Lynn Kuo

 

Biography

 

Violinist Lynn Kuo has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across Canada, United States, Wales, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, and Ukraine. As guest soloist, she has performed with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Thirteen Strings, Canadian Sinfonietta, Brandon Chamber Players, Nexus percussion ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria), Cantus Ensemble (Croatia), Lviv Philharmonic, Lviv Virtuosi (Ukraine), and as special guest soloist with Hungary’s gypsy orchestra, Rajkó Band. The 2014-15 season includes a performance of Beethoven Triple Concerto with cellist Rafael Hoekman, pianist Thomas Yee, and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra; Schubert's Rondo in A major with members of the Canadian Sinfonietta; and a concert tour of China and Hong Kong with the University of Toronto New Music Ensemble.

In demand as an interpreter of new music, Lynn has given numerous world premieres in both North America and Europe of acoustic and electroacoustic solo and chamber works written by international composers. These works have been written for her and various ensembles that have included the Les AMIS Ensemble, Duo Vita, and for the Kuo-Humetska duo with Ukrainian-Canadian pianist, Marianna Humetska. In 2012, Lynn, joined by pianist Marianna Humetska ; yangqin player Anna Guo, and Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings (directed by Kevin Mallon), gave the world premiere of Si Yi – The Four Arts, a commissioned work by Alice Ping Yee Ho.

Maintaining a busy performance schedule, Lynn regularly performs for Toronto's Les AMIS Concerts and has led the Les AMIS Ensemble in five European concert tours. Lynn continues to collaborate with leading artists, having performed solo and chamber works with such artists as the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, the Penderecki String Quartet, Ensemble Vivant, Christoph Eschenbach, the Gryphon Trio, and with other eminent artists at the University of Toronto New Music Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Music Biennale Zagreb Festival (Croatia), Kiev Music Fest, and Lviv “Contrasts” Festival (Ukraine).

Lynn’s performances have been broadcast on Canadian, Serbian, and Hungarian radio and television. In 2010, Lynn recorded music of Nino Rota for the NAXOS label, recording with pianist Mary Kenedi. With pianist, Marianna Humetska, Lynn also released their debut CD, LOVE: Innocence, Passion, Obsession in April 2014.

Based in Toronto, Lynn is the Assistant Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, in addition to performing with the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Lynn has also performed as guest concertmaster of orchestras that have included the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Opera Hamilton, and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Lynn has also served as adjudicator, guest artist, teacher, and lecturer at Canadian festivals and universities.

Having completed studies with Lorand Fenyves, Mayumi Seiler, Erika Raum, and post-doctoral studies with Burton Kaplan, Lynn holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, having dedicated her research to the subject of holistic health and injury prevention in orchestral string musicians.

Updated 12/03/14