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Rebanks Fellow: Katya Poplyansky

Katya Poplyansky

Katya Poplyansky: Violin

Having the opportunity to collaborate and coach with a wide variety of musicians in a wide range of settings has been one of the most valuable benefits of the program for violinist Katya Poplyansky.

Part of the reason I think the arts are so special is because you can say the things you want to say that, maybe, are hard to say in real life — at least for me.

Katya Poplyansky, 2019 Rebanks Family Fellow

Thanks to the support of the program, Poplyansky has worked with Gidon Kremer and the ARC Ensemble, as well as many faculty members throughout The Glenn Gould School, and has collaborated with many more artists in venues around the world.

The New Brunswick-born musician believes that having access to such a diverse range of experiences makes you a better player by exposing you to the many ways a performer can interpret a piece of music.

Given her interest in working with a diverse array of artists, it makes sense that Poplyansky believes in the importance of community. One of the highlights of her time as a Rebanks Fellow was her experience speaking with curators at the Art Gallery of Ontario about her role within the wider cultural sector.

One of the keys to building a strong community, Poplyansky asserts, is open communication among colleagues. She is grateful to have found such a community among the Rebanks Fellows. Everyone has grown so close, in fact, that they’ve created a private Facebook group to stay in touch. It’s a sign of a strong bond that has caught Poplyansky somewhat by surprise.

“It was wonderful to see how tightly knit we became!”

Photography: Bo Huang
Video: Riddle Films

Watch Katya Poplyansky's Performance

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Sonata in C Minor, op. 30, no. 2 (fourth movement),
with pianist Todd Yaniw.

The Glenn Gould School is The Royal Conservatory of Music’s internationally recognized centre for professional training in music performance at the post-secondary and post-graduate levels.

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Unique in Canada, The Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program is the one-year postgraduate program of The Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School. Created for artists on the cusp of a professional career, it offers a rich curriculum for career development including: private study with exceptional faculty and guest artists; concert presentations and career coaching; and marketing training and support. Each Rebanks Fellow also participates in a funded international residency.

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