Sask. musicians win Canada Council competition

Saskatchewan violinists Kerry DuWors and Carissa Klopoushak were among 18 winners of the prestigious Canada Council 2012 Musical Instrument Bank Competition, which gives classical musicians the opportunity to play rare, exceptional instruments for a three-year period.

Carissa Klopoushak has won the opportunity to play a 1869 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin and Vuillaume model bow, with a total value of $212,000. Kerry DuWors will be playing a 1902 Enrico Rocca violin, valued at $225,000.

Carissa KlopoushakCarissa Klopoushak’s playing has been described as the “complete package” of sensitive musicianship and effortless technique. An active chamber musician, she performs with several Montréal groups including Warhol Dervish, Ensemble Mooncrest, and Portmantô. She is the lead singer and violinist in the Ukrainian band Tyt i Tam, and performs frequently with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Active in the Prairie music scene, Klopoushak performs with Boundary Ensemble (Regina) and is an Artistic Director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival (Saskatoon). In 2009, as winner of the 32nd annual Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition, she toured across Canada with pianist Philip Chiu. She teaches violin and chamber music at McGill University where she is also completing a doctorate in violin performance, focusing on the little-known violin repertoire by Ukrainian composers.

Carissa Klopoushak was born and raised in Saskatoon, and is currently based in Montréal. You can learn more about her on her website at

Kerry Duwors

Violinist Kerry DuWors has performed as soloist and chamber musician across North America, Europe and New Zealand. Dedicated to collaboration in diverse musical settings, she has worked with the St. Lawrence and Lafayette String Quartets, the Knights (New York) and the Boundary Ensemble (Regina, Saskatchewan).

Recently she has performed in venues such as Jordan Hall (Boston), Carnegie Hall and the Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York), and Germany’s Beethovenfest (Bonn), RadialSystem V (Berlin) and Semperoper (Dresden). She has been a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony, Red Deer Symphony, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. She has received many prestigious awards including the grand prize at the 26th Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, the Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music Excellence and two Canada Council Career Development Grants.

She is currently an assistant professor of violin at Brandon University, and is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY). Kerry DuWors was born in Saskatoon. For more about her, visit


About the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank

Every three years, talented Canadian classical musicians compete for the chance to borrow legendary instruments from the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank. The competition is intense and is decided by a jury of professional musicians and peers. Musicians who win the competition are often invited to perform with their instruments on some of the world’s most celebrated stages.

The instrument bank includes close to 20 magnificent instruments worth a total of over $35 million. These violins, cellos and bows, created by such master craftsmen as Stradivari, Gagliano and Pressenda, have been donated or lent to the MIB since it was created in 1985.

For more on the instrument bank, visit

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