for the Musicians' Portrait Project
Kathryn Cernauskas studied flute with Robert Aitken at the University of Toronto, as well as at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She also participated in master classes and private study with a number of internationally prominent flutists including Marcel Moyse and Jean-Piere Rampal.
Kathryn has performed both traditional and contemporary repertoire in solo recitals, concertos and chamber music concerts in North America, Europe and Asia. She programs Canadian music whenever possible, most notably: for The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada New Music in New Places initiative at Vancouver International Airport -- with John Oliver, Calona Wineries in Kelowna, BC, the Vancouver Aquarium, the British Columbia Museum of Mining at Britannia Beach, the Rocky Mountaineer Railway Station, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology -- with soprano Heather Pawsey and pianist Rachel Iwaasa. She has been invited to present recitals of Canadian solo flute music by such organizations as the Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik in Switzerland and Liechtenstein -- including a broadcast by Swiss Radio -- and the Institut Seni Lukis Malaysia. She has premiered well over 100 Canadian compositions both as a soloist and as a member of groups such as the Vancouver New Music Ensemble. She is a founding member of Array, Days Months & Years To Come and Magnetic Band.
Kathryn's recordings include a CD titled Canadian Music for Solo Flute on the CBC Ovation label; in addition she appears on two Vancouver New Music CDs: West Light on Centrediscs and Tree Line on the CBC Musica Viva label.
Kathryn is also a music educator. She has compiled a progressive anthology of Canadian flute music suitable for students, under the title The Magical Flute published by The Avondale Press. The anthology is in four volumes, each with a CD. In addition to pieces by Canadian composers, it contains a study guide for each piece and original etudes composed by Kathryn to introduce the student to contemporary sonorities and techniques. Her other publications include Student’s Guide to the Flute released by GLC Publishers Inc. and A Guidelist of Unaccompanied Flute Music by Canadian Composers, available through the Canadian Music Centre. In October 2005 she took over ownership of The Avondale Press, a music publishing company specializing in the music of Canadian composers and recorder music of all eras.
Kathryn was the flute instructor at Douglas College from 1982 until her retirement in 2008. During that time she also taught theory and ear training and was, for several years, Coordinator of the Music Department. She has also been flute instructor at Capilano College, the Johannesen International School of the Arts and the Courtenay Youth Music Centre. She has adjudicated for many music festivals and was a consultant for Overtones, the flute repertoire books published by the Frederick Harris Music Publishing Company in conjunction with the Royal Conservatory flute syllabus..