Born in Salmon Arm, BC, 20-year-old Jaeden Izik-Dzurko is earning a reputation as a promising young artist. Jaeden has been recognized by audiences, conductors, and composers alike for the exceptional communicative power and thoughtfulness of his interpretations.
He is a Grand Prize winner at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition, a winner of Juilliard’s prestigious Gina Bachauer Scholarship Competition, Third Prize and Peter Takács Classical Sonata award winner at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and a Laureate of the Cochran International Piano Competition.
Currently studying Piano Performance at the Juilliard School with Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jaeden has organized and presented numerous solo recitals to benefit both community projects and international humanitarian organizations. He has collaborated with local and international instrumentalists, vocalists, and chamber ensembles and performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony, and the Lions Gate Sinfonia. He was a featured performer broadcast throughout Canada and streamed internationally on CBC Music, and will be broadcast live on NPR from Juilliard’s Paul Hall in September 2019.
Jaeden has earned a reputation as a passionate advocate for Canadian compositions and has been recognized for his exciting and insightful interpretations. In 2017, in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, he presented a successful solo recital of works by Canadian composers. His performance of Ernst Schneider’s Romantic Piano Concerto with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra was recorded for future release on a CD of Canadian concertos.