Judith Davenport


Judith DavenportEmail:  music@uwaterloo.ca

Judith Davenport, a native of St.John's NF, began her studies on the violin when she was five years old. In a desperate attempt to get into the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra at the age of ten, she decided to switch to viola and has never looked back.

Judith studied with members of the Atlantic String Quartet and moved to Kitchener in 1992 to continue her education at Wilfrid Laurier University with members of the Penderecki String Quartet. During her studies, Judith won the Wilfrid Laurier Concerto Competition as well as the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition.  She has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra, continuing her summer studies in Banff, at the Orford Arts Centre and has participated in a number of QuartetFests at Wilfrid Laurier University.  

Judith's primary teachers have been Laura Wilcox, Yariv Aloni and Dov Scheindlin.  She has performed in masterclasses with many of today's most prominent musicians including Karen Tuttle, Paul Coletti, and Lorand Fenyves.

She is an active freelance musician playing with such orchestras as the Shaw Festival, Elora Festival Orchestra, Festival of the Sound Orchestra, Grand River Baroque Festival, the Aradia Ensemble and the Westben Festival Orchestra.

Judith is an avid chamber musician and a founding member of the Bremen String Quartet which is in high demand to perform at venues such as PI Bistro series, KWMS, First United, WLU, Conrad Grebel and the Guelph Connections series.  She has been featured with the 4tet on the KWS's Baroque and Beyond series, performed at the Leith Summer Festival in July 2011, and presented a chamber music seminar and a series of masterclasses at the National Academy Orchestra 's chamber music festival. 

As an educator, Judith is very active in the Kitchener-Waterloo community.  She has taught at University of Waterloo (Conrad Grebel), University of Toronto, Eastwood Collegiate as well as maintaining a small private studio and giving masterclasses at Wilfrid Laurier.  She is regularly called upon to coach the string sections of the KWS Youth Orchestra and the WLU orchestra.  Judith is part of the resident faculty for IMC (Interprovincial Music Camp) and has acted as mentor to the young violists of the National Academy Orchestra at the Brott Festival in Hamilton.  She is also in high demand as a clinician across southern Ontario.  In 2008 the Bremen String Quartet established a highly successful chamber music program for young musicians under the auspices of the KWS.

Judith has held the position of Associate Principal Viola with the KWS since October, 2002.

University of Waterloo

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