We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Dobrochna Zubek of the University of Toronto to our teaching team. With dedicated passion and expertise, Dr. Zubek will be taking over the cello program as of July, and will be announcing a masterclass and recital shortly. Registration for Dr. Zubek’s class is now open. Reserve your spot in person, by calling in, or by filling out a registration form online.
“I work to convey to my students the importance of bringing musicians together to create an integrated musical community. I believe that my exposure to different styles of teaching has led me to find myself as an artist and has helped me to recognize the needs of students as individuals. I was able to implement many of my teaching principles at the Mexico State Conservatory in Toluca, Mexico, where I was invited to teach (2008-2009). Also, my teaching experiences at Towson University and at the University of Toronto have made me appreciate how the masterclass setting is also an excellent form for teaching. Recently I have conducted a series of masterclasses in China as part of an exchange program between the Guyiang Conservatory of Music, the Chengdu Conservatory of Music, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.”
With a performance career spanning nearly three decades, Dr. Dobrochna Zubek has established herself as one of the prominent cellists of her generation. A protégé of renowned cello pedagogue, Cecylia Barczyk, Ms. Zubek obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Baltimore’s Towson University and went on to receive the Prix de Perfectionnement from the Conservatoire de Versailles in France with Professor Barbara Marcinkowska. A seasoned competitor, Ms. Zubek’s awards include first place in the 2002 Peggy Friedman Gordon Music Competition, the 2004 Sidney Liebermann Competition, and the 2007 Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Competition. In an evolving and multifaceted career, Ms. Zubek has worked as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and orchestral cellist in Europe, the USA, Canada, and Mexico. As a member of the Canadian ensemble, Thin Edge Music Collective, her performances have been enthusiastically received with her recent interdisciplinary performance, Move Towards Peace, being a shining example for her fluidity of style and comprehension of a vast array of art forms. Ms. Zubek’s recent international performances include a concert tour and series of masterclasses in China as part of University of Toronto Faculty of Music New Music Festival which was held in the Conservatory of Music in Guiyang, Chengdu Conservatory of Music, and in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Just recently, she finished her Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance at the University of Toronto, where Ms. Zubek was Professor Shauna Rolston’s teaching assistant and the recipient of the YoYo-Ma fellowship between 2012-2016. Recently, Dobrochna just recorded her first solo CD entitled: “Mexico-Voyage”, and this Fall started teaching applied cello at the University of Toronto.