Evan Hesketh is a thoughtful, dynamic, and versatile artist, enjoying a varied career performing music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary. He has conducted orchestras in Canada, the United States and Europe, including the Savaria Symphony (Hungary), the Pacific Philharmonic (Canada), the Victoria Civic Orchestra (Canada), the festival orchestra at the Waterville Valley Music Centre (United States), and the University of Victoria Orchestra and Sonic Lab New Music Ensemble (Canada). As a violist and violinist, Evan performs in the Los Angeles area with various orchestras and chamber ensembles, and teaches at the Santa Monica Conservatory. As a baroque violinist and violist, he plays with Musica Angelica, Los Angeles Baroque, and Ensemble Bizarria.
Originally from Victoria, Canada, Evan studied violin and viola at the University of Victoria and frequently performed in the Victoria Symphony. He went on to obtain a masters degree in viola performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a student of Robert Vernon and Jeffrey Irvine. While in Cleveland, Evan was a member of the Ariadne String Quartet, with whom he won prizes at both the Coleman and Fischoff chamber music competitions.
Evan returned to the University of Victoria to complete a second masters degree in orchestral conducting, and served as assistant conductor of the University Orchestra as well as the Sonic Lab New Music Ensemble. During this degree, he was the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the government of Canada in recognition of his accomplishments and potential as a scholar.
In addition to studies at post-secondary institutions, Evan honed his skills at many master classes and workshops, including the Tafelmusik summer and winter workshops (Toronto, Canada), Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Canada), and the conducting course at the International Bartók Seminar and Festival (Hungary). He has had the privilege of working with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Paul Katz, James Dunham, and Atar Arad.
Evan maintains a strong connection to his native British Columbia, continuing to perform with the Victoria Symphony, and recently serving as a sessional lecturer in orchestral conducting at the University of Victoria. For the past three summers, he has written the popular program notes for the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival on Canada’s west coast.