Violinist Andréa Tyniec has created a multidimensional performance career as a soloist and as a collaborator with dance and theatre; and is recognized as a promoter of contemporary music, particularly of Canadian new works. Acclaimed for her “exceptional musicality and intensity” (La Presse), she has performed as a soloist internationally and across Canada with orchestras such as l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Calgary Symphony led by Eric Paetkau, the Münchener Kammerorchester (Germany), and I Virtuosi Italiani (Italy).
Andréa premiered and recorded Ana Sokolović's violin concerto 'Evta' (ATMA, 2019), and André Ristic's violin concerto 'Projet d'Opéra' (ATMA 2013) with the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal+. She also premiered Alec Hall's violin concerto 'Object Permanence' in 2014. Andréa released her "simply stunning" (The WholeNote) recording of the Six Sonatas for Solo Violin by Eugène Ysaÿe in 2015.
Her current performance project Forgiving is a hybrid of a solo violin concert and a guided meditation on forgiveness, adapted for all venues from concert halls, to yoga studios, to prisons. This project brings together Andréa’s experience in performing and speaking to all audiences, and her ability to bring vulnerability and empathy through music to people who want to take the next step in living a life of greater choice, honesty and empowerment.
Highlights of the 2018-2019 season include solo performances of Peteris Vasks violin concerto 'Distant Light' with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and Christos Hatzis "Arabesque" violin concerto with Sinfonia Toronto. In 2020, Andréa will reprise her role in the theatre piece ‘Infinity’ by Hannah Moscovitch at the Cultch in Vancouver.
Among the many awards and honors she has received, Andréa is the 1st Prize winner of Italy’s Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition 2008 and a three time recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. Andréa performed her Debut recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 2009, and has performed internationally in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Holland, Germany, France, Poland, Turkey, and in the USA.
Born to Polish and Bolivian parents and raised in Montreal, Canada, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Sonia Jelinkova, followed by a master’s degree in Music Performance at Michigan State University. While she was based in Europe, Andréa completed her Solistendiplom at the Hochschule Musik und Theater Zürich and her Konzertexamen at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with Josef Rissin. She also participated in masterclasses with Salvatore Accardo at the Fondazione Walter Stauffer in Cremona, Italy, and was greatly inspired by her studies with Ana Chumachenco. She is a graduate Fellow of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Andréa plays on a beautiful violin by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda (1844) a generous loan by Canimex.