KIRK ELLIOTT is a musician, arranger and composer from Toronto. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from Queen's University in Kingston, where he studied violin and electronic and early music. After graduating, Kirk formed an acoustic trio called SHORT TURN. This eclectic trio performed on national radio and television and recorded two albums, one winning a JUNO Award. At that time, Kirk also placed in the top ten at the Canadian Open Fiddle Contest in Shelburne, Ontario.
In 1985, a Canada Council Arts Award enable Kirk to attend the National Choreographic Seminar at Simon Fraser University. His experience at this collaborative gathering of choreographers, composers, actors, musicians and dancers encouraged him to channel his musical abilities into composition and recording. Working in his studio with over 60 instruments from around the world, he has since composed, recorded and performed music for the National Ballet of Canada, the National Film Board, the Discovery Channel, the Toronto Consort, Oscar winning animated film director Chris Landreth, and CBC, CTV and YTV radio and television.
Kirk has performed for over 25 years in Sharon, Lois and Bram's well known family concerts, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Palace Theatre on Broadway, the Fox Theatres in Detroit and Chicago, and Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. With Ensemble Polaris, "Canada's Foremost Arctic Fusion band", he has composed, arranged and played violin, mandolin, bouzouki, accordions, guitar, double bass, dulcimers, Celtic harp, banjo, balalaika and Flemish, Swedish, and Scottish bagpipes. A frequent guest with the Toronto Consort, he has joined them on vielle (medieval fiddle), rebec, harp, cittern, psalteries and medieval and Renaissance pipes.
Additional musical studies over the years have been with Jeanne Lamon, David Douglas and Monica Huggett (baroque violin), Sandy McIntyre (Cape Breton fiddle), and lute and lute song classes with Paul O'Dette and Julianne Baird. Kirk and Magoo, children's music creators, have recorded four albums, one winning an Indie award and another selling over 50,000 copies for Scholastic books. Kirk's 10 CDs of mostly instrumental music include elements of medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, bluegrass, classical, Oriental and pop music, featuring guest artists Don Rooke, Erica Goodman, Don Ross, and Rebecca Campbell.