2019 Geringas Scholarship Final Jury

David Geringas

Lithuanian-born, Berlin-based cellist and conductor David Geringas has had a 50-year career as a soloist, recording artist and teacher. His discography, which now approaches 100 CDs, includes many recordings honoured with important prizes, including the Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of the 12 cello concertos of Luigi Boccherini, the Diapason d’Or d’Année for the chamber music of Henri Dutilleux, and the prize of the year from the Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for his recording of the cello concertos by Hans Pfitzner. In 2013 and 2014, David Geringas received the Echo Klassic award. From 1976 to 2009, David taught at music academies in Hamburg, Lübeck, and Berlin, helping many young musicians win prizes at top festivals and rise to international stardom. David’s engagements for the 2018-2019 season include concerts in Berlin, Moscow, Kronberg, Vilnius, Trieste, Siena, Interlaken, Klaipeda, Saint Petersburg and other cities. 

Stephen Sitarski

Toronto violinist Stephen Sitarski is the concertmaster of the Esprit Orchestra and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and a faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, and Toronto’s Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Stephen frequently appears as soloist with many concertos in the standard repertoire as well as concertos written especially for him by Canadian composers such as Kelly-Marie Murphy and Glenn Buhr. Stephen is a founding member of Trio Laurier, and is a regular participant in diverse chamber groups and festival events nationally and internationally. He is also a frequent performer with Toronto’s acclaimed Art of Time Ensemble and Soundstreams. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, a nomination submitted by the National Youth Orchestra, where he is a faculty member. 


Andréa Tyniec

Violinist Andréa Tyniec has created a versatile 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, the Calgary Symphony, the Münchener Kammerorchester, and I Virtuosi Italiani. Andréa released her "simply stunning" (The WholeNote) recording of the Six Sonatas for Solo Violin by Eugène Ysaÿe in 2015. 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 the USA.