Violinist and violist Barry Shiffman has a rich and varied career as a performer, recording artist, teacher, and administrator. In 1989, he co-founded the St. Lawrence String Quartet. During his 17 years with the quartet he appeared in over 2,000 concerts in venues around the globe, and recorded several critically acclaimed discs under an exclusive contract with EMI Classics. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Director of Music Programs at Banff Centre and from 2010-2016 was the Artistic Director of the Centre’s Summer Music Programs and Executive Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. During his tenure at The Banff Centre he introduced new programming in classical music performance, composition, popular music, and jazz and oversaw the dramatic growth of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, which he continues to direct. Since 2010, he has been at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, as both Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music at the Glenn Gould School and Dean of the Performance Academy for Young Artists. He also serves as Executive Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Music in the Morning Concerts, and Artistic Director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. He is the recipient of the Nadia Boulanger Prize for Excellence in the Art of Teaching awarded by the Longy School of Cambridge, Massachusetts. His formal studies were at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, University of Toronto, Utrecht Conservatory, Hartt School of Music, Juilliard School, and Yale University.