“Nosky’s performance as soloist injected a freshness and dramatic fire… she tossed off her runs and arpeggios with dazzling precision.”
(Boston Classical Review)

February 26, 2024 … The “perpetually fabulous” (Boston Globe) Canadian violinist Aisslinn Nosky returns to direct Tafelmusik’s Passions Revealed US tour — the orchestra’s first international foray since 2019. Premiered in Toronto last week to ovations from rapturous audiences, the Passions Revealed program will be heard again in New York City, New Haven, Columbus, St. Louis, Charlottesville, and Ithaca. Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston since 2011, Nosky is a former member of Tafelmusik and a perennial fan favourite.

Does music truly have the power to stir our emotions? Baroque composers believed so, and strove to excite the passions of the soul through their works. From the wistful yearning of Locatelli’s Concerto grosso in C Minor to the buoyant cheer of Telemann’s Orchestral Suite in B-flat Major, the music featured in Passions Revealed is sure to tug at heartstrings.

Vivaldi conjures up phantoms and dreamscapes in his evocative Concerto for bassoon “La Notte” (The Night), featuring Tafelmusik’s own Dominic Teresi, and a bold Overture by Fasch contrasts with a radiant Chaconne celebrating love from Marais’ Alcyone.

The grand finale of Tafelmusik’s journey through the gamut of baroque passions is Bach’s masterful Concerto for 2 violins in D Minor. The orchestra’s newest violinist, Johanna Novom, joins Nosky, whose 2015 performance of the concerto with Tafelmusik’s Music Director Emerita, the late Jeanne Lamon, was recorded on the Tafelmusik Media label.

“We can’t wait to hit the road with Aisslinn Nosky for our Passions Revealed tour,” says Artistic Co-Director Cristina Zacharias. “Aisslinn’s passion and energy as a performer inspired this exciting program that explores a vast range of emotion. The eleven years she spent as a member of the orchestra have resulted in deep roots and strong connections between us.”

“Onstage, Nosky is a virtuosic performer, her fiery presence almost matching her signature red hair. Yet she wields her instrument with naturalism, drawing dulcet tones from its strings with such ease.” (Toronto Star)

Tafelmusik’s Passions Revealed US tour
Feb 29 to Mar 13, 2024:

March 1, 8:00 PM
Mees Hall, Capital University, Columbus, OH
Presented by Early Music in Columbus

March 3, 7:00 PM
E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, Washington University, St Louis, MO
Presented by Washington University in St Louis, Department of Music

March 5, 7:30 PM
Morse Recital Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Presented by The Yale School of Music 

March 8, 8:00 PM
Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Presented by Cornell Concert Series

March 10, 3:00 PM
Miller Theatre at Columbia University, New York, NY
Presented by the Miller Theatre March 12, 7:30 PM
Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Presented by Tuesday Evening Concert Series

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This tour has been made possible through generous support provided by The Azrieli Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Tafelmusik gratefully acknowledges the support of BMO, Presenting Sponsor of the 2023/24 concert season. We are also grateful to our government partners Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


The dynamic Canadian violinist Aisslinn Nosky has captivated audiences around the world. Her fierce passion for early music and skill as a soloist and director have generated robust appreciation. Hailed as “superb” by The New York Times and “a fearsomely powerful musician” by The Toronto Star, widespread demand for Aisslinn continues to grow.

Aisslinn was appointed Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston in 2011. She has also appeared as guest director and soloist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Holland Baroque, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Juilliard 415. She was a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra from 2005 to 2016. She served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Niagara Symphony from 2016 to 2019, and was Guest Artist-in-Residence of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

Aisslinn has recorded the complete Haydn and Mozart violin concertos with the Handel and Haydn Society.


Every now and then a group of musicians comes along and changes the way we think about music. For over four decades, Tafelmusik has been synonymous worldwide with dynamic, engaging, and soulful performances informed by scholarship, passion, and artistic excellence. Performed on instruments and in styles appropriate to the era, 17th- to 19th-century instrumental and choral music share the stage with exciting multimedia programs, bold new commissions, and intriguing cross-cultural collaborations. From a vibrant home season in Toronto, to international tours, award-winning recordings, and inspiring education programs, Tafelmusik is a musical powerhouse with a reputation for thrilling and delighting audiences.

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