Recognized for both his fearless embracing of challenge and his expressive performances, young Argentinean cellist Juan Sebastian Delgado is currently pursuing 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 Baptiste Rodrigues, 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 has travelled to Yerevan, Armenia, to be part of Sistema Armenia’s faculty working with disadvantages music students.
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, 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 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 and the McGill Symphony Orchestra.
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 all-cello 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), the Honours Chamber music competition (Boston 2008 and 2010), and the Ravenna Chamber music competition (Italy).
Juan Sebastian has recently premiered at the University of Miami, 3 bagatelles for cello and piano, a work dedicated to him by composer Ermir Bejo. In addition, he has been awarded the McBurney Fellowship which will enable him to collaborate as a guest teacher and performer with the Batuta Foundation in Bogota, Colombia in the summer of 2015.
Juan Sebastian has worked with renowned cello pedagogues; Philippe Muller, Ralph Kirshabum, Fred Sherry, and Marcio Carneiro.
He plays on a fine instrument provided by the Virtu Foundation since 2008