Amanda Forsyth (born 12 October 1966)[1] is a Canadian cellist, and is the former principal cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.


Daughter of composer Malcolm Forsyth, Forsyth came to Canada from South Africa at two years of age and began playing the cello at the age of three. She became a protégé of William Pleeth in London and later studied with Harvey Shapiro at the Juilliard School in New York and with Lynn Harrell in Los Angeles.[2] After two seasons with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, she became the youngest principal ever selected by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra where she remained for six years. In 1999, Forsyth was appointed principal cello of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, a position she left in 2015 in order to pursue her solo and chamber music career.[3]

Forsyth is a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician appearing with orchestras and chamber music festivals worldwide.

Forsyth and her husband, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, appear frequently together as soloists. She has also collaborated with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Garrick Ohlsson, Jon Kimura Parker, Yefim Bronfman, Joseph Kalichstein, Jaime Laredo, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, and Louis Lortie.

Forsyth is the cellist of the Zukerman Chamber Players, which has toured worldwide since 2003. In 2007 she also collaborated with Wynton Marsalis in New York, recording the sound track for Ken Burns' 7-part television film about World War II to be produced for PBS.

Amanda Forsyth performs on a 1699 cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore.

Selected recordingsEdit

  • Soaring with Agamemnon[4]
  • Electra Rising: The Music of Malcolm Forsyth
  • Zukerman Conducts Mozart
  • American Journey
  • Palm Court Encores
  • Mozart: Flute Quartets


  1. ^ "Amanda Forsyth: Press Kit".
  2. ^ "Amanda Forsyth: Press Kit". Archived from the original on 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  3. ^ "Amanda Forsyth leaves NACO to pursue solo, chamber interests". 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  4. ^ Marquis Classics Archived 2009-06-27 at the Wayback Machine

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