Veda Hingert-McDonald is a Canadian violinist and composer currently pursuing a master’s at University of Colorado Boulder where she studies with Takács Quartet and violinists Harumi Rhodes and Edward Dusinberre. Drawn to story just as much as sound, Veda’s performance of both new and standard repertoire aims to balance personal connection with tradition, and her compositions often draw on narrative and programmatic elements to explore themes of nature and questions she has about the world around her.
Veda completed her Bachelor of Music in 2021 at Wilfrid Laurier University under Jerzy Kaplanek and the Penderecki String Quartet, where she was a concerto competition winner and served as concertmaster of both the Laurier Symphony and Opera. Veda has performed professionally as a violinist, improviser, and chamber musician for NUMUS Concerts, Elora Festival, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, and has trained at Wilfrid Laurier University, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Summer Music Vancouver (Music in the Morning), Music at Port Milford, Western 360 Summer Music Festival, and QuartetFest (Wilfrid Laurier University). She has received professional commissions and premieres of her compositions from Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Players, NUMUS Concerts, and members of International Contemporary Ensemble, Peridot Duo, and she studied with Glenn Buhr and Linda Catlin Smith at Laurier, as well as through the Young Women Composers program at Temple University.
Outside of her musical life Veda is active in environmental and food justice work including training in permaculture design, founding a zero-waste concert series, and creating an Indigenous food justice garden. She sees both chamber music and permaculture as opportunities to build and model the kind of interconnectedness and empathy she wishes to see in the world.