Born in South Africa, Ms. Forsyth came to Canada as a child and began playing the cello at age three. She became a protégé of William Pleeth in London and later studied with Harvey Shapiro at the Juilliard School in New York and with Lynn Harrell in Los Angeles. After two seasons with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra she was the youngest principal ever selected by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra where she remained for six years. In 1999 Amanda Forsyth was appointed principal cello of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada where she is also featured as a soloist each season.
Ms Forsyth is recognised as an eminent recitalist, soloist and chamber musician appearing with leading orchestras and prestigious chamber music festivals in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.
As soloists, Amanda Forsyth and violinist Pinchas Zukerman appear frequently together in Canada, the U.S., Europe and South America. She has also collaborated as a soloist with illustrious artists including Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Garrick Ohlsson, Jon Kimura Parker, Yefim Bronfman, Joseph Kalichstein, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Arnold Steinhardt., Michael Tree and Louis Lortie
Ms Forsyth has appeared with all the major orchestras in Canada including the Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Nova Scotia, Saskatoon and Okanagan Symphonies, the Calgary and Hamilton Philharmonics and the McGill Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Forsyth appears on the Fanfare, Marquis, Pro Arte, Altara, Naxos and CBC labels. The Juno Award-winning cello concerto Electra Rising
was recorded with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by Soaring with Agamemnon
and in 2004 Musique de chambre francaise,
collaboration with flutist Susan Hoeppner both for Marquis Classics. Chamber music recordings for CBC include the Mozart Flute Quartets which was named Opus Magazine’s “Best Canadian Chamber Music Recording of 2001” and in 2003 Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, and Clarinet Quintet in A major “Stadler”,
which was nominated for the Juno Awards. In July 2005 the Zukerman ChamberPlayers made their first CD for the new Altara label in New York and will record a second disc in the summer of 2006. Naxos Records has recently released “An American Journey”
which she recorded with Arnold Steinhardt in 2006.