THE ARMADILLO STRING QUARTET
Vancouver’s Armadillo Quartet was founded in 1989. These talented, highly trained professionals have performed in concerts and festivals, entertained at weddings, receptions, and countless other formal and casual functions. As confirmed by these testimonials, the Armadillo String Quartet always adds a memorable and irresistable atmosphere to any occasion.
Henry Lee, viola, has a M. Mus. from the Juilliard School and has appeared at Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. As a chamber musician Henry has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Las Vegas Chamber Music Festival and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. Henry Lee has been a soloist with Canadian and American orchestras and currently plays with the Vancouver Symphony, and the CBC Radio Orchestra. Henry has been the Principle Viola for both the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Ballet BC Orchestras.
Finn Manniche, cello, is an eclectic and passionate musician with a music degree from UBC and a penchant for playing anything and everything on guitar and cello. He plays swing and new music, Bach to Bocherini, Surf and otherworldly sounds. He can be heard live and on CD with the Armadillo String Quartet, Ensemble Symposium, the Jazzmanian Devils, Soul Crib, the Paperboys, Denzel Sinclair, 54/40, Murray McLauglin, Mae Moore, Cam Wilson’s varying orchestral extravaganzas and much, much more.
Sandra Fiddes, violin, is a graduate of UBC in violin performance. She is also a member of “Mariachi Del Sol”, a group that participated in the “International Congress of Mariachi” multiple times to represent Canada in Guadalajara, Mexico, performed as headliners for the Victoria and Vancouver Symphonies, and has played at all types of government functions, including the Canada-Mexico Summit (2004) with former P.M. Paul Martin and Mexican President Vicente Fox. She entertained for the opening of the 2011 Vancouver Olympic Village for Prince Charles and Lady Camilla.
Marcus Takizawa works as a freelance musician in Vancouver, performing regularly with the Vancouver Symphony and The Turning Point Ensemble. Marcus also performs with his brother James in the band chordophone performing and writing music for electric viola, cello, and electronics.