Shimon Walt, Cello
Shimon Walt is the Assistant Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia. Since his arrival to Nova Scotia in September of 1976 he has been an integral part of the province’s musical life.
One of the founding members of Symphony Nova Scotia, Shimon was appointed by the Nova Scotia government to a Steering Committee entrusted with rebuilding symphonic life in Nova Scotia following the demise of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. He was Symphony Nova Scotia’s first Personnel Manager, a position he held for six years.
Mr. Walt was educated in Tel Aviv and Boston, where his principal teachers were Uzi Wiezel and George Neikrug. He has performed with major orchestras under such noted conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta and Pablo Casals.
Today he shares his time between Symphony Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University, Rhapsody Quintet and operating Walt Music (www.waltmusic.com).
A dedicated teacher, many of his students have gone on to professional musical careers. He has been a provincial adjudicator for music festivals in Toronto, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and served on national juries for FACTOR (the Foundation to Assist New Canadian Talent on Record) and the Canada Council for the Arts.
As a musician and contractor, Shimon has provided musical services to many artists and organizations including Michael Bublé, Kanye West, Anne Murray, Sarah Brightman and John Denver.
He has made five recordings with Rhapsody Quintet and organized music for many royal visits, the Prime Minister of Canada and many visiting heads of state.
As a collaborative musician, whether playing chamber music, accompanying choirs and singers, or making a guest appearance on a jazz or pop recording, he is totally dedicated to the art of making music, and he is honoured to have been named 'Artist-in-Residence by the Saint Cecilia Concert Series for their 2012-13 season.