Young Artist Program in Violin

This class is open to senior violin students, and provides instruction in a setting that moves towards traditional music college/university instruction while maintaining roots in Suzuki philosophy and pedagogy. It is expected that these senior players, who provide a role model to other participating students, will join enthusiastically in other Institute events.

Students Eligible: Violinists who have completed Suzuki Bk. 8. Admission to the YAP program is based on invitation following a successful video audition.

Program includes:

Cost: $530 CDN

Please note that mature students may better handle the audition process and the public master class instruction in the Young Artist Program. While there are no age limits, high school age students may adapt to this somewhat more intense experience more easily than younger children. The regular Senior String program is another very rewarding option available for advanced students who are not sure about the YAP, or who are not accepted into the program (there is strictly limited enrollment in the YAP).

How to apply:

By May 1st, apply online or download the Young Artist Program application form and mail the completed form along with your deposit to Tracy Jewell, Administrative Coordinator, Speedvale Postal Outlet, P. O. Box 26058, Guelph ON: N1E 6W1, CANADA. If you register online you will still need to mail your deposit to this address.

Prepare your video audition, upload to a web hosting service, and email download links to Ellen Berry by May 1, 2015 (no exceptions). See the link below for Video Audition instructions.

NOTE: Audition recordings will not be processed until we have received the registration fee. Some classes will begin on Sunday August 9, and you will be notified via email of the specific times.

APPLY ONLINE NOW | YAP Video Audition Instructions

Jeremy Bell

Violinist Jerzy Kapłanek has established himself internationally as a chamber musician, member of the celebrated Penderecki String Quartet, soloist, dedicated teacher, adjudicator, artistic director of QuartetFest and lately as a jazz violinist.

He performs throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America over 80 concerts each season. His recently released album of works by Karol Szymanowski with pianist Stéphan Sylvestre was highly praised by The Strad magazine as "an outstanding release". His discography with the Penderecki Quartet comprises over two dozen CD's (Marquis, Eclectra, CBC, CMC, EMI labels), including the highly acclaimed recording of the complete string quartets of Béla Bartók,.

Mr. Kaplanek has collaborated with such notable musicians as pianists Stéphan Sylvestre, Francine Kay, Jamie Parker, Vladimir Feltsman, Lev Natochenny, Janina Fialkowska, cellists Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Antonio Lysy, Marc Johnson and clarinetist James Campbell. He is frequently heard on CBC Radio and NPR. He has made solo appearances with the Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton and CBC Vancouver Symphonies and was a featured soloist at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Jerzy Kapłanek was born in Poland in 1965. His music education started at the age of six on piano and at the age of ten he began his violin studies. In 1984, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory in Bytom. In 1990, he graduated with a Master's Degree in Musical Arts from the prestigious Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. There, he studied with the distinguished teachers Janusz Skramlik, Aureli Błaszczok and Stanisław Lewandowski

In 1987-88 he studied with Efim Boico and the Fine Arts Quartet at the Chamber Music Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1989-90, he was a student of Sylvia Rosenberg in New York City and in 1990-91 he studied with Daniel Heifetz, the Guarneri String Quartet and its violinists, Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley. Pursuing his interest in performance practice, Mr. Kapłanek also worked with the pioneer of baroque violin, Jaap Schroeder.

Jerzy Kapłanek is presently an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where since 1991 he has been teaching violin and chamber music. He frequently gives master classes in Canada and abroad.

Mr. Kaplanek performs on a 1680 Antonio Casini violin made in Modena, Italy.


Alexander Technique Seminar

with Tanya Bénard (ON)

Information at this LINK.

YAP students may enroll in the special Seminar on the Alexander Technique, held on the evening of Monday August 10.