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Canadian cellist Caroline Stinson, praised for her lyricism and fresh interpretations, performs across North America and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Ms. Stinson's invitations include Carnegie's Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art's Summergarden Series, Bargemusic and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Boston's Gardner Museum, Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian; the Koelner Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival and Cité de la Musique in Europe, and the Centennial Centre in Canada. Performances in recent seasons have included concerto performances with the Stamford, CT Symphony under Eckart Stier, where she also serves as Principal Cellist, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Syracuse Symphony under Daniel Hege, in recital in New York City sponsored by the Finnish Consulate, in Brussels, and appearances at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland with Pierre Boulez conducting Elliott Carter's Triple Duo.

An active chamber musician, Caroline is invited regularly as a collaborator at festivals across the United States and is a member of the Lark Quartet in New York, which will celebrate 30 years of music-making in 2016-17. A champion of contemporary music, Caroline has commissioned concerti, works for cello solo and with electronics, in addition to chamber music through her work with the Lark and Open End (a new music and improvisation group she founded with her husband and composer, Andrew Waggoner). She has performed dozens of premieres in both North America and Europe and has worked closely with composers Pierre Boulez, T. Patrick Carrabré, John Corigliano, Peter Eötvös, John Harbison, Christos Hatzis, Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Moravec, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Shulamit Ran, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower, Andrew Waggoner and Chen-Yi. In 2011 she performed Esa-Pekka Salonen's "YTA III" for solo cello at the composer's recommendation at Scandinavia House in New York. Caroline has performed and toured with a multitude of ensembles including the Bang On a Can All-Stars, ISCM League of Composers and Continuum of New York City and Accroche Note of France.

Caroline's début CD, Lines, was released in 2011 on Albany Records and was reviewed by Fanfare Magazine: "She has it all, fabulous tone, great technique, innate musicality, and a real sense of how to project a wide variety of contemporary music." The Lark Quartet has recently celebrated two new recordings on Bridge records, featured and praised on the BBC, in Gramophone Magazine, WQXR and in the NY Times. Ms. Stinson has contributed to more than a dozen chamber music recordings for the Naxos, Albany, Koch International, Bridge, Phoenix, Capstone and Innova labels. The diverse works recorded include quartets and quintets with The Lark Quartet and pianists Gary Graffman and Jeremy Denk, the Popper Requiem for three celli and orchestra with Maria Kliegel for Naxos, premiere recordings of Steven Stucky's string quartet (Nell'ombra, nella luce), solo and chamber works by Andrew Waggoner as well as Aaron Jay Kernis' Ballad for cello and piano. In radio, her performances have been broadcast on Swiss Radio, and as a featured artist at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's International New Music Festival, she appeared in multiple performances broadcast nationally on CBC Radio in Canada.

Caroline is the recipient of the 2007 J.B.C. Watkins Prize in Music from the Canada Council, first prize in the Hohnen Foundation Cello Competition of Germany, and the American Music Award from the Seventeen/GM National Concerto Competition in the United States. She is the recipient of prizes, grants and scholarships from the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Winspear Fund, the Anne Burrows Foundation of Edmonton and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the Aspen, Lucerne, Verbier and Sarasota Festivals, and the Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists in Los Angeles. While living in Germany for three years, she studied in courses with Natalia Gutman, Frans Helmerson, Boris Pergamenschikow and Siegfried Palm. She was a student of Tanya Prochazka in Edmonton and earned degrees with honours from the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Cleveland Institute of Music with Alan Harris, the Hochschule für Musik Köln (First Prize) as a student of Maria Kliegel, and completed her Master's Degree as an Irene Diamond and Genevieve Kniese Chaudhuri Fellow and her Artist Diploma as a Jerome Greene Fellow at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick.

In addition to her active performance career, Caroline has been an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, SUNY Buffalo as part of the Beethoven Cycle for String Quartets, and has given masterclasses at Universities and Conservatories across Canada the US and in Europe. Ms. Stinson currently teaches cello and chamber music at The Juilliard School in New York City in the Pre-College Division and as Assistant Faculty for Joel Krosnick. Together with her husband Andrew Waggoner, she is co-Artistic Director of Weekend Chamber Music, a 3-week summer festival and year-round educational initiative in the lower Catskill Mountain Region in New York.

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Caroline Stinson with Violoncello (outside)

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Canadian cellist Caroline Stinson, praised for her lyricism and fresh interpretations, performs across North America and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Her invitations include recitals for Wednesdays at One at Alice Tully Hall, BargeMusic and the Museum of Modern Art's Summergarden Series in New York, chamber music at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, Boston's Gardner Museum and Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian; the Koelner Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival and Cité de la Musique in Europe, and as soloist at Centennial Centre and Winspear Halls in Canada. This season, Caroline has performed across the US with the Lark Quartet, and, featuring the music of John Harbison, in duo with Molly Morkoski at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. In 2014, she appeared in recital in New York sponsored by the Finnish Consulate, in recital in Brussels, Belgium, with Accroche note in Strasbourg France, and as a soloist with the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut under Eckart Steir, where she also serves as Principal Cellist. Ms. Stinson has commissioned works from solo cello to concerti, extensive chamber music with the Lark Quartet and Open End Ensemble and premiered John Harbison's Invention of a Theme of Shakespeare for solo cello and string quartet at his festival in Token Creek in 2013. As a recording artist, her debut solo CD Lines was released on Albany to critical acclaim, The Lark Quartet has recently celebrated two recordings released on Bridge records, featured and praised on the BBC, in Gramophone Magazine and in the NY Times, and she has contributed to more than a dozen other chamber music recordings. Born in Edmonton, Ms. Stinson studied with Alan Harris (Cleveland), Maria Kliegel (Germany), Joel Krosnick (Juilliard) and Tanya Prochazka, with grants from the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund and the Canada Council. She has given masterclasses across Canada, the US and Europe, and was on the faculty of the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University until 2013. Currently, Ms. Stinson teaches cello and chamber music at The Juilliard School in New York City in the Pre-College Division, and as Assistant Faculty for Joel Krosnick.

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Caroline Stinson Portrait

A Short History of How I Began

Caroline (Carrie Sue as she was called growing up, after her Grandmother Sue and Great-Grandmother, Carrie) was born in Edmonton, Canada, and began her musical life at the age of two in Scotland. Solely inspired by her older sister Sarah's violin playing, she quickly pioneered the use of thumb position on the violin, hinting at the cello-technique to come (see photo). She switched to cello at age four, studying through the Edmonton section of the Talent Education Society, culminating in a trip to the Suzuki Conference in Japan at age 8, where she ate plums, drank grape Fanta pop and met Mr. Suzuki himself. With a Grandma who was a serious singer, a Grandpa who played harmonica, a sister with whom to play chamber music and parents who were all too happy to encourage, chauffeur to and from and document musical happenings, there was an abundance of activity and a rich archive of photos. As a nine year-old, there were few cellists on Carrie's radar besides Yo-Yo Ma, and Caroline expressed the sincerest form of flattery through imitation (see photo). Caroline busied herself in High School by participating in musical theatre and drama at Old Scona Academic High School, running around as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes and one of the Pink Ladies in Grease. Records of these performances exist, but are tightly sealed. Thank goodness for her cello teacher, Tanya Prochazka, whose sound she heard every week and whose seemingly limitless ability made cello playing and music making a tangibly exciting reality to pursue.

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