The word Tsilumos combines the words Tsil (based on the Hebrew
“Tsiltsul” or “ring”) and Lux (Latin for “light”).

Tsilumos is a new music ensemble based in Victoria, BC Canada. Formed in 2011, the Ensemble is co-directed by members Joanna Hood, Ajtony Csaba and Marie-Chantal Leclair. Co-director emeriti are Dániel Péter Biró and Kris Covlin. The Ensemble performs chamber music ranging from duos to large instrumental combinations. Its main objective is to give new and little-known Canadian and international works an optimal performance, regardless of technical and intellectual demands or compositional style. Since its inception the ensemble has brought high quality, challenging new music to the larger community of British Columbia. In 2011, the ensemble in cooperation with Open Space, an artist-run cultural center in Victoria, created the Salt Festival for New Music.

Ajtony Csaba

Conductor, School of Music at the University of Victoria

Marie-Chantal Leclair


Joanna Hood

Violist, Artist-in-Residence with the Lafayette Quartet at the University of Victoria