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Passion, learning and artistic excellence – Tafelmusik has it sussed

Inspired by a repeat broadcast on BBC Radio 3 of Hannah French’s 2016 interview with Tafelmusik’s artistic director, we wanted to share her legacy. Jeanne Lamon was the ‘driving force’ in creating a fantastic model for arts organisations (listen hear)

Quoted from the Tafelmusik website:

Toronto, June 20, 2021 … With profound sadness, Tafelmusik joins the music world in mourning the loss of its Music Director Jeanne Lamon.

Lamon’s inspired leadership, passionate dedication to artist training, and commitment to the values of collaboration, inclusion, and artistic excellence shaped Tafelmusik over the course of her remarkable 33-year tenure from 1981 to 2014. Under Lamon’s guidance, Tafelmusik built an enviable reputation as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” (Gramophone), growing from its modest beginnings to the cutting-edge period ensemble it is today.


Toronto-based Tafelmusik is an orchestra, choir, and experience that celebrates beauty through music of the past.

Founded over 40 years ago on the pillars of passion, learning, and artistic excellence, Tafelmusik continues to bring new energy to baroque music and beyond. Historically informed performances of 17th- to 19th-century instrumental and choral music (led by Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins) share the stage with vibrant, insightful multimedia programs, and bold new music written just for the group. Each piece is played on period instruments, underscored and illuminated by scholarship.

Through dynamic performances, international touring, award-winning recordings, and comprehensive education programs, Tafelmusik invites audiences to engage with beauty and experience the breadth of emotion music can inspire.

Tafelmusik is a Canadian charitable organization whose resources are used entirely to advance the education of music of the past. We rely on donations from our community to make our activities possible.