Susan Aylard has travelled the world performing in Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Mexico, the USA and Ireland and of course, all of Canada. She started her violin studies before her 3rd birthday at the Vancouver Academy of Music. During the high school years, her studies took her to private instruction at UBC and then on to post secondary studies in Winnipeg at CMU and U of Manitoba for her performance major. Competing during her studies in western Canada, she placed first in the Senior division at the BC Festival of the Arts, her “Sabeon Trio” twice competed at the National Music Competition and most recently she received the prestigious Okanagan Arts award.
Teaching is also part of her passionate music career and she has spent years developing her Suzuki teacher training to combine it with her love of fiddling. Cripple Creek has taken over for the Twinkle variations. After years of playing professionally in various BC orchestras, and fronting the “Cats and the Fiddle” and “Rough Pearl” she has decided to limit her talents to the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and fiddling upstream with “Cod Gone Wild”. Sue likes to describe her style as “rough pearl fiddling”. Her Baroque (translated to Rough Pearl) classical training is definitely evident in her arrangements and ability. As well as working freelance for other artists and recordings; she has 2 cd’s that feature her fiddle playing as well as her recent cd, The Islander, with Cod Gone Wild. When not switching between violin and fiddle, she is managing the Maples Waterfront Resort and BB in Sorrento, with her husband and 2 kids.