B.Mus. (Victoria), M.Mus. (Toronto)
Violinist *Kerry DuWors* has earned accolades for her “poise and maturity” and “spellbinding expression”, and has been praised for always finding “the music behind the notes” (Winnipeg Free Press). While maintaining a demanding concert career as soloist and chamber musician, she is a dedicated mentor and teacher and is an Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Manitoba’s Brandon University. She began music studies in Saskatoon, SK; continued at the University of Victoria (B. Mus.) with Ann Elliott‑Goldschmid of the Lafayette String Quartet; the Banff Centre for the Arts; and the University of Toronto (M. Mus.) as a student of Lorand Fenyves. At the University of Toronto, she was the recipient of many prestigious awards and scholarships including the Eaton Graduate Scholarship, the Yo‑Yo Ma Fellowship for Strings, a Canada Council Career Development Grant for Emerging Professional Classical Musicians, and the Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music Excellence.
Winner of the 26th Eckhardt‑Gramatté Competition, Ms. DuWors made a début Canada‑wide recital tour with pianist Lydia Wong in 2003. Hailed as a “dynamic performer”, she has collaborated with James Ehnes, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Rena Sharon, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Angela Cheng, Denise Djokic, Martin Fröst, Yehonatan Berick, Jonathon Crow, Marc‑André Hamelin, Andrew Dawes, Paul Marleyn, Susan Hoeppner, Peter Longworth, Scott St. John, the Lafayette, St. Lawrence and Penderecki Quartets, and the Gryphon Trio. She has studied and performed with Laurence Lesser, Bernadene Blaha, Krzyszt of Penderecki, Gary Kulesha, Jeanne Lamon of Tafelmusik, Charles Castleman, Pamela Frank, Erika Raum, Moshe Hammer, Denes Zsigmondy, Gwen Thompson, Paul Katz, and the Ying Quartet.
Ms. DuWors has given performances across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Italy and Germany. Recent performances at Jordan Hall (Boston), Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York), Caramoor Festival (Katonah, NY), Philharmonic Society of Orange County (California), Northern Lights Music Festival (Mexico), National Arts Centre, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Kitchener‑Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Vancouver Recital Society, Maureen Forrester Young Canadian Artist Series (Stratford Summer Music Festival), Agassiz Chamber Music Festival (Winnipeg), Aeolian Concert Series (London, ON) Kitchener‑Waterloo Chamber Music Society, and the Gustin House Concert Series (Saskatoon). Numerous broadcasts on CBC’s Galleria, Music Around Us and In Performance. During the past season, Ms. DuWors gave solo performances with the Winnipeg Symphony, Red Deer Symphony, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Brandon Chamber Players, a U.S. tour with the Galileo Piano Trio, and a tour of British Columbia with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. DuWors recently joined The Knights, an ensemble based in New York City devoted to expanding the orchestral concert experience with diverse and innovative programming and the intimacy of chamber music, for performances in New York with Yo‑Yo Ma and a tour of Germany with Jan Vogler.
Among the 2003, 2006 and 2009 winners of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Ms. DuWors currently plays on the 1820 Franciscus Pressenda violin valued at $375,000 US. Many thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts and the anonymous donor for their on‑going support and generosity.
Starting August 2010, Kerry will be pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance & Literature at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) with violinist Charles Castleman and members of the Ying Quartet.