Canadian cellist Tess Kent is currently based in Dallas, Texas. She is quickly gaining recognition for her unique musicianship that spans a wide range of genres. She has shared the stage with a number of esteemed artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to The Eagles. Follow her on instagram @tesscrowther to keep up with her latest performances and videos.
As a classical cellist Tess is an avid soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Her solo engagements have taken her across Europe and North America, where she has worked with various international artists and ensembles. Most recently she played the American Premier of Pavel Karmanov’s cello concerto ‘Musica Con Cello’ with the McKinney Philharmonic. Tess is currently the assistant principal cellist of the Fort Smith Symphony.
You can find Tess featured in the popular YouTube channel JoslinMusic. Their videos are quickly gaining traction in the online community with millions of views. Look for their upcoming live performances and events in Dallas.
Tess has led as principal cellist in a number of orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada where she was awarded the Steve Sitarski Leadership Award in 2013. She was invited as one of three cellists in Canada to participate in the 2013 Canada-India National Orchestral Tour in India. She is currently the principal cellist of the McKinney Philharmonic and the assistant principal cellist of the Fort Smith Symphony.
Tess has made regular appearances in chamber concerts in Toronto, at venues such as the Arts and Letters Club, University of Toronto Noon Concert Series, and Noon Series at Christ Church Deer Park. Tess has been a regular performer in Dallas in the Meadows Virtuosi Concert Series, and was the winner of the 2016 and 2017 Meadows Chamber Music Honors Competition.
Tess began playing the cello at age three. She holds two undergraduate degrees - a Performance Diploma in Cello Performance from The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Thompson Rivers University, as well two graduate degrees - a Performer’s Diploma and Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from Southern Methodist University. Tess’s primary teachers include Andrés Diaz, Chris Adkins, Sasha Adkins, David Hetherington, Shauna Rolston and Rachel Mercer. On top of her many performing commitments Tess runs a thriving private cello lesson studio with locations in Dallas and Plano, Texas where her students place consistently in the top of their region.