Artist Spotlight: Arlan Vriens

Bio: Arlan Vriens is a violinist, curator, and writer based in Tkaronto. His interests lie in bringing new or forgotten sounds to the concert stage through performance of new music and rediscovery of lost historical performance techniques. He performs across the Greater Toronto Area on instruments ranging from the baroque violin to hacked cassette tape recorders. Currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Toronto, his ongoing research into the unusual performance techniques of the Bach associate Friedrich Wilhelm Rust recently brought him to Cambridge University as a Visiting Scholar and across Germany and Belgium conducting archival and performance research, supported by the American Bach Society, SSHRC CGS-D program, and other generous funders. His artistic pursuits have recently been recognized by his home province of Alberta with several awards including the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal. When not frantically practicing or typing, he enjoys time with his wife and their round grey tabby cat named Pomelo.

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