Growing up in Edmonton, Kathleen de Caen started playing the cello at age five. Her primary teachers were Grazyna Sobieraj, Julie Amundsen, Tanya Prochazka, and Colin Ryan. She later went on to complete a Master’s in Cello Performance with Matt Haimovitz at McGill University.
As a soloist, she has been invited to perform with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions for their education series. Kathleen was also the featured young artist of the 2012 Symphony Under the Sky series.
As a chamber musician, Kathleen has performed across North America with musicians such as Yehonatan Berick, Jean Efflam-Bavouzet, and Paul Coletti. She often performs with Matt Haimovitz’s ensemble, Uccello, who performed at Carnegie Hall in 2013. Kathleen recently co-founded Trio De Moda, an Edmonton based string trio.
Kathleen is an avid orchestral musician. She will be acting as the Principal Cello of Symphony Nova Scotia for the 2017/2018 season. Kathleen is also a regular casual player with the Edmonton Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic.
Kathleen has been passionate about El Sistema education ever since taking a course at McGill. The philosophy is “social change through music” and reaches out to under-served communities. She taught with Edmonton’s YONA-Sistema program from 2015-2017, and encourages everyone to check out and support this amazing organization.