Obituary: Tafelmusik Orchestra founder Kenneth Solway, 56

Posted on: April 9, 2010

In Thursday’s Canwest News Service (Canada), Steven Edwards writes: “Kenneth Solway—one of the founders of Canada’s award-winning Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir—died Thursday. 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. ‘During the 25th anniversary celebrations, I remember speaking to the audience from the stage, publicly thanking Kenny and Susan, who were in attendance that day,’ Tafelmusik music director Jeanne Lamon said Thursday in a message to the organization.” Solway is survived by his second wife, Stephanie Todd, and his son, Jesse, 21, from his first marriage. “Todd said Solway suffered an apparent heart attack, adding he had been on medication following back surgery three weeks ago. Born and raised in Toronto, Solway learned from a young age to play the oboe and recorder, his signature instruments.” Todd stated that a memorial service will be planned.

Posted April 9, 2010