- Instrument: Violin
Neda Yamach grew up in St. Albert, Alberta, and began studying violin at the age 5. She studied at the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, NY, and at McGill University, where she was a recipient of the Lloyd Carr-Harris Scholarship. Her teachers include Tom Johnson, Sally Thomas, Martin Riseley, Thomas Williams and Patti Kopec.
After receiving her Bachelor of Music Degree with Outstanding Achievement in Violin Performance, she returned to Alberta to study at the Banff Centre for the Arts and then moved to New York to continue her studies at the Manhattan School of Music. In that time, she received both the Winspear Fund Scholarship for Advanced Classical Music and the Siludette O’Connor Memorial Foundation Award.
In 2010, Yamach again returned to Alberta to join the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Juno Award nominated Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet, who she performed with at Carnegie Hall in 2012. In 2011, she joined the Violin I Section of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, where she still sits today. She has appeared as a soloist numerous times with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Today, in addition to her work as a performer and teacher, Yamach is also an ESO Ambassador for YONA-Sistema (Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta). She teaches annually at the Wye String Camp and coaches with youth and local community orchestras such as the Edmonton Philharmonic and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra.