Kerry DuWors, violin
Saskatoon-born violinist, Kerry DuWors, 24, has earned accolades for her "poise and maturity," and "spellbinding expression." As the first-prize winner of the 26th Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, she completed a short-term residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, an extended Canada-wide recital tour with pianist, Lydia Wong, and a solo appearance with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra in the fall of 2003. As first violinist of the Rocca String Quartet, Kerry spent the summer 2004 at the Banff Centre for the Arts as Quartet-in-Residence.
In September 2003, Ms. DuWors was a top finalist in the Canada Council for the Arts’ Fine Instrument Bank Competition and won the three-year loan of the 1902 Enrico Rocca violin. The Rocca violin is on loan to the Canada Council from an anonymous donor.
Ms. DuWors holds her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Toronto where she studied with Lorand Fenyves under the prestigious Eaton Graduate Scholarship, the Yo-Yo Ma Fellowship for Strings, the Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music Excellence, and a Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Emerging Professional Classical Musicians. Performance opportunities at the University of Toronto include concertmaster duties with the U of T Opera Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Raffi Armenian, as well as chamber music collaborations with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Jane Coop, Scott St. John, Jamie Parker and Annalee Patipatanakoon of the Gryphon Trio, and pianists Lydia Wong and Peter Longworth. Kerry achieved her B. Mus. Performance degree from the University of Victoria where she studied with Ann Elliott-Goldschmid of the Lafayette String Quartet, Nancy DiNovo, and Trudi Conrad.
Active as an orchestral player and chamber musician, Ms. DuWors has been a member of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, Prairie Virtuosi, is a founding member of the Victoria-based Galiano Ensemble, and is the concertmaster and musical director of the Spiritoso Strings Chamber Orchestra in Saskatoon. She is currently the concertmaster and co-artistic director of the Brandon Chamber Players.
Ms. DuWors has recently studied and performed with Marc-André Hamelin, Laurence Lesser, Bernadene Blaha, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gary Kulesha, Marc-André Hamelin, Jeanne Lamon of Tafelmusik, Maestro Raffi Armenian, Charles Castleman, Pamela Frank, Erika Raum, Moshe Hammer, Denes Zsigmondy, Gwen Thompson, Paul Katz, and members of Duo Concertante (Timothy Steeves & Nancy Dahn), the Ying Quartet, Gryphon Trio, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Tokai Quartet, and the Lafayette String Quartet. Kerry has received numerous scholarships to attend the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, Quartet Program at Bucknell University, the Masterclasses, Chamber Music and Residency Programs at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the 2001 Grand Award at the Saskatchewan Music Festival, has participated in the 2000 and 2001 Canadian National Music Festival, and has been the concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada on their 1998 European Tour.
In May 2003, Ms. DuWors was appointed a one-year postition at Brandon University's Faculty of Music. As of August 1, 2004, she holds the permanent tenure-track position as Professor of Violin and Chamber Music.