Lea Kirstein

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A powerhouse groover, masterful arranger, and innovative educator, Lea is a string chameleon on fiddle, viola, and cello.

Collaborations with other musicians have led her on tours across Canada and the US with: Medusa (global chamber folk quartet), Iskwē (Juno winning electro-folk artist), Citizen Jane (folk pop duo), Roaring Timber, the Folk Arts Quartet, and Balfolk Toronto (social folk music and dance.) She has recorded with JUNO nominees, and currently freelance in the Toronto music scene with trad folk, modern folk, new classical, jazz, pop, and singer-songwriters.

Lea is the current Artistic Director of World on a String in Toronto, a fiddle community presenting concerts, jams, workshops, and group classes for fiddlers of all ages, focusing on traditional folk tunes from around the world. The WOS community values inclusivity and celebrates different learning styles, and accessibility for students of all brains and abilities.

They are in demand as a guest workshop clinician and educator, having been invited to perform and teach at the following fiddle camps, strings programs, and music schools: the Valley Youth Fiddlers (Smithers), Former Artistic Director of Bad to the Bow Youth Fiddle Groups (BC), AlgomaTrad (Ontario), Fiddleheads (Quebec), Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddlers (Williams Lake), Fiddleworks (Saltspring), AVIVA Young Artists Program, World Fiddle Day Toronto, and Vancouver CeltFest.