|Rebecca van der Post|
|Biography||In her other life as a concert violinist, Rebecca van der Post has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America, commissioning, developing, broadcasting and recording new and diverse repertoire for solo violin, string quartet, and mixed chamber ensemble. Originally from the United Kingdom, she studied in London with Pauline Scott and in Bern with Igor Ozim, gradually migrating to Toronto following a series of residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts that cemented her commitment to contemporary and experimental chamber music and catalyzed her great love of the Canadian wilderness. A founding member of the Madawaska String Quartet and the principle violinist of Arraymusic from 1999 to 2014, she has appeared in major international festivals such as Aldeburgh, Belfast Sonorities, Huddersfield, Strasbourg New Music, Parry Sound Festival of the Sound and the Festival Ibero-Americano in Puerto-Rico and has performed in collaboration with artists such as Leslie Kinton, Siegfried Palm, Sylvia Elizabeth Viertel, Anton Lukoszevieze and Stephen Clarke. Highlights of her musical life include a private recital in Banff for the Prime Minister of Thailand, duo recitals in former East Germany with Thomas Adès, the inaugural “hard hat” concert for Koerner Hall in Toronto with the Madawska Quartet and Bob Wiseman, a midwinter tour to the Outer Hebrides to bring chamber music to children with severe learning difficulties and the world premiere of Concerto for violin and Orbestra written for her by British composer Peter Cowdrey and televised live from the Aya Sophia as part of the Istanbul International Festival. |
Now pursuing her PhD in interdisciplinary humanities at Concordia University in Montreal, Rebecca is investigating questions that arise from immersive sensory and aesthetic experience. Drawing from her life in performance, her research focuses on the environmental, political and social significance of modal shifts in state of being and framework of perception that are catalysed by absorption in the creative, everyday processes of making and doing.