Topic: KennethSolway Baroque Oboist...A Founder ofTafelmusik, dies at age 56

There is a nice picture of him and his wife, bassoonist Susan Graves, who predeceased him at this link:

Kenneth Solway — one of the founders of Canada's award-winning Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir — died Thursday. He was 56.

Solway and his late first wife, Susan Graves, founded the period instrument baroque orchestra in 1978. Although they left the ensemble, it is today considered one of Canada's most important cultural institutions, performing in more than 50 concerts a year, both at its Toronto base and around the world.

Kenneth Solway is an important name in Canadian culture, and his passing marks the loss of one of the country's musical visionaries," said lutenist John Edwards of The Musicians In Ordinary.

Solway and Graves left the orchestra in 1982 following a conflict with the board. Current music director Jeanne Lamon was appointed at that time. Tafelmusik has recorded for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Sony Music and Analekta labels.

Solway had not been involved in music-making for some time, though Graves, who died of a brain tumour in 2005, was principal bassoonist with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra until her passing. Todd, who married Solway in October, said Jesse, a double bassist studying at the Glenn Gould School in the Royal Conservatory, is "devastated" by the sudden loss of his father. She added that a memorial service will be planned.

Last edited by delmar (2010-04-08 21:08:17)