B i o g r a p h y
Amanda Forest is a Canadian clarinetist residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has received high standing in competitions and recognition for her strong level of musicianship and her stage presence. Recently, she has performed and presented as an alumni guest artist at the 2019 Brandon University Clarinet Festival. Amanda was also the third prize winner of the 2017 London Music Scholarship Foundation Competition and attended the 2017 LIFT Clarinet Academy in Fort Collins Colorado, where she gave her American solo debut at the final concert as one of the student soloists.
Active as both a soloist and a chamber musician, Amanda has been involved in large and chamber ensembles. Currently, she performs as a member of the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble. She was co-principal clarinet of the Western University Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Maestros Tyrone Patterson and Simone Luti. She also performed with the Western University Wind Ensemble and in the orchestra pit of the Western University Opera Workshop for their productions of Carmen and Pirates of Penzance. Other ensembles include the Brandon University Symphonic Band, the Brandon University Clarinet Choir and the National Youth Band of Canada.
Amanda has been developing a strong interest in the realm of contemporary music and has become passionate about the collaborative process betwee emerging composers and performers. In April of 2019, she presented a concert of solo clarinet works titled Solus, which featured four commissioned works from emerging Canadian composers Willyn Whiting, Chris Byman, Michelle Pegus and Andrew Noseworthy. She has also premiered chamber music by composers Andre McEvenue and Jeff Presslaff. She also has been given residence as a performer for the Toronto Creative Music Lab in the summer of 2019, where she was one of the performers who premiered the chamber work …with steps we take… by Thai composer Poumpak Charuprakorn.
Amanda’s love for theatrics and storytelling not only fuels her love for western classical music, but other genres as well. Specifically, her musical tastes also include rock music, video game music and musicals. Having taken theatre classes in her hometown of Winnipeg, Amanda aspires to explore interdisciplinary works for the clarinet to transfer her theatrical knowledge to her clarinet pedagogy and performance.
Amanda holds a Master's Degree in Clarinet Performance and Literature from Western University in London, Ontario. Aside from performing, Amanda also has been active as a clinician and teacher, having obtained her Concurrent Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Brandon University in Manitoba. She has taught music to children ranging from Kindergarten to High School and serves as a substitute teacher for one of the local school divisions in Winnipeg. Amanda’s principal teachers include Jana Starling, Catherine Wood and H Andrew Wahl. She has performed in masterclasses and private lessons for guest artists such as Lori Freedman, Marie Picard, Fan Lei, Connie Gitlin, Robert Reisling, Wesley Ferreira and Robert Spring.
Photo Credit © Willyn Whiting