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John Dvořák

Great-great nephew of composer Antonin Dvořák, son of trombonist Antal Dvořák and concert violinist Marta Hidy, I was born in Budapest into a musical family. At the age of 9 I began cello lessons in Winnipeg with Dr. Peggy Sampson, a student of both Pablo Casals and Nadia Boulanger. Our family moved to Hamilton when my mother became a Professor of Music at McMaster University. Music continued as my second life as I joined the Hamilton Youth Orchestra and eventually graduated into the grown-up HPO with Lee Hepner and Boris Brott as my conductors. I came to Toronto to begin my career at the CBC and joined Orchestra Toronto (then the East York Symphony) because its conductor David Ford was often my stand partner in the HPO. I’ve loved being in this orchestra now for 36 years. I had the pleasure of having my cellist son also play with me in the orchestra for several seasons. I became tied to Orchestra Toronto even more closely when the orchestra launched a concerto competition for young artists in my mother’s name. OT is my community, my family.

John Dvořák, Cello

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