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     Prystawski, Walter (12th February 1933-Present)

    He is a violinist and teacher born in Toronto, Canada, who studied at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. 

     

    In 1953 he began a 5-year stint with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra while also performing with the CBC Symphony Orchestra between 1956 and 1959. 

     

    Moving to Switzerland to take further musical studies he landed himself the position of soloist, then concertmaster, with the Lucerne Festival Strings, who he performed and toured with for 9 years from 1960 in the company of acclaimed musicians such as Zino Francescatti, Regis Pasquier and Eduard Kaufman.  This wasn’t his only job over there though as he was also with the Lucerne Trio from 1966 to 1969 and First Concertmaster of the Basler Orchester Gesellschaft from 1967 to 1969. 

     

    On his return to Canada in 1969 he became the founding concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and would remain with them until his retirement in 2006. 

     

    Aside from this work he was also heard in recitals as a soloist and chamber musician and in 1986 saw him becoming a co-founder of the Pierrot Ensemble which is known for it’s performances of contemporary music.  

     

    No stranger to the recording studio he can be heard on many albums including A Baroque Weekend, A Vivaldi Weekend, Vivaldi: The Four Seasons and The Premium Collection: 75 Classical Masterworks among others. 

     

    As a teacher he taught at the Lucerne Conservatory for several years before his return to Canada in 1969 and then held teaching positions at the University of Ottawa and the Conservatoire de Hull. 

     

    He has also beena jury member at the Montreal International Music Competition in 1975 and many other competitions held in Canada since. 

     

    Recognised for his contribution to music he was honoured by being made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa in 2001.

     

    Lucerne Festival Strings recordings

    Adagio in G minor (Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni)

    Deutsche Grammophon DG 413 248 2 (CD: Adagio)

    Conductor - Rudolf Baumgartner  

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/PrinterFriendly.cfm?Params=U1ARTU0002883
    2. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=43:5802~T3
    3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Prystawski
    4. http://www.uottawa.ca/services/markcom/gazette/010601/010601-art01-6-e.shtml
    5. http://ottawastart.com/story/2089.php

    6.      http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=41:47155~T3

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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