Jasper Wood – Violin 1991, 1992
Canadian violinist Jasper Wood has performed with many of North America’s finest orchestras, in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Buffalo, and throughout Europe. He has performed under the batons of Gregory Novak, George Cleve, Georg Tintner, Bramwell Tovey, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Jasper has also garnered acclaim for his performances as a recitalist and chamber musician which have taken him to major cities worldwide in venues such as Dame Myra Hess (Chicago), Carnegie Weill Recital Hall (New York) and the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts. Jasper has been equally committed to performing in Canada’s smaller communities, such as the Northwest Territories and other parts of northern Canada.
Jasper performs with guitarist Daniel Bolshoy in Duo Rendezvous, and piano trio Triple Forte with pianist David Jalbert and cellist Yegor Dyachkov. He also performs frequently with pianist David Riley, with whom he has performed for twenty years and collaborated on multiple recordings. Jasper’s CD project in 2013 includes a recording of the works of American composer Mathew Fuerst. Education and outreach has always been important to Jasper, and as such regularly visits schools and gives masterclasses.
Jasper Wood resides in Vancouver with his wife, Grace, and two children, and is Associate Professor of violin and chamber music at the University of British Columbia.
Jasper Wood plays a 1914 Stefano Scarampella violin.
The New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music was a big part of my musical development as a child. I worked so hard each year to prepare for the festival. I’ve always thought that the competitive side of the festival is what really encouraged me to work harder and harder each year. There were so many great young musicians that I met at the festival each year. The friendships that I developed at this festival helped me develop important musical connections that have stayed with me throughout my career. I always look back on the festival with fond memories and encourage all new entrants to cherish and enjoy these fun times.