Canadian cellist Bridget MacRae leads an active international career as a chamber musician and teacher. Since 2003 Bridget has been principal cellist of the MKO. She is a regular guest at international festivals such as Musikdorf Ernen, Rheingau, Prussia Cove, Music by the Sea and Musicalta. For many years she was the cellist of the Schidlof Quartet and the London Conchord Ensemble in the UK, and enjoys a continuing collaboration with Peter Sheppard Skaerved and the Kreutzer Quartet. Bridget has recorded CDs of chamber and solo music on the Linn, ASV, Black Box, Quartz, Hexagone, Neos and Radio-Canada labels. Bridget’s interest in contemporary music has involved her in a large number of commissions and premieres. She has performed at the Pharos Contemporary Music Festival, the Munich Biennale and the Days of Macedonian Music, works regularly with Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg and is part of an ongoing Morton Feldman project in Munich.
Bridget studied with James Hunter, Aldo Parisot, Joel Krosnick and Xenia Jankovic. She won prizes at the Canadian Music Competition and the Montreal Debut Competition, was awarded the Samuel Mayes Cello Prize at Tanglewood and was the recipient of numerous grants and scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Vancouver Foundation, Villa Musica and the European Mozart Foundation. Bridget led a cello class at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe from 2008-2012 and is regularly invited to teach at courses and masterclasses in Canada, Germany, France and the UK.