Canadian violist Braunwin Sheldrick has performed in a wide range of venues from London's Royal Albert Hall to Jerusalem's Rubin Academy. Her career as a performer has taken her from North America to Europe and the Middle East where she has collaborated with many of the world’s finest artists.
Inspired at age three by her grandfather to study violin, Braunwin converted to the viola in high school and shortly afterwards began studying with Jane Logan, principal violist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. After graduating with degrees from McGill and Temple Universities, Braunwin accepted a scholarship to study with Yuko Inoue at London’s Royal Academy of Music.
During her time in England, Braunwin performed in masterclasses for Jerzy Kosmala, Hartmut Rohde, Philip Dukes, Roger Benedict, and James Sleigh. Often featured as principal viola of the Royal Academy orchestras, Braunwin worked under the directorship of such conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Lutz Koehler, and Sir Charles Mackerras.
Braunwin has also studied baroque viola with Katherine McGillivray and has presented concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Spitalfields Festival, the Tilford Bach Society, as well as concerts with Jordi Savall and a live broadcast on BBC 1 of Mozart’s Requiem with Sir Roger Norrington and the Royal Academy of Music’s Becket Ensemble. Further concerts include collaborations with Arvo Pärt and the London Sinfonietta in the world premier of his composition “LameTate” as well as with Scottish composer James MacMillan in his work “Raising Sparks.” Braunwin was also the World Youth Chamber Orchestra’s principal viola on their 2003-2004 tour of Italy and Israel.
A versatile musician, Braunwin has also presented numerous popular music concerts, most notably with Elton John. In 2002 she was invited to perform with Elton John’s orchestra at Royal Albert Hall (concert later released on DVD in 2004) as well as his tour which included performances in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, London’s Wembley Arena as well as New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
Braunwin has received many awards in recognition of her accomplishments as a musician including the Robert L. Oppelt Viola Prize (Eastman School of Music), the Carnegie Viola Prize (Royal Academy of Music), the Albert Tashjian Award (Temple University), as well as a full scholarship to attend the Banff Centre in 2003 which allowed her to work with esteemed pedagogue Karen Tuttle for three weeks.
Braunwin currently lives in Rochester, NY where she is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music.