|Smudge loves the cello, too!||
Alan Stellings is a professional cellist, double bassist, electric bassist, conductor, composer, arranger and teacher. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Toronto, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Performance. During his undergraduate years, Stellings completed advanced studies in Cello and Chamber Music Performance at the Vienna Academy of Music in Austria. He studied music composition privately with Dr. Samuel Dolin, at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. After several years of professional activity, Alan returned to formal studies, earning a Master of Music in Music Education at the University of Toronto. He went on to complete a Doctorate in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, concentrating in the philosophy and psychology of music.
various stages of his performing
career, Dr. Stellings held positions in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra,
Symphony Orchestra, East
York Symphony, Thunder
Bay Symphony Orchestra,
York Symphony Orchestra , Amsterdam Chamber
Orchestra , Toronto
New Chamber Orchestra of Canada and
He made three North American tours as Principal Cellist of the Canadian Opera Orchestra. As a member of various "house bands", Stellings has performed with Gladys Knight and the Pips, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross among many others.
After accepting a position on the Faculty of the
Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, Alan Stellings decided to
concentrate on solo and chamber
music performance. He founded the Royal Conservatory Noon Hour and
Twilight Chamber Music Series, bringing faculty and students together in a
"special event" atmosphere of performance.
Dr. Stellings has also been a faculty member in the Music Departments of the University of Toronto and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. With a deep commitment to music education, Dr. Stellings continues to serve as clinician and adjudicator for music students throughout Canada.
After designing the new Cello Syllabus for the Royal Conservatory, Alan decided to "go it alone" in his teaching. He maintains busy private teaching studios in Toronto and in Guelph, Ontario, where he lives with his wife Jennifer, a watercolour artist and designer and their beautiful black cat, Smudge.
Stellings has performed as a member of several contemporary music groups, including as a founding member/performer of the Array Contemporary Music Ensemble and the UART Midi Ensemble, with composer/performers Wes Wraggett and Michael Hynes. He was also a longstanding member of the Fred Stone Jazz Band, performing in clubs in the Toronto area. He is a founding member of the Artemis String Quartet and Cerberus String Trio. In April 2006, Alan Stellings is appearing as Principal Cellist and Soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra.
this picture, Alan is appearing as Principal Cellist with the
Symphony Orchestra. Alan is presently Principal Cellist with
the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber
|Throughout his career, Alan Stellings has been a dedicated
promoter and performer of Canadian music. He has made several European solo
tours performing the works of Samuel
Charles Camilleri, Andre Prevost and
Weinzweig. He, along with pianist Greg Paskaruk, went on a nine city concert
tour of England, culminating in a recital at the Barbican
Centre in London. Stellings performed Canadian compositions
Eduard van Beinum Foundation, Breukelen, Netherlands, for the
Budapest, Hungary, Timisoara, Romania, at the
Zagreb Conservatories in the
with the Hemispheres Orchestra at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City.
|Alan Stellings has released three CDs. The first is titled fluences, a selection of four Canadian cello and piano sonatas by John Weinzweig, Stellings, Philip McConnell and Andre Prevost. The second CD is titled Alan Stellings Plays Oscar Peterson, a Four Cello Experience. Selections include the complete "Canadiana Suite" by Peterson. A third CD, Cello Child of Rock was released in late 2005. It features 12 tracks of Classic Rock on solo cello, featuring songs by such artists as Ozzy Osbourne, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Metallica and Steppenwolf.||Visit our Recordings page for more detailed information.|