B i o g r a p h y
Amanda Forest is a Canadian clarinetist residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Amanda has received high standing in competitions and recognition for her strong level of musicianship and her stage presence. She has premiered many solo and chamber works by emerging composers such as Willyn Whiting, Michelle Pegus, Andre McEvenue, and Andrew Noseworthy. In July of 2021 Amanda will be featured as an artist performing at the Virtual Clarinet Festival held by the International Clarinet Association, featuring works she has commissioned by Canadian composers. She has also performed and presented as an alumni guest artist at the 2019 Brandon University Clarinet Festival and has been a performer for workshops such as the Toronto Creative Music Lab and the zFestival unAcademy.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Amanda has been exploring audio recording and composing through improvisation. Many influences in her compositions will include folk songs, video game music, the human voice and rock music. She also has a soft spot in her heart for theatre and acting and wants to one day be able to combine it with her clarinet performances. Amanda began her clarinet journey through playing in concert bands, but has branched out to contemporary and chamber music. In 2019 she organized and presented SOLUS, a concert of solo clarinet music, in which she commissioned and performed four new pieces by four Canadian composers.
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 Marie Picard, Connie Gitlin, Wesley Ferreira and Robert Spring.
Photo Credit © Willyn Whiting