Evan Buttar – cello Evan Buttar began playing the cello at a young age in Vancouver, Canada. He started his studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music, continued with Paul Marleyn at the University of Ottawa, and recently completed a Masters degree in baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He is currently pursuing another Masters there on the viola da gamba with Mieneke van der Velden and Philippe Pierlot. Evan has played in a large variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the Blue Moss Ensemble, with repertoire ranging from the early Baroque to the 21st-century. His studies on the baroque cello began in 2011, and this instrument and style has been his passion since. Evan has performed and studied at numerous early music festivals, including the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Early Music Vancouver Baroque Instrumental Programme. He has played in master classes for many renowned musicians, including Steven Isserlis, Ronald Leonard, Jeanne Lamon, Kenneth Slowik, Phoebe Carrai, and Wieland Kuijken. Evan has a baroque cello by Jakob Weiss (ca. 1745) generously on loan from the collection of The Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation. Evan bespeelt een barokcello gebouwd door Jakob Weiss in ca. 1745, in bruikleen gegeven door het Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds.