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Yolanda Bruno

Band and Orchestra (Violin)

Yolanda Bruno

Band and Orchestra (Violin)

Yolanda Bruno is a brilliant young Canadian violin virtuoso with an intense devotion to communicating with an audience. Her exhilarating approach to making music has branded her one of CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30 and has brought her solo engagements with orchestras across North America and Europe.

Born in Ottawa, Yolanda began violin lessons with her mother at age five and quickly discovered the joys of performance. By the time she was ten, she knew she wanted a future in music. It happened one afternoon when she was looking after her brother - a toddler wailing away in his playpen. She grabbed her violin in the hopes that the music would distract him. She tossed off some folk tunes and he was soon laughing and dancing to the sounds of the music. It was a light bulb moment music could bring happiness to even the grumpiest listener!

Since then, she’s gone on to win the OSM Standard Life Competition, the inaugural Isabel Overton Bader Violin Competition and is the recipient of Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Award, a distinction shared with her fellow Canadian musicians Yannick Nézet-Séguin, James Ehnes and Marc-André Hamelin.

Yolanda joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2019 and previously served as concertmaster with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. She currently performs on an enchanting Domenico Montagnana violin made in Venice in 1737 on generous loan from Canimex Inc. in Drummondville, Quebec.

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