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 related genres. 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. The core group is comprised of Catherine Wilson, piano/artistic director; Corey Gemmell, violin; Norman Hathaway, viola; Sybil Shanahan, cello; and Jim Vivian, bass. Renowned jazz greats regularly perform with Ensemble Vivant, including Guido Basso, O.C. flugelhorn; Don Thompson, O.C. vibes; Mike Murley, sax; Kevin Turcotte, trumpet, and others. Ensemble Vivant’s internationally acclaimed recordings, of which there are 14 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, interactive, educational 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. Endorsed by the scientific community, Euterpe’s many musical initiatives have been enriching the lives of children and others in communities throughout Canada for over a dozen years. (EUTERPE: Music for Health Canada)