The youngest in a family of seven musicians, Monica Pegis began violin studies at the age of two. She completed her formal musical training at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of her childhood mentor, legendary pedagogue Eric Rosenblith. Pegis also studied with Michèle Auclair and credits Stephen Drury as an important musical influence.
Now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monica Pegis has an active performing career throughout the United States and Canada. Her recent performances have run the spectrum in style ranging from classical chamber music in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall to Afro-Peruvian jazz in New York City’s Barbes. As a sought after chamber musician and interpreter of contemporary classical music, Pegis’ performances have been described in press reviews as “expert” and “stunning”.
Regularly performing in series concerts like Sundays at Tufts, and with ensembles including the Callithumpian Consort, Pegis has also appeared with Radius Ensemble and A Far Cry, both in the Boston area and on tour. Pegis is a frequent guest artist at music festivals, including the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont, the International Musical Arts Institute in Maine, the Chautauqua Institution in New York, and the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. She has recorded contemporary music on the Elfin and Albany labels, in addition to performing and recording with the Pegis Quartet, Trio Viscaria, the Acheron Quartet, and the Amici Chamber Players. A recent highlight of Pegis’ chamber performances was a Chicago staging of Haydn’s Seven Last Words for string quartet, with Chicago Symphony members, siblings, and friends.
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