Kerry DuWors (BMus ’01)

Since graduating from the School of Music in 2001, violinist Kerry DuWors (BMus ’01) continued at the Banff Centre for the Arts before completing her MMus at the University of Toronto where she was the recipient of many prestigious awards and scholarships. Kerry is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance & Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

Kerry has earned accolades for her “poise and maturity” and “spellbinding expression” and as the winner of the 26th Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, she made a début Canada-wide recital tour with pianist Lydia Wong in 2003. She has collaborated with internationally acclaimed soloists and chamber music ensembles including James Ehnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Rena Sharon, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Angela Cheng, the Lafayette, St. Lawrence and Penderecki Quartets, and the Gryphon Trio and has studied with some of the most acclaimed violinists on the continent.

Kerry formed duo526 with pianist Futaba Niekawa in 2011 and recently joined The Knights, an ensemble based in New York City devoted to expanding the orchestral concert experience with diverse and innovative programming, for performances with Yo-Yo Ma and a tour of Germany. Kerry is an advocate for new music and has commissioned and presented world premières of several works for violin.

While maintaining a demanding concert career as soloist and chamber musician, Kerry is a dedicated mentor and teacher and is Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Manitoba’s Brandon University. A four-time winner of the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, she currently plays on the 1902 Enrico Rocca violin.