Originally from Manitoba, Amanda Penner completed a Bachelor of Music in violin performance at the University of Manitoba before moving to Toronto. She then went on to obtain a master’s degree in viola performance at the University of Toronto.
As a performer, she has a wide range of interests and experiences. As a classical orchestral player and chamber musician, she has played most recently for Orchestra London, Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta, and Feu Noire String Quartet. Her playing abilities also include improvising, arranging string parts and recording as a session player for various singer-songwriters, electronic musicians and bands, as well as Multibeat Music and Ivory Storm Productions. During this time, she has developed as a teacher, continuing her training in the Suzuki method, and gaining experience, teaching at the Huntsville Suzuki School, where she taught private and group lessons, chamber music, outreach music programs in the schools and theory.