Canadian born violinist Alicia Venables, winner of the 2012 National Chamber Class at the Canadian National Music Festival, has had solo engagements with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, and also the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as a 2011 Morningside Music Bridge Concerto Competition finalist.
She has participated in world-renowned summer music festivals such as the senior Young Artists Programme in Ottawa under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman, Banff Master Class for Strings, as well as Morningside Music Bridge. She has won many top awards at British Columbia Performing Arts Festival as well as Calgary’s Kiwanis Music Festival, and took 1st place in the Senior Violin class at the 2012 Alberta Provincial Music Festival.
She has worked with many guest artists and respected musicians from around the world, including James Ehnes, Kim Kashkashian, Pinchas Zukerman, Nicola Benedetti, Leonidas Kavakos, Andres Cardenes, Li Lin, Tadeusz Gadzina, Gerardo Ribeiro, and members of the Miro, Shanghai, Pacifica and Brentano Quartets. Passionate about chamber music, she was a member of a piano trio at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with cellist and faculty member Jean-
Michel Fonteneau, performing Ravel’s piano trio, and was also in a string quartet performing Henri Dutilleux’s Ainsi La Nuit with Jean-Michel.
A native of a small town called Armstrong in British Columbia, Canada, Alicia began piano lessons at the age of 4 and violin at the age of 9. She has studied with Bill Van der Sloot, completing her Diploma in Classical Music Performance at Mount Royal University, and has just completed her Bachelor of Music Degree with Ian Swensen at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.