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     Katerina Juraskova’s many prizes, including Second Place in the Beethoven International Competition and First Place in both the McGill/Canadian Broadcasting Company Concerto Competition and the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, have set her apart as a player of distinction. She was the recipient of the Fonorola Montreal Young Artist Award and the Esperia Foundation Award.
     Miss Juraskova has had extensive orchestral experience as Principal Cello of the McGill Chamber Orchestra, La Pieta Chamber Orchestra, The National Academy Orchestra, The Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra and the Prager Symphonikers. She has performed as a chamber musician to great acclaim at festivals in Canada, Belgium, Sweden and Japan. She just completed her first year of a two-year cello fellowship with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra in Montgomery, Alabama.
     A native of the Czech Republic, Miss Juraskova holds a Doctorate in Cello Performance from McGill University; Diplomas from The Conservatoire de musique, The International Meunhin Music Academy and The Conservatoire Europeen de musique de Paris; and a Bachelors degree from The Prague State Conservatory.