Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

May 14, 2009 15:00 ET

Donation of Works by Steven Staryk to Library and Archives Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 14, 2009) - Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Staryk Anthology (1952-2003), a 30 CD box set of the works of internationally renowned violin virtuoso Steven Staryk.

"It is a great honour to add this wonderful collection from one of the greatest violinists of our generation to our collection. Mr. Staryk is one of the most recorded classical Canadian musicians to date and his music adds to the vast majority of music to be enjoyed by all Canadians" said Chantal Marin-Comeau, Director of the Aquisitions Division at Library and Archives Canada, as she accepted the donation from Mr. Staryk in a private ceremony held at 395 Wellington Street.

Steven Staryk, of Ukrainian descent, was born in Toronto. Following studies at the Harbord Collegiate Institute and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and competing in international competitions, he performed as a concertmaster with the world's best orchestras playing legendary Stradivari or Guarneri del Gesu violins.

A gifted teacher, Mr. Staryk is esteemed by his students many of whom became highly successful musicians. He has been associated with many great Canadian learning institutions such as the University of Victoria, the University of Western Ontario where he attended a residence with Quartet Canada from 1976 to 1981, the Vancouver Academy of Music for which he was the Head of the string department, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto and finally The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Among other honours, Canadian composers have dedicated many original works to him, and in 2007, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2008, Mr. Staryk was granted an Honorary Fellowship from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, the institution where he started his career.

Library and Archives Canada holds the shared documentary heritage of all Canadians, its collection holds the largest collection of Canadian sheet music in the world, documentation related to music in Canada and about 250,000 recordings in all formats, including disks, records, piano rolls, reels, spools and eight-track tapes.

For more information on the music and performing arts collection at Library and Archives Canada, see

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