- About -
Emily Kennedy is a cellist, improviser and collaborator based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is a graduate of the performance program at the University of Ottawa and Wilfrid Laurier University. Passionate about new music, Emily recently took part in Banff’s Concert in the 21st Century residency, the Britten-Pears: Composition, Alternative Performance and Performance Art program in Aldeburgh, UK, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, and RE:FLUX Festival in Moncton, NB with improv trio Terre Wa. 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, Paul Watkins, 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.
Emily was fortunate to be the Emerging Musician in Residence at the University of New Brunswick’s 2017-18 season. She frequently performs with the Kalaya String Quartet, guitarist Steven Peacock, Symphony New Brunswick, Atlantic Sinfonia, and as a part of UNB's musicUNB Performance Series. Outside of the classical music world, Emily is active in genre-crossing projects, collaborating with poets, textile artists, and dancers. She has toured Eastern Canada with electronic project Property//, created installation work with all female electronic improv trio Terre Wa, and writes and sings for the string duo Pallmer. Emily teaches cello at Mount Allison University, and maintains a full private teaching studio in Fredericton.
Emily has been fortunate to have been awarded several grants from artsnb: most recently she was awarded a career development grant that helped offset her travels and living expenses while attending Banff’s Concert in the 21st Century Program. She would also like to thank artsnb for supporting the recent purchase of for her new cello case.