Matilda Kaul

Canadian violinist Matilda Kaul has enjoyed a multi-faceted career since her graduation from the Juilliard School and Cleveland Institute of Music. As a member of the acclaimed Daedalus Quartet, a group described by The New Yorker as “one of the finest...to emerge in our current golden age of string quartets,” Its latest CD, the music of Joan Tower, including the Daedalus commission ‘White Water’ is due out in early 2016 (Naxos). The Quartet is also String Quartet in Residence at both Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining the quartet in 2012, Matilda had made Europe her professional base for 10 years. After her studies, she became a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (a position she still holds), working with esteemed conductors such as Haitink, Harnoncourt, Nezet-Seguin, Jurowski and with the orchestra directing itself. She has been a frequent guest concertmaster and principal in orchestras across Europe (Zurich Tonhalle, BBC Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra). She maintains a strong interest in historical performance practice. Matilda was born in North Bay and currently splits her time between New York and Helsinki.

Past Winner, Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank:

2012-2015: 1747 Palmason Januarius Gagliano violin

1747 Palmason Januarius Gagliano violin

This fine violin was made by Januarius Gagliano in Naples in 1747. In 1895, W.E. Hill & Sons of London sold the violin to John A. Brown, Esq. In 1938, it was sold by Pierre Vidoudez to Jean Klein of Geneva. Pearl Palmason of Toronto purchased the instrument in 1960 when she was a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and loaned it to the Canada Council in 2003. After her death, the heir of the violin, who wishes to remain anonymous, continued the loan.

  • On loan from an anonymous donor 
  • Acquired: 2003
  • Value: $375,000.