Czech-Canadian cellist Katerina Juraskova has been acclaimed for her “electrifying spells, natural intensity, beautiful phrasing and sonority” (Santa Barbara Independent). She holds Doctoral and Master’s degrees from McGill University, as well as degrees from Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, Conservatoire européen de musique de Paris (France), and the International Menuhin Music Academy (Switzerland). For nine years she was the principal cellist and soloist for l’Orchestre Classique de Montréal (formerly the McGill Chamber Orchestra). Other principal cello positions and solo appearances include La Pietà, Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Montgomery (AL) Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra (Hamilton, ON), and Camerata Lysy Gstaad (Switzerland). Her career as a soloist and a chamber musician has taken her to major concert venues on four continents. Her teachers include František Pišinger, Radu Aldulescu, Denis Brott, Antonio Lysy, and Christopher Rex. A certified Suzuki cello instructor, she has studied the Suzuki Method in Chicago, IL, with Dr. Tanya Carey.
Dr. Juraskova is currently on the faculty of Forest City String School in London, ON, and Suzuki Talent Education Program in Birmingham (AL, USA). She has most recently taught cello and chamber music at Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, Magisterra Summer String Institute, the Suzuki String School of Guelph. Earlier teaching experience includes chamber music classes at the International Menuhin Music Academy, lectures at the University of Montreal, and adjudicating for the National Tour of the Canadian Music Competition and the Sherbrooke Competition in Québec. The 2022-2023 is her fourth season performing with Magisterra Soloists. She lives with her husband and son in London, ON, where she has a private studio and is active in the city’s cultural life.