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Iryna Krechkovsky (DMA Candidate) Wins Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition

September 26, 2012


Eighteen classical musicians are excited to have the opportunity to play an instrument from the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank for the next three years.

Since last Sunday, 28 finalists have been auditioning at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto for a 3-year loan of one of 17 fine-stringed instruments and one cello bow created between 1689 and 1929. The winner’s placement in the competition determined the order in which they chose their instrument—the most coveted being the Stradivari violins and cello along with the Guarneri del Gesù, valued in the millions.

Download photos of winners, and biographical notes and instrument descriptions in the eletronic press kit.

“These artists will travel the globe bringing to life the Instrument Bank’s violins and cellos for countless audience members,” said Canada Council Director and CEO Robert Sirman. “Over the next three years, they will develop a very personal relationship with their instrument while sharing with the world their love of music, their passion for performance and their exceptional talents.”

Celebrated for her tone, emotionality and precision, violinist Iryna Krechkovsky has been featured at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Town Hall in Seattle, and The American Church in Paris, France. She was a top prize winner at the Sorantin International Competition (San Angelo, Texas), the Canadian Music Competition and the Kocian International Violin Competition (Czech Republic). She has performed as soloist with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra (Ohio), the Toronto Sinfonietta, and the Lviv National Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine).

As a distinguished chamber artist, she has been invited to perform at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Stony Brook Faculty Recital Series (New York) and The Banff Centre for the Arts. Iryna Krechkovsky is currently completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University in New York.

She was born in Ukraine, raised in Toronto and is currently based in Irvine, California.

1689 Baumgartner Stradivari, valued at $5 million

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