A Night to Remember With Amanda Forsyth

Juno winner performs with National Arts Centre Orchestra

By GioVanni Created: October 17, 2012 Last Updated: October 17, 2012
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Backstage with cellist Amanda Forsyth and her husband, Maestro Pinchas Zukerman. (GioVanni)

Backstage with cellist Amanda Forsyth and her husband, Maestro Pinchas Zukerman. (GioVanni)

OTTAWA—It was an early birthday celebration for Juno award-winning cellist Amanda Forsyth when she played two evening concerts on Oct. 10 and 11 at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre to sold-out and highly appreciative audiences.

As principal cellist for the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) for about 14 years and acclaimed as both a soloist and a chamber musician, Forsyth gave a rich rendering of Grutzmacher’s arrangement of Boccherini’s cello Concerto No. 9.

Sympathetically supported by the NACO, led by her husband Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda’s virtuosity shone as she took the audience to another realm with this lyrical Romantic piece.

Exquisitely dressed in a gown designed by Nicole Miller, Forsyth left no doubt why she is considered a world-class performer in every sense of the word.

“I love performing with my home orchestra and it was a great warm-up to my performances of the same concerto which I will play in Munich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Europe, Russia, Prague, Milano, Seville, including Spain and Malaga, this month,” she said.

After her second performance, festivities moved backstage where she and Maestro Zukerman greeted a host of colleagues and friends. Gifts were opened, glasses clinked, cupcakes were devoured, and flowers were presented to Forsyth during her birthday celebration.

Although Forsyth is on a year-long sabbatical from the NACO, pursuing her solo career and performing with the Zukerman Chamber Players, her schedule remains packed. She recently began a 40-day tour during which she will play her rare Italian cello made by Carlo Giuseppe Testore in 1699.

On her birthday, Oct. 12, she took an early morning flight to New York City to see Barbara Streisand in concert.

GioVanni is a publicist, writer/photographer, image-maker, and host of his own shows on radio and TV. Email:

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