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Veda Hingert-McDonald


Drawn to story just as much as sound, Canadian violinist Veda Hingert-McDonald (she/her) aims to balance personal connection with tradition in her performance of both new and standard repertoire. She holds a bachelor of music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as masters of music at University of Colorado (CU) Boulder where she studied with Takács Quartet violinists Harumi Rhodes and Ed Dusinberre.

A passionate improviser, Veda is a founding member of Plein Air Sound Collective: a contemporary ensemble dedicated to exploring relationships between sound and physical environment, and they are anticipating the release of their first album in 2024. She has also been a member of Impact Playback: a theatre troupe dedicated to centring empathy in the improvised telling of audience’s stories. A dedicated teacher, Veda has taught at Sistema Toronto, Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, University of Colorado, and privately for seven years.

Outside of her musical life Veda is active in environmental and food justice work including training in permaculture design, founding a zero-waste concert series, and creating a food justice garden. She sees both chamber music and permaculture as opportunities to build and model the kind of interconnectedness and empathy she wishes to see in the world. She loves cooking and riding her bike, and spending time in nature.

Veda Hingert-McDonald
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