“One of Canada’s most inventive Cellists today” CBC Radio 2
After completing cello studies in the US and Germany, Kirk Starkey has pursued a unique career as cellist, composer and sound artist. Kirk’s solo recordings Little Gidding (2011), Songs of Sudbury (2016) showcase his original style of integrating extended cello techniques and digital processing into a compelling and accessible medium.
An active performing and recording cellist, recent work includes sessions on many records including Glorious Sons, Ash and Bloom, Wild Rivers, Emma-Lee, Rehan Dalal, and Lou Rhodes (Lamb). Live performances with Quartetto Gelato, Stephen Page, Justin Hines, Elsiane, and Peter Gabriel. A featured solo performer/composer at the International Cello Festival of Canada (Winnipeg 2011), Kirk was featured in a live solo performance broadcast on CBC’s The Signal.
In the role of Producer, Kirk Starkey specializes in the capture and production of acoustic music. His recent clients include in the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Duo Gelato, Twin Within, Valerie Tryon, Suzanne Shulman, Bud Roach, Capella Intima, Paul Marleyn, and Shoshana Telner. A frequent contributor to television programs, Kirk can be heard on X Company (CBC), Flashpoint (CTV), Hannibal (NBC) and Orphan Black (BBC America). His collaboration with Tonmeister/composers Daniel Dettwiler and Ramon de Marco (Basel, Switzerland) is in permanent installation in the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany. Kirk Starkey’s cello has been featured in several international advertising campaigns, including Mercedes-Benz (2013), Kaldewei (2016), Royal Bank of Canada (2016), and TD Canada Trust (2017).
Kirk performs on a newly restored Vogtland cello (c.1775) on generous loan from Hildegard Battista.
“I am utterly amazed by his service, the quality of his work on a tight budget,
the beautiful recording and his total refusal to be phased by anything I threw
at him. He was able to turn on a dime, redirecting different parts of the
arrangements according to our whims .. I have just received a beautifully
constructed Pro Tools session with everything lined up, labeled, sounding
GREAT, awesome tuning, emotional and sincere playing and with multiple
playlists of alternative takes and edits underneath the master!”
Emre Ramazanoglu (Mercury Prize nominated Producer, London UK)