Delgado, Juan Sebastian

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First-prize winner at the Latin-American Cello Festival (2008), Argentinean cellist Juan Sebastián Delgado completed Doctoral studies in performance at McGill University with Matt Haimovitz focusing on contemporary music and Nuevo Tango. The CBC Radio Ideas chose his artistic research to be featured throughout Canada and he was the featured cellist in the episode Virtuoso Brain by the TV program Decouverte. 

Active in the creation and dissemination of new works that explore the cello in innovative ways, Delgado has conducted a variety of projects on international stages in 25 different countries; Pájaro contra el borde de la noche for solo cello, ensemble and electronics by composer Luis Naon (Paris Conservatory, 2017), in collaboration with Radio France, Cinco Tangos Apócrifos for cello and string orchestra by Jorge Bosso (2016) and Mientras, antes… for cello and piano by Gustavo Beytelmann (ex pianist of Piazzolla). At the “Creative Dialogues 2017”, he worked with world-renowned composer Kaija Saariaho and premiered new chamber works for strings and electronics in Helinski, Finland. At the Lyon Biennale 2018, he premiered Daniel’s Tango for cello and marimba by composer Marcelo Nisinman.

Founding member of the up-and-coming Montréal duo Stick&Bow, together with percussionist Krystina Marcoux, he has performed in some of the top music festivals across Canada including Bach Festival Montréal, Classica 2020, National Arts Centre for their #Canadaperforms, Salle Bourgie, La Viree Classique, Promusica and were selected as “Emerging Artists” with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada in 2019. Stick&Bow’s critically acclaimed debut album Resonance (2019) was praised by Toronto’s The WholeNote as “just brilliant” and “totally delightful”, and by La Scena Musicale as full of “pleasant surprises.”

His interest in research and education brought him to create a graduate performance seminar on the history of the tango at McGill University.