In September 2011, Margaret Maria resigned from her professional job as cellist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra to follow her dream of composing and producing her own music! Enchanten Productions proudly released ‘Enchanten’ in June 2012 which received a 55’th Grammy Entry Nomination in 2013! Margaret Maria is working in the contemporary New Age/Instrumental/Cinematic genres, to create a unique and glorious new sound by combining amazing cello lines with magical cool effects!
Margaret Maria is a dynamic, versatile, and multi-faceted artist. ‘A Cello for Chelsea’ is her first creative musical story that incorporates her story, musical compositions, and arrangements, into a delightfulperformance that sparks the imagination of children and adults alike. 2006 marks the release of ‘Zara the Maggini’ which is Margaret’s second story composed and written for children of all ages. She radiates warmth and vitality and is able to infuse those around her with her positive energy. She performs as a solo recitalist, as well as being in demand for her skills as a first-class chamber musician.
Born in Toronto, Margaret began playing the cello at the age of twelve and was admitted to the University of Toronto to study with Daniel Domb when she was sixteen. Margaret received her Bachelor of Music in Performance in 1992 and continued, on full scholarship at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she studied with David Soyer. She was also the recipient of three consecutive Canada Council Grants for study abroad. Following her graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1994 with an Artist Diploma, she immediately won a position with the Vancouver Symphony, and was a member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra from 1999-2011.
Margaret is a very proud founding member of The Leading Note Foundation’s OrKidstra Youth Music Program (2007), and is a member of its Board of Directors and the Program’s Artistic Director. She has worked with Tina Fedeski and Gary MacMillen, in bringing musical opportunities to children who would otherwise be unable to participate. The OrKidstra Youth Music Program (an El Sistema inspired program) is where you will find Margaret on Thursdays at the Bronson Centre, conducting/arranging music and conducting the OrKidstra.
In 2010, Margaret took on the role as Artistic Director of the OrKidstra and has given her time and passion to developing youth relevant programs that are innovative and inspirational for the children participating. Margaret firmly believes in creating programs that are not only about musical excellence, but about excellence in teamwork, excellence in caring, and excellence of the heart.
“The heart of our Foundation’s work here in Ottawa is to share
the passion of music with children, and in the process, create a
transformation, not only in the children, but in their families,
their community, and ultimately in a betterment of our collective
future society.“ Margaret Maria Tobolowska
She has performed at many internationally prestigious Chamber Festivals in North America and Europe, including: the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Le Domaine Forget in Quebec, the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa’s newest Music and Beyond Festival, the Lanaudiere Festival, and the McGill Chamber Orchestra series.
Margaret is a true teacher at heart. Her belief that every student has unlimited potential and dormant talents, that with the right touch or encouragement, can blossom into greatness, is a uniqueness among teachers. She is currently cello teacher with the National Capital Suzuki School (trained under Tanya Carey and Catherine Walker) and at Carleton University.