Canadian cellist Tess Crowther is currently based in Dallas, Texas. She is quickly gaining recognition for her unique musicianship that spans a wide range of genres. She has shared the stage with artists ranging from Yo Yo Ma and Renee Fleming to Weird Al and Evanescence. Her passion for artistic expression is rivalled by her passion for music education. On top of her many performing commitments Tess runs a thriving private cello lesson studio with locations in Dallas and Plano, Texas where her students place consistently in the top of their region.
Tess is a co-founding member of the Grigori String quartet which was awarded first place at the University of Toronto’s 2013 Felix Galimir Competition. Most recently the Grigori String Quartet has released a music video titled ‘Immortal’, a powerful music and dance collaboration raising awareness about musicians and mental health.
As a classical cellist, Tess is an avid soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Her solo engagements have taken her across Europe and North America, performing with internationally renowned artists and ensembles. Most recently, she was invited as soloist to perform the American Premier of Pavel Karmanov’s Cello Concerto, ‘Musica Con Cello’ with the McKinney Philharmonic.
Tess has led as principal cellist in a number of orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada where she was awarded the Steve Sitarski Leadership Award in 2013. She was invited as one of three cellists in Canada to participate in the 2013 Canada-India National Orchestral Tour in India. She is currently the principal cellist of the McKinney Philharmonic and a tenured member of the East Texas Symphony.
Tess has made regular appearances in chamber concerts in Toronto, at venues such as the Arts and Letters Club, University of Toronto Noon Concert Series, and Noon Series at Christ Church Deer Park. Tess has been a regular performer in Dallas in the Meadows Virtuosi Concert Series, and was the winner of the 2016 and 2017 Meadows Chamber Music Honors Competition.
You can find Tess featured in numerous video productions including 'Terminator 2 - Judgement Day' (JoslinMusic ), ‘Transcendence’ (Grigori String Quartet), ‘Rhiannon' (Katrina Cain), ’Linger’ (Greater Than Live by Gateway), and ‘Chevalier de Sangreal’ (JoslinMusic). She has also been featured on Global News Edmonton and Breakfast Television Toronto.
In the recording studio Tess has recorded with artists and ensembles such as the Fort Smith Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Catie Waters, KC Clifford, Katrina Cain, Aziz Maraka, Luksimi Sivaneswaralingam, Joslin, Robby Higgenbottom, Jason Dodge, Erik Johnston, Rameez Anwar, Drew Zaremba, and Rachael Winters.
Tess began playing the cello at age three. She holds two undergraduate degrees - a Performance Diploma in Cello Performance from The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Thompson Rivers University, as well two graduate degrees - a Performer’s Diploma and Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from Southern Methodist University. Tess’s primary teachers include Andrés Diaz, Chris Adkins, Sasha Adkins, David Hetherington, Shauna Rolston and Rachel Mercer.