Obituary: Jeanne Lamon, violinist and music director of Canada’s Tafelmusik ensemble, 71

Posted on: June 24, 2021

“Jeanne Lamon, who has died aged 71, was a violinist and conductor who spent 33 years as music director of Tafelmusik, the Canadian baroque ensemble,” reads an unsigned obituary in Wednesday’s (6/23) Telegraph (U.K.). “The ensemble was founded in 1979 and Jeanne Lamon joined two years later, describing the secret of their success as having a core of musicians who played for no other baroque group, meaning that they have a recognizable sound of their own…. During concerts … Lamon [directed] in the baroque tradition from the leader’s chair [at the head of the violin section]…. Lamon was born in New York on August 14, 1949…. She was educated at Brandeis University … before taking further studies in the Netherlands with Herman Krebbers, leader of the Concertgebouw Orchestra….  After [being] appointed [Tafelmusik’s] music director in 1981, [she moved] to Canada…. She led them on several world tours … and directed them on more than 70 recordings…. The ensemble’s other major achievement during Jeanne Lamon’s tenure was the renovation of Trinity-St Paul’s Church in Toronto, their home venue … completed in 2013. She stepped back as full-time music director the following year to be artistic director of Health Arts Society of Ontario and two years ago she moved to Victoria, British Columbia…. She is survived by her partner, the cellist Christina Mahler.”