Kirsty Money, Violin/Viola
Kirsty Money began playing the violin in Victoria BC, finishing her studies with Sydney Humphreys at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She went on to complete her BMus at McGill University in 1992, and MMus in Performance and Literature at The University of Western Ontario in 1997. Since 1999 she has been a member of the first violin section of Symphony Nova Scotia.
Modern violin is not the only instrument Kirsty plays. While studying in Montréal, she was introduced to the baroque violin, playing with Joel Thiffault and L’Orchestre Baroque de Montréal, the emerging baroque orchestra in the city at this time. Since then she has always enjoyed playing and studying Early Music, and this has led her to play baroque violin and viola with numerous groups and Early Music Artists. Highlights include working with crossover baroque/folk violinist David Greenberg, soprano Suzie Leblanc, violinist Kevin Mallon (Aradia Ensemble), Jeanne Lamon (Tafelmusik), Monica Hugget (Portland Baroque Orchestra), Daniel Taylor (The Theatre of Early Music), organist, composer and conductor Paul Halley, Adrian Butterfield (London Handel Players), Matthias Maute (Ensemble Caprice), Alex Weimann (Pacific Baroque Orchestra), UK based harpsichordist and conductor Steven Devine, Canadian harpsichordist Marie Bouchard, violinist Kati Debretzeni (English Baroque Soloists) and David McGuinness of Concerto Caledonia in Glasgow Scotland.
In addition to these baroque instruments, Kirsty also plays the nyckelharpa, an instrument that dates back to Medieval Northern Europe. Through grants from Arts Nova Scotia and The Canada Council she has studied this instrument and its repertoire for the past three years in Sweden, Germany and the UK. She has recently started performing on this instrument at the Sackville Early Music Festival, and will be doing a project in Montréal with the Early Music Ensemble La NEF in the Spring of 2020.