Violinist Yolanda Bruno has been praised for her "total control of her instrument with infinite variety in the sound palette" (La Presse) and was recently named one of CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30.
Yolanda has performed across North America and Europe including solos with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, L'Orchestre Métropolitain, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the London Mozart Players. She has appeared in festivals including the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, the BBC Proms, and the International Musicians’ Seminar Prussia Cove. Yolanda’s performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, ICI Musique, and BBC Radio 3. A devoted chamber musician, she has collaborated with Pinchas Zukerman, Paul Lewis, Sandeep Das, and Menahem Pressler.
Yolanda is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, most recently winning the 2017 Isabel Overton Bader Violin Competition. She was the Grand Prize winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition (2013) and is also a three-time recipient of the Sylva Gelber Career Development Award. She is also the recipient of Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Award, a distinction shared with her fellow Canadian musicians Yannick Nézet-Séguin, James Ehnes, and Marc-André Hamelin.
Yolanda is passionate about her role in engaging music in the community in Canada and abroad. She has performed and presented workshops in schools, carparks, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and airports. Yolanda has worked with young people through the Multi-Story Orchestra’s school concerts in South London; through Health Arts Canada, with the East London Youth Orchestra; and with the Youth of the Americas.
Raised in Ottawa, Yolanda completed studies with Jonathan Crow at McGill University and later with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK. Yolanda comes from a family of musicians. Her mother is a violin teacher and her sister, Carmen Bruno, is a cellist. Yolanda is a contributor on CBC Radio 2’s In Concert program. Her broadcasts explore a variety of classical music performances happening in Canada in interesting and unexpected locations.
Yolanda’s 2019/20 season will include the launch of her début album, The Wild Swans, with pianist Isabelle David, a residency at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, and solo performances with l’Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire.
In 2018, Yolanda was appointed concertmaster of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. She currently performs on a 1737 Domenico Montagnana violin on generous loan from Canimex Inc. in Drummondville, Quebec.
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