Alanna Jenish, B. Mus (University of Toronto).
An award-winning fiddle player, and accomplished classical musician, Alanna grew up in an Irish-Canadian family of traditional music lovers. Her musical journey began at the age of 6 when she started classical piano lessons, and soon expanded to include the fiddle shortly thereafter. With a keen ear and natural feel for the music, Alanna won her first junior fiddle championship after only 9 months of playing, and has since accumulated numerous awards and championship titles.
Now in her early twenties, Alanna has over ten years of performance experience under her belt, and is widely sought after as both a lead and back up musician. She has toured professionally with groups such as the Scott Woods Band, as well as The Great Canadian Fiddle Show, and maintains a busy schedule freelancing for numerous bands and solo artists. As a studio musician, Alanna has completed work for Canadian Country group Runaway Angel, as well as folk artists Hunter Sheridan and County West. This past fall, Alanna was honuored to be awarded Fiddle Player of the Year (CCBAs).
As a classical musician, Alanna earned her Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of Toronto in 2017. She completed her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory Violin Exam in 2012, and has also achieved advanced certification in Music Theory. Alanna has enjoyed playing in ensembles such as the La Jeunnesse Youth Orchestra (of which she was given the honour of sitting as concertmaster for two seasons), and the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra throughout her undergraduate degree.
Alanna’s dedication to her instrument, paired with an intuitive feel for the music has earned her great respect on the Ontario music scene.
Past performances include:
Canadian Grandmasters, Valleyfield, QC (2017)
Canadian Open Fiddle Championships, Shelburne, ON (2012)
Home County Music Festival, London, ON (2015)
Toronto Christmas Market, Toronto, ON (2017)
Moose and Fiddle Festival, Nestor Falls, ON (2014) Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, ON (2013) Canadian Country Music Awards, London, ON (2016) Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards, Huntsville ON (2017) Maritime Fiddle Festival, Dartmouth, NS (2007) All Ireland Fleadh, Cavan, Ireland (2011)
Southwestern Ontario Open Fiddle Champion (2017) Canadian Grandmasters Championship, 6th Place Finish (2017) University of Toronto, Music Education Scholarship (2013) Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards, Fiddle Player of the Year (2018)