Amber was born in the North West Territories of the Canadian arctic to artist parents Maureen Walton and Michael Amar. She began playing cello at age three, and spent her youth in rural eastern Ontario. During her growth as a cellist she lived in Holland, and studied in Italy and Germany. Later, she earned her BA at the University of Toronto, and her MA from DePaul University, in cello performance. Upon completing her graduate studies she married musician Zebulun Barnow, and continued to reside in the United States for several years working as a teacher and performer.
Amber has toured China, Europe, and Canada, with various symphonies and ensembles. She toured Canada with the Thin Edge New Music Collective with whom she recorded at the Glenn Gould Studio and released a full length album, including a world premier. She has collaborated with countless artists and ensembles including KYGO, SYML, Shawn Mendes, Leif Vollebekk, and Classic Albums Live, and has performed for TIFF and TedX. As a freelance cellist, Amber has performed for Prime Ministers, Presidents, dignitaries and movie stars, and at venues spanning from Roy Thompson Hall, Koerner Hall, and Chicago Symphony Center to the Amsterdam Paradiso and the Berlin Kesselhaus.
Initially launched in it’s first incarnation in Chicago in 2009, Amber is the owner of the electric cello duo Me and Her Cellos. This project has attracted the attention of clients such as Rogers, BMO, Lamborghini, Coca-Cola, and was featured in Toronto Special Events magazine. In 2018 Me and Her Cellos was recruited by TEDx to perform at the Toronto Center for the Performing Arts for their event ‘Showing Up’.
Amber records and performs her own music for yoga and meditation. She looks forward to offering opportunities to experience this music live beginning in 2020.
As a teacher, Amber is certified through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Creative Ability Development method for improvisation. She has held positions at Chicago’s Columbia College, Valparaiso University, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Amber also served as an adjudicator for the Indiana State School of Music Association for several years. She loves working with children and adults of all levels at the North York Suzuki Conservatory, The Royal Conservatory, and at her home studio in the St.Clair West neighbourhood of Toronto.
Amber performs on a personally commissioned cello made by David Wiebe.