Caroline Stinson, a native of Edmonton, Canada, performs each season in the US, Canada and Europe as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber artist. She is a member of the original cello quartet CELLO, the Athabasca String Trio, the Contrasts Quartet, and the new music and improvisation ensemble Open End, which she founded with her husband and composer Andrew Waggoner. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with honours from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Performance Diploma with Distinction from the Hochschule für Musik, Köln, in Germany, where she spent three years studying and performing across the continent and was awarded first prize in the Hohnen Foundation Cello Competition. From 2000-2003, she joined the New York City-based Cassatt String Quartet, performing across North America and commissioning some two dozen new works. Caroline has had the privilege of working closely with composers George Crumb, Peter Eötvös, John Harbison, George Rochberg, Anna Weesner, Aaron Jay Kernis, Steven Stucky and Joan Tower. Ms. Stinson is building programs for virtuoso solo cello, the first of which she presented at the 2006 Winnipeg New Music Festival in Canada. She has recorded for Albany, Bridge, Koch, and Naxos, as well as CBC Radio Canada, Radio France and WAMC New York, and is on the faculties of Syracuse University (NY) and Kean Univeristy (NJ).