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Praised for their “spirited performance coupled with sensitive playing” (Lalanath De Silva, composer), the Tadioli Duo comprises violinist Suhashini Arulanandam and cellist Sybil Shanahan. Following in the tradition of the great string quartets who play on families of instruments made by the same luthier, the Tadioli Duo plays on what they consider to be sibling instruments. Their violin and cello were made within a year of each other by modern Italian luthier Maurizio Tadioli.
Debuting in 2018, the duo is becoming known for their captivating interpretations and imaginative programming that reaches beyond the traditional classical canon. In response to the need for live music in the summer of 2020, the duo launched a highly successful outdoor concert season in the Ontario region. Passionate about music education, the duo has presented concerts and workshops to elementary and high schools in Southern Ontario, and each maintains an active private teaching studio, now online. The Tadioli Duo are frequent performers on the Chamber Music Mississauga roster, performing concerts both in person and virtually since the duo's inception. Both were recently invited to join the all female Tango Orquesta Solidaridad, and are studying virtually with master musicians from Buenos Aires' famed Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce. Drawing on musical inspiration from their own backgrounds as well as those of their colleagues and collaborators, the duo is committed to further fostering a love of music in the communities they engage with, and broadening the range and depth of what classical performance means in today's society. With a goal of bringing classical music to non-conventional spaces and new audiences, the duo gave their debut concert on board a pirate ship sailing in Toronto Harbour in 2018, and brought live music to the home gardens of music lovers throughout the summer of 2020.
A common element for both musicians is their claim to starting their musical education at the earliest stages in their lives. For Suhashini, her musical education led her to complete a Master’s Degree of Musical Performance at the Aaron Copland School (City University of New York, Queen’s College) and a Performance Diploma from the Glenn Gould School (Royal Conservatory of Music) in Toronto. Sybil completed her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Amsterdam Conservatory (Holland) and her Master’s Degree at the Conservatoire de Lausanne (Haute Ecole de Musique) in Switzerland. Both enjoy their active and varied performing schedules; Suhashini is a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. She also plays Baroque violin. Sybil freelances with orchestras across Ontario, and formerly played with the piano chamber group Ensemble Vivant. She also runs her own event music company, Beaux Strings. During the on-going pandemic, the duo has been spending its time researching and collecting new works by Canadian and international female composers for the up-coming concert season, as well as offering virtual group lessons for adult musicians. The Tadioli Duo is based in Toronto, Canada
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Sybil Shanahan, cello
Suhashini Arulanandam, violin