Deirdre Carr is a dedicated and enthusiastic violinist with a strong passion for pedagogy and performance. She incorporates both the Suzuki and RCM curriculum in her teachings and fosters the understanding and self-awareness of healthy body movement to ensure injury prevention. Deirdre emphasises an importance of technique, musicality and discipline, but above all else, strives to nurture in her students a life-long love of learning in music, violin and the arts.
She received her formal training from Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland under the instruction of Professor Nancy Dahn and was granted a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance in 2010. Following her post-secondary education, she then went on to pursue a Masters Degree at the University of Victoria in British Columbia where she was awarded full scholarship under the instruction of Muge Buyukcelen of the Emily Carr String Quartet (2010-2012). Deirdre is also greatly indebted to her many inspirational mentors including Fran Dearin, Ericka Lowe, Sara Mills, Hok Kwan, Jennifer Johnson and Ann Elliott-Goldschmidt.
During her years as a post secondary student, Deirdre studied and performed at numerous summer music festivals in Canada such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Institute in Toronto (2010), the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival in St. John’s, NL (2008, 2010), The Tsilumos Salt New Music Festival in Victoria, BC (2012) and the Domaine Forget String Seminar in Charlevoix, Quebec (2012).
Currently a serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces, she has on occasion performed at military events and functions in support of her unit and enjoys collaborating with other military ensembles in Ottawa. She is also an active member of the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra under the direction of conductor, Donnie Deacon.