In 1966 Kuinka received a Canada Council grant for research in Europe into teaching methods and repertoire for fretted instruments. He taught classical guitar 1965-79 at the Brodie School of Music, Toronto, and string instruments 1969-81, then adult education courses 1981-9, for the Etobicoke Board of Education (Toronto). He taught mandolin 1980-1 atWilfrid Laurier University. Kuinka has encouraged Canadian composers to write for the mandolin and has premiered or participated in the premieres of Charles Camilleri's Sonata da Camera (1963), Morris Surdin's Concerto for Mandolin and Strings (1966), Walter Buczynski's Trio/67, Frederick Karam's Concerto for Mandolin and Large Orchestra (1969), Eldon Rathburn's The Metamorphic Ten (1971, recorded under the composer's direction on Crystal S504), Bruce Mather's Orchestra Piece (1967), Mandola (1972), and Madrigal V (1973), Robert Bauer's Mao (1973, recorded on Melbourne SMLP-4028, which also includes Kuinka and Bauer performing Bauer's Filaments ), and Gary T. Hayes' Preludes and Dances, Book 1 (1978). Kuinka has also played in NMC presentations, and has performed with Nexus and with the SMCQ.
Kuinka's daughter, Valerie (b 1957), who studied viola with Terence Helmer and Rivka Golani at the University of Toronto and with Donald McInnes at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, joined the orchestras of the National Ballet of Canada in 1984 and the COC in 1986. She is married to the tenor Richard Margison.
Author Marjorie Hale