Born in 1901, Harry Adaskin and his family immigrated to Toronto from Riga, Latvia. His musical training at the Toronto Conservatory of Music led to a career as a violinist in the Hart House String Quartet. From 1946 until his retirement in 1973, Adaskin taught in the Department of Music at the University of British Columbia. He was also the host of the CBC radio programs “Musically Speaking” and “Tuesday Night.” In 1974, Adaskin was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He died in 1994.