Dr. Katerina Juraskova
Czech-born cellist Katerina Juraskova has been acclaimed for her “electrifying spells, natural intensity, beautiful phrasing and sonority” (Santa Barbara Independent), as “one of the great cellists of the future” (La Presse Montreal).
She graduated from the Prague State Conservatory and holds performance diplomas from the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland, Conservatoire européen de Musique de Paris, France, Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Performance from McGill University, Canada.
For nine years Ms. Juraskova was the principal cellist and soloist for the McGill Chamber Orchestra. Her passion for Canadian contemporary music led to a collaboration with the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal with whom she served as the principal cellist and toured across Canada. She was the soloist in the highly acclaimed contemporary dance and music collaboration Corps Secrets working with Canadian dancer/choreographers Isabelle Van Grimde and José Navas, performing with them in Canada, Sweden and Japan. From 2006-2008 Dr. Juraskova served as the Principal Cellist and Artist in Residence of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. As soloist and chamber musician, her career has taken her to major concert venues on three continents.
She has taught at the Montessori Academy and the Montgomery Music Project in Montgomery, AL, as an assistant chamber music teacher at the Internationl Menuhin Music Academy, and as a lecturer at the University of Montreal. She has served as an adjudicator for the 2010 National Tour of the Canadian Music Competition, for the 2015 Sherbrooke Music Competition in Québec, Canada, and annually for the ACES competition in Montgomery.
Ms. Juraskova studied the cello with František Pišinger of the Dvorak Quartet, Radu Aldulescu, Denis Brott, Antonio Lysy and Christopher Rex, and chamber music with Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy, Mauricio Fuks, Bernard Greenhouse, Kathleen Winkler and Jerome Lowenthal.
She attended workshops in the Suzuki method with Elayne Ras in Canada, and Rick Mooney and Timothy Durbin in the USA, took her teacher training with Dr. Tanya L. Carey, and is now a registered Suzuki Cello instructor.
Katerina lives with her husband Thomas Hinds, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and their 4-year old son Christopher in Montgomery where they are active in the city’s musical life.