Elspeth Durward

Violin Teacher

Elspeth Durward

SAA Member


Guelph, ON

Currently Assistant Principal Second with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Elspeth holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Music from the Hartt School of Music. Her principal teachers have included Katie Lansdale, Kenneth Perkins, Kathy Rappoport and David Zafer.

Elspeth received her M.M. in Violin Performance with an Emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy at the Hartt School of Music with Linda Fiore. She also completed a Violin Practicum with Teri Eindfeldt at the Chicago Suzuki Institute. She was a faculty member with the Suzuki String School of Guelph from 2005-12. In addition, she has also taught at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute.

Before joining the KWS and the SSSG, Elspeth spent three years performing with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Highlights of her time with the NWS include residencies with MTT at Rome’s National Academy of Saint Cecilia and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

As an orchestral performer, Elspeth has appeared with the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Spoleto Festival USA, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Toronto Symphony. She has been featured in concert with the Emerson String Quartet, participated in masterclasses and chamber music at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, and attended the Pinchas Zukerman Young Artists Program in Ottawa.

Locally, Elspeth has been a frequent guest on several concert series including the University of Guelph Noon Hour Series, Guelph Connections Concert Series and Conrad Grebel Concert Series.

Prior to pursuing a musical career, Elspeth earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Queen’s University. She lives in Guelph with her husband and two children.