Dr. Braunwin Sheldrick leads a dynamic career dedicated to both performing and teaching. She has given solo recitals in Canada, the United States, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, and England and has participated in festivals including the Spoleto Festival USA, the Domaine Forget, and the Banff Centre. In a review of her performance of Vaughan Williams’ Flos Campi, El Colombiano wrote: “The viola was played by Braunwin Sheldrick with great ownership and security. Her sound, intense and beautiful, was accompanied by a special poetic sense.”
After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University as a student of Douglas McNabney, Braunwin completed her Master of Music degree at Temple University where she studied with Choong Jin Chang, Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2002 she accepted a scholarship to study with Yuko Inoue at London’s Royal Academy of Music. During her time in England, Braunwin performed in master classes for Jerzy Kosmala, Hartmut Rohde, Philip Dukes, Roger Benedict, and James Sleigh and, as an orchestral musician, worked under the directorship of such conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Lutz Koehler, and Sir Charles Mackerras. As a performer of baroque viola, Braunwin 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 “LamenTate” as well as with Scottish composer James MacMillan in his work “Raising Sparks.” In addition, Braunwin has participated in summer festivals including the Spoleto Festival Orchestra as well as Banff Center where she received a full scholarship to study with esteemed pedagogue Karen Tuttle.
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 that included performances in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, London’s Wembley Arena as well as New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
A devoted teacher, Dr. Sheldrick has presented masterclasses at the Universidad del Atlántico (Baranquilla, Colombia), the Universidad del Cauca (Popayán, Colombia), Conservatorio Maria Antonio Valencia (Cali, Colombia), Universidad Nacional (Bogotá, Colombia), and at the Eastman School of Music (NY). Her students have been invited to participate in music festivals such as the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina (Brazil), the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (USA), the Summit Music Festival (USA), the Colombian Youth Orchestra, and the New World Symphony Orchestra (USA). Her students have been invited to graduate programs at North Texas University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Longy School of Music, and Rutgers University. Additionally, she is a Suzuki violin teacher and has completed training with Stevie Sandven, Karen Kimmmett, and Katherine Wood. Braunwin was also awarded the prestigious Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) and holds professional memberships with the SAA (Suzuki Association of the Americas) and ASTA/NSOA (American String Teacher’s Association/National String Orchestra Association).
Dr. Braunwin Sheldrick is currently Professor of Viola at the Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia, having joined the faculty in July 2008. Previously, Braunwin was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the viola instructor at the University of Rochester as well as the teaching assistant to Professor George Taylor at the Eastman School of Music. In 2008, Braunwin earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in viola performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music as a student of George Taylor.