Violinist Yolanda Bruno (1989) has been praised for her "total control of her instrument with infinite variety in the sound palette" (La Presse) and was recently named on CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30.
Yolanda has performed across North America and Europe including solos with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, L'Orchestre Métropolitain, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the London Mozart Players. She has appeared in festivals including the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, the BBC Proms and the International Musicians’ Seminar Prussia Cove. Yolanda’s performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, ICI Musique as well as on BBC Radio 3. A devoted chamber musician, Yolanda has collaborated with Pinchas Zukerman, Menahem Pressler, Paul Lewis and Levon Chilingirian.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, most recently winning the 2017 Isabel Overton Bader Violin Competition. She was the grand prize winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition (2013) and is also a three-time recipient of the Sylva Gelber Career Development Award. She is also 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. A laureate of the 2015 Canada Council of the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Yolanda was generously loaned the 1700 Taft Stradivari violin.
Yolanda is passionate about her role in engaging music in the community in Canada and abroad. She has performed and presented workshops in schools, carparks, long-term care facilities, hospitals and airports. Yolanda has worked with young people through the Multi-Story Orchestra’s school concerts in South London, through Health Arts Canada, with the East London Youth Orchestra and with the Youth of the Americas.
Raised in Ottawa, Yolanda completed studies with Jonathan Crow at McGill University, with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK and later with Julia Wedman on Baroque violin. Yolanda comes from a family of musicians. Her mother is a violin teacher and sister, Carmen Bruno, is a cellist. She is a contributor on CBC Radio 2’s In Concert program. Her broadcasts explore a variety of classical music performances happening in Canada in interesting and unexpected locations.
Yolanda’s upcoming season includes the launch of her debut album “The Wild Swans” with pianist Isabelle David, a residency at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance and a tour of Eastern Canada as part of Les Jeuneusses Musicales Canada. With Isabelle David, the duo will give world premieres of new works by Michel Szceniak and Richard Covey as well as the Canadian Premiere of a work by Caroline Shaw.
In 2018, Yolanda was named concertmaster of Kingston Symphony Orchestra. Yolanda performs on a 1737 Domenico Montagnana Violin on generous loan from Groupe Canimex Inc. in Drummondville, Quebec.