Janna Sailor - Violin

Violinist Janna Sailor’s performances and studies have taken her across Canada, the United States, Italy, Great Britain and Russia. Originally from a town of 300 in rural Saskatchewan, she began her musical studies at the age of three, and performing with the Saskatoon and Regina Symphonies at the age of thirteen.

Janna is currently based in Vancouver where she enjoys a diverse career, performing alongside artists such as Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble, Rod Stewart, Chris Botti, The Canadian Tenors, Il Volo, Frank Sinatra Jr., Kenny G, Carly Rae Jepsen and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as well as ensembles such as Tafelmusik, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. She has performed for heads of state including Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan on their visit to Vancouver in 2009, the Korean Consulate, and members of the Senate of Canada. Janna held the title of concertmaster with the Montreal based l’Orchestré de la Francophonie for the 2011 season, and their acclaimed recording of Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique was recently released on the Analekta label. She performs as a member of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, the orchestra in residence for the renowned Ontario based Brott Summer Music Festival.

Alongside harpist Albertina Chan, Cordei (harp and violin duo) was formed in 2012, and is quickly becoming one of Vancouver’s premier contemporary ensembles. Ms. Chan and Ms. Sailor were presented with Jessie Awards for Significant Artistic Achievement following their work together on the multi-award winning presentation of The Light In The Piazza (Patrick Street Productions Vancouver). Cordei regularly commissions works from Canadian composers and upcoming collaborations include performances with the Redshift Society and recordings for the Canadian Music Centre. In September 2012 the duo premiered Park Bench Play by Kathleen Allan, a chamber opera written for Cordei, soprano and tenor, as part of the Tom Cone Opera Project 2012.

Janna is a passionate musical educator and holds teaching positions at the Vancouver Academy, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the St. James Academy of Music, a social action initiative that gives underprivileged youth the opportunity to study music. Active as a conductor, Janna has directed ensembles of varying size and instrumentation, and was one of four conductors selected to conduct the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in a masterclass symposium under the direction of Noel Edison in 2011. Janna was privileged to be mentored by the following conductors: Boris Brott (National Academy Orchestra) Leslie Dala (Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Bach Choir), Bruce Pullan (UBC, Conductor Emeritus of the Vancouver Bach Choir), Dr. Graeme Langager (UBC, Phoenix Chamber Choir), Wayne Toews (Saito method).

Janna completed a Bachelor of Music at the Brandon University School of Music, then continued her studies in violin and conducting at the University of British Columbia, completing a Masters in Violin Performance and Literature, and later a Diploma in Music Performance, graduating with Greatest Distinction. Janna is most grateful for the expertise of her primary teachers Nancy DiNovo and Dr. Guillaume Tardif, and the opportunity to have performed in masterclasses for James Ehnes, Erika Raum, Jasper Wood, Jeanne Lamon of Tafelmusik, and the Penderecki, Lafayette, and Tokyo String Quartets. Awards she has received include the Saskatoon Symphony Award for Leadership in Music, Vining Graduate Scholarship in Music, and the Brandon University Young Woman of Distinction Award.