The Kensington Sinfonia was founded in 1988 by John Lowry, Associate Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic, and freelance musicians. In 1993 Edmond Agopian was appointed Music Director
of this unique professional ensemble in Calgary, and served until 2006 when the position was given to Donovan Seidle. In 2018 we welcomed Laura Reid as our fourth music director.
The Sinfonia's programs cover a wide range of chamber music and string orchestra repertoire, from the Baroque to present day. Since its inception, it has frequently commissioned works by Calgary composers, as well as presenting the Calgary premieres of many Canadian compositions. The Sinfonia has been frequently broadcast on both regional and national CBC Radio programs. Its debut recording "Views from the Americas", was recorded by CBC Radio. Having crossed the quarter-century mark, the Kensington Sinfonia continues to expand and innovate in its programming and its presentation.
The musical intimacy between players and the audience is extremely important in the Sinfonia's performances. It is with this in mind that the Sinfonia chooses to perform at the wonderfully intimate and acoustically satisfying St. Stephens Anglican Church. 2017 saw the addition of a new concert series, the Village Sessions, at the taproom in Village Brewery. These concerts pair the Kensington Sinfonia String Quartet with Alberta artists from various genres including: Astral Swans, Valiska, FOON YAP, Amy Nelson and many more.
Kensington Sinfonia strives to provide high quality, innovative classical music in Alberta with a focus on using local artists and creators. We are an audience-friendly ensemble that encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to experience classical music in a welcoming, relaxed setting. Community partnerships are important to us and we continue to seek new ways to connect with our community.
Genevieve Micheletti joined the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017 as a member of the first violin section. Prior to joining the CPO, Genevieve was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami and has held positions with the Berkeley Symphony, Stockton Symphony, and Flint Symphony. A native of California, Genevieve made her solo debut with the Stockton Symphony as winner of the Manlio Silva Young Artists’ Competition.
Genevieve is a veteran of prestigious summer institutes including the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music
Center, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. As a member of the Laurel Duet and Co Artistic Director of Kensington Sinfonia, she is a performer and proponent of new Canadian music.
Genevieve received Bachelor Degrees in music and history at Rice University where she studied under the tutelage of Kathleen
Winkler, and a Master of Music at the University of Michigan studying with Yehonatan Berick, Aaron Berofsky, and David Halen. When not performing, Genevieve enjoys hiking and reading Russian