Martina Smazal

Martina Smazal, 780-863-6372,  martina.smazal@yahoo.ca;  Violin, Viola, Pedagogy, Theory, Harmony and Music History Instructor, offering Technique, Ear Training, Orchestral Excerpts and Leadership classes. Chamber Music and String Sectionals Coach, The Smazal Strings Orchestra Director, Festival Adjudicator, Competition Judge, String Programs Director and Co-ordinator, Executive Board Member of the Alberta String Association.

Of Czech descent and from Vienna, Austria, Martina Smazal holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Music degree from UBC, receiving scholarships and a Cum Laude standing. She was offered a full stipend to the International School of Musical Arts (Univ. of Washington), toured with the NYO under Kazuyoshi Akiyama and the NAO under Pinchas Zukerman at the start of her career, and since then served as Principal with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Strauss Symphony of Canada, BC Ballet, the Abbotsford Symphony, the Okanagan Symphony, the Vancouver Island Symphony, the Alberta Symphony and Opera Nuova among others. She has performed chamber music extensively with Juno and other award winners and since moving to Edmonton in 2011, has played extensively with the ESO, at the Citadel Theatre and with various ensembles in the city. Winner of multiple concerto and chamber music competitions, Ms. Smazal was a soloist with many orchestras and performed in Europe, Asia and across North America. She has been broadcast on TV, Radio and in movies, and has been involved in multiple recording projects. Martina served as Sessional Instructor at UBC and Music Director of UBC’s Summer Strings Institute for many years. She was the recipient of the Alberta String Association’s Teaching Excellence Award for 2019 and was a Finalist for RCM’s 125 Year Anniversary National All-Instrument Teacher Award. Ms. Smazal served as the Strings Co-ordinator for Edmonton Public Schools’ Music Enrichment Program and has taught at many academies and music festivals, since 1990.  Many of her students have gone on to professional careers as violinists and violists, winning national and international competitions and awards. Martina is in the final stages of becoming an RCM Examiner and is very passionate about teaching students of all ages and levels. She currently offers lessons in her home studio and online and is a member of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association.

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