“The viola was played by Braunwin Sheldrick with great ownership and security. Her sound, intense and beautiful, was accompanied by a special poetic sense.”
- El Colombiano
Dr. Braunwin Sheldrick leads a dynamic career dedicated to both performing and teaching. She has given solo recitals in Canada, the United States, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, and England and has participated in festivals including the Spoleto Festival USA, the Domaine Forget, and the Banff Centre. As a soloist, Braunwin has appeared with the Universidad EAFIT Symphony Orchestra and the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra. With her trio Aquarimántima she has released two CDs entitled “Trios americanos para clarinete, viola y piano” and “De Europa a las Américas,” which feature Latin American works for this ensemble. In 2020 her Dúo Ígneo with pianist Andrés Gómez Bravo released a CD of previously-unrecorded Colombian works for viola and piano.
A devoted teacher, Dr. Sheldrick has presented masterclasses at the Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad del Atlántico (Barranquilla, Colombia), the Universidad del Cauca (Popayán, Colombia), Conservatorio Antonio María Valencia (Cali, Colombia), Universidad Nacional (Bogotá, Colombia), as well as at the Eastman School of Music (NY) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (TN). Her students have been invited to participate in international music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Summit Music Festival, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Domaine Forget, the Festival de Música de Santa Catalina (Brazil), the Movimento Internacional de Música de Uberlândia (Brazil), Campos do Jordão Winter Festival (Brazil), the Primer Encuentro de Cuartetos (Peru), as well as the Colombian Youth Orchestra. Graduates of the viola studio have been accepted to artist diploma and master’s degree programs at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria; the Royal Academy of Music, London; the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria; North Texas University; North Carolina School of the Arts; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Longy School of Music; Duquesne University and Rutgers University.
Dr. Sheldrick is currently Professor of Viola at the Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia and a faculty member of the Global Summer Institute of Music (Richmond, VA). Previously, she was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the viola instructor at the University of Rochester as well as the teaching assistant to Professor George Taylor at the Eastman School of Music. She holds degrees from McGill University (BMus), Temple University (MM) and a postgraduate diploma from London’s Royal Academy of Music. Dr. Sheldrick earned the DMA degree in viola performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music.