Ilana Waniuk is a versatile violinist and contemporary chamber music addict with interests ranging from classical music and improvisation to visual arts. Described as a musician who has the “... rare ability to translate her intellectual insights into performance energy.” (Ontario Arts Foundation Jury), Ilana has held multiple artistic residencies at the Banff centre for the Arts, Avaloch Farms Music Institute and Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland, as well as been a guest artist in residence at the SoundSCAPE festival of contemporary music in Italy, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Inaugural New Music Festival and Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions. Ilana has participated in the Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival at Mass MoCA, and been a fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival New Music Workshop.
Along with pianist Cheryl Duvall, Ilana is a founding member and co-artistic director of Toronto-based contemporary music ensemble/presenter Thin Edge New Music Collective (TENMC) now in its ninth season and Balancing on the Edge (multidisciplinary production melding circus arts with new music). As a member of TENMC, Ilana has premiered over 60 new chamber works and performed on concert stages across Canada, Italy, Argentina and most recently Poland and Japan.
Ilana has toured Cape Breton and Ontario as part of the Bicycle Opera Project, performed at contemporary music festivals including Suoni per Il Popolo in Montreal, the University of Calgary’s Happening Festival of New Music and Media, Open Ears in Kitchener/Waterloo and the Royal Conservatory’s 21C festival in Toronto as well as with the Madawaska String Quartet, Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra, Elliott Sharp, Mark Dresser, Essential Opera, Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, Mississauga Chamber Music Society, NUMUS’ Perimeter Players, Westwood Concert Series, Chicago's Ensemble Dal Niente, and been a curator for The Music Gallery’s Emergents Series.
She received a Graduate Performers Certificate from Northern Illinois University studying with Blaise Magniere, and Marie Wang of the Avalon String Quartet where she was a winner of the 2009 concerto competition and a recipient of the Dutton String Fellowship. Ilana completed her Master’s degree in performance at the University of Ottawa studying with David Stewart, and received her undergraduate degree in performance and a diploma in chamber music from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with Jeremy Bell and Jerzy Kaplanek of the Penderecki String Quartet. Ilana is currently a doctoral student in contemporary performance at the University of California San Diego.
Ilana was a winner of the 2014 Orford String Quartet Award and can be heard on several recent recordings including Australian composer Nicole Murphy's 'Stolen' (Elm City Records), ‘Hymns of Heaven and Earth’ (music of Peter Togni) on Centerdiscs, Toy Piano Composers self titled release (Redshift Records)and ‘Raging Against the Machine’ (Redshift Records) a collaborative recording project between TENMC and Montreal’s Ensemble Paramirabo.