Kim de Laforest
Kim de Laforest is a fiddle, violin, and viola performer and teacher based in Saskatoon. Kim is interested in many styles of music, though one of her favorites is celtic music. She plays with local Irish band Siamsa as well as doing a lot of solo fiddle work.
In her work with Regina's Off Kilter, Kim has been heard on CBC Radio One's Afternoon Edition, The Regina Folk Festival, Saskatoon's Folkfest, and Tom Jackson's Huron Carol. Kim released her first solo CD "Kindred Spirits" in 2004 and was featured on CBC's DiscDrive during its Saskatchewan tour. During Juno Fest 2007 in Saskatoon, Kim's performance was recorded for CBC's Canada Live.
Kim enjoys combining many different styles of folk ( Celtic, Spanish, East Indian, African ) and classical music to create her own unique sound.
In her classical world, Kim spent 10 years with the Regina Symphony Orchestra before moving to Saskatoon in 2000. As a member of the Saskatoon Symphony, Kim has served as the assistant concertmaster, principal second violin, principal viola, and section viola player. She has been soloist, concertmaster, and section player of the University of Regina's Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva, and the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra. Kim has also been very involved in chamber music groups across the province. Some highlights include Prairie Virtuosi, Saskatoon Composers' Society Concerts, Musici Amati, and the house band for CBC Christmas concerts.
As well as being a busy performer, Kim is also a sought-after instructor. She currently teaches a large studio of students in Saskatoon. Kim joins an international roster of instructors to teach at fiddle camps in Prince Albert, LaRonge, Moose Jaw, Tisdale, the Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party, the Tuffnell Fiddle Camp, the Frontier Fiddlers Camp ( in Manitoba ) and at the SCES Fiddle Camp ( formerly held at Emma Lake ). Kim has also worked with students at orchestral workshops in Regina and Saskatoon. For the past few years Kim has enjoyed coaching the Saskatoon Fiddle Orchestra and for a second season, she will be assistant-director of the Mysterium Healing Sound Choir.
Kim is proud to be part of a project that, for a third year, is bringing fiddle music into two Saskatoon core area schools.