Norman Hathaway, Viola

Photo by Denise Grant

A versatile and sought-after musician, violinist/violist Norman Hathaway performs across the musical spectrum from Classical to Popular. He was concertmaster of Te Deum Orchestra. He has been a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stratford Festival Orchestra, the popular group Quintessence, Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra. He was co-concertmaster of the Toronto productions of The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon. Norman has performed chamber music around the globe. He is a member of the Elgin String Quartet and of Canada’s brilliant, engaging ENSEMBLE VIVANT, hailed as “Canada’s chamber music treasure” (Toronto Star).

Ensemble Vivant has been a pioneer in the piano chamber music world, championing a genre-diverse repertoire that includes Classical, Ragtime, the Great American Songbook, Latin, and other Jazz-related styles. As jazz great Rick Wilkins, C.M. commented: “No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant’s music-making.” The musicians of Ensemble Vivant are of world-class stature. Ensemble Vivant’s internationally acclaimed recordings, of which there are 15 to date, are heard on radio around the world. “…chamber music at its evocative best!” The WholeNote, March, 2020.

In addition to his career as an active professional musician, Norman is proud to be the President of Euterpe Corporation, a well-established registered non-profit charity whose mandate includes bringing high-calibre LIVE and VIRTUAL music education performance programs of Classical, Jazz and related musical styles, free of charge, to children and others who might not be exposed to these life-enhancing opportunities. Children from underserved communities and seniors are a focus for Euterpe.  Endorsed by the scientific community, Euterpe’s invaluable musical initiatives have been enriching the lives of Canadian children, seniors and their communities for over 15years. In 2020 Euterpe was awarded a generous grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and in 2021 a significant grant from The Canada Council For The Arts.  

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