B.Mus. (Victoria), M.Mus. (Toronto)
Committed to pedagogy and mentorship, violinist Kerry DuWors has been Associate Professor at Canada’s Brandon University since 2003 and Chair of the Graduate Department in Music since 2016. Hailed for her “soaring cantilena” (Gramophone Magazine), Prof. DuWors has performed across Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Japan and New Zealand. In demand as a versatile chamber musician, DuWors champions collaboration across an array of ensembles from her duo work to leading chamber orchestras. Highlights include performances with duo526, James Ehnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Dame Evelyn Glennie and NYC-based The Knights. Praised for “always finding the music behind the notes” and her “fearless competence” (Winnipeg Free Press), she has been soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.
In 2014, DuWors released her debut duo526 CD Ballade for PARMA Recordings with pianist Futaba Niekawa. Her sophomore album DUO FANTASY was released May 2019 featuring works by Villa-Lobos, Arnold Bax, and William Bolcom. “DuWors and Niekawa are a beautifully balanced duo, with exceptional intonation and a tangible empathy” (Gramophone Magazine).
DuWors has won prestigious awards including Grand Prize at the 26th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music Excellence, and two Canada Council Career Development Grants. She is a four-time laureate of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank and played on Gagliano, Pressenda and Rocca violins between 2003-2015. She currently plays on a modern instrument by Felix Krafft modeled after the 1735 “Plowden” Guarneri.
Curiosity drives Prof. DuWors’ dedicated academic and musical study through creative projects, artist residencies (Banff Centre, Avaloch Farm, Indiana University), commissions, premières, masterclasses, and community outreach. Through studies at the University of Victoria, University of Toronto, and the Eastman School of Muisc, her mentors include Lorand Fenyves, Charles Castleman, Jean Barr, Scott St. John, and the Lafayette String Quartet. DuWors created the annual duo526 Sonata Seminar in 2018 to mentor the next generation of collaborative duo players.