Andréa Tyniec

Violinist Andréa Tyniec, who “plays with exceptional musicality and intensity” (La Presse) has moved audiences all over the world. She has performed as a soloist with Canadian and international orchestras such as l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Münchener Kammerorchester (Germany), and the Akbank Chamber Orchestra (Istanbul).

Andréa fostered an early passion for contemporary works, which has led to premiering numerous compositions from Canadian composers. With conductor Véronique Lacroix and the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, she premiered and recorded André Ristic’s Violin Concerto (ATMA), and premiered Alec Hall’s violin Concerto. The first prize winner of Italy’s Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition 2008, she performed her Debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 2009, and has recently recorded the six solo sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe She is currently based in Toronto.

Past winner, Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank

2012-2015: 1900 Stefano Scarampella violin

1689 Baumgartner Stradivari violin

This early period Stradivari was acquired by Gordon Jeffrey from Robert Masters, the concertmaster of the Bath (England) Festival Orchestra during Yehudi Menuhin's tenure as conductor. The instrument was used in many recordings made by the Orchestra under Menuhin's direction. Étienne Périlhon of Paris owned it in the early 1950s, followed by P. Nicholson of Folkestone, England, in the early 1960s. In 1963, Mr. Fritz Baumgartner of Basel, Switzerland, acquired the violin. In 1986 Gordon Jeffrey, a great patron of music and scion of the family that founded London Life Insurance Company, bequeathed it to the University of Western Ontario, from which an anonymous donor purchased it in 1997.

  • Anonymous loan
  • Acquired: 1997
  • Value: $5.5 million