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Double bassist Hilda Cowie, a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, began studying the bass with her mother at age 14. She was a member of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra the following year and the National Youth Orchestra the year after that. At the National Youth Orchestra, Hilda studied with Joel Quarrington (now the NAC Orchestra’s principal double bass) who would soon become her teacher at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould Professional School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
In 2001 Hilda’s professional career began with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. She has also played with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and completed Wagner’s Ring Cycle in 2006 with the Canadian Opera Company. Hilda has been principal bass of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, and spent a year in Winnipeg as principal bass of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. She has performed chamber music at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Quintet and Montreal’s La Pieta.
Hilda is currently living in Ottawa, and is a regular additional musician of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.