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ABOUT KERRY DUWORS
With “exceptional intonation and a tangible empathy” (Gramophone Magazine), Canadian violinist Kerry DuWors is an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician. A versatile artist, DuWors collaborates with an array of ensembles from her duo work to leading chamber orchestras. Described as having a “commanding combination of strength, sweetness and brightness” (WholeNote Magazine), she has performed across Canada, the US, Japan, Central Asia, Europe, Mexico and New Zealand. She recently toured Portugal, Armenia and Georgia with JUNO-award winning jazz pianist and composer David Braid. Memorable performances with James Ehnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Montreal's collectif9 and New York's The Knights. She has been a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.
Kerry's discography includes duo526's Ballade for PARMA Recordings (2014) and DUO FANTASY (2019) with pianist Futaba Niekawa. "DuWors and Niekawa are a beautifully balanced duo" (Gramophone Magazine), they "create an art that goes beyond mere interpretation. The personality of the two musicians expands out with a creative attitude towards the world" (Sonograma Magazine). With Futaba Niekawa, Kerry created the annual duo526 Sonata Seminar in 2018 to mentor the next generation of collaborative duo players.
Kerry has won prestigious awards including Grand Prize at the 26th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music Excellence, Manitoba Arts Council grants, and two Canada Council for the Arts Career Development grants. She was recently awarded a 2023 Canada Council Explore and Create Grant for her performance and research project, "Roots", featuring music by Vietnamese composers Nguyen Văn Quy and Tôn-Thât Tiêt.
Kerry is a four-time laureate of the Canada Council 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 Kerry’s dedicated academic and musical study through creative projects, artist residencies (Banff Centre, Leighton Artist Studios, Avaloch Farm, Indiana University), commissions, premières, masterclasses, and community outreach. Her mentors include Lorand Fenyves, Charles Castleman, Scott St. John, Jean Barr, the Lafayette String Quartet. Committed to pedagogy and mentorship, Kerry has been Associate Professor at Canada’s Brandon University since 2003.
Professor Kerry DuWors was appointed to Brandon University's School of Music in 2003 as the youngest tenure-track music professor in Canada. She is currently Associate Professor of Violin & Chamber Music. Prof. DuWors has recruited undergraduate and graduate students to Brandon University from across Canada, the United States, Mexico, China, South Korea, Belize, and Brazil.
Students from Prof. DuWors' studio have gone to graduate and doctoral programs at Berklee College of Music (MA), Aaron Copland School of Music-CUNY Queen’s College (NY), University of Limerick (Ireland), University of British Columbia, Ottawa University, Memorial University, University of Victoria, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Sydney (Australia), Queen’s University, University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma, University of Western Ontario, and the Fellowship Program at Community MusicWorks (Providence, RI).
Many are also employed as professional orchestral players and educators: Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Brunswick, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Saint John String Quartet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (South Africa), Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (Palestine), Education and Outreach – Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Academy of Music, St. James Academy of Music – Sistema Vancouver, Sistema New Brunswick, Sistema Newfoundland and Labrador, Suzuki Charter School (Edmonton), Suzuki Music Winnipeg, Prince George Conservatory of Music), Wentworth Music Education Centre (Kelowna).
Prof. DuWors' students have been accepted into internationally respected programs: National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Aspen Music Festival, Domaine Forget International Festival, the Orford Summer Academy, Scotia Festival of Music, Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, the String Program at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Rosamunde Summer Music Academy, and Burton Kaplan’s Magic Mountain Music Farm (NY). Her students have competed and won prizes at the National Music Festival as representatives from Manitoba in the String and Chamber Music categories, Saskatchewan Shurniak Concerto Competition, as well as the finals for the Shumiatcher Scholarship Competition (Regina) and Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg McClellan Competition.
Prof. DuWors is also in demand as an adjudicator and competition juror across Canada: the 2023 Canada West Performing Arts Festival, the 2018 National Music Festival (NB), festivals in Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw), Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary, Provincial Finals), British Columbia (Vancouver Kiwanis, Provincial Finals), Ontario (Provincial Finals), and Manitoba (WMC McLellan Competition, RMTA Scholarship Competition), Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory Scholarship Competition, Saskatchewan Orchestral Association. She served as a judge for the 52nd JUNO Awards and the 2023 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition.
Prof. DuWors regularly gives studio classes at Brandon University and has been invited to give masterclasses internationally: Tbilisi State Conservatory (Georgia), University of Victoria, University of Calgary, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Wilfrid Laurier University, Schulich School of Music-McGill University, Mount Allison University, Regina Conservatory of Music, The Ohio State University, University of Dayton (OH), University of Tennessee (Knoxville), University of Northern Colorado (Greeley), University of Oklahoma, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand), University of Regina, University of Manitoba.