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The year 2012 marks the 35th year that Kinza Tyrrell has been playing the piano. She made her orchestral debut with the Victoria Symphony at age twelve under the baton of Paul Freeman. The critics have called her a “sensation” with “award-winning talent”, pronouncing her playing as “brilliant” with “beautifully limpid tone colours and sparkling passagework” and “skilled artistry.” A graduate of both the Universities of Victoria and Toronto, Kinza further pursued her love of music at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Musikhochschule für darstellende und Kunst in Graz, the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Music in Piano and Vocal Accompanying from McGill University under the tutelage of Michael McMahon.
Dr. Tyrrell has been heard on the recital stages across the country and is one of Canada’s finest collaborators, having concertized and toured with many renowned singers including Richard Margison, John Fanning, Daniel Taylor, Benjamin Butterfield and Measha Brueggergosman. Increasingly recognized for her teaching and vocal coaching, Ms. Tyrrell has been invited to the Universities of Victoria, British Columbia and Western Ontario for masterclasses, workshops and diction classes. She is also a clinician and adjudicator, having been the ‘Keynote speaker’ at the 2010 BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association conference and the adjudicator for the Knigge and BCRMTA Piano Competitions, and the Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grants.
Over the past five years, Kinza has also tried her hand at conducting. She is currently in her fifth season as Principle Répétiteur, Assistant Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor with Vancouver Opera, and Music Director of Vancouver Opera in Schools. As well as having been on faculty at the renowned Canadian Opera Company in Toronto since 2004, Ms. Tyrrell has held conducting and teaching positions at the Vancouver Summer Opera Studio, Vancouver Concert Opera Cooperative, Banff Center’s Opera As Theatre Program, the Center for Operatic Studies (COSI) in Sulmona, Italy, Opera Nuova, the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI) and the Charlie Creek Vocal Workshop in Wabash, Indiana.