Stefan Hintersteininger is a Vancouver-based cellist, librarian, educator, composer and arranger, equally at home in a vast range of different musical styles. Stefan is a regular extra player with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and a member of Erato Ensemble, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, and a founding member of Vancouver’s cutting-edge improvising new music sextet, Ethos Collective. A new music specialist, Stefan has worked extensively with Vancouver New Music, Turning Point Ensemble and City Opera Vancouver, as well as in commercial recording studios and as guest principal cellist with the Vancouver Island and Prince George Symphonies.
Stefan is increasingly becoming known as a composer, having written works for many of Vancouver’s foremost ensembles. His Concerto for Soprano Saxophone received its world premiere performances in June, 2017, with soloist Julia Nolan and the West Coast Symphony Orchestra. Further performances are planned for the WCSO’s 2018 Balkan tour.
Stefan studied cello at Western Washington University with Dr. John Friesen, at the University of British Columbia with Eric Wilson, and undertook graduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago with CSO member Katinka Kleijn. As an educator, he joined the cello faculty of the Vancouver Academy of Music in 2015. Stefan believes that the path to success lies in establishing a firm grounding of correct technique and the development of good habits from the very beginning. Once these are set, the student has the tools and the freedom to pursue whichever musical direction they are most passionate about.
Having also completed a Master’s Degree in Library Studies at UBC in 2009, Stefan presently holds the position of BC Head Librarian at the Canadian Music Centre in Vancouver.