Meghan Verdejo has been dedicated to a professional career of music performance and teaching for the past 29 years. She began studying the violin at the age of three at the Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts in Saskatchewan. At the age of twelve, she was introduced to the viola and pursued a formal education in viola performance at the age of 16. She currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia and performs on a viola made by Peter Mach and a bow made by Reid Hudson.
In 1996, Ms. Verdejo was accepted to the Conservatory of Music in Quebec City where she studied with violist François Paradis. In the five years she studied in Quebec, she completed two diplomas: Diplome d’études collégiales en musique and Diplome d’études supérieures en musique 1. After completing her studies in Quebec City, she moved to Vancouver upon her acceptance into the graduate music degree program at the University of British Columbia. She graduated with a Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance from the University of British Columbia in 2003.
Chamber Music & Orchestral Work
As a student and young professional, Ms. Verdejo participated in numerous competitions and performed extensively with many musical organisations in British Columbia. In 2004, she and the Schulhoff Trio were awarded first prize for their performance of Erwin Schulhoff’s Concertino for Flute, Viola and Double Bass at the Fiftieth Annual Chamber Music Competition for Young Musicians. Ms. Verdejo was also the recipient of the second prize for her performance of Gary Kulesha’s Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello with the English Bay String Trio in the same competition.
Ms. Verdejo has performed in master classes with violists Yizhak Schotten, Hatto Beyerle and violinist/violist Pinchas Zuckerman. As a chamber musician, she has performed in master classes with musicians Sadao Hadaka (Tokyo String Quartet), Andrew Dawes (Orford String Quartet) and Eric Wilson (Emerson String Quartet). In addition to master class performances, she has performed with numerous ensembles in the BC area including the BC Chamber Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Players, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and the English Bay String Quartet. She held the position of principal violist with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2006.
In 2006, Ms. Verdejo established an entertainment company named West Coast Strings, to meet the growing demand for quality classical event music in the Greater Vancouver Area. With the experience and musical coordination of hundreds events ranging from civil and religious wedding ceremonies to music for receptions and corporate events, West Coast Strings is now considered one of Vancouver’s leading providers of live classical entertainment.
Ms. Verdejo has maintained an active chamber music career and regularly performs with viola and guitar ensemble Duo Verdejo as well as other musicians from the Vancouver Lower Mainland.
As a music educator, Ms. Verdejo has been a professional violin and viola instructor for the past 15 years and currently teaches private in home lessons in Vancouver and Burnaby.