Zohreh Gervais – Viola, Violin

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Zohreh Gervais was raised in Edmonton, Alberta, where she started playing the violin at age five.  She studied violin ZGervais 2015 (200px) and viola at the Alberta Conservatory and University of Alberta before moving to Winnipeg to continue her studies at the University of Manitoba.  An accomplished soprano, Zohreh earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree under the tutelage of Tracy Dahl and Mel Braun. She has also continued studies in Suzuki violin and early childhood music pedagogy all over North America with Karen Kimmet, Dorothy Jones, Joanne Martin, and Kathleen Spring.  She has performed as principal violist in the MUSAIC Orchestra and the University of Alberta and University of Manitoba Orchestras.  Zohreh’s voice has been described as “sparkling,”  “gorgeous and richly expressive,” and her passion for baroque and new music have made her a sought-after soloist and chorister with groups such as Canzona and Polycoro. She also sings, fiddles, and writes songs for the Winnipeg-based bluegrass band, Hay Fever. Zohreh has released two albums: “Acquiescing,” (2004) an album of her original compositions for voice, piano and strings, and “My First Songs and Rhymes,” (2010) an album of children’s nursery rhymes and lullabies developed for use in the Early Childhood Suzuki curriculum. She is also featured as a soloist on two of Canzona’s albums: “Lasst die Herzen Immer Frolich” and “Stille Nacht.” Zohreh loves to make music with students of all ages.

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