Mark Skazinetsky is Associate Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and native of Odessa, Ukraine.
Upon completing his music education at the State Conservatory of Odessa, he was awarded a degree with honours in all four qualifications of a performer, teacher, chamber instrumentalist, and orchestral player. At age fifteen he won first prize in the Ukrainian Competition for Young Talents and subsequently performed the Bruch G Minor Violin Concerto with the Odessa State Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1979, he immigrated to Canada and was immediately appointed Assistant Concertmaster with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and Stratford's Chamber Ensemble. One year later, he joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Skazinetsky is a prominent chamber musician and can be heard frequently on CBC Radio and in recital halls throughout the country. He is a founding member of the Maple Trio and The Moveable Feast, the latter with which he has recorded a CD with flautist Susan Hoeppner. He was also among a group of musicians that Glenn Gould chose for his last recording and conducting debut (Wagner: Siegfried idyll; Sony Classical). More recent engagements have included performances in Italy, both in recital and as a soloist with the Orchestra Sinfonica della Provinvia di Bari.
Mr. Skazinetsky is also actively pursuing a conducting career.
Since his conducting debut with a University of Toronto ensemble in Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat, Mark Skazinetsky has been appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Huronia Symphony Orchestra and has conducted orchestras such as the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Toronto Festive Orchestra, I Virtuosi di Toronto (at its inaugural concert), the New Hamilton Orchestra for two consecutive seasons, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Northern Lights Music Festival in Ajijic Mexico.
In addition to his role as Associate Concertmaster for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, he is a founding member of MIR Trio in which Mr Skazinetsky performs as a chamber musician with Igor Gefter and Rachel Kerr. Together, their passion for both the classics and undiscovered works is bringing a breath of fresh air to the current chamber music scene.
Mr. Skatinetsky is on staff at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto as well as York University, and conducts and coaches the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.