Dr. Katerina Juraskova
Czech-born cellist Katerina Juraskova has been acclaimed for her “electrifying spells, natural intensity, beautiful phrasing and sonority” (Santa Barbara Independent), as “one of the great cellists of the future” (La Presse Montréal).
She graduated from the Prague State Conservatory and holds performance diplomas from the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland, Conservatoire européen de musique de Paris, France, Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, and Master and Doctorate degrees in Performance from McGill University, Canada. A registered Suzuki Cello Instructor, she took her training with Dr. Tanya L. Carey, and attended workshops with Rick Mooney, Timothy Durbin, and Avi Friedlander.
For nine years Ms. Juraskova was the principal cellist and soloist for l’Orchestre Classique de Montréal (formerly the McGill Chamber Orchestra). Her passion for Canadian contemporary music led to a collaboration with the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal with whom she served as the principal cellist and toured across Canada. She was the soloist in the highly acclaimed contemporary dance and music collaboration Corps Secrets working with Canadian dancer/choreographers Isabelle Van Grimde and José Navas, performing with them in Canada, Sweden and Japan. From 2006-2008 Dr. Juraskova served as the Principal Cellist and Artist in Residence of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Alabama. As soloist and chamber musician, her career has taken her to major concert venues on four continents.
Currently on the faculty of Suzuki Talent Education Program in Birmingham, Alabama, she has taught as an assistant chamber music teacher at the International Menuhin Music Academy, as a lecturer at the University of Montreal, and in Montgomery, as a cello instructor at the Montgomery Music Project. She has served as an adjudicator for the 2010 National Tour of the Canadian Music Competition and for the 2015 Sherbrooke Music Competition in Québec, Canada. During the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Juraskova is a roster musician for Magisterra Soloists, a chamber music ensemble based in London, Ontario. She will tour with them again in April and November 2020.
Ms. Juraskova studied the cello with František Pišinger of the Dvorak Quartet, Radu Aldulescu, Denis Brott, Antonio Lysy and Christopher Rex, and chamber music with Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy, Mauricio Fuks, Bernard Greenhouse, Kathleen Winkler and Jerome Lowenthal.
Katerina lives with her husband Thomas Hinds, Music Director and Conductor of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and their 6-year old son Christopher in Montgomery where they are active in the city's musical life.