Recognized for both his fearless embracing of challenge and his expressive performances, young Argentinean cellist Juan Sebastian Delgado recently finished a Doctoral degree in music performance at renowned McGill University in Montreal, Canada, focusing on contemporary music under the guidance of celebrated solo cellist Matt Haimovitz.
Driven by a passion to share the power of music with others, Juan Sebastian has conducted a variety of unique projects on international stages with renowned performers, research- creation initiatives with leading contemporary composers charting new directions in sound and technique, and outreach adventures in remote communities teaching music to disadvantaged youth.
Current principal cellist of Pronto Music Chamber Orchestra in Montreal, conducted by Alexis Hauser and a member of the BIK Ensemble (Krystina Marcoux, percussion and Alex Read, violin), an unconventional trio that specializes in the commissioning of new instrumental theatre works, Juan Sebastian has increasingly used his intellectual curiosity to re-imagine his practice by bringing the perspectives of past and present into dialogue.
As a member of the 2014 Global Leaders Program of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas, Juan Sebastian travelled to Yerevan, Armenia, to be on the faculty of Sistema Armenia’s faculty working with disadvantages music students and performing chamber music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra.
In 2011, he toured Japan as part of the Boston Tango Trio (Juan Pablo Jofre, bandoneon and Redi Llupa, piano) and in July of 2011, as the winner of the 100 Davis Project for Peace (Davis Foundation), he taught and performed in Natal, in the northeastern region of Brazil.
At age 17, Juan Sebastian was awarded a full scholarship to attend the prestigious United World College of the Adriatic in Italy where he studied with legendary chamber music group Trio di Trieste and renowned Italian cellist Enrico Bronzi. In May 2011, he graduated with honours from The Boston Conservatory (BM), where he was a recipient of the Presidential Award and the Davis UWC scholarship to study with cellist Rhonda Rider and chamber music with pianists Max Levinson and Michael Lewin. In May 2013, he received his Masters in cello performance from McGill University, where he studied with cellist Matt Haimovitz, where he served as principal cellist of the Baroque Orchestra of McGill, the McGill Symphony Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Ensemble.
As a chamber musician, Juan Sebastian has collaborated for over nine year with Albanian pianist, Redi Llupa, former student of legendary pianist Menahem Pressler. As duo, they have received critical acclaim for their energized performances in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, United States, Brazil, and Japan. Their recordings have been broadcasted in Albania, Brazil, and Argentina.
He has been a member of YOA Orchestra of the Americas’ 2012 Chile Tour and 2013 Central America tour, Orchestra Internazionale d’ Italia 2014 in Italy conducted by Fabio Luisi, and a member of the Grammy nominated ensemble Uccello (tour Canada and USA, 2012).
As soloist and chamber musician, Juan Sebastian has won top prizes at the USA International Music Competition, the II Latin- American Cello competition (Buenos Aires, 2008), the Ravenna Chamber music competition (Italy, 2007) and have been finalist of the Golden Violin Competition (Montreal, 2016) and the Savvy multidisciplinary chamber music competition (US, 2017).
In 2015, Juan Sebastian premiered at the University of Miami, 3 bagatelles for cello and piano, a work dedicated to him by Albanian composer Ermir Bejo. This same year, he was awarded the McBurney Fellowship which will enabled him to collaborate as a guest teacher and performer with the Batuta Foundation in Manizales and in Bogota at the National Conservatory of Music, in Colombia. and was invited as a guest cellist to the International Music Festival of Tiradentes, where he joined renowned musicians such as soprano Eliane Coelho and violinist Daniel Rowland to perform various works, including Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.
In 2016, Juan Sebastian won the Recording Project Competition (McGill) which enabled him to record new works for solo cello and that same year, he received the CIRMMT Student Award to work on a project that proposes to augment audience perception through the creation of a visual display that is responsive to performance gesture. An original piece by Argentine composer, Luis Naon (Paris Conservatory/IRCAM) for solo cello, ensemble, and electronics was written for this project in collaboration with Radio France with subsequent performances in Orleans (with Ensemble Cairn) and Montreal (with CME).
Juan Sebastian has worked with renowned cello pedagogues; Philippe Muller, Ralph Kirshabum, Fred Sherry, and Marcio Carneiro.
He plays on a fine instrument by Charles Bailly made in Mirecourt, France.