Artistic Director

Kerri McGonigle, Cello

Cellist Kerri McGonigle is the Artistic Director of the Academy Concert Series. A recipient of the Margarita Heron Pine String Prize and the Beryl Barns Graduate Scholarship, Kerri won Premier Prix with unanimous distinction in violoncello and chamber music from the Gennevilliers Conservatory while studying in Paris. While completing an Advanced Certificate in Baroque cello through the University of Toronto, she performed as a soloist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Kerri is now based in Toronto and performs regularly as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral cellist. Recently she was invited as the guest principal cellist and continuo for Pacific Opera Victoria�s production of Rodelinda by Handel. For the past two summers she has traveled to Sulmona, Italy to play in the COSI festival with Aradia Ensemble and was co-principal cellist this past summer. Other groups she has played with include soloist with the Georgian Bay Orchestra, principal cellist with Nota Bene Baroque orchestra, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Talisker Players, Northern Lights Music Festival in Ajijic, Mexico, Edmonton Symphony, Edmonton and Calgary Operas, Edmonton Citadel Theatre, Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Yellowknife Choral Society. She has been recorded for Canadian national broadcast with both CBC television and CBC Radio Two on a number of occasions.

Kerri graduated with a Masters of Music degree in cello performance and a Bachelor of Music Degree with distinction from the University of Alberta while studying with Tanya Prochazka. She has also studied with Daniel Raclot and Philippe Muller in Paris and with Christina Mahler on Baroque cello in Toronto. She was a semi-finalist in the Montreal International Baroque Music Festival Competition in 2007. Programs she has attended include Banff School of Performing Arts, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Magic Mountain Music Farm with Burton Kaplan. She has played in Master classes for Anner Bylsma, Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Shauna Rolston, Ronald Leonard, Andre Diaz, Zara Nelsova, Amanda Forsyth and Irene Sharp.

Kerri is a devoted teacher and orchestral conductor and enjoys sharing her passion for music with her students. She currently teaches on the faculty of the Miles Nadal jcc Suzuki program where she teaches private cello lessons, group lessons, chamber music and conducts a small orchestra. She has taught on faculty at the Alberta College Conservatory and been a faculty member, cello teacher and chamber music coach at the Strings and Keys Summer School of Performing Arts. While at the University of Alberta, Kerri completed a special-study course in pedagogy. Since that time Kerri has pursued other courses in teaching, including Suzuki certification courses and a summer seminar with Irene Sharp in California.

Whether it is bringing a piece of chamber music to life in the way that it was performed centuries ago, exploring new collaborations with other artists, or sharing knowledge and enthusiasm with audiences and students, Kerri is passionate and creative about pushing boundaries while respecting the traditions of the past to inspire and connect with people through music.