Amy Hillis has “a rich, warm sound and has mastered the violin with such ease, that it is impossible to ignore her passion in performance” (Ludwig Van Montréal). Originally from Regina, Amy collaborates with musicians from around the world in order to explore new approaches to classical and contemporary music. In addition to performing as part of the Montreal-based SOMA Quartet, Amy is a dedicated member and manager of the prairie-based Horizon String Quartet. During five different tours, the HSQ has performed over a hundred concerts for more than 50,000 young people in seventy different Canadian cities. Amy was a 2017 artist-in-residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, a residency awarded by the Conseils des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. She is also the winner of the 2017 McGill Concerto Competition and performed as soloist with the McGill Symphony Orchestra during their 2017-2018 season. Amy is the recipient of the prestigious Sylva Gelber Foundation Music Award which is given to Canadian musicians of outstanding ability and career potential. She performs on the 1820 Joannes Franciscus Pressenda, on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.
Amy is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music in Violin Performance at McGill University in Montréal with the esteemed violin professor, Axel Strauss. Her studies are funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Amy completed her Master of Music with renowned pedagogue and performer, Ian Swensen. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from McGill University under the tutelage of former concertmaster of the Orchestre Métropolitain, Denise Lupien. While growing up in Regina, Amy studied with the concertmaster of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Eduard Minevich.