Emily Kennedy – Cello 2012
Emily Kennedy is an emerging young artist living in Ottawa, Ontario. She is a recent graduate of the Performance program at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she had the pleasure of studying with Paul Pulford and members of the prestigious Penderecki String Quartet. Presently, Emily is completing her masters in cello performance at the University of Ottawa, studying with renowned cellist Paul Marleyn, and in her spare time gives recitals in the area. She has performed on concert stages across Eastern Canada, and has taken part and performed in festivals such as the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, Tuckamore Music Festival in St. John’s, the Orford Arts Centre and Domaine Forget in Quebec, WLU’s Quartetfest, and the ACE Workshop in Ottawa, Ontario. She has performed for some of the leading cellists in today’s music world, including Lynn Harrell, Steven Doane, Michel Strauss, Philippe Muller, Richard Aaron, Matt Haimovitz, Denise Djokic, Blair Lofgren, and Elinor Frey, along with members of the Cecilia, Lafayette, and JACK Quartets.
Participating in the New Brunswick Festival of Music gave me the much needed experience of performing from a young age. Having the opportunity to present music that you have been spending countless hours working on is incredibly valuable, and being able to share it with others is even more important! As a young cellist, being able to participate in the festival served as a great motivator for me to continue working hard, knowing that I would eventually perform my pieces for my family and teachers. The ability to play for an adjudicator was a chance to gain valuable feedback from someone with a fresh perspective on your playing – all in all, a great learning experience.