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A couple of years ago I had the honor of having a marine snail named for me. What follows is a draft of the entry in the nomanclature record:


georgii Anatoma georgii Geiger, 2017

Named for naturalist and viola d'amore virtuoso, scholar, and teacher Thomas

(Tom) Georgi for his masterful and nuanced interpretation of early music,

particularly his tasteful gestures and ornamentation . . . and for generously

sharing his wealth of knowledge with players around the world, including the

author. [227]

Geiger, D.L. 2017. Four new Vetigastropoda (Anatomidae,

Seguenziidae) from the northeastern Pacific. The Nautilus

131(4): 226-232.

 Thomas Georgi (per. comm. 28 July 2018) (1955- ) is member of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto, Canada, and a leading specialist in the viola d'amore, a six- or seven-stringed instrument similar to a violin. He has performed solo on the viola d'amore with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Canada, the United States, Japan, and Australia, as well as presented lectures in those countries (except Japan) on the instrument's history. In addition to his having recorded on the violin for Sony Vivarte, BMG, and CBS, Georgi's several years of studying and playing from manuscripts the works of Italian composer Attilio Ariosti (1666-1729) has also resulted in his own performance and recordings with the titles Attilio Ariosti—The Stockholm Sonatas I (BIS Records, 2006) and Attilio Ariosti—The Stockholm Sonatas II (BIS Records, 2007).

Thomas Georgi lives in Toronto, Canada, with his two grown children. He was born in Binghampton, New York, USA. His parents, Marion Edith Schott Georgi (1928- ) and Jay Robert Georgi (1928-2015) were both veterinarian researchers known for their work on animal parasites. Young Georgi attended Dryden High School in New York (1976) and later went to Cascadilla School, a private preparatory school in Ithaca, New York (1977). He holds a Master's degree from Cornell University (1977) as well as a Master of Music degree from SUNY (State University of New York) at Stony Brook (1979).

Georgi's career in music has given him the opportunity to live, study, and perform around the world. One of his first professional positions (1980-1989) was as a violinist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Australia, where he also developed an interest in early musical forms and founded the Badinerie Players, performers of Baroque and Early Music. After ten years in Australia, Georgi moved to Toronto, Canada, where since 1989 he has been a member of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Composed of some 19 full-time members, the orchestra specializes in historical performances and technique and has been a JUNO Award winner for several years. In addition to regular performances in Toronto, the group also tours part of each year in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Georgi began specializing in the viola d'amore shortly after joining Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and has been a passionate devotee and promoter of the instrument's sonorous sound ever since.

Thomas Georgi is currently studying the music of German-born astronomer and composer William Herschel (1738-1822) for violin solo, as well as revising his website, Viola d'Amore, which offers the history of the viola d'amore and notes on various compositions written for and about the instrument.

Source: Georgi, 2018.





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