Mark Skazinetsky joined the TSO in 1980 and has served as Associate Concertmaster since 2001. A native of Odessa, Ukraine, Mr. Skazinetsky earned a degree with honours in all four qualifications of performer, teacher, chamber instrumentalist, and orchestral player, from the State Conservatory of Odessa. At age fifteen he won first prize in the Ukrainian Competition for Young Talents and subsequently performed the Bruch G Minor Violin Concerto with the Odessa State Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1979 he immigrated to Canada and was immediately appointed Assistant Concertmaster with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Stratford’s Chamber Ensemble.
Mr. Skazinetsky is an active chamber musician and can be heard frequently on CBC Radio and in recital halls throughout the country. He is a founding member of the Maple Trio and of The Moveable Feast, the latter with which he recorded a CD with flutist Susan Hoeppner. He was also among a group of musicians whom Glenn Gould chose for his last recording and conducting début, Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (Sony Classical). More recent engagements have included performances in Italy, both in recital and as soloist with the Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari. He is currently on staff at the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto, as well as with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Mark Skazinetsky is also actively pursuing a conducting career. Since his conducting début with a University of Toronto ensemble in Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat, Mr. Skazinetsky has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Huronia Symphony Orchestra and has conducted the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Toronto Festive Orchestra, Virtuosi di Toronto (at its inaugural concert), New Hamilton Orchestra for two consecutive seasons, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Northern Lights Music Festival in Ajijic, Mexico.
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