Originally from Saskatoon, Darnell Linwood was Principal Horn with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and taught at the University of Regina. Since moving to Victoria in 2003, she has been active as both a chamber and orchestral musician playing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Calgary Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony. A strong advocate for new music, Darnell is a co-founder of Aventa Ensemble, where she has been featured on local concerts, tours and recordings. Performance highlights include the world premiere of Giorgio Magnanensi’s Ethuia V for horn and electronics, as well as recordings of Gilles Tremblay’s Le signe du lion (Centredisc) and Pierre Boulez’ Derive II(CBC). Darnell has also been featured in such repertoire as György Ligeti’s Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, Poul Ruders’ Horn Trio, Hans Abrahamsen’s Six Pieces and Simon Steen-Andersen’s In Spite of, and maybe even therefore. She works closely with composers in developing the horn repertoire and most recently presented the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ horn trio, Stormwatch, Stormfall. In 2014, Darnell presents the world premiere of Michael Finnissy Trio for horn, violin and piano.