Vivian Kukiel, 18, is a Toronto based violinist. At the age of 7, she was invited to the studio of Kelly ParkinsLindstrom
and has since attained the highest practical RCM Exam Mark in the Province for two years running. Subsequently, she was awarded First Class Honors with Distinction for her ARCT Exam. She was named Most Promising Violinist after winning 1st Prize at the OMFA Provincials twice.
On a National level, Vivian has been awarded 1st Place for her age at the 2014 and 2016 Canadian Music Competition, and 2nd Place at the OMFA Nationals. She joined the Royal Conservatory of Music Taylor Academy in 2009 and is currently studying with the renowned Curtis and Peabody Institude pedagogue Victor Danchenko. She also works privately with Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Crow.
Vivian has been a soloist with the Academy Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Niagara Symphony, and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony. She was also invited to perform the Bach Double Violin Concerto with the Tokyo String Quartet 1st Violinist, Martin Beaver. At the Royal Conservatory of Music, she has been invited to perform for Peter Oundjian, Ida Kavafian, and Midori. During the summer, she frequents some of America’s most renowned Chamber Music Festivals, including Music@Menlo, under the direction of David Finckel and Wu Han, the National Arts Centre’s Young Artist Program under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman, as well as the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival. This summer she plans to attend the National Arts Centre’s Young Artist Program, the Orford Academy, as well as the Salzburg Mozarteum Festival.