Jeanne Lamon, the violinist and former music director of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, died on June 20 at age 71. She succumbed to cancer, which she had been diagnosed with a few months prior.
Lamon led Tafelmusik for more than 30 years, stepping down in 2014, after which time she remained affiliated with the Toronto-based ensemble as its music director emerita. Born in New York City, she began her Tafelmusik tenure in 1981, just two years after its founding. Under her oversight, the ensemble established, then expanded, its reputation as a worldwide leader in early music performance. With the ensemble, Lamon won nine Junos, which are Canada’s premier music awards.
“Jeanne was an amazing and gifted leader who greatly inspired me and many colleagues around the world,” said Elisa Citterio, Lamon’s successor as music director of Tafelmusik, “… Jeanne lives on in our music, and every note that Tafelmusik plays will be dedicated to her memory.”
Tafelmusik shares that plans for a tribute for Lamon will be announced soon.