Since completing a Doctorate of Music under Blair Milton at Northwestern University in 2008, violinist Emma Banfield has been performing and teaching throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. She received her Masters degrees in Violin Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan where she studied with Aaron Berofsky and completed her undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University under Jerzy Kaplanek of the Penderecki String Quartet and Annalee Patipanakoon of the Gryphon Trio. Emma has also trained under renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig, and has been privileged to work with Yehonaton Berick, Logan Skelton, Levon Ambartsumian, Blaise Magniere, the Vermeer Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, and the Tokyo String Quartet among others. Emma has been the recipient of numerous awards including a three year SSHRC grant. Emma recently performed throughout New Brunswick as a member of the Saint John String Quartet. She also performs as the violinist of the San Agustin Duo, and as a member of the Blue Spruce String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Emma worked as Director of the Laurier String Academy at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and has taught applied and academic courses at both Northwestern University and Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently the violin instructor at the University of Waterloo.