Canadian violinist Emily Westell has established herself as a versatile musician. Since her debut as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic at age 15, she has performed as soloist and conductor with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, and has played concerti with the Tanglewood, Banff Festival, and University of Calgary Orchestras. A winner of the 2012 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, she was awarded the 2013 "Astral Artist Prize" from Canada's National Arts Centre. Westell has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in Paris (Cité de la Musique), New York (Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall), Boston (Jordan Hall), and the Netherlands (International Holland Music Sessions). Her concerts have been broadcast on CBC and Radio-Canada.
Westell has played at the festivals of Prussia Cove, Norfolk, Spoleto USA, Orford, Meadowmount, and Lanaudiere. She performs frequently with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and is a former instructor of violin and chamber music at McGill University. She has been invited to give masterclasses at the University of Alberta, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Calgary.
An advocate for new music, Westell has performed with the Harvard Group for New Music, Columbia Composers, NYC Azure Ensemble, Boston's Callithumpian Consort, and on the Land's End Chamber Ensemble CD, Rollin' Down #1, winner of the Western Canada Music Award for "Outstanding Classical Album." She has given the premieres of concertos by Shane Fage and Chun-Ting Pang, and performed Allan Gordon Bell's Coriolis live via videocast from the Banff Centre to the Alberta at the Smithsonian Exhibition in Washington, DC.
Westell recently completed post-doctoral Professional Studies with Pinchas Zukerman in the Manhattan School of Music's prestigious Zukerman Performance Program on a President's Award. Her previous teachers include Edmond Agopian, Miriam Fried, and Jonathan Crow. Westell holds a Doctor of Music degree from McGill University (where she was a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow), a Master's degree from the New England Conservatory and the Fine Arts gold medal from the University of Calgary, for the top graduate.
Emily Westell performs on the 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivari violin, on loan by the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.