sheila jaffé, violin & viola

Hometown: Montreal, Canada
Currently based in Berlin, Germany
Has also lived in West Palm Beach, Quebec City

MMUS Master of Music, Hanns Eisler, Berlin (2015)
BMUS Bachelor of Music, University of Montreal (2010)

Violin: Franceso Gobetti, Venice (1710-15)

Musical projects: Alondra Quartet, Cultura Animi

Sheila Jaffé was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in South Florida, where she began studying the violin at the age of six. At thirteen, she moved back to Quebec to attend the conservatory there, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of Montreal in 2010.

Having acquired ample experience in orchestral and chamber music playing, she was able to earn her living working with such orchestras as the Montreal Symphony and the Violons du Roy chamber orchestra. She is a co-founder of the Alondra Quartet who have recently been invited to attend the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove (England) in April, and the very new international chamber ensemble Cultura Animi. She has participated in many prestigious festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Orchesterakademie in Germany, Aurora Masterclasses in Sweden and Domaine Forget Chamber Music in Quebec, as well as Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove. She has also performed as a soloist with a few orchestras including her most recent performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Philarmonie Jeunesse de Montréal. She has recently moved to Berlin, Germany where she has been accepted to the prestigious Hanns Eisler conservatory to complete her Master’s degree. Her plans for the next few months include solo and chamber recitals in Montreal, master classes in England and Canada and a solo appearance with the Orchestre de la Francophonie (OF) this coming summer.

Sheila plays on a Francesco Gobetti violin (1710-15) generously loaned to her by Canimex.