Jamie Kruspe, Violin
Violinist Jamie Kruspe joined the Canadian Opera Company orchestra in 2015, where he performs as assistant concertmaster, and joined the National Ballet of Canada orchestra in 2017, performing as assistant principal second violin. In addition to these engagements, Jamie has served as concertmaster of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra, directed by the late Jacques Israelievitch, and has also performed with Soundstreams. As a chamber musician, Jamie has worked with distinguished artists such as Trio Arkel and the ARC Ensemble, and has participated in chamber music festivals across Canada and the United States, including The Banff Centre, Domaine Forget, Kneisel Hall, and the Chautauqua Institution.
Jamie started playing violin at age four under the tutelage of his mother, Cathie Goldberg. He completed his post-secondary studies at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School, where he studied under Jacques Israelievitch, Annalee Patipatanakoon, Yehonatan Berick, Paul Kantor, and Barry Shiffman. During this time, Jamie appeared frequently as concertmaster of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, as well as the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where he was featured as a soloist in 2013, performing the Beethoven violin concerto.