Amahl Arulanandam (cello)

BMus Performance (U of T), MMus Performance (McGill), Artist Diploma (Glenn Gould School)

Toronto-based cellist Amahl Arulanandam is known for his musical versatility and ability to adapt to many different genres. From baroque music to heavy metal, in studios, small clubs and large concert-halls, Amahl hopes to convey that musical expression is beyond genres and labels.

Amahl completed his undergraduate studies in 2012 at the University of Toronto under Shauna Rolston where he received the Gabriella Dory Prize and Suba Institute Award as top graduating performance major.  He received his Master’s degree from the McGill University under Matt Haimovitz where he (as part of the Strathcona Piano Trio) won the 2013 Chamber Music Competition, and was runner up in the 2014 Concerto Competition.  He continued his studies at the Glenn Gould School where he received an Artist’s Diploma and was winner of the 2015 Chamber Music Competition. 

In the classical realm of Toronto, Amahl is quickly becoming known as a strong advocate for the music of our time, performing with ensembles such as Soundstreams, New Music Concerts, Tapestry Opera, FAWN Chamber Creative, Caution-Tape Sound Collective, Thin-Edge New Music Collective (TENMC), Music in the Barns and Esprit Orchestra, as well as regular appearances at the 21C Music Festival.  In his time with these ensembles, he has had the opportunity to work closely with leading composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Ana Sokolovic, Luna Pearl Woolf, Brian Current and John Rea. 

As a soloist and chamber musician, Amahl has presented several recitals and performed alongside artists such as David Geringas, Steven Dann, Angela Cheng, Mark Fewer and Jeffrey Beecher.  He has toured the US with Matt Haimovitz’ all-cello ensemble, Uccello and been a featured artist at the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival and Ottawa Chamberfest.  He was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition, and performed Barber’s Cello Concerto with the McGill Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2014.  Upcoming endeavours include several performances with the VC2 cello duo at the Ottawa Chamberfest, performances with Music in the Barns, and Sweetwater Music Festival.

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