Hailed as ”a fearsomely powerful musician” by The Toronto Star, Canadian-born violinist Aisslinn Nosky is one of the most versatile and dynamic violinists today. She is in demand internationally as a soloist and leader and was appointed Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society in 2011. She has performed in solo and chamber music recitals across North America, Europe and Asia. Recent appearances as soloist include the Thunder Bay Symphony, the Lameque International Baroque Festival Orchestra, Arion Baroque Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, Collegium Musicum Hanyang, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
As Co-Artistic Director of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble, Aisslinn has helped bring an enthusiastic new audience to baroque music. Since 2001, I FURIOSI has presented its own flamboyant and inventive concert series in Toronto, and they have toured North America and Europe with engagements at Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg, Germany), the Galway Early Music Festival, the Lameque International Baroque Festival, the Mosel Musikfestival, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, and the Montreal Baroque Festival. About the group’s latest disc, “CRAZY”, Audiophile Audition wrote “They put their heart and soul into their work with such passion that you’re either going to hate this CD or take it to bed with you.”
As a founding member of the Eybler quartet, Nosky explores repertoire from early quartet literature on period instruments. The Eybler Quartet's recording of Haydn's Opus 33 string quartets was released in 2012 on the Analekta label. The Globe and Mail mused “Many a great string quartet annihilates Haydn with incorrect tempos, intense legato, and a general misunderstanding of classical syntax. Here we have them as the composer might have heard them himself. In fact, maybe even better.”
Since 2005, Aisslinn has been a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and has toured and appeared as soloist with this renowned ensemble. As Canada’s foremost period instrument orchestra, Tafelmusik maintains a rigorous annual touring schedule in North America and Europe. Aisslinn has been a featured soloist at festivals including the Ravinia Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Klang & Raum Musikfestival, and the Seoul International Bach Festival. The 2011/2012 season found Tafelmusik touring Australia with its innovative Galileo Project. Tafekmusik’s Carnegie Hall debut sold out in 2011, and they return to New York in the spring of 2013.
Aisslinn’s most recent recording, Bach, Ysaÿe, Oesterle was her first self-produced album and is a collection of works for solo violin that include J.S. Bach’s E-Major Partita (BWV 1006), Sonata No. 2 (Op. 27) by Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931) and Stand Still, a piece commissioned in 2011 from Canadian composer Michael Oesterle. The Toronto Star wrote “...Nosky further shows off her mettle in music that obsessively plays with themes, sometimes sweetly, but often with fire – and even anger. This is not easy listening by any stretch of the imagination, but is a compelling showcase for a fearsomely powerful musician”.
Aisslinn began playing violin at age three and received her early training at the Nanaimo Conservatory with Heilwig von Konigslow. At age eight, Aisslinn made her solo debut with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra. When she was 15, Nosky began studying in Toronto with Lorand Fenyves, at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School. Further studies included both solo and chamber music for several summers at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and chamber music at the Steans Music Institute of the Ravinia Festival as a member of the Metro String Quartet. Ever embracing of all musical forms, Aisslinn has also performed and recorded with some of Toronto’s best-known indie-rock bands such as the Hidden Cameras, Hunter Valentine and Rock Plaza Central.