A native of Hamilton, Ontario, with roots in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanya Charles Iveniuk has performed across North and South America and the Caribbean. Recipient of the Women’s Art Associate of Canada – Luella McCleary Award, the Gabriella Dory Prize in Music, and the Hamilton Black History Association’s John C Holland Award, Tanya received a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Toronto, and an Artist Diploma (Orchestral Performance) from the Glenn Gould School.
Currently, she is the concertmaster of the Obiora Ensemble and has been since its creation. Additionally, she is a member of Ensemble du Monde (Guadeloupe), Toronto Mozart Players, and the Odin Quartet. Her former posts include Sinfonia Toronto as Concertmaster and soloist with the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra (COMF) and the COMF Virtuosi (SC, USA), and Associate Concertmaster of the 2015 Gateways Festival Orchestra (NY, USA).
Tanya is a dedicated educator and an in-demand string adjudicator and clinician abroad as well as in Ontario. In the Caribbean, for over ten years, Tanya has been instrumental in aiding with the implementation of string-education training in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. She is also on the Education Outreach Team for Ensemble du Monde (Guadeloupe), the Logistics and String Education teams for the All Caribbean Youth Orchestra program (St. Martin/Sint Maarten), and has been a guest instructor for the Centro Regional de Estudios Musicales (Mexico). Tanya is based in Toronto and is on faculty at the University of Toronto – Faculty of Music and Royal Conservatory of Music (Oscar Peterson Program).
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