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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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Praised for her vibrant lyricism, fresh interpretations and expressive performances, cellist Caroline Stinson is sought after by orchestras and fellow musicians in the US, Canada and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for concerts of 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 and Bargemusic in New York, Boston's Gardner Museum, Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian in the United States; the Koelner Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival and Cité de la Musique in Europe, and the Centennial Centre and Winspear Halls in Canada. In 2013-14, Caroline is a guest of John and Rosemary Harbison at the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, performing Harbison's Invention of a Theme of Shakespeare for solo cello and the world premiere of the Sinfonia that is the work's new second mvmt for solo cello and string quartet. She will appear in recital in New York, in Strasbourg, France and as a soloist with the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut, in addition to chamber music performances with the Lark Quartet, celebrating two new CD releases on Bridge records.

Performances in recent seasons have included concerto performances with the Syracuse Symphony under Daniel Hege, recitals in New York City for Bargemusic and Wednesdays at One, in Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Oregon with duo partner, Molly Morkoski, appearances at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland with Pierre Boulez conducting Elliott Carter's Triple Duo, and as a returning featured artist for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's International New Music Festival, where she appeared in multiple performances broadcast nationally on CBC Radio. A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Stinson has commissioned concerti, works for cello solo and with electronics, in addition to chamber music through her work with the Lark Quartet, Open End (a new music and improvisation group she founded with her husband and composer, Andrew Waggoner) and the cello quartet, CELLO. She has performed dozens of premieres in both North America and Europe and has worked closely with composers Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Moravec, 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. As a soloist, she has performed with the Banff Festival and Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestras, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, and the Interlochen World Youth and Syracuse Symphonies. 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. In 2013, Ms. Stinson became co-Artistic Director of the Weekend of Chamber Music, a 2-week summer festival of music and year-round educational initiative in the lower Catskill Mountain Region in New York. The festival kicked off the new directorship celebrating 20 years of operation with John Harbison as composer-in-residence for two weeks in July.

Caroline's début CD, Lines, was released in 2011 on Albany Records and was reviewed by Fanfare Magasine: “She has it all, fabulous tone, great technique, innate musicality, and a real sense of how to project a wide variety of contemporary music.” 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 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) with the Cassatt Quartet, Gabriela Frank’s piano quintet with Meme, solo and chamber works by Andrew Waggoner with Open End for Albany Records as well as Aaron Jay Kernis' Ballad for cello and piano. Her recent recording with the Lark Quartet of music by Jennifer Higdon was chosen by New York City’s WQXR as “Album of the Week” in March of 2013.

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 at 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, has given masterclasses at Universities and Conservatories across Canada the US and in Europe, and was on the faculty of the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University from 2004-2013. 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. Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Caroline lives in New York City with her husband and son, Henry.

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Caroline Stinson with Violoncello (outside)

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Praised for her vibrant lyricism, fresh interpretations and expressive performances, cellist Caroline Stinson is sought after by orchestras and fellow musicians in the US, Canada and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for concerts of both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Ms. Stinson’s solo invitations include the Museum of Modern Art's Summergarden Series, Poisson Rouge and Bargemusic in New York; Cité de la Musique Strasbourg and the Lucerne Festival in Europe, and the Centennial Centre and Winspear Halls in Canada. As a soloist she has performed with the Banff Festival and Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestras, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, and the Interlochen World Youth and Syracuse Symphonies. A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Stinson has commissioned concerti from Steven Bryant (Cornell Wind Ensemble) and Andrew Waggoner (Syracuse Symphony), works for cello with electronics from Canadian composer Patrick Carrabre, in addition to chamber music with the Lark Quartet and her new music and improvisation group, Open End Ensemble. Performance highlights include Elliott Carter's "Triple Duo" with conductor Pierre Boulez in New York and Europe, the premiere of Paul Moravec's Piano Quintet with Jeremy Denk and the Lark Quartet in New York, and performing Esa-Pekka Salonen's "YTA III" for solo cello at the composer’s recommendation at Scandinavia House in New York in 2011. Caroline's début CD, Lines, was released in 2011 on Albany Records and she has over a dozen other chamber music recordings to her credit on labels from Bridge to Naxos. Her teachers were Alan Harris (Cleveland), Maria Kliegel (Germany), Joel Krosnick (Juilliard) and Tanya Prochazka. Caroline is co-Artistic Director of the Weekend of Chamber Music in NY State and 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