Rylan Gajek ’16

Cello

Appearances: Victoria Chamber Orchestra, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Calgary Orchestra, Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Bard Conservatory Orchestra, Cambridge String Academy Orchestra, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall
Projects: Sounds of Social Change
Awards: First prize in the Canadian Music Competition (Senior Ensemble Division), First Prize in the Louis Sherman Concerto Competition, First Prize in the Don Chrysler Concerto Competition, Honorable mention in the Alexander & Buono International String Competition
Collaborations: Bard College Conservatory faculty, Ian Swensen, Kai Gluesteen, Dawn Upshaw, Melvin Chen, Todd Palmer, Duo Piano Pinnacle, Alexander Prior, Mark Morris, and Bill T. Jones
Recordings: Appeared with children’s entertainer Raffi on the 2009 album Communion
Education: Previously a student at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (with Paula Kiffner) and the Mount Royal University Conservatory (with John Kadz); currently a student of Peter Wiley and completing a double BA in Mathematics and Music Performance at Bard College Conservatory of Music; Masterclasses with Lynn Harrell, Paul Katz, Matt Haimovitz, Miklòs Pérenyi, Ron Leonard, Philippe Müller, Yuli Turovksy, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Raphael Wallfisch, Desmond Hoebig, Andrés Diaz, and Colin Carr
Festivals: Banff Masterclasses for Strings and Winds, Académie Musicale de Villecroze Masterclasses, Morningside Music Bridge, Domaine Forget, Salt Spring Island Chamber Music Festival
Upcoming: Concerto performances with Red Deer Symphony, Finalist in Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition

Rylan Gajek performed with The Orchestra Now on October 24 & 25, 2015.