Winner of numerous prizes and scholarships, most notably the Flora Matheson Goulden String Prize for the highest marked conservatory string player in Canada, violist Esme Allen-Creighton is a passionate performer and pedagogue. She was a featured soloist of both the 2006 International and 2009 Canadian Viola Congresses. Since moving to the United States, she has performed as principal violist of the Orchestra of Northern New York, Arcos Chamber Orchestra on their 2010 European tour and highlights CD for the NEOS label, and the Juilliard Symphony on their 2008 China tour. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Dr. Allen-Creighton has collaborated with among others Steven Doane, Jesse Levine, Sabine Meyer, Alan Stepansky, Xaing Gao and Joel Hastings, as well as members of the New York Philharmonic in a special “Genius of the Brandenburgs” concert. She has appeared throughout New York City in venues like Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Le Poisson Rouge and Scandinavia House as a chamber and orchestral musician and has also showed her versatility by playing with the band Vampire Weekend on Pitchfork TV and appearing on the debut CD of Lakewind Music from her native Toronto.
Since joining the faculty of the University of Delaware, she has had many exciting performances including Britten’s Lachrymae as soloist with the UD Symphony Orchestra; frequent appearances as a guest artist on Delaware’s Master Players Concert Series, including their world premieres concert featuring entirely new works with the 6ixwire Project; and performed as guest faculty and artist at the Mozart on the Green festival in Ohio. Dr. Allen-Creighton was thrilled to pursue her great passion for chamber music upon joining the Serafin String Quartet, UD's quartet-in-residence last fall. In her short time with Serafin, she has performed in numerous concert series in the Delaware/Pennsylvania area including residencies at the University of Delaware and Dickinson College, made appearances on WHYY TV and radio and celebrated through many concert appearances their recent critically acclaimed Naxos release of the early chamber music works of Jennifer Higdon. Upcoming projects include a short tour to Florida with the quartet, continued residency concerts at Trinity Episcopal in Wilmington and the University of Delaware, appearances at the Arts Ahimsa and Pikes Falls chamber music festivals and her solo recital 1919: Viola's Golden Year this spring, exploring the important viola repertoire of 1919, written for the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge composition competition.
A dedicated pedagogue, Dr. Allen-Creighton earned her bachelor and master degrees from The Juilliard School and a doctorate with honours from the University of Montreal. She served on the faculties of the Brooklyn College Preparatory Center and SUNY-Potsdam among other institutions before joining the faculty of the University of Delaware, where she is now an assistant professor. She has given master classes at the University of Ohio, University of Toronto and Universidad Javierana and Centrale in Bogota, Columbia, and looks forward to teaching at the North Carolina School of the Arts this spring. Though she began playing on the viola, her passion for string pedagogy led her to pursue violin studies at the legendary School for Strings in New York, where she received her Suzuki Pedagogy certification in violin, studying with Allen Lieb and the late, great Louise Behrend. Her doctoral thesis explored interactive concert programming for educational outreach, a passion she pursues as a Philadelphia Orchestra teaching artist, through interactive concerts with the Serafins and recently as she was invited to speak at UD's inaugeral TEDx conference. Her speech: Consonance and Disonance: Musical Story-Telling at its most instinctual is available online through the TEDx website. Courtesy of Dr. William Stegeman, she plays an instrument made in 1754 by the Milanese master Carlo Antonio Testore.