JUNO Award-winning violinist, Meredith Bates was surrounded by music throughout her childhood. Because of this, she developed an incomparable love and dedication to her practice, winning yearly merit scholarships at The Delta Youth Orchestra, The Harry Gomez Memorial Award for excellence in music, and various Kiwanis Festival and Music Fest Canada achievements. Meredith was the youngest musician to be awarded the principal second violin chair in the BC Honours Orchestra in 1994 and took part in a youth initiative project initiated by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra that year, incorporating gifted high school string players into a professional symphony experience.
In both 2009 and 2011, Meredith took time out of her busy touring and teaching schedule to attend the elite Banff Centre International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop, studied for one month of intense lessons in New York City with renowned violinist and composer Jenny Scheinman in the Fall of 2009, and traveled to Boston to take lessons with her idol, Carla Kihlstedt, in the Spring of 2014. In the late Spring of 2010, both the Pugs and Crows and Very Good were awarded the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. That same year, Annie Lou was nominated for both a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Western Canada Music Award, a Juno Award, and a Galaxie Rising Star Award.
Meredith currently bases herself out of Vancouver and is available for recording and performing. She teaches private violin lessons to students of all ages, at home and at Prussin Music, customizing her methods to cater to each student’s ability level and personal goals.
This page was last updated in November 2020.