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violinist jeffrey dyrda

Canadian violinist Jeffrey Dyrda has performed across the Americas, Europe and Asia in a variety of musical roles. He has had extensive experience as concertmaster, leading

international ensembles such as the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Academy Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. Mr. Dyrda has also appeared as

Guest Concertmaster for the Jacksonville Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and as Guest Principal Second for the National Arts Centre



Jeffrey spent three seasons as the second violinist of the Rolston String Quartet, with whom he received the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, as well as the first prizes of the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They also received prizes at the M-Prize Competition and Bordeaux International String Quartet

Competition, and were winners of the Astral Artists auditions.

Mr. Dyrda performed with the Rolston Quartet to audiences in Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium,

England, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic, as well as at the Spoleto, Cliburn and Banff festivals. They performed together in venues such as Esterh á zy Palace, La Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Smithsonian Institution.


Mr. Dyrda has been delighted to perform chamber music with musicians such as Emanuel Ax, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Don Palma, Miguel da Silva, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Dover

Quartet and the Grammy nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry. His mentors include Lucy Chapman, Denise Lupien, Gwen Hoebig, Andre Roy, Barry Shiffman, Norman Fischer, James

Dunham, Kenneth Goldsmith, and the members of the Brentano and Alban Berg String Quartets.


Devoted to social projects and music education, Jeffrey has mentored at the Academia Filarmonica de Medellin in Colombia and served in South Korea as concertmaster for a World

Peace Orchestra comprised of musicians from a multitude of UN countries. He has taught at Virginia Tech’s Intensive Chamber Music Seminar, and he holds degrees from Rice University,

New England Conservatory, and McGill University, as well as Fellowships from the New World Symphony and Yale University, where he taught chamber music as part of their Fellowship

String Quartet in Residence. Mr. Dyrda maintains a private teaching studio in his hometown of Winnipeg, where he lives with his wife, cellist Grace An, and is a member of the first violin

section for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In the summers, Jeffrey enjoys playing as a member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland.

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