About

me cornwall3Tamara Bernstein has published over 1300 articles, most of them in The Globe and Mail and the National Post. She has created several long-form documentaries on music for CBC Radio’s Ideas, and numerous acclaimed features for CBC Radio Two.

Since 2001 Tamara has been artistic director of Summer Music in the Garden, the free concerts at the Toronto Music Garden that are enjoyed by thousands of people each summer. In addition, she and baroque violinist Linda Melsted share the artistic direction of the baroque ensemble Folia, which they founded in 2007.

Tamara has appeared as guest speaker at the University of Toronto, the Banff Centre, Stanford University and the Universities of British Columbia and Victoria (BC). Since 2009 she has taught continuing education courses for the LIFE Institute at Ryerson University.

A native of Winnipeg, Canada, Tamara holds a Master’s degree in piano performance and literature. In middle age she has been bravely attempting to learn to play baroque violin, and is a member of the Community Baroque Orchestra of Toronto, which she founded in 2004. She is a keen volunteer for the Toronto Public Library’s Leading to Reading program, which pairs adults with children who are reading below their grade level. In what time remains in her day, she writes helpful letters to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and other grateful politicians.