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April 29, 1974 |
Moncton, NB, CAN
University of British Columbia, Associate Professor
Jasper Wood (born April 29, 1974 in Moncton, New Brunswick) is a Canadian concert violinist.
Jasper Wood was born into a musical family of six brothers and sisters in Moncton, New Brunswick. His brothers are Craig and Derek, His sisters, Anya, Heather and Lisette. He gave his first public performance at the age of five. Mr. Wood holds a master of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with David and Linda Cerone. An acclaimed competition winner, Jasper Wood has won numerous prizes and awards in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 1996 Jasper Wood embarked on his international solo career. Since then he has played with numerous orchestras including Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo, and the Winnipeg symphonies.
Mr. Wood has 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. He has recorded numerous CD’s for Endeavour Classics, Analekta, Disques Pelleas, and Naxos labels. His most recent CD was released in May 2006 with pianist David Riley (Endeavour Classics). This recording contains the violin/piano works of Béla Bartók, and Contrasts for violin, piano and clarinet with the principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Ricardo Morales.
His debut recording of the complete Eckhardt-Gramatté solo violin caprices was released on the Analekta label in 1999. In 2004 Jasper Wood was appointed an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia.
Jasper Wood has appeared in music videos on Bravo! television and on National Public Radio in the United States, and CBC/SRC Radio in Canada. In February 2007 he was featured on a one-hour documentary 'The Maritime Violin' for Mozus Productions and CBC TV.
- 1999 Eckhardt-Gramatte '13 Canadian Caprices' (Analekta)
- 2001 Saint-Saëns 'Music for Violin and Piano' (Disques Pelleas)
- 2003 Stravinsky 'Works for Violin and Piano' (Endeavour Classics)
- 2004 MacDonald 'Music of Andrew MacDonald' (Centrediscs)
- 2005 Ives 'Works for Violin & Piano' (Endeavour Classics)
- 2006 Bartók 'Contrasts' (Endeavour Classics)
- 2007 Berio 'Sequenzas' (Naxos Records)