Susan Aylard has travelled the world perfoming in Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Mexico, Ireland, the USA and, of course, throughout Canada. She started her violin studies before her third birthday at the Vancouver Academy of Music. During her high school years, her studies took her to private lessons at UBC. A consistent winner at local music festivals, she completed her Grade 12 school year winning the Senior division at the BC Festival of Arts. She went on to post-secondary studies in Winnipeg and CMU and the University of Manitoba for her performance major.
As a member of the "Sabeon Trio" including piano, cello and violin, Susan twice competed at Canada's National Music Competition. Locally she recently received the presitgious Okanagan Arts Award for her contribution to music in the Region. Teaching is also part of Susan's passionate music career, and she has spent years developing her Suzuik teacher training to combine it with her love of fiddling.
After years of playing professionally in various BC orchestras, and fronting the "Cats and the Fiddle" and "Rough Pearl" she currently mainly focuses her talents as a first violinist with 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 definitley evident in her arrangements and performances. As well as working freelance for other artists and recordings, she has two cd's that feature her fiddle playing. When not switching between violin and fiddle, she enthusiastically manages the Maples Waterfront Resort B and B in Sorrenot along with her husand and two kids.