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Winona Zelenka, cello

Winona Zelenka is one of Canada’s finest cellists on the scene today. As a soloist, she has performed concerti with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Mississauga Symphony and the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra among many others. She is a dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, as well as a champion of new music. In 2006 she formed Trio Arkel with violinist Marie Berard and violist Teng Li, and since 2013 they have been running a concert series at Trinity St.Paul’s Centre, featuring an eclectic mix of chamber music works and internationally famed guest artists.

In June of 2010 Winona released her first CD set of the Bach Suites for Solo Cello, a recording on Marquis Classics. It has received international acclaim, and in 2011 was nominated for a JUNO award in the category of solo/chamber music CD. Her second recording, released in 2012, is titled “Connections” and is of sonatas for cello and piano written by French composers, with the celebrated pianist Connie Shih. Her films with Moving Head Productions include interviews for BOLD TV and a complete performance of the Cassado Suite for solo cello, viewed by many thousands on Youtube.

Winona obtained her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma at the University of Indiana, where she studied with Janos Starker. Her other formative teachers were William Findlay, Vladimir Orloff and William Pleeth.

Winona has won orchestral positions in England, Canada and the United States. Presently Assistant Principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, she was acting Principal of that orchestra for five years, and for the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra for two seasons. She is also the lead cellist for the festival orchestra of Classical Tahoe in the summer, performing with top musicians from all over North America.

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