for the Musicians' Portrait Project (with her print of "The Angel Musician" of Giovanni Battista Rosso Fiorentino; tempura on wood, circa 1520.)
Rhyll Peel is a native of Edmonton, Alberta. Her first teacher, Donna Jenkins-Naylor, was instrumental in starting her on the musical journey. After high school, Rhyll played with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for a season, then moved on to continue her musical studies in violin with David Zafer at the University of Toronto. She was also a member of The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (1971, 72 & 73) and The Canadian Chamber Orchestra at the Banff School of Fine Arts. After she completed the Bachelor of Music in Performance, she pursued further private studies, this time on viola, with noted American performer and teacher Karen Tuttle and subsequently at The Juilliard School, with William Lincer, the renowned pedagogue and past Principal Viola of New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1977, she began her ongoing commitment to the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. Then In 1984, she joined the Esprit Orchestra for its premiere season; she remains a member of Esprit today. In addition, Rhyll has performed with the National Ballet of Canada, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Stratford Festival and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony orchestras. In the studio, she has participated in the making of numerous CBC recordings, COC CD's and film scores.
Career highlights with the Canadian Opera Company include participating in its winning first place at the Edinburgh Festival and, more recently, in opening Toronto's new opera house, The Four Seasons Centre, with the first complete Canadian performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Rhyll’s viola was built in 1769 by the Berlin luthier, Antonius Bachmann.
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