Jasper Wood has established himself as one of Canada’s top
violinists. His “thrilling virtuosity” (The Strad) and
“open luminous tones, seamless lines and impeccable technique”
(Toronto Star) have charmed the ears and captured the hearts of
music lovers everywhere.
his solo orchestral debut in 1987 with Symphony Nova Scotia under
the baton of Georg Tintner. Since then he has established a flourishing
reputation as a soloist through his frequent performances with
many of North America’s top orchestras including the Montreal,
Toronto, Buffalo, Winnipeg, Victoria, Newfoundland, Bay Atlantic,
and the Canadian Chamber Orchestra. Wood has also garnered acclaim
for his dazzling performances as a recitalist and chamber musician
which have taken him to major cities all over the world.
Jasper Wood’s debut album of 13 Canadian
Caprices on the Analekta label was released in 1999 to much critical
acclaim. Since then Wood has had a very diverse recording career
which has included the music of Ives, Stravinsky, Bartok, MacDonald,
Morawetz, Eckhardt-Gramatte, Berio and Saint-Saens under the Endeavour
Classics, Analekta, Disques Pelleas, Centrediscs and Naxos labels.
An avid supporter of new music, Wood has dedicated
much of his recording time to include world premieres and to promote
music that he feels deserves attention. His most recent CD was
released in November 2007 with pianist David Riley on the Centrediscs
label and contains the violin/piano works of Oskar Morawetz.
Jasper Wood performs regularly with his dynamic
piano trio Triple Forte (with pianist David Jalbert and cellist
Yegor Dyachkov) which was formed to join the forces of Canada’s
top young soloists. Wood can be heard frequently on National Public
Radio in the United States and CBC/SRC Radio in Canada. No stranger
to television, he can be seen and heard regularly on the CBC,
Bravo and the Knowledge Network. In 2007, Wood was featured in
a one hour nationally broadcast documentary/performance film titled
“the Maritime Violin of Jasper Wood” produced by Mozus
Productions and DreamStreet Pictures. Jasper Wood holds Bachelor
and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
His main teachers have been David and Linda Cerone, Oleh Krysa,
and Philippe Djokic. An acclaimed competition winner, Wood has
won numerous prizes and awards in the United States, Canada, and
Europe. He has also 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. Today he is in demand
as an adjudicator for many prestigous competitions across the
Currently residing in Vancouver with his wife
Grace and son Ryan, Wood is professor of violin at the University
of British Columbia.