Canadian violinist Debra Fast began her musical journey at the age of four, when she began studying the piano and later, the violin.
At fifteen she appeared on Canadian television performing the music of Bach and Schubert and since then has played with numerous Canadian orchestras including the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, the Ottawa Symphony, the North Shore Sinfonia, the Abbotsford, Okanagan, and Prince George Symphonies. Debra Fast has always dedicated a large part of her musical activities to chamber music: she was a member of the Armadillo String Quartet and a founding member of the Fidelio Quartet. A graduate of the University of British Columbia's School of Music, she has performed throughout Europe, Central America, Alaska, Canada, the Antilles, and most recently she toured Japan with the internationally renown Fondazione Festival Pucciniano.
In 2006 Debra Fast moved to Italy. Her intense solo activity brought her to fall in love with the historic Italian opera houses and picturesque communities throughout the country, leading to the creation in 2014 of Suono Solo, a special project exploring over four hundred years of solo violin tradition. In addition to presenting the music of giants like Bach, Tartini, Prokofjev and Paganini, Debra actively champions the lesser known violin literature. In 2016 she premiered A Wild Rose Grows Through an Old Tuscan Road, a work for solo violin especially written for her by Canadian composer Graig Robertson, which she also recorded for a special release by the Tuscan Regional Government. Suono Solo 2017 will highlight the music of Bloch, Baltzar, Bach and Paganini.
Since 2015, her summers are dedicated to Bianchi e Neri Piano Fest, where she appears throughout Italy with international pianist Sandro Ivo Bartoli. Her current season includes various recital programs of works by Beethoven, Bazzini, Rossini, Vivaldi, and Pergolesi. She will also be premiering Fantasia for Violin and Piano, a work by Italian Maestro Luciano Damarati.
Debra Fast is the Vice President of Accademia de' Concerti, a society promoting excellence in classical music. Within the society's activities, she plays alongside some of Italy's foremost musicians such as violinist Marco Fornaciari, trumpeter Andrea Dell'Ira, organist Matteo Venturini, and others. Yearly, Debra donates several recitals to Donatori di Musica, a philanthropic network of musicians, where she has the privilege to share her love of music with the families and patients in the oncology departments of hospitals throughout Italy.
Debra Fast performs on a mysterious violin which she inherited from her Great Grandfather who immigrated from Siberia to Canada following the Bolshevik revolution.
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