Jasper Wood

Jasper Wood

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A champion of contemporary classical music.

Biography

Jasper Wood was born into a musical family of six brothers and sisters in Moncton, New Brunswick and gave his first public performance at the age of five. Since then he has captured the hearts of music lovers everywhere with his "thrilling virtuosity" (The Strad) and his "sweet tunefulness edged in melancholy" (Washington Post).

Jasper Wood made his solo orchestral debut in 1987 with Symphony Nova Scotia under the baton of Georg Tintner. Since then he has established a flourishing reputation through his frequent performances with many of North America's top orchestras. He has performed with Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo, Winnipeg, Victoria, Newfoundland, Bay Atlantic, and the Canadian Chamber Orchestra to list a few. Mr. Wood continues to impress with his dazzling recitals and chamber music concerts which have taken him all over the world.

Mr. Wood holds a master of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with David and Linda Cerone. An acclaimed competition winner, Jasper Wood has won numerous prizes and awards in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He can be heard frequently on National Public Radio in the United States, and CBC/SRC Radio in Canada. He has recorded numerous CD's for Endeavour Classics, Analekta, Disques Pelleas, and Naxos. His most recent CD was released in May 2006 with pianist David Riley on the Endeavour Classics label and contains the violin/piano works of Bela Bartok, and Contrasts for violin, piano and clarinet with the principle clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra Ricardo Morales. He has also recorded music videos for the Bravo! television network. In 2007 Jasper Wood was featured in a one hour nationally broadcast documentary and performance video, produced by Mozus Productions and DreamStreet Pictures, entitled "the Maritime Violin of Jasper Wood".

Mr. Wood has been awarded both the Sylva Gelber Award and the Virginia Parker Prize, two of the most distinguished prizes awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Jasper Wood is a professor of violin at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. For more information on Mr. Wood please visit his website at www.jasperwood.net

Discography

A Child's Cry from Izieu (Centrediscs CMCCD 12807)

The Great Square of Pegasus (Centrediscs CMCCD 10004)

13 Canadian Caprices (Analekta FL 23149)

The Music of Stravinsky (Endeavour Classics END 1010)
Violin and piano works of Bartok (Endeavour Classics END 1014)

Violin and piano works of Charles Ives (Endeavour Classics END 1015)

The Music of Saint-Saens (Disques Pelleas CD 0110)