To jog the memory, I was the skinny guy with the stutter who played the violin! On graduation, I went to London, England to study at the Royal College of Music, where I remained for four years. I went straight into my first job as co-leader of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, a city and country (Northern Ireland) I found friendly and beautiful despite the violent troubles which plagued it for so long. Then after a full year there, I decided to team up with 3 of my former college colleagues to form a string quartet, named the Chilingirian Quartet after its leader. The quartet did well, even playing in Victoria on one of its tours, and during the 21 years I was with the group made about 30 recordings (LPs and CDs) for RCA, EMI and others, broadcasting and touring around the world.
On leaving the quartet, I returned to Victoria for 4 years, playing with the symphony and elsewhere in Canada. Then in 1997 I was offered membership of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, a touring chamber-orchestra based in the UK, with whom I still work and tour the world. Not until I was 53 did I finally get married, and my Czech wife (also a violinist) and I now have two fine children, Anežka now 11 and Frederick now 9. Anežka plays clarinet and cello, and Frederick trombone and piano, and he has recently started as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. I return to Canada as often as possible to see my 5 brothers and sisters and their families on the Island, Vancouver and in the US.