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2010 Adjudicator

Classical music (orchestral instrument)
Lynn Kuo

“…. Lynn Kuo’s violin is dramatic, both rousing and melancholy..." - Showtime Magazine

"NEXUS presented the world premiere of “ PHOENIX” by Canadian composer, Elizabeth Raum…. The solo violinist for this premiere performance was Lynn Kuo, a native of St. John's, Newfoundland, whose virtuosity and musicianship were readily apparent throughout." -

Violinist Lynn Kuo has appeared as soloist and chamber musician across Canada, United States, Wales, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Romania. As guest soloist, she has performed with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta, Brandon Chamber Players, Nexus percussion ensemble, Bulgaria’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Croatia’s Cantus Ensemble, and Hungary’s gypsy orchestra, Rajkó Band.

In demand as an interpreter of new music, Lynn has given numerous world premieres of acoustic and electroacoustic works written for her and various ensembles by international composers: Michael Pepa (six works), Dennis Patrick, Daniel Foley, Elizabeth Raum, Scott Godin, James Harley, John Oliver, Constantine Caravassilis, Avalon Rusk ( Canada), Séan Clancy ( Ireland), Katarina Miljkovi ć (Serbia/USA) , and Viktorija Ć op ( Croatia). In 2008-09, Lynn gave both the Canadian and European premieres of a fifth Michael Pepa work (ISOMORPHE) as soloist with the Cantus Ensemble of Croatia, as well as led the Les AMIS Ensemble in world premiere performances of Canadian compositions at the 2009 Music Biennale Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. In Bulgaria, Lynn gave performances of the Mendelssohn Concerto in D minor with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria and the Chausson Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Quartet with Marianna Humetska, piano and the Penderecki String Quartet in Romania and Serbia.

Lynn continues to collaborate with leading artists, having performed solo and chamber works with artists such as pianist William Aide, pianist/conductor Christoph Eschenbach at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival ( Germany), the Gryphon Trio at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and at the soundaXis Festival ( Toronto), University of Toronto New Music Festival, and Music Biennale Zagreb Festival ( Croatia). Lynn has led Toronto’s Les AMIS Ensemble in three European tours (2005, ’07, ‘09) (members have included: Marianna Humetska, piano; Rachel Mercer, cello; Lori Freedman, clarinet; Joseph Macerollo, accordion; and Katarzyna Sadej, mezzo-soprano), as well as performs numerous duo recitals with Ukrainian Canadian pianist Marianna Humetska.

Lynn has also formed exciting performance collaborations with cellist Winona Zelenka as well as Vancouver guitarist/composer, John Oliver, (violin/guitar duo, Duo Vita). 2010-11 collaborations include performance projects with Canadian accordionist Joseph Petric, a NAXOS CD recording of Nino Rota music with pianist Mary Kenedi, two European tours as head of the Les AMIS Ensemble (Ukraine, Serbia, Romania, Croatia), and a multimedia collaboration with artistic coalition AOR Presents of St. John’s.

Maintaining a busy performance schedule, Lynn serves both as Assistant and Guest Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, and has also served as guest concertmaster of orchestras including the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Lynn also performs with the Canadian Opera Company, Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to performing, Lynn is also a doctoral candidate in the Doctoral of Musical Arts program at the University of Toronto for which her dissertation research is “Holistic Health and its Role in the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Musicians.”


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