Miriam Sonstenes of Victoria, BC plays bluegrass and old time fiddle with The Sweet Lowdown, who’s self-titled debut album was nominated “Album Of The Year” by the 2012 Vancouver Island Music Awards. Her dynamic and versatile fiddle playing also include celtic and klezmer, and she has performed, backed up and recorded with numerous west coast bands and solo artists.
Having started as a classical violinist, she earned a music degree at the University of Victoria in 2006, and has been teaching and playing professionally for the past 10 years. Her innovative, patient and intuitive style has made her a highly sought after teacher, both in Victoria and across Canada. She regularly leads workshops at fiddle camps in BC and in the North West Territories, and at home leads the Victoria Conservatory Fiddles and has a full teaching studio. Recent performances include bluegrass and folk festivals throughout BC, and the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards.