Born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, 21-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 most recently, a Laureate of the Cochran International Piano Competition.
Jaeden is currently a student of Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School. Previously, his instructors were Ian Parker and Dr. Corey Hamm. An experienced recitalist, 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 has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony and the Lions Gate Sinfonia. Jaeden’s recordings have been presented nationally on CBC Radio, and in September 2019, his performance in Juilliard’s Paul Hall was broadcast live on WQXR in New York.
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 written solely by Canadian composers. His performance of Penticton-based composer Ernst Schneider’s Romantic Piano Concerto with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra was recorded live in 2019 for release on a CD of Canadian concertos. As a recipient of the 2020 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award, Jaeden gratefully acknowledges the support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.