Celebrated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 2021 as one of “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30,” pianist Jaeden Izik-Dzurko is earning a reputation as a promising young artist. Recognized by audiences, conductors, composers, and critics alike for the exceptional communicative power and thoughtfulness of his interpretations, “…he projects a distinctive musical personality that imbues even the most routine passagework with character and individuality” (Calgary Herald).
Jaeden is a First Prize winner at the 2022 Hilton Head International Piano Competition and the 2022 Maria Canals International Music Competition. Most recently, he was awarded the First Prize, the Canon Audience Prize, and the Chamber Music Award at the 20th Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition. He is also a Grand Prize winner at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition, a winner of Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Scholarship Competition, and a Second Prize and J.S. Bach Prize winner at the OSM Competition.
Jaeden has appeared as a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony, the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, the Lions Gate Sinfonia, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE. His upcoming engagements include performances with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. His playing has been broadcast on CBC Radio’s In Concert, WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase and APM’s Performance Today.
An experienced recitalist, Jaeden was chosen by the Vancouver Recital Society to record a solo program for the premiere episode of “Virtually VRS” in September 2020. He has appeared in such venues as Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid. His October 2022 debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall drew a rave review from New York Concert Review: “…one of the most refined tonal palettes I have ever heard, combined with a polished close-to-the-keys technique, and a certain basic humility in the service of the music.”
Born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Jaeden earned his Bachelor of Music at The Juilliard School under Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky and his Master of Music at the University of British Columbia under Dr. Corey Hamm. He is also a former student of Ian Parker. An enthusiastic interpreter of contemporary music, especially works by Canadian composers, Jaeden’s performance of Ernst Schneider’s Romantic Piano Concerto (1980) with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra was recorded live in 2019 and released on Canadian Soundscapes in 2022. His June 2023 debut at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr included the world premiere of Somnis Radiants (Radiant Dreams, 2022) by Spanish Catalan composer Elisenda Fábregas.