For cellist Heather Hay, chamber music is one of the most enjoyable ways to make music. Guest appearances for Heather include California's Chamber Music West and Cabrillo Music Festivals, as well as the Pacific Rim and Hornby Festivals in British Columbia. In 1989, it was chamber music that brought Heather to Vancouver to join the Purcell String Quartet. With the Quartet, Heather recorded and performed for Radio France in Paris, and toured in Europe, and throughout B.C.
Since moving to Vancouver, Heather has been an active part of Vancouver's music scene. She is Principal Cellist with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and performs often with the CBC Radio Orchestra. She has also been an invited guest with the West Coast Chamber Music Concerts and for Vancouver New Music. Heather has also been frequently heard on CBC Radio Two's regional programme, Westcoast Performance.
Heather left her mark at various orchestras; she was Principal Cellist with the symphonies in Saskatoon and Santa Cruz, and a member of the National Ballet Orchestra and the Esprit Orchestra in Toronto. Solo appearances include the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Heather studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Bonnie Hampton, completing her Master's of Music as Ms. Hampton's assistant. She also studied at Queen's University and the Banff School of Fine Arts, working with Janos Starker, Zara Nelsova, Aldo Parisot and William Pleeth.
Heather is on the faculty at Capilano University and maintains a private studio of young and not so young students! She is also a faculty member at the West Coast Amateur Musicians' Society Summer Music Festival, teaching alongside her music educator husband, Bill Piggott.