Atis Bankas’ roles include artistic director of the Canadian Chamber Academy and Niagara International Chamber Music Festival and director of the International School for Musical Arts. Atis has been a member of the New World Trio, Krieghoff String Quartet, Toronto Piano Trio, and Trio Rachmaninoff, and has made solo appearances in the former Soviet Union, Europe, United States, and Canada as well as with many orchestras under Jaarvi, Iona Brown, and Andrew Davis. His solo and chamber music appearances have been featured on CJRT, CFMX, CBC, and NPR radio. He won first prize at the Inter-Republican Violin Competition in Tallinn, Estonia. In addition, his students have been top prize winners at the Canadian Music Centre's symphony competition and Kiwanis festivals. A former professor at Lawrence University in Wisconsin and a University of Toronto faculty member since 1993, Atis has been on the faculty of The Royal Conservatory of Music since 1982.
You can reach Professor Bankas through e-mail at: [email protected]