Forest City String School

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Faculty & Staff


Katerina Juraskova

Katerina Juraskova

CCzech-Canadian cellist Katerina Juraskova has been acclaimed for her “electrifying spells, natural intensity, beautiful phrasing and sonority” (Santa Barbara Independent). She holds Doctoral and Master’s degrees from McGill University, as well as degrees from Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, Conservatoire européen de musique de Paris (France), and the International Menuhin Music Academy (Switzerland).

For 9 years she was the Principal Cellist and Soloist for l’Orchestre Classique de Montréal (formerly the McGill Chamber Orchestra). Other Principal Cello positions and solo appearances include La Pietà, Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Montgomery (AL) Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra (Hamilton, ON), and Camerata Lysy Gstaad (Switzerland).  Her career as a soloist and a chamber musician has taken her to major concert venues on four continents.

Her teachers have included František Pišinger, Radu Aldulescu, Denis Brott, Antonio Lysy, and Christopher Rex. A certified Suzuki cello instructor, she has studied the Suzuki Method in Chicago, IL, with Dr. Tanya Carey.

Dr. Juraskova is currently on the faculty of Forest City String School in London, ON, and Suzuki Talent Education Program in Birmingham (AL). She has taught chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy, lectured at the University of Montreal, and served as an adjudicator for the National Tour of the Canadian Music Competition and for the Sherbrooke Music Competition in Québec.

The 2021-2022 is her third season as a roster musician for a chamber music ensemble Magisterra Soloists, and this summer she will conduct master classes and workshops at the Suzuki String School of Guelph, ON, the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, and the Magisterra Summer String Institute. She lives with her husband and son in London, ON, where she is active in the city’s cultural life and has a private studio.

Lac-Hong Phi

Lac-Hong Phi

Lac-Hong Phi obtained his BMus and MMus in performance from the University of Western Ontario, and also studied cello with Alexander Boyarsky and Jérôme Pernoo at the Royal College of Music in London, UK. He was a member of a group signed to EMI Classics, and some performance highlights include touring with Deep Purple in the UK and Germany, performing before 12 000 people for the Queen's Golden Jubilee at Buckingham Palace, and working with notable conductors such as the late Georg Solti and Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as Grammy Award winning composer Christopher Tin.

He is currently a chamber music coach, cello instructor and conductor at the Forest City Talent Education centre in London, Ontario, in addition to being a full-time elementary school Music teacher and cellist. Other interests include travel, food, languages and animation.

Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick began her cello studies at the age of 11 under Ben Gitter; after two years of study, she began further schooling with Julia MacGregor, who would advance her by three levels in a single year to complete her RCM Grade 6, with bi-annual competitions, scholarships and ARCT equivalency by Grade 13. During this time, she also received instruction from Paul Marlyn, Christine Guptille, Paul Pulford, and Simon Fryer. Amanda’s post-secondary journey took her to Western University, where she was awarded a multi-year scholarship and began tutelage under Associate Professor of Violoncello, Tom Wiebe. It was during this time that she also adopted additional fluency in her passions: Early Music, Contemporary Techniques, Composing and Collaborative Musicianship.

Amanda completed her Bachelor of Musical Arts (Hon) in 2016. That summer, Amanda co-founded Cantus Academy, a music school devoted to the music education of minors affiliated with the YMCA. Amanda would go on to lead the institution for four years as Director and in-house Curriculum Specialist, during which time the school tripled in size, registering almost one hundred attendees in its peak semester of 2020.

Amanda has been attending FCSS (then FCTE) classes since she was 13, returning as an assistant to the Junior / Intermediate Cello department in 2016 and eventually stepping into the role of Associate Director in the year 2019. Today, Amanda celebrates 15 consecutive years as a private studio teacher, with graduates of her classroom carrying their love for the cello into whichever careers they have been inspired. She is also the Company Representative of Prima Sonoro, a London-based brand dedicated to bespoke carbon fiber cellos , with her fifth year coming up in July.

Amanda currently lives in North London with her husband, Phil, and puppies, Simon and Mishka. You will find her noes buried in a pile of old scores and arrangements in anticipation of the coming FCSS semester.

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