2024 Virtual Adjudicators

Katerina Juraskova

Small Ensembles

Katerina Juraskova

Czech-Canadian cellist Katerina Juraskova has been acclaimed for her "electrifying spells, natural intensity, beautiful phrasing and sonority" (Santa Barbara Independent). She holds Doctoral and Master's degrees from McGill University, as well as degrees from Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, Conservatoire européen de musique de Paris (France), and the International Menuhin Music Academy (Switzerland). For 9 years she was the Principal Cellist and Soloist for l'Orchestre Classique de Montréal (formerly the McGill Chamber Orchestra). Other Principal Cello positions and solo appearances include La Pietà, Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Montgomery (AL) Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra (Hamilton, ON), and Camerata Lysy Gstaad (Switzerland). Her career as a soloist and a chamber musician has taken her to major concert venues on four continents.

Her teachers include František Pišinger, Radu Aldulescu, Denis Brott, Antonio Lysy, and Christopher Rex. A certified Suzuki cello instructor, she has studied the Suzuki Method in Chicago, IL, with Dr. Tanya Carey.

Dr. Juraskova is an inspiring teacher, understanding that to teach is to nurture a love of beauty and the joy of performance, and to foster self-confidence and perseverance through the mastery of an instrument. She has helped students to prepare for auditions for youth orchestras in London and Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, the All-State Orchestra in AL, USA, and for the Royal Conservatory exams and Kiwanis Festival. Currently she is on the faculty of Forest City String School, the Maple and Spruce Music Academy in London, ON, and the Suzuki Talent Education Program in Birmingham (AL, USA), and she has recently taught cello and chamber music at Wilfried Laurier University's precollege String Academy in Waterloo, ON, Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, and Suzuki String School of Guelph. Earlier teaching experience includes chamber music classes at the International Menuhin Music Academy, lectures at the University of Montreal, and adjudication for the National Tour of the Canadian Music Competition and the Sherbrooke Competition in Québec. 2023-24 is her fifth season performing with Magisterra Soloists in London, ON.