Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh

Musician in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Born in Ottawa, Canada, Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh began playing the violin under the instruction of Yvrose Philippe-Auguste. Currently a member of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and the New Generation Chamber Orchestra, she has been a member of the Alaya String Quartet, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and the Britten Pears Orchestra, concertmaster of Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, and principal second violinist of both Orchestre de la Francophonie and Orchestre Bavière-Québec.

Brenna has studied chamber music with a plethora of coaches, among them Paul Marleyn, Rennie Regehr, Stefan Metz, Sandor Devich, Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, Vagram Saradjian, Yuli Turovsky, Yegor Dyachkov and Johanne Perron. Her passion for chamber music has taken her all over the world, with performances in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Ireland, England, Germany, Italy, Poland and Romania.

Well-versed in a variety of musical styles, Brenna performs regularly with Bolero, a trio whose repertoire spans from pop and rock to tango and Klezmer. She has played back up for such groups as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Belle & Sebastian, and ABBAMANIA, and has recorded for Delbert & The Commotions, Little Bullhorn Productions, and White Pine Pictures, among others.

Brenna studied with Paule Prefontaine and David Stewart at the University of Ottawa from 2005 to 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree under the direction of Vladimir Landsman at l’Université de Montréal (2007-2010), and an artist diploma with Laurence Kayaleh at the same institution (2013). She is currently pursuing an artist diploma at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, studying with Erika Raum. Brenna plays on a 2002 violin by Ottawa luthier Guy Harrison.

  • Work
    • Cadenza Strings
  • Education
    • BMus Université de Montréal