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KU School of Music announces hire of violin professor and voice professor

Monday, April 22, 2013

Photo of Véronique MathieuLAWRENCE, KS — The KU School of Music welcomes Véronique Mathieu as assistant professor of violin and Maria Kanyova, DMA, as assistant professor of voice. Both will join the faculty for the fall 2013 semester.

Mathieu will instruct both undergraduate and graduate level students in violin, work to build and maintain a strong violin studio at KU, and be involved in student recruitment. Additionally, she will perform in KU School of Music concerts and events.

“We are very pleased to have such a dynamic and elegant musician joining our faculty,” Robert Walzel, KU School of Music dean, stated. “We anticipate Véronique’s contributions will have a positive impact on the School of Music.”

Mathieu, a native of Canada, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, South Africa, South America and the United States and has won many awards for her performances. As soloist, she has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Oakville Symphony Orchestra, the Filarmonica de Americana, the Kokomo Symphony and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and is a frequent guest soloist with the Montreal Contemporary Ensemble.

An avid contemporary music performer, she has premiered and commissioned many works by American and Canadian composers, and recorded for the CD series New Music at Indiana University and the label of Radio-Canada.

She completed her bachelor’s degree in Music at the Québec Conservatory. The following year she obtained an Artist Diploma with outstanding achievement in violin performance from McGill University as a student of Denise Lupien, and was a recipient of the Ethel J. Ivey Award and the Lloyd Carr Harris Scholarship. Mathieu completed a Performer Diploma and a master’s degree in music at Indiana University, studying under Miriam Fried. She is a candidate for the Doctor of Music degree in violin performance at Indiana University under the guidance of Mark Kaplan.

Mathieu has served on the faculty of State University of New York in Buffalo and the Toronto School for Strings.

Photo of Maria KanyovaKanyova will teach undergraduate and graduate voice students and will be involved in student recruitment. Additionally, she will maintain an active presence as a solo performer.

“We are very excited to have such a distinguished performer and teacher join our faculty,” Robert Walzel, KU School of Music dean, stated. “It is even more special for us to welcome one of our most accomplished alumna to join our faculty.”

Kanyova has been hailed by critics as an extraordinary singing actress. She has enjoyed an active career encompassing a wide repertoire. Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, one of her signature roles, has been seen at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Portland Opera and Utah Opera; Mimi in La Boheme with New York City Opera (telecast on PBS), Houston Grand Opera and Dallas Opera; Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Miami Opera, Madison Opera and Tulsa Opera; Nedda in IPagliacci with Dallas Opera and New York City Opera; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Glimmerglass Opera as well as Donna Elivira with Los Angeles Opera and Opera Colorado; Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Colorado and Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore with Boston Lyric Opera and Colorado Opera; Norina in Don Pasquale with Palm Beach Opera; Gretel in Hansel und Gretel with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Los Angeles Opera; Tatyana in Eugene Oneginwith Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Opera and Opera Pacific; the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica at New York City Opera; Konstanze in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail with Opera Colorado; the title role in Janacek’s Jenufa with Glimmerglass Opera; Blance de la Force in Poulenc’s The Dialogues of the Carmelites with Glimmerglass Opera and Corinna in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims with New York City Opera. A strong proponent for new opera, Maria Kanyova has created many new roles, as well as reprising major contemporary operas. 

Although Kanyova maintains a rigorous performing schedule, she continues to be a dedicated teacher of voice and believes that her performances are enhanced by her continued commitment to teaching. She holds a BME/Choral Education degree from UMKC, and the MM/Voice and DMA/Voice degrees from the University of Kansas.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. music.ku.edu.

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