Honours B. Mus. Orchestral Performance, Wilfrid Laurier University, M.Mus. Violin Performance, U of Toronto
Linnea Thacker, M.Mus violin performance (University of Toronto), Honours B. Mus in Orchestral Performance (Wilfrid Laurier University) A native of Thunder Bay, violinist Linnea Thacker has performed as a soloist and in a variety of ensembles, ranging from orchestras and string quartets to jazz and folk groups. In 2010, Linnea became a founding member of the Ton Beau Quartet. Based in Toronto, the quartet has performed both within the GTA and as far as California, and has worked with members of the Ébène, Miami, Orford, Penderecki, Prazak and St. Lawrence String Quartets.
Previous chamber music experiences have resulted in performances both in Canada and abroad, at festivals including the Domaine Forget Academie in Québec and the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy. As a member of the 2007 National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Linnea toured Ontario and Québec under the baton of Maestro Yoav Talmi. Linnea has also performed with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Linnea’s varied performing experience has included fiddling, giving her opportunities to perform at folk festivals including the Marathon Music Festival, Trout Forest Music Festival, and Winnipeg Folk Festival as well as a tour of Cape Breton. In addition to her performing experience, Linnea has taught violin, theory, and yoga privately as well as in group settings.
Linnea has also served as strings director at the Ontario Mennonite Music Camp since 2009. Linnea recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Music, studying with Annalee Patipatanakoon. Previous studies include an undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with Jeremy Bell and Stephen Sitarski. Linnea has received a number of awards and as a winner of the Wilfrid Laurier University Concerto Competition in 2008, Linnea performed as a soloist with the WLU Symphony Orchestra. Linnea has been teaching since 2002.