is a music ensemble featuring a standard string quartet formed by core members - violinists: Kari Lin, Natalie Wong; violist Fanny Tang; and cellist Mahsa Madahian.
Previously known as the ANFA String Quartet, which was formed in 1997 in Markham, Ontario with members and co-founders Natalie and Fanny.
Since then they have been performing in weddings, receptions, ceremonies, and other public, corporate, community and charity fundraising events.
Events such as the Elvis Stojko Gala Show and the Kiwanis Festivals.
They have made a major public appearance in the grand opening of the Remenyi House of Music in Richmond Hill.
They acquired the new name, The Margaritas Ensemble, in November, 2005.
Made up of all formally, classically trained musicians, The Margaritas are confident as qualified professionals. Each individual player is enthusiastic about music, especially in chamber music. The group is now serving the Metro and Greater Toronto Areas, including York, Durham and Peel Regions. Regular collaborations with the Cantabile Chamber Singers can be heard in Spring, and with the Blessed Trinity Choir at Christmas.
Margarita #1: Natalie Wong (1st Violin)
Natalie was born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto.
She learned to play the piano at the age of 3, continued on switching to violin at the age of 7.
In her formative years, Natalie was involved in many collaborative musical projects including musical and dance theatres.
She took part in the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, the U of T symphony orchestra, string ensembles and the vocal of a rock band inspired by Japanese visual rock music.
Elena Spanu started playing the violin at the age of three. She began her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music where she studied with Katharine Rapoport.
Her formative training was done in the Suzuki Method and the RCM method. She then attended Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts where she was a strings major and played in all of their strings ensembles.
After graduating, she attended the University of Western Ontario where she studied with Robert Skelton, Virginia Baron and Mel Martin.
Upon graduating, she received her Bachelor of Musical Arts. It is at Western where she discovered Baroque violin and moved on to complete an Artists Diploma in Baroque violin at the University of Toronto.
There she studied with Jeanne Lamon and various other members of Tafelmusik. Elena has also studied with such notable teachers as Kelly Parkins and Mark Skazinetsky.
Fanny began her music studies on the violin at age 6 in Hong Kong, switching to viola at age 13 under the guidance of Mr. Tak-Ng Lai, violin-viola pedagogue and conductor in Toronto, Canada.
From 1994 to 2001, Fanny was section member, assistant principal, and principal of orchestras such as the Toronto Chinese Youth Orchestra, Toronto Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra, and Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mahsa Ghassemi started playing cello at the age of 12 and pursued a music degree, obtaining a diploma from the only official music school in Tehran, at the age of 18.
During the same time she was performing with Bahman Symphony orchestra, The Iranian-Austrian Chamber Orchestra and also won the "Youngest Instrumentalist" competition in Iran at the age of 16.
She also played with Tehran Symphony and the national Television & Radio orchestra. She has also recorded in several of Tehran well known studios for many movies and TV series all before the age of 18.