Who am I?
Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canadian cellist Andrea Stewart is a versatile and multifaceted performer and pedagogue. Interested in the new sounds and techniques found in new music but still intrigued by the beauty of classical and baroque repertoire, Andrea is equally at home performing with electronics as she is playing basso continuo.
In 2006, Andrea made her solo debut with the University of Western Ontario Symphony Orchestra in her native London, Ontario. Since then, various solo recitals and ensemble collaborations have brought Andrea to venues across North America, Europe, and Asia, most recently as part of the Festival de Música de Morelia Miguel Bernal Jiménez (Morelia, Mexico), Sound Unbound (The Barbican Centre, London, UK), and La Folle Journée de Nantes (France).
From concerts at the SXSW Music Festival (Texas), to those at the Ottawa Chamberfest (Ontario) and at Carnegie Hall (New York), she appears regularly with Infusion Baroque, Arion Baroque Orchestra, the Grammy-nominated group Uccello, and Ensemble Caprice, and is a founding member of the string ensemble collectif9. Andrea was one of three finalists in the prestigious Golden Violin Competition at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, and was a finalist of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and the Prix d’Europe Competition.
Andrea holds the degrees of Doctor of Music (2015) and Master of Music (2009) from McGill University. Inspired by contemporary music, her research is devoted to the expansion of cello technique in relation to works in the contemporary repertoire. In the domain of early music, she has explored 18th century music for cello and viola da gamba from a multi-instrumentalist point of view. Support for Andrea’s research has been granted from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada (Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship) as well as from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, for which she is very grateful.
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