Edmonton-born cellist Caroline Stinson performs widely as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in music old and new, and has appeared 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 the Centennial Centre in Canada. Recently she appeared in recital in New York sponsored by the Finnish Consulate, in Brussels, Belgium, with Accroche note in Strasbourg France, and as a soloist with the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut, where she also serves as Principal Cellist. As a recording artist, Caroline’s solo CD Lines appears on Albany, and she has contributed to more than a dozen other recordings with the Lark Quartet and collaborators such as Jeremy Denk and Gary Graffman.
A passionate advocate for new music, Ms. Stinson has premiered works from solo cello to concerti, including significant additions to the repertoire with the Lark Quartet and Open End Ensemble, working with Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, Peter Eötvös, Shulamit Ran, Steven Stucky and Joan Tower. She performed Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “YTA III” for solo cello at the composer’s recommendation in New York, and premiered John Harbison’s Invention of a Theme of Shakespeare for solo cello and string quartet at the composer’s festival in Token Creek, Wisconsin.
Ms. Stinson studied with Tanya Prochazka from age 12 to 17, Alan Harris in Cleveland, Maria Kliegel in Germany and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, where she received the Artist Diploma. Her study was made possible thanks to generous grants from the Winspear Foundation, Anne Burrows Foundation, Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund and the Canada Council. She worked in masterclasses with many of this century’s great masters including Janos Starker, Boris Pergamenschikow, Siegfried Palm and Frans Helmerson. She regularly gives masterclasses in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Europe and teaches cello and chamber music at The Juilliard School. Together with her husband, Andrew Waggoner, Caroline is Co-Artistic Director of Weekend Chamber Music in New York and lives in Manhattan with their two young children.