Cellist Amber Walton-Amar has recently reclaimed Toronto as her home base after several years of studying and working in the United States. As a freelance musician she enjoys collaborating with an eclectic range of artists performing a variety of music – from cabaret and black box theatre to glamorous electric ensembles and symphony orchestras.
Amber has held principal and assistant principal positions with orchestras including the Chicago Composers Orchestra and South Shore Symphony, with whom she toured China in 2014. Among her current positions she is proud to be affiliated with the Toronto based Thin Edge New Music Collective. She performs regularly with her husband Zebulun Barnow as part of cello and guitar duo Amber & Zebulun and with cellist Darya Zonoozi performing as the electric cello duo me&her cellos.
Amber teaches cello at the North York Suzuki School of Music and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She is certified as an instructor through the Royal Conservatory and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Amber received her Masters in cello performance from Stephen Balderston at DePaul University in Chicago and her Bachelors from Simon Fryer at the University of Toronto. She recognizes valuable mentorship from former principal of the Lyric Opera Daniel Morganstern.
Amber is honoured to play a personally commissioned 2013 David Wiebe Cello.
Photo credit: Stuart Lowe Photography