The Toronto Music Garden, created in collaboration with eminent cellist Yo-Yo Ma, is a three-acre public park on Toronto’s Harbourfront. The park’s design was inspired by “The First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello” by Johann Sebastian Bach. Curving paths move visitors through six garden “movements” (Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuett, and Gigue) that flow from the different moods, feelings, and forms evoked by the music.


Leonardo Da Vinci Award for Innovation and Creativity, 2005


The First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach


Cellist: Yo-Yo Ma
City of Toronto: Susan Richardson, Bob Duguid & Leslie Coates, Parks and Recreation Dept.
Landscape Architecture: Peter Welanetz, The Halvorson Company
Landscape Consultants: Horst Dickert, Moonstone Landscape Consultants
Architectural Blacksmith: Tom Tollefson, Tollefson Studios, Ltd.
Furniture: Anne Roberts, Feir Mills Enterprises
Landscape Contractor: Evans Golf and Landscape