Associate Member: VERONICA NETTLES, CELLO
Veronica Nettles, classical and cross-genre cellist performs throughout Canada and the the USA. Trained in classical, jazz, and world music genres, she is active in various fusion and collaborative projects in addition to performing the standard classical repertoire.
Born in Upstate New York, Nettles began playing cello at age nine, and later moved with her family to the Vancouver area in Canada. Her initial studies were with cellist, Harold Birston, who was a huge inspiration as a classical cellist, teacher, composer, arranger and founding member of the jazz string quartet, Babayaga.
Attending Langley Fine Arts School, she participated in several youth orchestras, jazz/concert bands, choirs and chamber ensembles. It was during this time that she had the opportunity to experiment with the possibilities of the cello. She also studied the tenor saxophone, vocal jazz, and flute. Nettles later moved to Toronto to study with innovative soloist, Shauna Rolston. There she was also able to learn from jazz cellist, Matt Brubeck and collaborate with various “world music” and genre-fusion ensembles.
Nettles has performed in masterclasses of the Guarneri, St. Lawrence and Borromeo String quartets, and has been in award-winning ensembles such as the Blume Quartet, and was awarded the Felix Galimir Award as well as fellowships to the Banff Arts Festival.
She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Shauna Rolston and David Hetherington, and her master’s degree from DePaul University, where she studied with Stephen Balderston.