Hailing from Kingston, Ontario, Aviner Hartwick was involved in music from a young age. Encouraged by his grandfather, a Dutch organist, as a child Aviner dabbled in recorder, piano, and accordion before finally settling on the bassoon. His first teacher on that instrument, Katie Legere of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, encouraged him to pursue music and in 2013 sent him to Montreal to study with the musicians of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Since then, Aviner has studied with Martin Mangrum, Stéphane Lévesque, and Michael Sundell at both McGill University and the Conservatoire de Montréal.
Away from the bassoon, Aviner likes to spend his time watching movies, learning Japanese, and playing ping pong (he served as president of the Table Tennis Club during his time at McGill). See him back on the courts once this pandemic is over.