Staryk, Steven, Canadian violinist and teacher; b. Toronto, April 28, 1932. He studied at the Royal Cons. of Music of Toronto and with Mischakoff, Shumsky, and Schneider in N.Y. (1950–51). He played in the Toronto Sym. Orch. (1950–52) and the CBC Sym. Orch. (1952–56). In 1956 he took second prizes in the Geneva Competition and the Carl Flesch Competition in London. He was concertmaster of the Royal Phil, in London (1956–60) and of the Concertgebouw Orch. in Amsterdam (1960–63), where he concurrently taught at the Amsterdam Cons. He then was concertmaster of the Chicago Sym. Orch. (1963–67) and a teacher at Northwestern Univ. and the American Cons. He was a prof. at the Oberlin (Ohio) Coll. Cons. of Music (1968–72). Returning to Canada, he was head of the string dept. at the Community Music School of Greater Vancouver (1972–75). From 1975 to 1987 he was a teacher at the Royal Cons. of Music of Toronto. He also taught at the Univ. of Western Ontario (1977–79) and at the Univ. of Toronto (1978–87). From 1982 to 1987 he was likewise concertmaster of the Toronto Sym. In 1987 he became a teacher at the Univ. of Wash, in Seattle, a position he retained until being made prof. emeritus in 1997.
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