Versatile Canadian violinist Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith began her early music career in Toronto and has performed regularly with ensembles such as Tafelmusik, Aradia Baroque Ensemble, IFURIOSI, Talisker Players, and Opera Atelier. Since moving to Victoria, BC in 2016 to be closer to family, she has been a member of both Victoria Baroque, Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver and has been invited as a regular guest director of Per Sonatori baroque ensemble in Regina. She has toured internationally for performances in Russia, Australia, France, Ireland and Italy and is looking forward to a 2019 Pacific Baroque Orchestra tour including performances in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and the Boston Early Music Festival.
In addition to performing, Elyssa is an enthusiastic and passionate educator and has been involved in teaching, coaching and program development for over 15 years. In 2018 she was invited to join the Victoria Conservatory of Music as the coordinator of the Junior Strings Summer Academies. Most recently she has joined forces with Victoria Baroque in founding “Petit Baroque” orchestral training program for advanced string students to explore early music style on period instruments. This new group of talented students will be collaborating with the Victoria Conservatory Opera Department this spring in a fully staged performance of Handel’s Xerxes. She is very much enjoying her island life with family and two young children, Isla and Matty.