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Elaine Klimasko
Artistic Director

Elaine Klimasko began her musical studies at the age of four and soon after received a full string scholarship at Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She studied in Canada, at Indiana University and the Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Her renowned teachers include Lorand Fenyves, Franco Gulli and Josef Gingold.

Miss Klimasko's distinguished career as an orchestral and chamber musician, teacher and adjudicator has taken her all over the world. She is a founding member of the National Orchestra Centre Orchestra and is still the youngest person to have ever won a position with them. She has appeared as a soloist with them numerous times. She is also a well known chamber musician and has performed with such renowned artists as Jaime Laredo, Pinchas Zukerman, William Preucil and Leonard Rose. Elaine Klimasko has earned an international reputation as a dedicated teacher and has a very active schedule presenting master classes, coaching chamber music, adjudicating Canadian Music festivals, training string players for the International Orchestral Studies Programme, serving on juries for competitions and teaching privately. Most recently she presented master classes in China and Argentina. Her students are frequent winners of important competitions and have prestigious positions as soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral musicians world wide. In 2003 Pinchas Zukerman asked her to launch the first Pre­College Young Artists Programme which attracts students from all over the world.


Judy Ginsburg

“Pianist Judith Ginsburg, possibly the best of Ottawa’s regular accompanists, had a fine rapport with the soloist and was deft and musical, as always.” (Ottawa Citizen) Since 1987, Judith has been Principal Repetiteur of Opera Lyra Ottawa. She is a frequent performer in the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Music and Beyond Festival, and has been heard in the National Arts Centre’s Music for a Sunday Afternoon, Almonte in Concert Series and on CBC Radio. Judith has collaborated with many of Canada’s leading artists and has performed extensively in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Her renowned teachers have included Jean Paul Sevilla, Paul Hamburger, Martin Isepp and Seymour Bernstein. Judith is the Opera Studio Manager for Opera Lyra Ottawa and Pianist and Administrator with the Ottawa Suzuki Strings music school.

Deanne Donohue
School and Volunteer Coordinator

Deanne has been the Parent Volunteer Coordinator with Ottawa Suzuki Strings since 2010, and has recently taken on the added responsibility of School Coordinator. She has Master of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Ottawa, and has been Project Coordinator at CHEO's Injury Prevention Centre and the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association. She has four children who have participated in the violin and guitar programs at Ottawa Suzuki Strings and continue to perform and teach in the Ottawa area.