Amanda Tosoff is a B.C-raised Toronto-based pianist and composer with five albums to her credit. She has performed with such internationally recognized artists as Emilie-Claire Barlow, Ingrid Jensen and Christine Jensen, Phil Dwyer, and many more. Amanda has also opened for jazz luminaries Bobby Hutcherson, Renee Rosnes, Oliver Jones, and renowned Brazilian singer Luciana Souza; and she has received such awards as the Montréal Jazz Festival Grand Prix de Jazz, and the 2016 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award.
On her most recent release Words
, Amanda takes an adventurous leap beyond the confines of conventional jazz. She has taken poems and lyrics that possess a personal resonance for her and framed them in original compositions that utilize vocals for the first time (sung by highly-regarded singer Felicity Williams of such bands as Hobson’s Choice, Broken Social Scene, and Bahamas). The result is a collection of songs that are jazz at their core, but also contain elements from art-song and folk music.
Since releasing Words
, Amanda has garnered much critical acclaim, including a Juno Nomination for Vocal Jazz Album of 2016
– as well a mention on that year's Polaris Prize "Longer List"
In 2020, Amanda will release a follow up to Words, entitled Earth Voices, which will feature special guest vocalists Emilie-Claire Barlow, Laila Biali, Michelle Willis, Felicity Williams Lydia Persaud, Robin Dann, and Alex Samaras, as well as instrumentalists Kelly Jefferson, Allison Au, Alex Goodman, Jon Maharaj, Morgan Childs, Aline Homzy, and Beth Silver.
In addition to maintaining a busy performing career, Amanda is also a devoted teacher. She is on faculty at Humber College, and teaches workshops at various universities, schools and camps – as well as teaching private piano, theory and composition lessons at her home studio and online. Amanda has a B.A in Jazz Performance from Capilano University, and a Masters in Musciology–Music Theory from the University of Toronto.