HEATHER TUACH started playing cello over 30 years ago as a Suzuki student in Newfoundland, Canada. Heather went on to study at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, McGill University in Montreal, the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland and at Stony Brook University, New York, where she completed a Doctorate of Music in 2009.
Throughout her career, Heather has taught students of all ages and levels and has more than 15 years of experience as a teacher.
However, after the birth of her son Heather started to spend more time in search for the best ways on how to use music to develop her son’s personality and character and her research eventually brought her back to her own roots: the Suzuki method. Heather was taught from an early age herself (five years) by a Suzuki teacher in Canada and remembers these years as an invaluable time in her early life.
The musical future of youngsters close to her heart Heather decided to dedicate more time to young children in a desire to not just develop young musicians but in order to help give young lives a head start with a skill they would be able to use for whatever they would decide to do later on in life, and subsequently she studied at the British Suzuki Institute in London to become a Suzuki teacher herself.
Next to her passion to teach Heather still loves performing and was a member of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet from 2008-2016. She has been in residence at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Bucknell University, Pennsylvania and also coached on string quartet courses at the University of St Andrews, Scotland and Benslow Music, Hitching.
Heather has made professional recordings with the FSQ, including Bruckner: String Quartet and Quintet (Linn Records, 2015). She also recorded her own solo disc with pianist Patil Harboyan, Music from Armenia for Cello and Piano (Divine Art Records, 2014). It has been called ‘A delightful disc of discoveries’ (Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone Magazine) and ‘A CD of real joy!’ (David Wright, Wrightmusic). In 2015, the duo performed music from their CD at Carnegie Hall, NY.
Additionally, Heather has performed in numerous concerts throughout the UK including at Wigmore Hall and Kings Place.
She has toured in North America, Europe, and South Africa.
Heather still has close ties with her home province of Newfoundland. In 2013, she started Wintertide Music Festival, a week-long chamber music festival that takes place in Corner Brook in January. For the 2016-17 season, Heather was the co-principal cellist of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and cellist in the Atlantic String Quartet.
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