Ivars Taurins conducts symphonic and choral repertoire with equal expertise. Founding director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, he was also violist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra for its first 23 years. Under his direction, the choir has been praised for its clarity, nuance and brilliance. Principal Baroque Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001, Ivars Taurins also appears as guest director with orchestras and choirs across Canada. Recent appearances include the Edmonton Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, Symphony Nova Scotia, Windsor Symphony, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Pro Coro Canada and Elora Festival Singers. He was director of the 2000 Ontario Youth Choir, the 2003 Nova Scotia Youth Choir, and the 2004 Alberta University & College Choir. A passionate lecturer and teacher, Ivars Taurins teaches orchestral conducting and directs the early music ensembles at the University of Toronto, and has been a guest teacher/conductor at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, University of Western Ontario, University of Alberta, and the Glenn Gould Professional School. Ivars Taurins is director of the vocal/choral programme at the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.