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Borys Medicky

An active harpsichord soloist and continuo player, Borys Medicky has appeared with every major early music ensemble in Toronto, along with many other ensembles in cities and countries elsewhere.  Together with lutenist Lucas Harris, he founded and co-directs the Toronto Continuo Collective, an all-continuo ensemble dedicated to fostering an increased interest in the stylish basso continuo accompaniment of seventeenth-century vocal and instrumental music.  From 2006-2014 he was the artistic director of the Kitchener-based Nota Bene Baroque Players.  He has served as organist of the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist in Toronto for almost a decade.

 

Borys studied harpsichord with Michael Jarvis and Arthur Haas, as well as Baroque performance practice with lutenist Paul O’Dette.  Upon the completion of his doctoral degree at SUNY Stony Brook he was awarded the Samuel Baron Prize, given to an outstanding graduate.  He is known for his strong interest in historical dance and its influence on instrumental music.  In addition he carries out harpsichord maintenance duties for institutions and private owners in the Toronto area, and completed his first harpsichord-building project in the autumn of 2009.  When not involved in something musical, he is an avid reader and particularly enjoys reading about computers and their impact on modern society.