A passionate chamber musician and advocate of contemporary music, cellist Emma Schmiedecke is currently a member of the Vermont Mozart Festival Chamber Players and will be a visiting artist at both the Fresh Inc. New Music Festival in Chicago and the Vermont Mozart Festival Summer Fellowship in the summer of 2017. She has been mentored by composers Joan Tower, George Tsontakis, John Corigliano, Ana Sokolovic, and Susan Botti, and has performed with the Da Capo Chamber Players, Fifth House Ensemble, Against the Grain Theatre Company, and the Contemporaneous New Music Ensemble in multiple world premieres. Awards and prizes include the Temerty Family Foundation Scholarship, the George Martin/Hans Thatcher Clark Scholarship, and first prize in the Bravura Philharmonic and Bergen Philharmonic Young Artist Competitions. Outside of the traditional canon, Emma has recorded with soprano Measha Brueggergosman and for Penguin Group Audiobooks, performed with Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson, been featured at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and can be seen in the documentary Bach Among Us, a collaborative project of The Goldberg Variations as transcribed for string trio featuring members the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
As guest soloist Emma has performed with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, and Bravura Philharmonic. She has performed in masterclasses for Colin Carr, Raphael Wallfisch, David Geringas, Denis Brott, Leon Fleisher, and Arnold Steinhardt, among others. Emma has been a visiting artist at The Banff Centre and has attended the Atlantic, Toronto Summer Music, Heifetz, Round Top, Bowdoin, and Summit festivals, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and the Oxford Cello School in Oxford, England where she was the Christopher Bunting Scholar two years consecutively. In 2015, sponsored by the US State Department, Emma represented the United States at the Connectt International Youth Music Alliance and Orchestral Conference in Trinidad and Tobago.
Emma currently attends the Schulich School of Music of McGill University as a recipient of the Ingeborg and Angela Kramer Award and a Graduate Dean’s Award, studying with Matt Haimovitz, where she is also a member of the Grammy-nominated ensemble Uccello. As a chamber musician, she is cellist and co-executive director of Duo Caprice with oboist Luka Marcoux and cellist of the Morrigna Trio. She recently received her Artist Diploma in Cello Performance from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music as a Dean’s List graduate, studying with Andrés Díaz and Desmond Hoebig. During her time at the GGS, Emma was a chamber music coach at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists of the Royal Conservatory of Music. A graduate of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, she studied under Peter Wiley, Luis Garcia-Renart, and Sophie Shao. In addition to a B.M. in Cello Performance, Emma also holds a B.A. in Art History from Bard College, both magna cum laude. She plays a 1918 Italian cello “Tutto” by Puglisi of Catania.
Ian Campbell – Toccata for Six Players
for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello, and percussion
David Vess – styrofoam ashes/shrine
for 6 cellos and percussion