‘I didn’t think I could get there’: Q&A with Treaty 8 composer performing at Carnegie Hall

By Cameron MacCuish for CBC News

An Indigenous cellist and composer from northern Alberta is getting ready for her debut at a world-renowned venue in New York.

Cris Derksen, originally from Tallcree First Nation, located about 520 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, is a Juno-nominated cellist and composer who incorporates traditional Indigenous music in her pieces.

“I am beyond honoured and a little bit gobsmacked as an Indigenous cellist growing up in Edmonton. Carnegie Hall was one of those things that was unattainable, something I didn't even put on my bucket list because I didn't think I could get there. So, to have this experience is really mind-blowing.”
UBC Alum (BMus '07)

On March 6, she will make her New York debut. She will perform her composition, Controlled Burn, alongside the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal at Carnegie Hall — a century-old concert hall, considered one of America’s most prestigious.”