Vancouver. She recently began teaching at the Blue Octopus Studio in Vic West with friend and colleague Heather Boulding and is very much enjoying her new island life!