Audrey Sproule is a Canadian violinist, string quartettiste, and community music initiator.
Devoted to evolving from performance norms, Audrey co-founded the Crimson String Quartet in 2009. With their debut album, Crimson Sunrise, the quartet pioneered a unique approach to concert programming. They perform annually on ‘community residency’ tours through rural villages across the Canadian Prairies. Curious to discover classical music traditions overseas, Audrey relocated to Paris, France in 2014. One year later, she was named second violinist of the Quatuor Naos. Since then, the Quatuor Naos won second prize in the Bellan International Chamber Music Competition in Paris, performed in the National Young String Quartet Weekend’s pre-concert at Wigmore Hall in London, and trained in the prestigious String Quartet Training Program at the Conservatoire de Rayonnement Régional de Paris.
Originally from Lafleche, Saskatchewan, Audrey was named a TD Scholar for her outstanding work in community leadership. She was also a finalist for the Canada National Millennium Award and for the US-Canada Fulbright Scholarship. Passionate for music outreach and education, Audrey served as Educational Director of the Sistema-inspired CityMusic Kidz, a free after-school orchestral program in Slavic Village, Cleveland. She was also a section leader and mentor at the Canada-India Youth Orchestra collaboration in Bangalore, India. In 2014, she completed teaching and performing residency with the Judson String Quartet at the Interlochen Center for the Arts’ Summer Academy. Audrey was most recently named as a violin professor at the Conservatory of Dreux, France.
Audrey studied violin with Ernest Kassian, Rudolf Sternadel, Mark Fewer, Ivan Zenaty, and Richard Schmoucler, and chamber music with members of the Cleveland Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet, and the Quatuor Arpeggione. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Schulich School of Music (McGill University) and a Master of Music the Cleveland Institute of Music, and she is the recipient of several major scholarships and awards, including the McGill Schulich Award, the Saskatchewan Music Festival Centennial Prize, and the JWF Peacock Scholarship. Audrey is currently studying at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique de Paris (the Paris Conservatory), in the Formation diplômante au CA (Masters in Violin Pedagogy) program.